I am a CPDT-KA certified trainer with years of experience with dogs of all different breeds and training needs, although I do spend more training time with dogs who were adopted from shelters and rescues. I love working with dogs who have been given a second lease on life. I am also the owner and founder of Clear Skies Dog Training and Evaluation, LLC. I truly believe dogs are a wonderful gift, and I hope through training and guidance to improve the lives of dogs and their owners.

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How old does my dog need to be in order to start training?

Some training can begin as soon as they can walk. Formalized training should start when the dog arrives in his or her permanent home.

Is my dog too old to train?

No! The old saying is far from true; your dog can continue to learn throughout the course of his/her lifetime.

How long does it take to housetrain a dog?

Dogs, like babies are unique and individualized, some dogs get it right away, others can take awhile.

Can you train aggressive dogs?

Yes, but before a dog is labeled aggressive, it needs to be assessed by a certified trainer to be sure that the dog is not anxious, scared and low confident which often mimics aggression. We recommend finding a trainer that is certified through the certification council for pet dog trainers (ccpdt), which is often seen after a trainer's name with the acronym cpdt-ka.