Our goal is that you and your dog learn how to become a more confident team through a relationship built on mutual trust and understanding. We believe in using evidence-based, positive reinforcement training methods, empowering you and your dog to navigate real-world situations without the need for physical force, fear or aversive training tools. We focus on teaching the "why" behind the "how" of dog training concepts, enabling you to become a better advocate for a valued member of your family.

Hi, I’m Rusty.


An honor's graduate of Animal Behavior College and a certified professional dog trainer, I have been working with dogs for nearly 17 years, both professionally and as a volunteer. As a trainer, my goal is that you and your dog learn how to become a more confident team through a relationship built on mutual trust and understanding.

​A Pet Partners therapy dog handler, who was voted the San Francisco East Bay's Best Private Trainer in Bay Woof magazine's 2018 Beast of the Bay Awards, I also hold professional memberships with the International Association of Animal Behavior ConsultantsAssociation of Professional Dog TrainersPet Professional Guild and Humane Dog Training Advocates. I also regularly provide mentorships for aspiring trainers through Animal Behavior College and as an international Faculty Advisor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy.

Education: Animal Behavior College; Purdue University, B.A. Communication, Sociology

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, Pet First Aid and CPR, Pet Partners Therapy Dog Handler, AKC CGC Evaluator

Awards: "Best Private Trainer, East Bay" Bay Woof 2018; Thumbtack Top Pro, 2018 & 2019