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training, keeping current with the all the newest information available.  From that pool of knowledge and experience, Erika has been able to formulate her own style of training, using what she has found to work best with animals of all different personalities and abilities.

In addition to being a Certified Veterinary Technician, Erika is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, a member of the Society for Veterinary Behavior Technicians, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a Certified Evaluator for AKC's Canine Good Citizen program.  She is currently studying methods for the conditioning and strengthening of canine athletes.

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Client Testimonials

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If your dog needs training - this is the person to do it. Erika is patient, kind, knowledgeable, fun and truly just a fantastic person. If you and your K9 companion need some help, call her!​​

Amanda W.

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Erika has competed in the German dog sport of Schutzhund (tracking, obedience, and protection), as well as AKC Obedience, taking several of her own dogs to titles and handling dogs for other owners.  She has trained and handled dogs to pass tests for AKC's Canine Good Citizen program, the American Temperament Test Society, and for search and rescue work.  She has also trained and worked dogs as Therapy Dogs registered with Therapy Dogs International.

Erika also has a strong background in theatre and has trained several dogs to perform on stage and in film and has attained several Trick Dog titles.

In 2008, Erika made the move from the snowy northeast to Florida and began to study more modern techniques for training and behavior modification.  As a Certified Veterinary Technician, Erika is required to earn continuing education credits each year and uses that opportunity to attend veterinary and behavioral conferences with trainers, veterinarians, and behaviorists on the cutting edge of 

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Our Trusted Associates...

Erika worked with me and Baxter for a month or so before I moved to Seattle and gave me the tools to train Bax. He is now a stellar citizen. It's a shame we couldn't work with her longer. I highly recommend Erika if you have a dog and need an amazing trainer!

Amanda S.

I am very happy and proud to say, hey I trained with her and she is THE BEST! 

Diane M.

Erika Kurtz, CVT, CTDI

Erika has been training dogs for 20 years.  She got her start in Pennsylvania when she was invited to apprentice with the trainer she was taking her own dog to for basic obedience work.  The trainer saw in her a natural ability to “read” a dog and bring out the best in each animal and Erika was soon teaching classes on her own.  A few years later, she began another apprenticeship with Al Milner of Milnerhaus Kennels in Dunmore, PA. There Erika began working with more advanced obedience and behavior problems, along with raising and training Milnerhaus-bred German shepherds to become working K9s for local law enforcement and teaching the K9 officers how to work with their dogs.  During this time she also earned her Veterinary Technician license and worked at Finch Hill Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield Twp., PA.


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About Us

What sets us apart from other training programs...

If you've got a pup of any age in need of training, you need look no further. Erika Kurtz has got you covered. She is an animal lover and advocate as well as a darn fine trainer and all around excellent person. Check her out!

Bob K.

BEST dog trainer ever. She's amazing. I've referred her several times and everyone is always thrilled!​​

Elisabeth F.

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First, we don’t train using one singular method. While positive reinforcement is the basis for all our work, we recognize that there are different methods of teaching that may work better for each dog or handler.


We treat every dog as an individual and train with the techniques that will work best for his or her personality, health, and temperament.

Obedience commands are just a small portion of what a dog needs to know.  In addition to the basic commands, we help you learn how to manage your dog’s overall behavior so he can be good member of the family, both at home and out in public.

Our trainers also constantly seek out new educational experiences for themselves to keep current on the latest developments in training techniques so we can provide the best learning experience for you and your best friend.