Understand how dogs think & learn

We live in such an exciting time right now. Serious and important research is being done on one of my favorite species – dogs! Every week, I read about a new breakthrough in understanding dog body language, brain chemistry, emotions, behavior, or the effectiveness of a new training method.

My greatest joy is when the research catches up to Thinking Dogs practice. We know that our training methods are effective, and when the research tells us why, we geek out a bit.

We are proud members of the Pet Professional Guild and are delighted that the training methods that we use are force free. We will not coerce, threaten, harm, or frighten your dog or puppy. We WILL give you multiple training methods to teach very important concepts, like impulse control (loose leash walking, leave it, stay), relationship building (recall, eye contact, choosing owner over environment), and low stress handling.

We also help our clients understand that dogs are really good at being dogs. They make poor humans. We help our human clients learn how to play with their dogs and turn learning into fun games, which hold their dog’s interest and advance learning.

Dogs are my kind of people

Nancy AbplanalpNancy Abplanalp
Nancy Abplanalp began her career as a dog trainer at the age of eleven, when she was hired to train the neighbor’s dog for $.25 per walk. She still gets the same joy when she brings clarity and understanding into a dog’s life.

In addition to being a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Nose Work Instructor, Nancy has two teaching credentials and currently teaches students with moderate to severe disabilities at a nearby high school. Having an education background has given Nancy a solid understanding of learning theory and working with students with disabilities helps Nancy “think out of the box,” coming up with innovative ideas to help her clients succeed with their training.

Nancy has had the joy of living with sporting breeds, hounds, terriers, toy breeds, herding dogs, and incredible mixed breeds. In addition to her own dogs, she has lived with client dogs and a variety of foster dogs.

Nancy has participated in many sports with these dogs and others that came before them. These sports include agility, nose work, rally obedience, Earth dog, obedience, and lure coursing. Her favorite activities remain long walks and hikes with her off leash dogs, where her dogs just get to be dogs.


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Available Classes

Junior College, Puppy Elementary, Puppy Junior High, Canine College and Dogs with Concerns.

Calendar of Class Events

A monthly listing available class times.