Doggone Smart Training

Doggone Smart Training

5.0 (7)
2 hires on HomeGuide
22 years in business

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I have a passion for people to know how they can enjoy having a well behaved pet. The owner & I will meet on a weekly basis at their house or mine. We will learn 2 cues that week & the owner will practice for a week on their own & the next week we will see how those are going and add 1-2 more. I can send homework over the Internet if requested. I have been training and teaching for 35 years. I have experience in obedience, agility, preagility, confirmation,  service dog work, TV, nosework, etc. I compete in agility right now and have done obedience, rally, & conformation competition in the past. I can do private training at my home or yours; NO board & train. I am sorry but I do not work on aggression behavior modification. I really love teaching!

i love seeing the people when their dogs actually respond! They say “it’s working!”

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Garland, TX 75043
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7 Reviews


  • Ralph Navarino

    I have not worked with Terri at Doggone smart Training, but have worked with her at several other places. With her training, my dog at the time won many ribbons.

  • Mary Metelko

    I was working with a 6 month old Bluetick Coonhound, who is smart and very strong-willed when a good scent or major distraction comes along. Terri's experience raising Ridgebacks allowed her to understand the hound mentality and how to gain focus and control using positive training techniques. She even had all the class dogs in a 10 minute down stay while she moved major distractions right up to each dog. The dogs knew their job and stayed as requested. We also took a "controlled unleashed" course from her to learn how to handle a dog reactive issue to allow us to compete in agility. She was always completely aware of dog to dog interactions as they started to escalate, which allowed training opportunities to give dogs (and handlers) skills to manage the stress and provide positive solutions for the situations. We went on to compete in the high drive dog agility environment for 11 years and navigated many tough close quarters situations for dogs. Without this solid obedience training (done in a positive approach, unlike traditional obedience classes) we would never have been able to successfully compete in agility at the National level. I have since moved out of state, but really wish I was close enough to train my younger dog with her. I highly recommend (and actively still do) people to train with her!

  • John Doe

    Clear instructions. Good demonstrations. Personal interactions and homework for continuity. Very fun to work with Terry! I’ve been in her classes at one time or another for 15+years.

  • Cheryl Sibson

    Very effective and personalized training to meet your dogs needs!Highly recommend!!

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