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My Approach

My training style, honed over more than 20 years of experience, is kind, intentional, proactive. Using shaping, luring, positive reinforcement and capturing behaviors for the best outcome, I put the onus on the dog — which helps them gain autonomy in carefully crafted environments. The key is to control the environment, not the dog. I help you to read your dog's body language and understand how they learn — building trust, cooperation, and training better behaviors. My approach is customized to your dog and your unique situation.

Penny training puppy Grace at her home

Change the Course of Your Dog's Life

We all want our dogs to be well behaved and thrive in our care. Change in behavior is possible when we give our dogs clear and positive guidance. No matter how difficult your current situation, you can do things to improve and alleviate behaviors such as incessant barking, separation anxiety, pulling on the leash, jumping up, poor recall, not listening, anxiety, and biting.

If a dog’s undesirable behavior causes injury to others or their property, both owner and dog can suffer severe consequences as a result. Fortunately, I can help you create an environment where your dog not only listens but wants to cooperate.

Virtual Consultations

Sometimes it's best to provide help for your dog virtually, especially for frightened or nervous dogs. I provide the same high quality advice virtually as in person. This allows for no unnecessary stress for your dog. Pay for your virtual, real-time training session through this website. I will then contact you to arrange an initial session via Zoom. You will see changes in your dog's behavior quickly, with no travel necessary.

Get to Know Penny Locke

Thanks to a dog, I am now a trainer. Learning everything I can about what makes a dog tick, respond, act, and react makes me a better and intentional trainer. I strive for the results you dream of, one dog at a time, one day at a time. I am on the dog's side and am bold enough to tell you when things could be better. My dog, Briar, is a 6 year old Borzoi. Let's change the course of your dog's life, soon!

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Teaching people how to live successfully with their canine companions
My Approach

Knowing how dogs learn makes training easier. Learning through mentors and trainers who came before me has been invaluable in deciding what makes training successful. As your coach, I will empathize and encourage you to get the best from your individual, unique companion dog using kind, effective techniques.

We train at your dog's pace to achieve lasting results. Training your dog is a family affair that can enhance respect and build a closer bond beyond that previously experienced.

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Penny is very skillful and kind. She’s great not just with dogs but with people too. Our pup is nervous around people but immediately warmed up to her. She helped us prepare for our rescue dog even before she arrived, really set us up for success with so many knowledgeable tips.—Dylan Q.
Based in Sebastopol California, serving clients both locally & around the world.