Meet Our Trainer

LINDA K. CHIARAMONTE, CPDT-KA

Linda K. Chiaramonte is a certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, having taught group classes since 2001. She is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, an AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, a licensed Pet Partners Team Evaluator, and a World Cynosport Rally Judge (formerly APDT Rally Obedience).

An animal lover all her life, Linda has owned rough collies since 1978. Collies tend to have very soft natures, and she soon realized that her dog leanred more quickly and worked more joyfully if the training method was not stressful to the dog. With the dawn of the New Millennium, dog training took a giant leap forward with the introduction of clicker training. The clicker is a simple child’s toy that makes a distinctive sound when the tab is depressed. The sound of the click is used to mark a desired behavior. The dog quickly learns that a reward will follow. Linda’s positive reinforcement training program incorporates this scientifically-based, humane training technique, which is effective and easy for the dog to understand. Her classes are designed to cover all aspects of common behavioral problems, and teach basic behaviors such as sit, down, come, stay and polite walking on a loose leash. The goal of each class is to provide a stable and friendly learning environment that will aid in socialization, and give the owner the tools necessary to lay the foundation for raising a happy, well-behaved dog. More advanced activity-based classes are offered for those who wish to continue to work with their dogs on specific goals.

To keep current on the latest positive training techniques, she regularly attends seminars and workshops given by such notable professionals as Patricia McConnell, PhD, Jese Rosales-Ruiz, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Terri Ryan, Grisha Stewart, Chris Bach, Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, Nicole Wilde, Brenda Aloff, Trish King, Pia Silvani and more. Her main focus is to keep the training progran she offers updated with the latest information on training theory and humane methods of dealing with behavior issues, which can disrupt the lives of owners and their dogs. Linda believes that an educated owners is a dog’s best friend.

She shares her home with three Collies that have enjoyed visiting patients in hospitals and nursing homes as registered Pet Partner Therapy Dogs, going for walks, learning new behaviors and tricks, and taking on a bit of competitiion in Rally Obedience and Nosework.