Recommended Certified Trainers

Pet Behavior Aid

  • Tristan Rehner-Fluerant, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI
  • Jenny White, CPDT-KA
  • Rhonda Turpin, CPDT-KA

Classes held at Asheville Humane Society and Animal Hospital of North Asheville. Puppy classes; fearful dog classes; FREE Help Sessions about dog and cat related subjects. Monthly Free Puppy Socials

Phone: (828) 707-0644 (help line and class information)

The Dog Door Canine Services

  • Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, BA

Puppy training packages; behavior consultations (incl. aggression and complex problems); private obedience training; service and therapy dog training, and enrichment. Located: 1 Battle Square, 1-A, (across from the Grove Arcade)

Phone: (828) 656-8305

Mindful Mutz

  • Heather Polechio, CPDT-KA, CTC

Private training, puppy foundations and problem prevention, basic to advanced manners training, off leash freedom and natural recall. problem behavior solutions, rescue and shelter dog support, anxiety, aggression and complex issues and enrichment outings. Also offers Family Paws Education Courses geared to help young                                          families and expectant parents safely navigate life with dogs and young children.

Phone: (828) 230-6389

Sit, Stay, Bark and Play

  • Rhonda Turpin, CPDT-KA

Phone: 606-5109

Private obedience training (with owners); day training (without owners present); behavior consultations (specializing in shy and fearful dogs)

Loehr Animal Behavior

  • Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Puppy and dog one-on-one obedience lessons, in-home consultations for dog and cat behavior problems (litter box, aggression fearful, scratching and more),  dog group classes and workshops, in-home board and train, day training, clicker training for dogs and cats, adoption consulting, socialization and horse behavior issues, or 212-203-2896

Loose Leash Academy

  • Joann Rechtine CPDT-KA, MS, RN, CPC, MPH, Fear Free Certified Trainer

Specialized in obedience, behavior problems and therapy dog training. Works with puppies, newly adopted dogs and adult dogs. Providing seminar in behavior​   

Phone 595-905-8281



Continuing Training Classes and Activities

NC Search and Rescue: (NCSARDA) 

North Carolina Search and Rescue Dog Association is a volunteer search and rescue resource provider to fire, rescue, emergency management, and law enforcement agencies.

Therapy Dogs

Pet therapy is an evidence-based complementary modality offered to aid in reducing feelings of stress and anxiety for people in medical facilities. Studies have shown the presence of pets has a positive effect on human physiology, decreasing blood pressure and reducing heart rate. 

Paws on a Mission:

Camp Unleashed: Asheville: This is a weekend retreat in a beautiful setting that is limited to 50 people and their dogs. It is a combination of daily activities and presentations by dog professionals.

Western Carolina Diving Dogs: Western Carolina Diving Dogs is a diving dog (dog pool and dock) practice and training facility. You can also rent the pool for your dog so they can swim. Western Carolina Diving Dogs is also a sanctioned hosting facility for NADD (North America Diving Dogs) to hold diving dog trials where your dog can earn their NADD titles. NADD titles are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) though the AKC’s Title Recognition Program. For more information visit:, 828-200-2548, or email tracey at Location: 477 Jenkins Road, Waynesville NC 28785 (by appt only)