After more than two decades of training dogs and their people in a wide variety of venues and formats, I have concluded that the majority of dogs and people learn faster and more effectively when we teach them one on one. I also believe that it is crucial to have the owner/handler of the dog involved in every step of the training process. Dog training is only as good as the person handling the dog. My ultimate goal is to teach people how to communicate more effectively and humanely with their canine family members. This process looks different for every person and family that I work with. That is why our training is customized to help you reach the goals that you have for your dog, whether that is to have a nice mannered family dog, hiking companion, therapy dog, service dog, or to just have your puppy no longer pee on your carpet.
We believe that dog training can and should be a fun process, one that builds an incredible bond between you and your dog as you learn to truly communicate with the animal who shares your home. All of the techniques that we use are based in science-backed learning theory. We happily explain what we do and why we do it before we work with your dog. This ensures that you are comfortable with all training methods that are used when working with your dog.
Sarah Fricke has been helping people with their canine friends as a professional dog trainer since 1997. Sarah began her career with extensive training in police k-9 and protection training and moved into the fields of obedience and pet dog training. Sarah focuses on teaching people how to use positive and effective training techniques to solve problem behaviors and teach good manners. Sarah firmly believes that training should be a fun, relationship building experience for people and their pets. In her off time, she enjoys exploring Colorado with her family, human and canine, who also enjoy playing in obedience, agility, scent detection and tracking.
Born and raised in Sonoma, CA on a 2,600-acre ranch, the love of animal’s started. In high school, Patti started to work with a dog trainer and at that point she decided to make dog training her professional career.
In 1993, Patti started with the breed of Bernese Mountain Dogs and to this day still enjoys the breed. In the years to come, she became very active in the conformation ring, obedience, agility, carting (Draft work), pet therapy work and service dog training. As she became an accredited dog trainer, her career moved to becoming the area dog trainer for PetSmart and after 8 years is now with Colorado Dog Works as well as Mountain High Service Dogs. She is also an evaluator for the America Kennel Club for Canine good citizen, AKC Community Canine and Urban CGC, also a judge for the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America.
Patti is passionate about helping her client’s develop a bond with their dogs and help them to work as a team. Patti enjoys many different avenues of training including clicker training, agility, carting, all levels of obedience classes, rally, pet therapy work, and service dog training.