Dog Trainers

The Whatcom Humane Society has a long-standing policy of only recommending and working with dog trainers and dog training facilities that utilize positive, reward based training methods. We feel strongly that this is the most humane way of treating and training companion animals.

We all like to be praised rather than punished. The same is true for your dog. This is the theory behind dog training with positive reinforcement based training methods. Positive reinforcement means giving your dog something pleasant or rewarding immediately after the dog does something you want him/her to do. Because your praise and/or reward makes the dog more likely to repeat the behavior in the future, positive reward based training is one of the most powerful tools you can use to shape your dog’s behavior.

Helpful Links on Reward Based Dog Training:

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

The Whole Dog Journal

Positively Victoria Stillwell (Nationally Recognized Dog Trainer)

The Humane Society of the United States


The following list is local and out of area dog trainers who utilize positive based training methods. Some may offer discounts on group or private classes to WHS adopters:

Whatcom County:

Tails-A-Wagging, Bellingham,WA  360-733-7387

Thinking Dog, Bellingham, WA  360-312-0663

Hyline Hotel and Training, Bellingham, WA  360-398-0174

The Dog Guy, Bellingham, WA  360-255-9832

Petco Dog Training, Bellingham, WA  360-715-3785

PetSmart Dog Training, Bellingham, WA  360-738-9653

Friends for Life Canine Scholarship Fund, Bellingham, WA  360-594-4223

Build the Bond, Bellingham, WA  360-441-9362

The Clever Canine, Bellingham, WA  360-223-2241

Skagit County:

Sunnylane K9 Training Academy, Sedro Woolley, WA  360-856-5631

British Columbia:

Cedar Valley K9, Mission, BC  604-312-6604

Modern Canine, Langley, BC  604-866-8999

Healthy Paws Dog Training, Langley, BC  604-308-6837

Joyful Hound, Langley, BC  604-888-5665

Super Nova Dog Training Academy, Langley, BC  604-828-3625

Snohomish County:

Smarter Than Your Dog, Anacortes, WA  360-421-5968

Adventure Dog Ranch, Marysville, WA  360-652-2924

Sno-King Dog Training, Marysville, WA  360-652-2924

Paws Afoot, Everett, WA  425-350-5288

The Dog Works, Monroe, WA  360-793-2368

Four Paws Sports, Lynwood, WA  425-835-0483

Dog Spot NW, Everett, WA  425-252-7768

King County:

Seattle Humane Society, Seattle, WA  425-641-0080

Pick of the Litter Dog Training, Kent, WA  206-779-3552

Ahimsa Dog Training, Seattle, WA  206-364-4072

Thurston County:

Happy Dog Institute, Olympia, WA  360-915-7130

Let’s Talk Dogs, Lacey, WA  360-556-6857