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Nan Arthur has been training with positive reinforcement and operant conditioning since 1996, and is committed to using only positive methods with both humans and animals. She owns Whole Dog Training and offers private in-home behavior consultations and training in the San Diego area. Nan emphasizes helping pet parents understand their pets and opening the lines of communication between the two species.

Nan is involved with Freedom Dogs, a local Service Dog group that specializes in PTSD dogs and the support they offer to wounded warriors. She has also authored a popular book called Chill Out Fido! How to Calm Your Dog, and contributes to many other publications. Recently completed the Puppy Start Right program to help puppies get the best start in life.

Whole Dog Training offers full-service dog training and behavior modification in San Diego County. There are two training locations, one in Encinitas and the other a lovely indoor climate-controlled 2400-square-foot facility in Scripps Ranch.


Nan Arthur, KPA CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, has been involved in the animal behavior and training field for more than 22 years. She has a deeply held belief that her mission is to help pet parents and their animals understand each other and communicate clearly with one another using the science of behavior and training.

Nan was the first Adoption Counselor hired by FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) and worked with the San Diego Department of Animal Services in their largest shelter. In 2001, Nan was hired away from FOCAS to become Senior Behavior Trainer at the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) & SPCA. She later added the title of Community Outreach Specialist, all the while designing and teaching many popular classes. Those classes included the Feisty Fido class and Nan's signature classes, How to Live Happily Ever After with Your Dog or Cat (workshops), as well as Puppy Fun Camp. The SDHS was awarded the designation "Best Place to Train a Dog" twice during Nan's tenure.

Nan currently owns Nan Arthur’s Whole Dog Training and provides private training and group classes throughout San Diego County. She works with all dogs, but specializes in impulse control, aggression, and fear behaviors. Nan is a 12-year member of the APDT, and is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KSA). She holds many other certifications in the behavior and training field, and became the first Certified Dog Behavior Consultant in San Diego. Nan is a certified veterinary assistant, as well as an award-winning writer and photographer.

Services Offered: 

Lectures—Dog Be Good, How to Live Happily with Your Dog, Home Alone, Aggression, What's in Your Dog's Toolbox

Classes—Puppy Start Right, Puppy Support, Good Manners, Obedience

Private In-home Consultations and Training—Impulse Control, Aggression, Basic Manners, Puppy Training

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Manners, Puppy Start Right, STAR Puppy, K-9 Nose Work, Rally-O, Grooming/Training services, Behavior Modification In-home and at our Scripps Ranch location
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+1 (619) 561-2602
10035 Carroll Canyon Rd
92131 San Diego , CA


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9 years 3 months