Best Dog Trainers
in Clifton

Why These Dog Trainers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored dog trainers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best dog trainers in Clifton, NJ.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Dogs Unleashed K9 Training

Based in Cedar Grove, NJ, and assisting clients throughout northeastern New Jersey, Dogs Unleashed K9 Training provides a comprehensive range of services to pet owners looking to modify their dog’s behavior. Certified in eleven areas of professional dog training, owner and lead instructor Elana Miller attended the National K-9 Learning Center in Columbus, OH. She specializes in basic and advanced obedience, puppy development, personal protection, and behavior modification. Working in a client’s home, Elana evaluates the behavior patterns of a dog and personalizes a training program unique for each pet that emphasizes a humane and fun approach. Certified by the American Red Cross in pet first aid, Elana is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association.

Cedar Grove, NJ(973) 979-0058


Golden Paws

Independently owned and operated since 1993, Golden Paws has provided clients in Fairfield, NJ, and throughout the neighboring communities in northeastern New Jersey with comprehensive canine training. Their certified and trained associates seek to provide personalized solutions to their clients for misbehaving dogs through a variety of behavior modifications. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the First Dog Training Club of Northern New Jersey, in addition to being an associate member of Therapy Dogs International, they specialize in basic and advanced obedience training for all canine breeds of all ages, including the instruction of puppies. Golden Paws’ associates answer any inquiry from a potential client with a customized plan including detailed pricing.

Fairfield, NJ(973) 583-1021


K9 Unlimited, LLC

For over twenty years, K9 Unlimited has instructed dogs in obedience and a variety of forms of security and police training. Located in Franklin, NJ, and serving clients throughout the New York City metropolitan region, including Bergen, Essex, and Sussex counties, owner David Pappalardo strives to see canines obey, observe, and protect. He received training from North State K9 Academy as an obedience instructor, police K9 trainer, and as K9 decoy, and holds certification in tactical K9 operations, scent detection, and as a master canine trainer. In addition to police dog security, Dave provides private one-on-one basic and advanced obedience training with clients in their home or at a neutral location designed around a customer’s schedule. He also offers instruction for expecting parents on how to bring together a newborn with the family pet to create a seamless integration.

Franklin, NJ(201) 983-3527


Kellar's Canine Academy

As owner, namesake, and principal trainer of Kellar’s Canine Academy, Jodi Kellar provides extensive experience and knowledge in the field of dog training and obedience instruction to her clients at her training facility in Saddle Brook, NJ. Jodi earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education, where she focused on behavioral theories and published studies on the subject matter. Certified by and a member of many professional organizations, she furthered her education by becoming a certified dog trainer from the Animal Behavior College. Jodi oversees a team of equally certified associates that instill obedience in canines while providing agility, trick, and therapy training, as well as instruction in nose work. Events and group classes are available nearly every day, and Kellar’s Canine Academy offers private, personalized training to clients as well.

Saddle Brook, NJ(201) 845-6300


North Jersey K9 Solutions

Located in Totowa, NJ, and serving clients throughout Passaic, Essex, Hudson, and Bergen counties, North Jersey K9 Solutions strives to see real bonds develop between dogs and their owners. Owner and principal instructor Tom Devine is a former United States Marine veteran from Operation Desert Storm and spent over 25 years as a narcotics detective and supervisor for the New York City police department. In his experience with the armed forces and with the police, he began to appreciate the skill and abilities of highly trained and focused dogs. Tom attended the International School of Dog Trainers and is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, and utilizes the skills learned to modify behaviors and create a loyal, obedient companion pet. For all potential clients, he offers a free comprehensive evaluation of a dog and lists rates and training programs via his website.

Totowa, NJ(973) 902-5438


North Jersey K9, LLC dba Unleashed Potential K9 Academy New Jersey

Established in 2015, Unleashed Potential K9 Academy New Jersey is the first branch in the United States of renowned dog trainer Duke Ferguson’s Unleashed Potential training facilities. Founded in Allendale, NJ, by partners Kristen Tedesco and Mike Lynch, they believe in establishing healthy relationships between clients and their canine companions. Kristen earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and spent many years working as a trainer for wild animals, including monkeys, seals, and sea lions. Mike spent his youth and early adulthood around horses while learning their intricacies and behavioral patterns. Together they use gentle methods in their dog instruction by offering food as a motivator. They teach basic and advanced obedience training of any breed or age of canine, including on- and off-leash approaches. Mike and Kristen also modify unwanted behaviors, such as lunging, growling, or whining and provide general socialization skills for adult dogs and puppies as well.

