Custom dog and puppy training for Northern Virginia and Washington DC. Gentle and effective relationship-centered approach.

Puppy Training

Effective, reward-based training and socialization individualized for your pup's needs.

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Dog Training

Address good manners challenges, practice around distractions, prepare for the AKC Canine Good Citizen, competition or other canine activities.

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Therapy and Service

Evaluate and prepare your dog to work as a therapy dog or service dog.

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Behavior Consultations

Solve behavior problems, reduce your dog's anxiety and develop a better relationship with your dog.

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Northern Virginia Dog Training – Professional Dog Trainer and behavior consultant serving Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

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  • Masters Degree in Education and Bachelors in Psychology – George Mason University
  • Certificate in Brain Research in Education – University of Washington
  • Certified Dog Trainer – CCPDT and NADOI
  • Certified Dog and Cat Behavior Consulting – IAABC

Veronica Sanchez M.Ed. CPDT-KA, CABC has over 20 years of dog and puppy training experience. She has served as a Vice President of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and has experience training pets, therapy dogs, service dogs and rally and competition obedience in the Washington DC area. She was a guest lecturer for the ATF for law enforcement trainers of explosive detection dogs and has spoken at several conferences for professional dog trainers and behavior consultants. Veronica has been featured in Dog Fancy, Northern Virginia Dog Magazine and books published by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

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“Veronica’s innate ability to communicate with both dogs and people, is truly a gift that only the best dog trainers possess. Her reward-based approach to training is fun for the dog and enables her clients to enjoy their dog training experience and learn in a comfortable and relaxed interaction.

Veronica stays current on the most modern and effective training and behavioral methods available by networking and sharing information with her colleagues. Her expertise in Service Dog Training is sought after by professionals internationally. I highly recommend Veronica for all of your dog training and behavioral needs . . . you will be thrilled to have Veronica work with you and your dog!”


Tara McLaughlin CPDT, CDBC
GoodDog! Training
Charlottesville, VA

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