Certified Trainer: Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is a certified professional dog trainer with over 20 years of experience working with dogs. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Danielle got her start in the animal shelter world, furthering her knowledge by working for the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab Utah. In 2018, she and her husband moved to Atlanta where she dedicated two years managing a local rescue center. Danielle and Alex’s paths crossed in different professional ways since moving to Atlanta. Danielle had started her own training business but jumped at the opportunity to learn and grow with Alex so when Alex offered her a spot on the team, she couldn’t say no!

With an infectious passion for helping owners and their dogs build better communication lines – Danielle is fully committed to aiding both shelter dogs and those who have found their forever homes achieve their goals. She loves seeing a client’s eyes light up when they realize their dog can do something right and hearing the excitement in their voice when they tell people how proud they are of their dog. She’s continually looking for ways to grow her knowledge base for the benefit of her clients.

Danielle is also a Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM.) An FDM is a pet professional who completed specific training and education in assessing and understanding an animal’s L.E.G.S. (Learning – Environment – Genetics – Self). Each of the L.E.G.S.of an animal are a contributing factor of what makes that unique animal and contributes to the animal’s behavior. This also helps helps us understand our dogs by considering the whole picture, the “why” behind behaviors, then, if necessary, applying the “how”. This helps people understand and address the behaviors their dog presents more efficiently, effectively and from a science-based understanding of all things that make up their unique dog.

At home, Danielle lives with her husband and their four rescue pups; Rover (a Dachshund mix), Vader (a Lab/Pit mix), Cora (an English Mastiff) and Millie (a French Bulldog Mix).

Danielle serves in-home dog training clients in: Cumming, Dawsonville, Duluth, Suwanee, Peachtree Corners

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