Dog Training

Our Training Philosophy
Our training is science based, positive reinforcement training. We offer clients several different ways to work with their dogs all of which involve gentle, kind and fair techniques. We teach and encourage our students to use a clicker as a training tool but they are not required to use it to attend our classes. We strive to find a humane method that works for both the dog and human. We do not use leash “corrections” and choke chains and pinch collars are never used. We strive to help humans understand how their dogs think so that they can get them to do want they want!

Danette Johnston, Owner, has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in the state of Washington and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She has trained dogs (and people!) working in animal hospitals and shelters prior to opening dog’s day out 15 years ago. 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 the NW Coordinator for Doggone Safe teaching bite prevention to school-age children and teaches her Barks & Babes class on preparing your dog for your new baby bi-monthly at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. She currently shares her home with one cat, one dog, a 3rd grader and a very tolerant husband.

We have several options for training here at dog’s day out

Group classes include:  Puppy Pounce, The Basics, Beyond The Basics/CGC Prep, Courteous Canine Crash Course, Tricks, K9 Nose Works, Agility, and Difficult Dog. All of our group classes are limited in size so you are guaranteed individual attention. Select classes also offered in Georgetown at Tails of the City!
To find out current class descriptions, dates and times see our West Seattle and Ballard dog training schedule here

If you have a specific problem or your schedule just won’t permit a group class, these are offered on-site ($80/hr) or at your home-limited area ($100/hr).

Our day training program is tailored specifically for your canine companion. Because so much of training is about the handler and dog this program works best for teaching and proofing basic skills such as sit, down, stay, wait, leave it etc. This is not an appropriate program for a reactive dog since it is important for the human handler needs to be “trained” on that as well. At the initial private consultation with the trainer, a specific curriculum will be designed for each dog according to the needs and goals of the dog and owner. During the day, dogs will spend exercise and socialization time with our regular day care dogs and will receive a minimum of 1 hour of private one-on-one work with a trainer/s on staff.