BALLARD: 6733 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Burien, WA 98166

Our Training Philosophy:
Science-based training that is Cooperative, Effective and Fun! We practice force-free, fear-free training offering clients several different ways to work with their dogs all of which involve gentle, kind and fair techniques. We teach students using “mark & reward” training that can involve the use of a clicker, or a verbal marker if the client is not comfortable using a clicker. We do not use leash “corrections” and shock collars, choke chains and pinch/prong collars are never used. We strive to help humans understand how their dogs think and learn so that they can live peaceful, happy and fulfilling lives with their canine companions!

Our Day Care Philosophy:
Healthy, happy dogs need social interaction, stimulation (mental and physical) and guidance. Dog’s Day Out is a comprehensive training and day care facility providing training, exercise, safe socialization and specialized small day care with a strong emphasis on educating both the human, and the canine companion.

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Danette Johnston, Owner, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in the state of Washington. She has trained dogs (and people!) working in animal hospitals (Seattle Veterinary Associates) and shelters prior to opening dog’s day out in 2000. She has published articles on dog day care and dog-dog interactions for The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She has lectured on dog behavior to Veterinary Technicians and students at the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians conference. Danette is a Licensed Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the the AKC and worked as a Delta Society Pet Partner’s (animal assisted therapy) Instructor and Team (with her dear departed dog Georgia). She is a Be a Tree presenter for Doggone Safe teaching bite prevention to school age children and is the creator/instructor of Barks & Babes, a specialized class for expecting parents on how to prepare their dog for the family’s upcoming human addition.  Danette started a Shelter Training Program in which she works with shelter and rescue groups educating staff and volunteers working to improve the lives of shelter animals and to innovate modern sheltering. Danette is passionate about learning and continuing education. She attends conferences, workshops and seminars on a regular basis to keep up on advances in canine science and behavior. She has attended seminars by: Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, Susan Friedman, Chiraq Patel, Ken Ramirez, Victoria Stilwell, Pat Miller, Emily Larlham and Ken McCort among others.  She currently shares her home with Ernie, a brown tabby with many extra toes, Rufus, a Pittie/BorderCollie mix, one human teenager, and a very tolerant husband.

Erica Wells, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Day Care Manager, Nose Work & Agility Training
Erica is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) as well as a Certified Nose Work Instructor through the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She manages our day care, teaches private lessons and teaches our Agility and K9 Nose work classes, both sports she participates and competes in with her rescued Brittany Spaniel, Mimi and newest monster, Gator.

Cynthia Howell, CCS, Puppy Play & Train Instructor, Day Care Staff
Along with rescue and volunteer work, Cyn has worked with dogs for over 15 years in a variety of capacities including day care, dog walking and health insurance. She is an alumni of the NW School of Canine Studies where she graduated in the fall of 2018, earning her CCS designation. She lives with an angelic Pit Bull, a naughty French Bulldog and a little black cat.

Erin Clowes, Day Care Staff
Erin is a retired University of Washington lecturer who has been raising and breeding dogs for decades. She currently lives with Huckleberry, a 5 year old Labradoodle who you will often see accompanying Erin to DDO.

Michelle Reindal, Puppy Training Camp and Play & Train  Instructor
Michelle is a certified CPDT-KA dog trainer in the Seattle area. She offers private training and Sniffspot adventures through her business, The Paid Pup. Her training style is focused on meeting dogs’ innate needs with enrichment and play, and teaching them new behaviors with force-free, science based methods. She lives in Rainier Beach with her tiny Chihuahua, Mia.

Janelle “Elle” Dy, Puppy Training Camp Instructor
Elle is a certified dog trainer (KPA CTP). An alumna of Karen Pryor Academy, she specializes in positive-reinforcement clicker training and has a background in TAG Teach (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance). Her education as a trainer has equipped her with the skills to not only train animals but also teach humans. Elle utilizes clicker training and TAG Teach to help foster positive relationships between humans and their canine companions. Aside from her work at Dog’s Day Out, Elle also owns and operates Poi Dog’s LLC, fosters dogs for Compass Point Rescue, and continues her education in training with a current focus on herding and puppy enrichment and socialization. Her free time is spent sharing bad puns with her husband and trying to keep up with her two Miniature Australian Shepherds Bear and Lahela.