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.
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