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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm looking for a trainer for my dog.

The NOAH Center strives to meet or exceed the current industry standards for the pets in our care. We also seek to educate our community on how to provide the best possible care for their own pets, which includes training practices.

To quote the BCSPCA’s policy, The NOAH Center “advocates the use of force-free, humane training techniques utilizing evidence-based learning theories which foster trust and build positive human-animal relationships.” And are likewise “opposed to training methods or devices which employ coercion and force. Aversive, punishment-based techniques may alter behavior, but the methods fail to address the underlying cause and, in the case of unwanted behavior, can lead to undue anxiety, fear, distress, pain or injury.”

To further this mission, The NOAH Center offers this list of approved local trainers and websites that provide search functions for other certified trainers, so that pet owners have the resources to find safe, humane and fun training options for their pets!

AnimalKind Training
Shannon Finch
Group classes and private training
30332 15th Ave. NE
Stanwood, WA

The Dog Spot
Group training classes
3512 Smith Ave
Everett, WA

Embarking Dogs
Group classes and private training
3610 McAlpine Rd.
Bellingham, WA

Muzzles Up
Jess Harmon
Group classes and private training

Sunny Lane Canine Academy
Carmen Williams
Offers group training classes
7407 Sunny Lane,
Sedro Woolley, WA

Sites to search for other qualified, certified trainers:

To learn more about dog and cat behavior and body language, The NOAH Center recommends Fear Free Happy Pets as a trusted online resource that is a wealth of current information (

Other resources are also available by request. If you have specific behavior and training questions, please feel free to contact our Dog Care Coordinator via email at or by telephone at (360) 629-7055

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