Best Friends Dog Training Behavior And Evaluations

Best Friends Dog Training Behavior And Evaluations

5.0 (6)
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10 years in business

About this pro

My business is based on my love of dogs, working with them and their human family to create a life long friendship based on equal respect and trust. I use positive reinforcement  based on scientific methods that work 

Im a certified trainer and behavioral consultant CCPDT-KA, IAABC  NADOI, APDT, AKC evaluator for CGC and temperament testing.  Im a certified evaluator and instructor with Foundation of Service Dog Support

As a trainer I teach good manners, social- skills, Canine Good Citizen in all levels for AKC, tricks, scent work, therapy dogs, service or assistance dogs, and off leash work. 

I compete with my two labradors in Rally, scent work, and agility. My chocolate lab has his Rally Intermediate title and my yellow lab boy has his Rally Novice  

I have over 20 years experience and education in dog training and behavior. 

Every dog is unique and each learns as an individual. I love bringing out the best in each dog through communication,  working and as a team with the dog and the guardian. 

It's so rewarding to see each dog become the best companion possible and bring joy to their humans  

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Colorado Springs, CO 80904
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6 Reviews


  • Susan Davenport

    We are so grateful for the amazing trainer Carrie Pendelton! She is so knowledgeable and has helped us get our dachshund to listen to us! Can’t say enough in praise for all that she has taught so far!!

  • Mike Gale

    While going through various treatments for Cancer, I learned Colorado Springs was one of many communities that experience a shortage of Therapy Dogs. I wanted to give back to the Healthcare community, and this seemed to be the way. Carrie and "Best Friends Dog Training & Evaluations" was the perfect answer. We adopted the perfect four-legged friend to get started. Carrie helped Oliver and me to achieve this goal! We couldn't have done it without her!!

  • Jes Darling

    Carrie is absolutely amazing at what she does. She’s passionate, patient and caring! She understand dogs and dogs understand her. My newly certified service dog, Charli, has completely changed my world and I’ll always be thankful for Carrie for helping us get where we are!

  • Lori Brett

    Carrie is an amazing trainer. She helped me train my service dog Dakota. The techniques she gave me made training him very fast and easy.

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

We begin with a phone consultation,  or at times an in person evaluation. We meet,  go over the contract. I explain my methods, we discuss the client's options and goals; we  also discuss packages.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

My educational background and experience is in human and animal behavioral psychology; and dog health, behavior and training.  I have over 20 years of training in animal training,  Karen Pryor academy,  animal behavioral college,  and dog psychology. 

My two Labradors compete in Nosework-scent, Rally and Agility.  We also do therapy dog visits 

I'm a certified Trainer and animal behavioral consultant 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

I offer various packages or I can custom fit packages or classes to fit the needs of each dog -human team. 

Behavioral packages vary in price according to need. 

How did you get started in this business?

I began working with dogs,  horses,  (chickens, mules parrots and cats) as a child. I grew up on a farm and was surrounded by willing students. :) 

As an adult, though I received my graduate degree in human psychology-counseling, I continued to love training dogs and pursued education in this field, achieving my graduate degree in Animal Behavioral Science 

After I retired from the psychology and legal fields I started my business-Best Friends Dog Training Behavior & Evaluations. 

What types of customers have you worked with?

It's difficult for me to think of my customers-clients as "types" of people. Each dog human team is unique and wonderful in their own way.

I have worked with hundreds of clients from training-coaching service dogs for elderly disabled and children to working with athletic dog-owner teams to compete.

I work with seniors, children, young families with children  

Each client-dog team has taught me something new. 

Thank you to each one 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am very proud of my two labradors as we have recently just achieved our Rally Intermediate and Rally Novice titles. 

We achieved much success in the scent work arena! 

Agility was our next challenge and what fun!

Beyond that each time I witness success in a behavior case or training class I am very pleased 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Interview the professional, ask what certifications and experience she/he has. Ask for references 

Observe a training session if possible and also note how your dog reacts to the trainer/behavioral professional. 

Ask the trainer what methods he/she uses and decide if those methods are within your comfort level. 

I recommend positive reinforcement training. It's effective; fear and pain free.

Be certain this is a person whom you can work with 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Before hiring a professional ask yourself what it is that you consider a well behaved canine companion. 

Do you want basic manners, off leash control, do you want your dog to be more advanced

Do you enjoy hiking, are you interested in therapy dog visits or just to enjoy a stay at home companion?

Are you hoping to compete in obedience, show-ring or sports? Nosework or scentwork? 

What methods of training fit with your personal philosophy?

These are all very important to consider and then discuss with the professional you interview

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