whidbey dog training

Our Students

With permission from the pet parents, we are sharing with you pictures of some of our wonderful students.



Whidbey Dog Works

Dog training on Whidbey Island

kindle & izzy

"Chris was fantastic. The dogs are much better behaved, and when she comes by, they get so excited to see her. That says a lot, that they don't run and cower, they absolutely adore her. She has helped my husband and I change the way we react to situations (jumping, mouthing), so that our home is much more harmonious. "

"Chris has a way with dogs and people. She helps us people understand our dogs needs better, and not get frustrated. She helps the dogs settle themselves and pay closer attention to what we need from them. "

- J & J


"I called Chris because I was stuck in a rut with my dog training. Both Aoife and I needed new challenges, especially because I am hoping to enroll her in agility training and needed a very solid foundation to do so. Every time Chris came out I felt reenergized to work with my dog. I learned new techniques and because of Chris' sophisticated level of knowledge, I was able to make subtle changes that are crucial to our agility success.

Chris' follow up homework and behavior plans are amazingly thorough and helpful. I think Chris loves what she does, is up for a challenge, listens very well, and searches for solutions in a "dogged" way.

I would highly recommend her services to anyone seeking dog training. I am grateful to know that Chris is on the island and she will be my go-to dog trainer from here on out."

- L


"Why did you engage Whidbey Dog Works?

Our veterinarian recommended Chris after our 4 month old, giant breed Landseer ECT began to snap and growl at times, apparently resource guarding with our grandchildren, who live with us. Since Benny's expected adult weight is 165 pounds, it was essential that all of us be able to live safely and work effectively with him; and that he become desensitized to the perfectly normal, but peculiar to a dog, behavior of small children.

Chris was able to teach the whole family- from a 28 pound four year old, to a gangly 13 year old, as well as their parents and grandparents- how to keep everyone safe, and have Benny happily listening to us all.

Was Whidbey Dog Works able to meet your training needs?

Chris's positive approach kept Benny (and his humans) responsive and engaged throughout all training sessions. We have seen a lot of progress toward our training goals of reliable and consistent behaviors, which we can call upon to calm Benny's exuberance and redirect him, even with a lot of distractions. "

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- R & C


“We hired Whidbey Dog Works on the advice of our veterinarian. We have a Frenchie puppy and his training needs differ from many other breeds and our vet recommended WDW. From the very first training session, we could see results and were given techniques to practice throughout the week to help teach our pup the positive behaviors we were looking for. Each week's session built on the previous one and our dog responded well to the training.

We are so happy that we hired Chris and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a kind, qualified, and experienced trainer for their dog. We now refer to Chris as our, "Dog Whisperer"! “

- D & S


"Chris did an amazing NOT only training our puppy but made us feel at ease asking questions."

"We would highly recommend any one with a puppy or dog that needs some training to seek out time to meet with Whidbey Dog Works, this is the best trained puppy we have ever had."

- D & J


“..We've looked for training in the area and read reviews and recommendations for trainers. Whidbey Dog’s website and descriptions seem to fit our needs best…”

“..Whidbey Dogs was able to meet our training needs”..” We would definitely recommend Whidbey Dogs. Chris was wonderful.”

- D & G

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“Thank you for teaching us both--you are a star at clarity and essentials. ”...

“Finn is more focused and attentive”...

"Would recommended WDW with pleasure and no hesitation."

- E


"We made great progress with the dog and I feel I now have a good understanding of the techniques, process, perseverance and commitment it takes to train my dog. I will likely need more tricks for other goals but will be able to make further progress as Chris provides pointers."

- M

gus M

"My pup, Gus, was having issues with uncontrollable barking, weak recall, and a lack of overall focus. Chris absolutely addressed my dog training needs and set me up for success with Gus within a matter of only 4 sessions. The improvement every time Gus saw Chris was incredible!”

- L


"Whidbey Dog Works gave us successful and positive techniques that matched our dog’s needs and temperament. The feedback and homework that Chris provided each week were useful , precise, and well written.

We felt that we ended up with a document that we will be able to refer to in the future in order to maintain and review what we were taught.

We appreciate Chris’s punctuality, reliability, and professionalism. She is a master trainer. She is generous with her time and completely dedicated to the welfare of both her clients and their pets."

- J & E


"We engaged Whidbey Dog Works to assist us with Norman, our 10 month old puppy. He had some behavioral issues that we needed to address. “ …

” Whidbey Dog Works was definitely able to meet and exceed our training needs.”…

”Whidbey Dog Works did an excellent job engaging dogs as well as making sure the owners are integrated into the training process.”

- L & P


“In just a month, Phoebe learned verbal and non-verbal commands, significantly improved her recall and gained a few fun tricks as well! “

“Overall it was a great experience and we'd definitely call out to Whidbey Dog Works again.”

- J & G


"Whidbey Dog Works far exceeded any expectations I have ever had... dog training is like two people trying to communicate who don’t have any common language to help get the messages through, but it was honestly so much easier than I thought it would be under Chris’s direction... she was able to not only help us train our dog but also ourselves! She is clear and concise but so approachable and easy to be around. "

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- C.R.


"Chris was such a delight to work with. She's an amazing teacher, who is patient, personable, and makes dog training fun for the whole family! We saw immediate improvement in our dog's behavior after each session, and since she sends clear instructions for homework, we feel confident continuing to work with him on our own. She had easy, effective solutions for all of our dog's pesky behaviors and lots of fun, creative games for us to play. We are all much happier now that we have the skills to train our pup to be a good boy and can't recommend Whidbey Dog Works enough! "

- T


"Whidbey Dog Works was fantastic! Chris was incredibly patient with our dog (and his humans) in slowly changing unwanted behaviors. The instruction was clear and made perfect sense.

The guidance we received was priceless! Using behavior modification techniques really worked well for us. The modeling of how we should be rewarding our dog was also very useful."

- A, G & Tony


“We are very pleased with the outcomes we've observed from the sessions.” …” Ursula seems more relaxed and at ease. I see this as an ongoing process that we'll always be working on, enjoying watching the development of Ursula's trust and happiness. I'm excited for future sessions and working more on recall and other things. “

-J, G & Ursula


"..With patience, persistence and positive feedback, Chris gained Sadie's trust and helped her discover that the world is not such a scary place after all."

- C