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Dogs are part of the family

Let us help you enjoy living with them for a lifetime.

Looking for a Dog Trainer

Got a new puppy?
Are you at your wits end?
Have you always wanted a well trained dog?
Want to use Positive Reinforcement?

Pawtastic Dog Training Programs

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Puppy Programs

  • Quick Start for immediate results
  • Set your puppy up for success
  • Learn good manners at home
  • Socialization, habituation and handling to prevent problems
  • Helps your puppy grow into a well-behaved companion dog that you look forward to living with for a lifetime
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Teenager Survival Program

  • Meet the challenges of older puppies, 7-12 months old
  • Teach good manners at home with distractions
  • Address common issues like jumping, barking, and pulling on leash
  • Helps your teenage dog learn how to settle down so you can enjoy living with them

Adult Dog Programs

  • Get a jump start to address your dogs' specific problem behaviors
  • Address common problems like jumping, barking, and pulling on leash
  • Teach everything from Basic Manners to Advanced Canine Good Citizen
  • Customized for specific situations like: multi-dog homes, deaf dogs, fearful and reactive dogs

Private Dog Training and Coaching in Your Home

Day Training

We Do The Training For You

In Your Home

Cyndi comes to you and does all the work in your home and around your neighborhood, where you need results.

Easier Training Process

Your dog learns from an expert dog trainer, and you get to learn with a dog who is already trained.

Customized

These private dog training programs are tailored to meet your specific training goals.

Private Lessons & Coaching

We Teach You to Train Your Dog

In Real Life

Cyndi comes to your home, office, dog park or anywhere your dog needs training in a real-world setting.

Insight Into Your Dog

Cyndi helps you figure out what makes YOUR dog tick and how to train your dog, in your situation, to get better behavior.

Personalized

These personalized private lessons are based on a custom designed training plan that includes support between lessons.

Some Interesting Facts About Me

Dogs Trained

Years Experience

Books Written

Dogs Helped

Training/Expertise

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
  • Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Pet Nutrition Specialist
  • BS Computer Science
Who is Cyndi Smasal

Cyndi Smasal is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Nutrition Specialist and Wellness Coach. She is also the author of two books: “Hope for Healing Liver Disease in Your Dog” and “Help Me! My Dog Won’t Eat”.

For the past 19 years, Cyndi Smasal has turned her love of one dog Norman (the subject of her first book), into a passion for all dogs. She’s helped thousands of dog lovers through her book and hundreds have spoken with her about their own dogs with liver disease.

Cyndi earned her Certification as a Professional Dog Trainer from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers® (CCPDT®). Additionally, she has studied canine nutrition, animal naturopathy including natural and holistic animal care..

She trained over 300 dogs in group classes and now trains dogs in clients homes. She has worked with puppies doing extensive early socialization from as early as 3 weeks old. And she has traveled to train dogs in Florida, Vail and throughout the San Antonio area and Texas Hill Country.

Cyndi has been called the “Puppy Whisperer” because she understands puppy behavior and gives her clients valuable insights into managing and training them to be wonderful companion dogs.

In addition to being a dog trainer, Cyndi brings years of experience with nutrition and pet care to all of her clients. She brilliantly integrates this knowledge and experience and provides valuable education on caring and feeding dogs of all ages.

Cyndi was born and raised in San Antonio Texas. She has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and had a 25 year career in the computer industry. Her love of dogs led her to leave the computer world and embark on a new journey to help pet parents take the best care of their dogs through nutrition, wellness and dog training.

 

Training and Expertise

Dog Training:

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) by the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession – the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). The CPDT-KA certification means that as a dog trainer I have passed a comprehensive exam and have over 300 hours of dog training experience (working with clients); I have a reference (statement of attestation) from a Vet. I comply with a code of ethics, follow scientific principles and receive continuous education.

I completed a dog trainer instructor program and taught group dog training classes at a pet store for 2 years. I’ve been doing in-home dog training since 2016. I’ve worked with over 430 dogs and their people.

Canine Nutrition Training:

I have been feeding home cooked diets for my healthy and sick dogs for over 15 years.

