Dog training and Pet Behavior Experts

Ruth LaRocque, CTC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA is a graduate of the distinguished Academy for Dog Trainers when it was located at the San Francisco SPCA. There, she studied with Jean Donaldson (author of Culture Clash and other award-winning dog training books) and Janis Bradley (author of Dogs Bite But Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous).  While at the Academy she was able to apply her classwork to training several of the SPCA shelter dogs and was exposed to a wide variety of breeds and temperaments.  Since that time she has worked with hundreds of client dogs of all breed groups and with training issues that have ranged from basic obedience to severe aggression and fear-based behavior problems.

Ruth earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Behavior Consultant, Canine (CBCC-KA) certifications from the independently accredited Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and currently serves on the Board of the CCPDT. She is an educator for the Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE) program.  Through FPPE she enjoys working with families to teach them about the safety aspects of dog and baby/toddler dynamics.

Ruth’s training and coaching includes positive, reward-based, humane methods that ensure dogs love learning.  She focuses on instilling good habits in each dog so they can be cherished family companions who have self-control and good manners, using gentle methods to get strong results.  Ruth is equally positive in helping her human clients understand and master the techniques needed to change their dog’s behavior.

When she is not providing teaching and coaching services, Ruth enjoys competing in agility with her speedy border collie, Seven. In 2016 they attended their first national agility competition together.

Ruth provides Behavior Consultation and training in the Seattle area.


Ruth was a huge help with a very anxious deaf foster dog.  T-Bone was very focused on his foster mom’s hands – understandable since they were the source of food rewards and the hand signal to let him know he’d earned one.  But he was increasingly nipping hands for attention, and we worried that finding a home for a dog with so many challenges was going to be impossible unless we could fix this problem.  Ruth worked with the foster mom on ways to refocus T-Bone away from her hands and prevent the nipping.  With his improved behavior, he found the most wonderful home!

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