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A Canine Understanding

Training and Behavioral Specialist

Our Services

Personalized Training and Care

Young Family with Pet Dog

Private Training Lessons
Behavioral Consultations

Real Results Start Here

Beginning Obedience

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


The Urban Dog Obedience Course

Learning To Adapt & Navigate Our Urban Environment


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

Teaching The Pillars Of Good Puppy Ownership


Puppy Board & Train Program

Cultivating Puppies Into Wonderful Companions

Adolescent - Adult Board & Train

Laying A Strong Foundation For You To Build On


AKC Canine Good Citizen Prep Course

Developing Well-Mannered Companions

Certified Fear Free Grooming

Looking & Feeling  Great

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, obedience training, puppy socialization and development, and fear free grooming. I have been professionally rehabilitating and training dogs since 2005, have been grooming for 10 years, and served as an Animal Control Officer for 10 years.  I am a certified  Fear Free Groomer, 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 and shelter 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 socialization and development.

Additionally, I am a strong believer in fear free grooming in which old school methods implementing forced compliance are replaced with building relationship, trust, and a positive experience which cultivates voluntary compliance. There is no greater joy then seeing the dogs I groom HAPPY to come see me!

I stand firmly in the belief that through expert behavioral coaching, training, applying calm confident leadership, and positive reinforcement you can build a strong reliable trusting 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 most importantly how to build a mutually rewarding relationship through boundaries, structure, leadership, trust, and fun!

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What My Clients Say

" 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 & Peter

Contact Us

Vancouver, Washington

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