A soon-to-be psychiatric service dog (PSD) socializing with children in a classroom setting!
Dog's Downtown K9 Training takes pride in it's trainers and their proven training methods and strict ethics. We use balanced training skewed towards positive reinforcement training methods, including praise, treat, and toy or life rewards as reinforcement. With every new client we will have an initial consultation session in which our trainers will discuss YOU and YOUR dog's specific needs, because we know that not all dogs can be trained the same way. Dogs are individuals and it is important that their training sessions are tailored to what will work best for them. Each of our trainers are experienced in working with a variety of different types of dogs-- different ages, breeds, and quirks.
Our focus is on training dogs that will be good citizens in the home and out in the world, off and on-leash, whether that be as a pet, a therapy dog, or a service dog. The foundation for well behaved dogs is helping owners understand what their dog needs and is trying to communicate to them with their body language and behavior. Our trainers' proven methods focus on educating the owners and the dogs so that they can have a better relationship and reach their training goals!
Dog's Downtown is a certified facility for: American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluations Therapy Pets Unlimited Evaluations
Meet our Trainers:
Master Trainer CCDTK; CPDT-KA Sophia has studied extensively in animal behavioral theory, with a focus on mitigating communication between humans and canines Her specialty is evaluating, selecting and training service dogs for certification. She is currently working with a councilor at a local school who is a PhD in Neuropsychology to train Dastan who we hope will set a precedent for the first "mindfulness/meditation" psychiatric service dog. Sophia hopes with the help of Dr. Daryanani to set a precedent for therapy dogs to be more involved in the public school system-- helping with the emotional and mental well being of students. She has more than five years of professional training experience working on Basic and Advanced Obedience, Therapy Dog and Service Dog Certification.
She is a certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator & Therapy Pet Evaluator.
Director of Training Services Master Trainer Leah has 25+ years of experience in business management working with fortune 500 companies as a management consultant and has developed Human Resource programs for large multi-national companies. Her love of dogs has been lifelong and she has helped develop service dog training programs to help people with disabilities for her entire working career. She is a Master trainer with tremendous insight into dog behavior and how they interact with people with unique mental and physical needs. Her strong leadership skills and insight into the dog and human relationship is the bedrock of our training program
She is a certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Master Trainer Department of Defense Certified Trainer/ Handler Clifton is a USAF and USMC veteran with 14+ years of experience in canine training and handling. His area of expertise is canine odor recognition and detection. He is a certified K9 trainer and handler through the Department of Defense. He is an experienced canine behavioral modification specialist with extensive expertise working with dogs of all types of temperaments, behaviors, psychological disorders and behavioral issues and has experience correcting those behaviors. He has experience with basic, intermediate and advanced obedience as well as civil aggression training. His experience ranges from working with TSA explosive dog teams, Military Working Dogs (MWD) internationally and abroad, providing explosive detection support to the United States Secret Service and the US Department of State, to training Service Dogs for fellow veterans. He is a certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Caitlynn is a Master Trainer with a BS in Animal and Nutritional Science from West Virginia University. She has worked extensively training Service Dogs with a particular emphasis on training Guide Dogs for clients with visual impairments. She's worked with Service Dogs in Training through all stages of their training process from Basic Obedience to assisting in placing Service Dogs with their future handlers at the completion of the training. Her experience ranges from dogs of all types and temperaments with an emphasis on Service and Assistance Dogs.
She is a certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
A soon to be Emergency Response/ Medical Alert Dog!
Gaius (5 mo old GSD) and Franceska (5 mo old Puli) are both Service Dogs in Training. Service Dogs come in lots of different shapes and sizes!
We Would Love to Have You Visit Soon!
14310 Sullyfield Circle Chantilly, VA 20151 Suite 100B
Monday- Friday 7 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. 6:30 a.m.- 7 a.m. Available by Appt Only Saturday & Sunday By Appointment Only