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About Us


Positive Education for the Adventurous Lifestyle

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About Us


Positive Education for the Adventurous Lifestyle

 

"We Believe in Seeking Adventure Together"

 

Our Positive Training Philosophy

We believe in cultivating positive, life-long friendships with dogs using motivational, reward-based training.  We believe in using scientific learning principles that promote happy humans and happy, healthy dogs.  We believe that by building a relationship founded on trust and friendship, dogs and their humans can have better adventures together.  

 

 
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Meet the Trainers


Meet the Trainers


 

Meet Amber & Roo

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Amber Quann \\ KPA-CTP, CPDT-KSA

Owner & Head Trainer

Serving Fort Collins, Wellington, Windsor & Loveland, Colorado
Services: Private Lessons, Training Hikes, Group Classes & More!

"Roo and I have been adventuring together since the first day I brought him home."

 

Summit Dog Training Owner and Head Trainer, Amber Quann, has been training dogs since age 10.  Through participation in a 4-H dog club, Amber grew up competing in various dog sports, including rally, agility, obedience, and conformation. Her Australian Shepherd, Roo, is her constant companion and adventuring partner; together, they enjoy hiking, backpacking, walks in the park, and, recently, working on dog parkour titles!

Amber is fascinated by the bond that grows between dogs and their owners as they adventure together, and promoting this special connection is a significant part of Summit Dog Training's mission. Amber is a graduate and Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Amber is also an approved evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen program.

           


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Sarah Stiles \\ KPA-CTP

Associate Trainer

Sarah has been an animal lover since childhood - she was one of those children always dragging animals home asking “can we keep it?”. Her specific interest in training and behavior started when she co-founded A Soft Place to Land in 2010, a rescue helping breeding dogs from commercial breeding facilities. The special attention these dogs needed prompted Sarah to learn as much as she could about positive reinforcement practices in training As ASPTL became known as a rescue that would take less-than-easily adoptable dogs with either medical or behavioral needs, Sarah fostered dogs of all shapes, sizes, and behavioral challenges. Sarah is a graduate and Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy.

Serving Fort Collins, Colorado
Services: Level 1 & Level 2 Group Classes, Basics Private Lessons


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Emily Jacobs

Administrative Assistant

Emily has worked in animal welfare professionally for nine years, and has always been committed to connecting humans with the tools they need to build a mutually-beneficial bond with their pet. Her previous work, including running a trail ride and horseback instruction program and coordinating adoptions at a Denver-area shelter, has centered on communication and dignity in human-animal interactions.  She is certified in Animals & Human Health, and her dogs, Tuvia and Dally Girl are her best companions on trails and road trips.

Serving Summit Students Everywhere!
Services: Email & Phone Communications and Scheduling Magic!


Ready to Have an Adventure with Us?


Are you an Aspiring Dog Trainer?  Check out our mentorship program here.

 
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Certifications & Education


Certifications & Education


 

Why Certifications Matter

At Summit Dog Training, we place a high value on achieving and maintaining industry-recognized certifications for our trainers.  The dog training industry is unregulated, and thus anyone who has trained a dog (and even those who haven’t) can call themselves a “dog trainer.”  Because of this, we consider it very important that our trainers have industry credentials to assure our clients that the training services they receive are based on current industry standards and scientifically-sound training principles. In addition, these certifications require periodic continuing education in order to remain certified, thus ensuring that our trainers are always learning new things about dogs in order to better serve our clients.  


Certifications of Summit Dog Trainers

Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)

Trainers with this designation are graduates of the Karen Pryor Academy, a leading proponent of science and behavior-based training methods.  These trainers must complete continuing education and renew a code of ethics every year in order to remain a Certified Training Partner with the organization.  


Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) // Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)

Trainers with this designation have passed an independent certification process with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) testing their knowledge and experience with dogs and training.  These trainers must complete continuing education and renew a code of ethics every three years to remain a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with the organization.  The KA designation requires passing a vigorous written exam, and the KSA designation requires passing a video evaluation of the instructor's hands-on training skills.


Continuing Education

These are just a few of the continuing education seminars, conferences and workshops that we have attended in recent years. This list doesn't include the hundreds of hours we spend each year reading books & blogs, listening to podcasts, and brainstorming with other trainers to continuously expand our knowledge about science-based training techniques. 

ClickerExpo Norfolk 2013
BATting 2000 Seminar 2014
Smart Reinforcement with Ken Ramirez - 2016
ClickerExpo Portland 2017
WorkedUp Workshop with Sarah Stremming 2017
ClickerExpo St. Louis 2018
Set It & Forget It with Hannah Branigan 2018
Wilderness Canine Care Training 2018
ClickerExpo Portland 2019
Living & Learning with Animals Course with Dr. Susan Friedman - 2019

 
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Ready for Adventure?


We're ready when you are... just bring your pup along and we'll get started!

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Ready for Adventure?


We're ready when you are... just bring your pup along and we'll get started!

Sign Up Now