Force-free Trainers of the Northwest
The Force-Free Trainers of the Northwest is a group of professional trainers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia advocating for the physical, emotional and environmental well-being of the animals we train. The trainers on this list pledge to follow the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach, using training methods and techniques that focus on teaching animals by rewarding desired behaviors and exclude the intentional use of physical discomfort or psychological intimidation and do not use equipment or techniques that rely on punishment or discomfort.
Members of this list are passionate about education and take pride in collaborating with each other to help pets and their owners.
Why a Trainer's List? We are constantly asked, "who do you recommend in my area?" It became obvious that we needed a place to send people to find dog and people-friendly trainers in our corner of the country. The purpose of this list is to help Northwest pet owners find trainers they can trust to provide gentle, positive training using proven, science-based methods. The trainers on this list maintain competence in animal behavior through continuing education, active training and applied experience. This is a voluntary directory. Trainers listed in this directory have accepted the definition of "dog-friendly" as stated on this page. Please check out their websites to see if their philosophy, background, and services match your needs.
Diamonds in the Ruff
Training for Dogs & Their People
Carol Byrnes, CPDT-KA - 509-328-6959
Carol & husband Dana own Diamonds in the Ruff dog training school in Spokane. Diamonds in the Ruff is a force-free, reward-based training school, focused on building great relationships between dogs and their people. Classes start monthly!
Carol is the creator of the "What is My Dog Saying?" body language powerpoint presentation, available through Dogwise.com.
Love, Hope, Dogs, LLC
Taryn Winegardner, CPDT-KA
Coeur d' Alene, ID
Taryn Winegardner - 509-903-5609
Taryn's training philosophy is centered on building relationships and clear communication through kind training that is designed to be effective and mutually enjoyable. She is passionate about building solid foundations based on teamwork and trust for pet, sport, and working dogs. She is professionally certified and enthusiastically continuing her own education in order to apply current training methods that are tailored to each individual dog and family. Taryn also understands many challenges that dogs and trainers who are differently abled may face, and can customize each team's training plan to set up both dog and handler for success.
Travis Byrnes, CPDT-KA
Diamonds in the Ruff, Spokane, WA
Travis Byrnes, CPDT-KA - 509-710-7697
Travis provides private training lessons and behavior consults in your home or at the training studio. He enjoys helping new puppy owners and adoptive families get off on the right paw with their new friends. He has a special way with shy and fearful dogs and inspires confidence in his human clients, too. He can help you understand your dog, and help your dog understand you. Travis is often accompanied by his lovely helper dog Lili, a Silken Windhound, who helps work with dogs who are fearful, reactive, or over-excited.
Amy Barker, CPDT-KA
Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile,
Amy Barker - 509-209-1413
Amy offers private consults, lessons & customized day training packages for anyone looking for a little more help with their puppy or dog. She is passionate and dedicated to making the relationship with your dog resilient and joyful. Amy’s training style focuses on play, exercise & training to help you and your dog live the best life together. She is skilled at interpreting behavior and can help you truly understand things from your dog’s perspective. Whether you are working with a new puppy, wild adolescent, reactive or worried dog, or out of control dog; she is here to help and bring things back in balance within your family.
Debra Duwe, KPA-CTP
Four Paws Dog Training
Debra (Deb) Duwe - 208-640-9551
Owner-trainer/teacher at Four Paws Dog Training and she is delighted to offer training for both people and their dogs in Sandpoint, Idaho, Eastern Washington and beyond. Her motto is “Catch ’em being good!”, capturing the essence of “clicker” and positive reinforcement training. Her goal for her canine and human students is to gain valuable skills to build a healthy cooperative relationship based on “best practices” and force-free techniques. In this way confidence is built for the dog and the owner.
Woofers One-to-One Training
& Kennel Free Dog Boarding
Victoria BC, Canada
Bren Axon - 778-426-0000
Located just outside Victoria BC, 15 minutes from ferries and airport.
Private dog training sessions.
Dog boarding in our home for a small number of sociable, well adjusted dogs.
Graduated with Honors from: Animal Behaviour College. I work one to one with training clients from their own home, or wherever they wish. I take clients from across the Greater Victoria area. No shock, prong or choke collars. I use positive training methods without the use of pain or fear. I apply the same philosophy to boarding dogs.
Happy Tails Behavior
Liberty Lake, WA
Natalie Sinton - 509-720-8608
I graduated from Rocky Mountain Regional Dog Trainer’s Academy in Denver Colorado in 2011 and currently working on earning my CPDT-KA accreditation. I teach group Puppy Socialization Classes to build strong foundations for further work with all breeds of puppies, focusing on body language and positive shaping training methods using a clicker. I also offer private one-on-one behavioral consults for common behavioral problems as well as for more complex issues like fear, anxiety and aggression in all breeds.
Christine Armstrong. CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, Spokane, WA
Chris Armstrong - 509-951-0768
Farpoints Farm is located in Spokane County. Areas of interest include behavior and building canine/human relationship, agility, conformation (fitting and showing), herding and 4-H.)
Thank you for your interest in joining the Force Free Trainers of the Northwest!
Membership in the FFTNW is not automatic with application. The FFTNW reserves the right to protect the integrity of the group by conducting a detailed review of each application to ensure it is in line with our group’s mission, principle values and ethics. We reserve the right to remove any FFTNW member, at any time, for violations of the group mission, principle values and ethics.
All rights reserved - List created July 2016