Allendale, NJ(201) 962-3093


Our Gang Pet Services, LLC

Since 2012, Our Gang Pet Services has provided clients in River Vale, NJ, with methods and techniques based on positive reinforcement to train dogs and modify behavior. Founder and lead trainer Andrea Kilkenny has over fifteen years of experience in animal behavior and working hands-on for the well-being and safety of family pets. She earned her master’s degree in special education with a focus on applied behavior analysis and received her certification from the Council for Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Andrea and her associates offer private lessons and group instruction sessions, behavior workshops, puppy training, and dog socials and playtime. Licensed, insured, and certified in all her duties, Andrea is also a Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

River Vale, NJ(201) 497-5999


Ramella's Canine Academy

With over fifteen years of experience in the field, Ramella Chamaki offers professional dog training and behavioral modification to clients in Demarest, NJ, and throughout the metropolitan New York City region. Studying at The Academy of Canine Education under Anthony Jerone and becoming a Certified Master Dog Trainer, she opened Ramella’s Canine Academy to aid dog owners with pets that held behavioral problems and obedience issues. She specializes in advanced and basic obedience lessons, puppy orientations, housebreaking, protection sessions, and introducing pets to babies new to a family. A member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, Ramella offers details on her techniques to any client’s personal inquiry via phone or email.

Demarest, NJ(347) 723-2347


RCM Dog Training

Located in Lincoln Park, NJ, and aiding clients throughout Morris County, RCM Dog Training believes in the obligation pet owners have in training their dogs and better establish a relationship with them. The owner and principal trainer, Robert Marrone, dedicates himself to assisting clients to better understand their pets, their behaviors, and their actions. He offers various training programs, starting with basic obedience instruction which teaches a dog commands such as sit, stand, and down, as well as advanced guidance that involves distractions, distance, and off-leash training. A member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club, Robert also offers personal boarding to immerse a dog in lessons, and provides techniques and specialized services to aid shy, fearful dogs.

Incoln Park, NJ(973) 646-8527


Second Chance Dog Training Services, Inc.

The owner and lead trainer of Second Chance Dog Training Services, Eileen Haley, believes all dogs can be happy and loving members of a family. Located in Mahwah, NJ, and assisting clients throughout Bergen County, she has over twenty years of experience in canine behavioral modification for dogs of all ages and breeds. Eileen graduated with a 4.0-grade point average from the only affiliated training curriculum from an accredited university through the Animal Behavior Program at Mercy College. She works with clients in their home so she can evaluate real-life scenarios and situations in which the dog reacts, and then creates a personalized program of positive reinforcement to train and modify the behavior. A member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Eileen donates a portion of her proceeds to animal welfare groups to aid shelter dogs.

Oradell, NJ(201) 262-7173


The Pooky Professor

The staff at The Pooky Professor strives to provide a broad range of pet services for their clients in Ringwood, NJ, and the surrounding communities of Clifton and Wayne. Founded in 2003, they emphasize positivity in their approach to puppy training, therapy dog preparation classes, and behavioral modification sessions. The owner, lead trainer, and local native, Lynne, is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and Association of Pet Dog Trainers, as well as a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College. She believes in the inherent goodness of dogs and offers pet sitting services for all breeds, including those considered difficult to handle. Voted one of the best dog training classes in New Jersey by the readers of Jersey Tails Magazine, The Pooky Professor provides a list of programs, courses, and services with associated fees upfront through their website.

Little Falls, NJ(973) 444-5880


Tim Miller Dog Training, LLC

Tim Miller Dog Training offers proven solutions and techniques to dog owners and their companions in Hillsdale, NJ, and the neighboring communities. A graduate of the Tom Rose School of Professional Dog Trainers, the founder and principal instructor, Tim Miller, specializes in positive reinforcements to guide a canine to learning necessary skills, such as stay, sit, and lie down. Working mainly in the privacy of a client’s home, Tim also provides advanced techniques to modifying behaviors and teaching complex skills to dogs both off and on-leash and with distraction. He also offers Walk & Train lesson where he both walks a client’s dog while the client is working or away and instructs the pet during their exercise session. Customizing all plans and courses specific to the client’s needs, Tim provides open scheduling with appointments available days, nights, and weekends.

Hillsdale, NJ(201) 383-0433


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