Doggone Smart Training

Doggone Smart Training

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

About this pro


I've been in the dog world for 25+ years. I've worked w/owners in private or class settings to help them learn how to train & have a better relationship and understanding of their dogs.

I have experience in agility, obedience, manners, service dogs, rally, scent work, etc. I have competed w/ my dogs and obtained many titles.

I use positive training methods.

What I find a lot of joy in is when clients realize their dogs can learn  and they can see how training is working. They also find more joy and a better relationship w/ their dogs which in turn is always better for the dogs!

As I said above I think what is the best about this job is the relationships I see develop between dog & owner!

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Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
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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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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I usually do a phone conference & see what their needs are. Next I see if they want to meet me or I go to the client. After the first meeting I will know more about  their goals & have a better evaluation of the pup or dog so I can decide when we should meet again. I send homework by email so the owner has something in writing to go by. Each time we meet I will see how close the team is to meeting their goals and if they are ready I can add or extend the command till they are satisfied. We can work on one specific command or several based on the owners experience and availability & the dog's age, maturity, & personality.

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