I had originally planned on enrolling in a PETsMART or Petco class (because those were the only ones that I knew about) but from reading another thread on here, it seems that this is not an ideal way to train a dog!

Sooo...does anyone know of a good trainer/class in Seattle (preferably North, I live near the UW) and if not, can anyone tell me where I would look to find one? I mean, is it as simple as Googling "dog trainer Seattle"?

tia,
~angela
Googling "dog trainer Seattle"? tia, ~angela

Pretty much, yes. But then you need to go evaluate the trainer and the classes and see if the training style will mesh with yours. Also I think it is a good idea to visit the first class and take notes as well as taking notes about how many owners dogs are enrolled
in first class and then return on final class or second to final class and see how many owners dogs are still attending. It is always a pretty good indicator how good a trainer is as well as their class when the first class is close to = to the final class in attendees. When trainers aren't very good you will often see a huge decline in participants by the end of the class. Just what I have observed personally.
Gwen
I had originally planned on enrolling in a PETsMART or Petco class (because those were the only ones that I ... tell me where I would look to find one? I mean, is it as simple as Googling "dog trainer Seattle"?

If you don't mind fairly big classes, Robin of the Canine Behavior Center (http://www.caninebcenter.com /) who teaches at the Phinney Communitycommunity center is okay.
If you don't mind going a little bit further afield (Bellevue), Angel and I are currently taking Basic Manners at the Humane Society, and I'm really really really really really liking the instructor, Emily Keegans. It's all clicker training and positive reinforcement, and there's a maximum of 10 dogs per class, plus she always has at least one assistant, so you get lots of personalized attention. http://www.seattlehumane.org/training.shtml for more info. It's right off of I-90, so it's easy to get to.

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does anyone know of a good trainer/class in Seattle (preferably ... mean, is it as simple as Googling "dog trainer Seattle"?

If you don't mind fairly big classes, Robin of the Canine Behavior Center (http://www.caninebcenter.com /) who teaches at the Phinney Communitycommunity ... get lots of personalized attention. http://www.seattlehumane.org/training.shtml for more info. It's right off of I-90, so it's easy to get to.

Thanks! My vet also gave me a couple of suggestions of trainers that she likes (and places to avoid).
Phinney wouldn't be too far away (Ella hates riding in the car still...), I'll definitely look into it!
~angela
I had originally planned on enrolling in a PETsMART or ... mean, is it as simple as Googling "dog trainer Seattle"?

Hot4Dogs (www.hot4dogs.com) is in Everson, almost up on the Canadian border, but I would follow one of their instructors (Nancy Dyson) anywhere if you're at all interested in competitive obedience.

Kate
If you don't mind fairly big classes, Robin of the Canine Behavior Center (http://www.caninebcenter.com /) who teaches at the Phinney Communitycommunity center is okay.

i've heard great things about these folks. also, i must insert the obligatory plug for Becky Bishop http://www.puppymanners.com . she's magic with the dogs, and pretty good with the people too.

-kelly