I am committed to training dogs using dog-friendly methods based in modern behavioral science. (Translation: lots of positive reinforcement, structure, and management, because it works!) I make training easy to understand and complete for both you and your dog, and provide follow-up emails with resources and homework to help keep you on track.
Hello, I’m Sarah Forde!
I love dogs, and have for as long as I can remember. After begging for a dog since I learned to speak, I got my first dog, Buddy the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, at the age of 8. Through him, I fell in love with training.
After finishing college at the University of Notre Dame and pursuing a corporate job in the field of my degree, I adopted a little tan and white Thai street dog named Pixel who changed my life. She came to me with a collection of issues including dog aggression, handling phobias, and reactivity. Diving into the theory of positive reinforcement training at length in order to help Pixel with reactivity and other problem behaviors, I realized dog training was my true calling. Pixel competed in barn hunt and lure coursing and helped other reactive dogs by working with me as a “trigger dog” during training sessions. She is now happily retired, and enjoys spending her days sunbathing on my couch.
After working through Pixel’s behavior problems, I became interested in the world of dog sports, namely dog agility. I added three Border Collies, Quest, Arrow, and Squid, to my crew. Quest actively competes in AKC, USDAA, and UKI agility, Barn Hunt, NADD Dock Diving, AKC Rally, and Toss & Fetch Disc. Arrow competes in USDAA and UKI agility and AKC Rally. Squid competes in USDAA and UKI agility, and is preparing to compete in AKC Rally.
I have been training dogs professionally since 2016, and am an AKC CGC and Trick Dog Evaluator. My goal is to help dogs and people both understand each other more clearly for a better relationship. I am committed to using positive, kind, dog-friendly methods that also work well for the humans half of the team. I have worked with student dogs from nearly every breed, and am very flexible about making sure the training style I use is a good fit for the dogs I’m working with.
I live in Northwest Washington, and when I’m not training my own dogs and student dogs, can be found hiking, doing photography, and traveling.
What We Offer
We have lesson times in the mornings, evenings, weekdays, and weekends to help fit training into busy lives.
We treat your dog just like we treat our own – with love and detailed attention. Every dog is an individual so we customize our training to your dog’s needs.
Our Yelp and Facebook reviews pages are full of testimonials and success stories from our happy clients!
What People are Saying
“Sarah Forde is an amazing trainer! We got our puppy, Rosie, at seven weeks old and we knew nothing about having a puppy. She helped us navigate having a puppy and what kind of behaviors to expect. She is so awesome!!!“
– Molly K.
“Shy puppy to confident dog”
“Sarah has helped us train our dog Frankie since we first brought him home in June 2018. She gives you the tools and resources to continue training your dog in between sessions and sets you up for success. She’s caring, kind, and wonderful with dogs and humans alike. Frankie went from being a shy puppy to a confident dog thanks to Sarah.“
– Renata M.
“Very successful at making training fun”
“We adore teacher Sarah who has worked with both of our fur kids. She’s clear and loving. They both can’t wait to see her when it is school time and they always come away feeling good about themselves as Sarah is very successful at making training fun for them.“
– Felicia O.
“Knowledgeable, patient, creative, fun“
“Sarah is a knowledgeable, patient, creative, and fun positive dog trainer and my pup loves her!!! I have been working with her for support with my very high end energy (and vocal) 2 year old German Shorthair Pointer since Mika was 4 months old. We have taken private lessons to work on a variety of issues including loose leash walking, recall and general manners. I highly recommend Sarah to anyone interested in having a great relationship with their dog!“
– Laura F.