Dog Training Scranton PA

Professional Dog Training Programs in Northeast Pennsylvania

Offering Quality Dog Training Solutions in Scranton

Proven, trusted solutions to build relationships between dogs and their owners

Highland Canine Training, LLC provides a wide range of dog training services in Scranton and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. We are able to offer in-home dog training, private lessons and behavior modification, in addition to other specialized teaching to help dog owners achieve their goals.

Over several years, Highland Canine Training has developed a reputation for diagnosing and resolving problematic dog behaviors. Our goal is to provide our clients in Scranton with the dog training solutions they require to effectively deal with every type of issue, covering everything from simple obedience training, to more troublesome aggression and behavioral problems. We work with all types of dogs – old and young, big and small – and specialize in dogs which other trainers consider “hard to train”. We have successfully rehabilitated hundreds of dogs which others have suggested should be euthanized.

Highland Canine Training offers professional, proven dog training services based on humane and motivational techniques. We treat all dogs and their owners with respect, courtesy and humility, all with the aim of achieving the best possible results for everyone we work with – humans and animals alike.

Questions? Speak with Belinda today at (570) 677-0426 and find out how she can help!

Belinda Tsakonas

Scranton, PA Dog Trainer

Originally from New Jersey, Belinda moved to Scranton, PA at a young age – and has lived there ever since.

Belinda’s interest in dog training started at the age of 12, when she got her first dog named Tweak. She trained Tweak in basic obedience, and later taught her to perform tricks.

In 2009, Belinda enlisted in the U.S. Marines as a Combat Engineer. Upon graduating high school, she served active duty for over seven years, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013/2014. After her deployment, Belinda was stationed at MCB Quantico VA, where she was an instructor for three years. She was medically retired in 2018, at which point she had to figure out her next career move.

Having a service-related disability, Belinda started to think about her fellow veterans and people who might be struggling with disabilities – and how she could help then. She considered how service dogs help people with daily tasks that would be otherwise seemingly impossible. She got a German Shepherd puppy named Grace, and started to train her for service work, but unfortunately her injury got worse and she had to halt the training.

With her injury stabilized, Belinda started to look for somewhere to learn how to train dogs. Her research led her to the School for Dog Trainers based in North Carolina, where she completed the intensive 24-week Master Dog Trainer program. She moved, with Grace, to the Main Campus.

After completing the program, she started an internship with Highland Canine Training as a service dog and pet dog trainer, before moving back to Scranton to offer professional dog training services to dog owners in the local area.

“There is a real sense of accomplishment in teaching owners and service dog handlers how to communicate with their dog or service dog,” says Belinda. “I enjoy seeing the progress the dogs make, from day to day and week to week.

Improving the bond between owners and their dogs is so important to me. Communication is absolutely key to a successful relationship between dogs and humans, and I enjoy seeing the difference I can make to a family’s life – and a dog’s life – through this.

I’m excited to help dog owners in Scranton to achieve their goals. I truly believe that through consistent dog training, we can make life better for everyone.”

Dog Training Locations

Belinda proudly serves the following areas:

  • Scranton
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • Old Forge
  • Taylor
  • Moosic
  • Throop
  • Clarks Summit
  • Dickson City

FREE evaluations are available. Contact Belinda for details!

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Dog Training Programs

Belinda offers the following services to our clients in Scranton:

Belinda is proud to offer a variety of dog training services in Scranton. These include:

Private Lessons & Behavior Modification

Our private lessons and behavioral modification programs help you to achieve the results you need with your dog. 

With private lessons, our trainers come to your home once per week. Following an initial evaluation, our trainers use their knowledge and experience to develop an action plan to help you achieve your goals. We place importance on teaching owners the best way to maintain these behaviors for the future. 

All of our training programs are guaranteed and include free follow-up training for the life of the dog.

Group Classes

Our trainers offer a wide variety of group dog training classes. This is perfect for socializing your dog in a safe environment. Meeting other pups and different people in a group class setting helps your dog to adapt to new environments and learn new skills.

Our curriculum includes basic obedience, advanced obedience, foundational search and rescue, and puppy classes among others. These classes typically run for six weeks, with classes taking place once a week.  

For more information on upcoming group dog training classes, take a look at our calendar, or contact Belinda today!

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Dog Training Programs and Pricing in Scranton

Private Lessons

Deposit: N/A

Private Lessons (Basic): $729
Private Lessons (Advanced): $1,149
Behavior Modification: $999
Owner’s Choice: $449
Reactive Dog: $549

Group Classes

Deposit: $50

Basic Obedience: $159
Intermediate Obedience: $189
Advanced Obedience: $189
Puppy Classes: $159

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