I studied canine nutrition at American Council of Animal Naturopathy and other online nutrition training courses for 2 years (species appropriate home-prepared raw and cooked diets).

I have been using the Pet Diet Designer software for 3 years to create custom diets for my own dogs and clients with dogs with liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, IBD, allergies and cancer. (Following NRC guidelines and Small Animal Clinical Nutrition guidelines)

Pet Industry Experience:

I worked as a pet food representative at pet store for a year. In that position, I learned all the pet food industry jargon and marketing techniques along with their formal pet food industry “nutrition training”.

I worked at big pet store and smaller “natural” pet store for 2 years as Pet Nutrition Specialist. In that position, I completed pet nutrition training (commercial diets) and spoke with pet food representatives from all major brands and learned all their specialties and what each formula is recommended for specific needs.

Pet Wellness Coach Training:

I completed Personal and Business Coach Training in 2003.

I have been coaching/consulting with people about their dogs with liver disease since 2005.

I studied animal naturopathy at American Council of Animal Naturopathy in 2013.

I participated in professional training and development courses and education for 6 years with Landmark Worldwide.

I became a Pet Expert on PetCoach.co in 2014.

Puppy Right Start Program

More that just puppy training at home.

Helps your puppy grow into a happy, healthy, well-behaved companion dog that you look forward to living with for a lifetime.

 

Positive In-Home Dog Training

If you are struggling with an out of control dog or puppy, WE CAN HELP! Real world solutions that work for you and your families’ real lives. We’ll train your dog with you or do the training for you in your home on your schedule.

Pet Nutrition Services

Personalized nutrition consultation for choosing commercial diet or formulating home-prepared raw or cooked (fresh food) diets/recipes and toppers for dogs and puppies.

Wellness Coaching

Knowledge and experience to help you make informed decisions about your pet’s care and health.

Does not replace the services of a Vet but helps you keep your dog healthy and care for your pet during times of illness.

How It Works

Step 1 - Contact Cyndi

Start by contacting Cyndi. Fastest response is via Text.

Tell us about your problem or what you need help with.

Step 2 - Free Phone Assessment and Consultation

Cyndi will discuss your problem with you on the phone during a free phone assessment and consultation.

After Cyndi determines that she can solve your problem, she will schedule an in-person consultation.

Step 3 - In-Person Consultation

Cyndi will come over to meet you and your dog to evaluate your situation.

She will listen to your training goals and discuss your options.

Once you and Cyndi have come up with the best solution, she will schedule your service and make arrangement for payment.

Step 4 - Services Performed

Dog training services are performed in your home.

Nutrition and Wellness consultations are performed over the phone or on Zoom call.

You may need to provide further information or follow further instructions for nutrition and wellness services.

Once your information has been received and payments arranged, Cyndi will perform the service.

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

by Roger Caras

See What Our Customers Have To Say!

Cyndi Is The Real Deal!

I cannot recommend Cyndi enough! She was amazing with the dogs and also with me and my roommate. She took the time to get to know each dog (we have two) and train them up from there. She was patient and professional with us and provided amazing coaching and feedback. If you’re looking for someone to assist you training your adorable four- footed babies, Cyndi is that person! Please call her! Cyndi is the Real Deal!

Chad M.

Pet Parent to Beau & Ella

Early Puppy Socialization Works!

Hi Cyndi, All the puppies have left and it’s pretty quiet here. Wanted to thank you again for all your help over the last many weeks. The pups will be much calmer, more confident, and better pets because of your work with them. All the new owners were impressed with what you did to advance their socialization and thought their puppy was really smart!!  You’re a terrific trainer and a very nice person and so glad we had you help us with the puppies. We’ll miss seeing you on the regular basis we have been but hope you’ll stop by sometime. Thanks again Cyndi…you did a fantastic job!!!

John H.

Pet Parent to Ruby, Rowdy and Rufus, Southern Labradoodles

Cyndi’s Dog Training Plan Works!

Pawtastic Pet Solutions (Cyndi) worked with me to create a specific plan for my dog and it worked!! My Reba (10lb yorkie) was attacked by a larger dog. Cyndi worked with me (over the phone) to ensure the trauma did not have significant long-lasting emotional impacts.

