🔬 Certified evidence-based dog training 🎓 Cooperative teaching & learning 📱 Virtual consultations available

Jackie Johnston, CTC, CPDT-KA, CSAT

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, and a Fear Free Certified Professional. I’ve earned my Certificate in Training and Counseling from the esteemed Academy for Dog Trainers, where I dedicated two years of rigorous study to dog behavior. My focus is on canine separation anxiety, but I am fluent in all aspects of behavior.

Over the years, I’ve gained experience as a dog walker, pet sitter, adoption counselor, and dog daycare attendant. My fascination for behavior and learning theory was ignited when I began volunteering with The Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s Training Center, where I eventually started working as a Training & Behavior Consultant.

My education has provided me with the most up-to-date, safe, and effective reward-based training methods. I adhere to a code of conduct that insists on transparency. Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, and there are no standards of care or education requirements. When we work together, you can rest assured that you and your dog are in good hands.

Service area: Boulder County.

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Private Consultations

Private consultations are ideal for a variety of issues, including recall, resource guarding, reactivity, fear, aggression, basic manners, and more. These can be held in your home, or virtually! We will discuss your dog’s history and the challenges you are facing. I will help you understand your dog’s behavior and lay out the beginning steps of a plan to modify the behavior, if needed.

Separation Anxiety Training

Are you struggling with leaving your dog home alone? Separation anxiety is a panic disorder that can manifest as barking, panting, pacing, urinating, defecating, drooling, and destruction when left alone. This can wreak havoc on the dog and human alike. I can help you determine if separation anxiety training is right for your dog and implement a plan to treat this challenging behavior disorder.


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Life Skills for Dogs

New series starts January 5th at 11am!


5-week group class for dogs 5 months and older. Life Skills for Dogs will cover all the basics: sit, down, come when called, leave-it, name recognition, and much more! With two certified instructors, you’ll receive plenty of one-on-one support and coaching. Class is held at The Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s Training Center. This is a recurring class held on the same day of the week for five weeks. Week one is for humans only. If the class you are interested in is full, contact me to be put on the waitlist.

If your dog barks, growls, or lunges at other dogs on leash or is uncomfortable with strangers, please contact me before registering. 

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