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A Canine Understanding

Training and Behavioral Specialist


Our Services

Personalized Training and Care


In-Home Boarding

Where Your Pack Is Treated Like Our Pack

Private Training Lessons
Behavioral Consultations

Real Results Start Here

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Puppy Board & Grow Program

Cultivating Puppies Into Wonderful Companions

AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. Program
(Puppy Obedience Class)

Teaching The Pillars Of Good Puppy Ownership

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Beginning Obedience

Building Relationship, Having Fun, And Learning How To Work Together


All About Me

"Great dog trainers have broad skills, not inflexible ideologies." - Ralf Weber

My name is Mindy, and I am a dog trainer specializing in behavioral modification, and puppy socialization. I have been professionally rehabilitating and training dogs since 2005.  I am a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and an AKC Temperament Test Evaluator. 

I started A Canine Understanding with the goal to help the dogs and owners that no one else could or wanted to! As a result, I have had the opportunity to help hundreds of owners and their dogs, as well as rescue dogs, step out of the shadows of behavioral issues that kept them from reaching their true potential!

As time went on, I saw the need for people to have a helping hand in building a strong foundation for their puppies to grow on in order for them to be successful as adults. I have raised lots of puppies to adulthood, and love helping new owners navigate the world of puppy raising.

I believe that through expert behavioral coaching, training and applying calm confident leadership you can build a strong reliable trusting pack relationship with your dog. I strive to teach owners how their own behaviors influence their dogs, how to read and understand their dogs body language and way of communicating, and how to build a mutually rewarding relationship through boundaries, structure, leadership and trust.

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I found Mindy and her dog training skills just in time. We’d had Rocky for two weeks and we needed help! This 15 month old had not been socialized with dogs or people. He wanted to attack kids, cars, and bikes on our walks. He had had no training and was unhappy.

With Mindy’s help and training skills Rocky became a happier dog and so did we.  He ran on a treadmill several times a day and he carried a backpack on his walks to help him focus.
Mindy also helped us learn to walk Jasmine and Rocky together. She brought her dog to show them it’s possible to walk at the same time.

- Renee



Our magnificent GSD Rook had shown signs of aggression toward people and I brought him to Mindy. She immediately took control, helped him feel more comfortable, and started me on the journey to be a pack leader. I must say he progressed much faster than I did! I traveled many miles and hours for lessons with Mindy. She has the skills, expertise, and the right energy to relate to dogs and teach people to be better leaders.  Rook trusted her leadership and so did I.

- Patricia





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Vancouver, Washington

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