Training with Trust and Respect

Dogs thrive when you give them leadership and attention. By building a relationship with your dog, based on mutual respect and trust, you can have a connection with your dog deeper than you could ever imagine. With Bernadette’s help, you can have a happy dog and a happy family.

See below for examples of Bernadette’s expertise in rehabilitation.


What makes for a happy family? Families typically want their dog to:

  • Come when called, every time, on or off leash
  • Walk nicely on leash, without pulling
  • Sit the first time you ask
  • Lie down the first time you ask

Families also want their dogs to NOT:

  • Jump
  • Charge through doors
  • Dig in the yard
  • Bark and chew inappropriately
  • Climb on furniture you prefer they avoid
  • Steal food off the table and counters
  • Behave uncontrollably
  • Ignore them

Bernadette uses many gentle training techniques, enabling her to customize a training plan that works for your individual dog. Since no two dogs are alike, a cookie cutter training approach doesn’t work for every dog. From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, Bernadette trains them all. She specializes in natural dog behavior and psychology, functional obedience, rehabilitating aggressive dogs, and off leash control.

Her credentials include:

  • Search & Rescue Trainer/ Handler for 10+ years
  • Assisting Colorado law enforcement agencies with rescue missions around the state.
  • CPDT(Certified Professional Dog Trainer) Requires more than 300 hours of teaching group classes, an extensive written test, and recommendations from vets, clients, and other trainers.
  • Certified in the E-touch & Force Free Method ™
  • Graduate of Martin Deeley’s International Schools For Dog Trainers
  • Professional Member of the IACP(International Assoc. of Canine Professinals)
  • AKC CGC Evaluator
  • Regular contributor to Equus magazine with articles on dogs and horses.

In order to stay current on the latest training techniques and animal behavior research, Bernadette attends various seminars and workshops throughout the year, taught by some of the top professionals in the field of dog training.

She has handled dogs and been featured on Animal Planet, Channel 9 KUSA Denver, WB2 News Denver, Dog Fancy magazine, Equus magazine and the Denver Post.


“We welcomed an 8 week old chocolate lab into our family in July of 2016. Our children, ages 8, 5, and 2, were thrilled beyond belief. My husband and I both grew up with labs and figured “we got this.” It became clear at month 3 that “we DO NOT got this.” Scout was smart, stubborn, and manipulative – and she was completely in charge of our house. By October, I was doing extensive research on training because I had spent over a thousand dollars on training books and couch pillows combined…it was time to bring a professional in to the picture. Scout was completely running our household, and NO ONE had quality of life…especially not me.

Bernadette COMPLETELY changed our life. She was able to work with Scout (who is an extremely difficult lab) and then, most importantly, train my husband and I, to work with her, to achieve quality of life after training. She explained to us what Scout needed, in a way that was easily understood, and our entire relationship with our dog changed. I couldn’t be more grateful. Without Black Paw Training, we would have had to re-home our dog, which would have broken everyone’s hearts. I’m eternally grateful to Bernadette, for teaching ALL of us how to live together as a family.”

Contact Bernadette

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