Simone K.

Pet Parent to Reba

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.

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Get In Touch With Cyndi To Discuss Your Specific Needs

Thank you for considering me to be your Dog Trainer and Integrative Pet Specialist.

Please feel free to contact me. Send me a text or direct message. I usually respond right away.

Cyndi Smasal, CPDT-KA

Cyndi Smasal, CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer / Integrative Pet Specialist

Author, Nutrition Specialist and Wellness Coach

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Common Questions

How Much Does It Cost?

Prices vary per service

Initial consultation over the phone/zoom/chat to discuss your dog/cat and see if we can help, is always FREE.

Initial Dog Training Evaluation and Consultation fee is $125 for 1.5-2 hours, performed in your home. If you purchase a training package, then this consultation is also free.

In-Home Day Training Programs vary between $337-$477 per week (3 dog training sessions + 1 transfer session)

In-Home Dog Training/Private Lessons & Coaching are $97 each, with discounts for packages of 4 or more lessons, starting at $348.

Pet Health Coaching/Nutrition Phone/Zoom consultation fee is $45 for half hour or $87 for an hour (phone/zoom).

During the consultation I will listen to all of your concerns and develop a custom integrative solution to meet your specific needs. Prices for custom solutions vary.

This is similar to how things work when going to see your Vet. You pay a visit fee and then pay for each additional service provided.

(Prices are subject to change. Discounts and payment options are available for preferred customers and referrals from partnering independent pet stores.)

How Long Does It Take?

This depends on the service.

  • In-Home Day Training Programs are usually 2-3 weeks.
  • In-Home Dog Training/Private Lessons are usually done once a week over 4-6 weeks.
  • Custom diets usually take 5-7 days.

There is currently a 1-2 week waiting period for new dog training clients and custom diets. Please contact Cyndi right away to get on the schedule.

What kind of dogs do you train?

I work with dogs of all ages that come from breeders and rescue groups. Almost any kind of dog. Here are the ones I've trained the most.

  • All Doodles (Labradoodle, Australian Labradoodle, Golden Doodle)
  • Boston Terrier
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Corgi
  • Labrador
  • Chihuahua
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Mix breeds with: Boxer, Chow, Poodle, Lab

I specialize in working with:

  • Doodles
  • Puppies between age of 8 weeks - 16 weeks
  • Teenage puppies between age of 7-10 months
  • Multiple dog households
  • Sibling puppies (sibling syndrome)
  • Special needs:
    • Deaf
    • Breeding male and female
    • Fearful (shy, skittish, runs away, won't come, barks a lot)
    • Reactive (barks and lunges on walks at dogs and people)
    • Slow learner (seems stubborn)
    • Hyper and energetic (can't settle down)

I train dogs that:

  • Bark to much
  • Don't come when called
  • Don't listen
  • Pull on the leash
  • Run out the door and don't come back
  • Chew and destroy objects and furniture

I DON'T Train:

  • Dogs with severe separation anxiety
  • Dogs with aggression
  • Dogs that need major behavior modification

 

Who do you work with?

I work with people who love their dogs and think of them as family. I work with people who want a companion dog and don't want to use old fashioned training methods that use force, pain and fear. And I work with people who are interested in what’s best for their pets…good nutrition, positive training and holistic/natural health and wellness.

I specialize in working with:

  • Multiple dog households
  • Sibling puppies (sibling syndrome)
  • Doodles and their guardians
  • Puppies of all breeds
  • Dogs and people with special needs

I provide solutions to:

  • Train your puppy to grow into a happy, healthy and well-behaved companion dog that you look forward to living with for a lifetime.
  • Resolve your dogs bad behaviors using a positive approach
  • Give your dog the best diet for their health and longevity
  • Deal with the challenges that come with caring for a dog at different stages of their life
  • Care for a pet with a chronic illness
What dog training methods do you use?

I use the following Modern Dog Training Methods:

  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Force Free
  • Lure and Reward
  • Shaping
  • Capturing

I follow the Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) Standards of Practice and Code of Conduct set forth by CCPDT, APDT and IAABC (professional dog training organizations).

I do not use shock collars, choke chains or harsh punishment.