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- Kris DuFaux, DuFaux Designs, LLC

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We Can Train Any Dog

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Welcome Dog Owners

Are you struggling with your dog?  We will help!  The place to start is with a simple free
phone consultation. We will talk with you to evaluate your situation and understand your
challenges to end your stresses and struggles.

In home training

 If you have a dog behavior problem that needs one-on-one attention, private lessons can help prevent and/or resolve issues by helping you help your dog become an obedient companion.


Your dogs can stay in our loving home environment in which they will receive training, socialization and lots of love and snuggles.

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Check out our photo gallery of our graduates, presentations, events, and field trips. We are sure you will want to a part of all the activities we have to offer within our programs.

- Faith, John and Happy Jack- Faith, John and Happy Jack
We were so lucky to have found Smart Dogs! Jack had a lot of energy and not much self-control. He did great with the training and he received all four degrees, including his Dogtorate. He is now Therapy Dog certified and comes everywhere with us, including work and school! We continue to take him there anytime we go out of town. We wouldn't leave him anywhere else. Thank you Kristy and Ian!
~ Missy & Nick Patti w/ dog Meesha~ Missy & Nick Patti w/ dog Meesha
Kristy and Ian Dilworth at Smart Dogs trained our 4 year old teacup poodle, and we couldn't be happier! We sent Meesha to doggie boot camp, and the results were wonderful. She was a stubborn little 4 lb. spitfire, but with consistency, knowledge, and a firm but gentle touch, Meesha is a calmer, happier, and a well behaved dog!
~ Kim and Mark w/ dog Piper~ Kim and Mark w/ dog Piper
We have a loving, high energy dog (Piper) that had anxiety and obedience issues. After 10 days with Ian and Kristy, we have a new and improved Piper. We still have a loving high energy dog, but one that is focused on being a responsible part of the family. Thank you Smart Dogs Training and Lodging!
~ Dallas & Carolyn Good w/ dog Tyson~ Dallas & Carolyn Good w/ dog Tyson
After 3 sessions of training we formed an opinion that Ian is gifted! We have a 100 pound American Bulldog that we were terrified we'd have to give up to someone younger and stronger. A friend told me about smart dogs. He no longer bites my husband nor is he aggressive. We will continue his training and we are grateful for their help. I highly recommend Smart Dogs Training and Lodging.
~ Ken & Deb Daley w/ dog Kilo~ Ken & Deb Daley w/ dog Kilo
We adopted a 4 yr old Maltese mix with behavior issues, and that was the reason he was given up. My husband & I felt his next step was a shelter if we didn’t take him or worse. We are so grateful we found Smart Dogs and Kristy. After just one session in our home, within two days, our dog Kilo has changed for the better. 

Dog Lovers

Are you ready to have your dogs professionally trained?

Take action NOW before it gets worse. Let us help
restore order to your home and help develop skills that
will make your dog a well behaved member of the family.

 Call us today for your FREE Consultation. 630-701-9730