Atsuko Greenwood

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In all of her lessons, Atsuko uses force-free, reward-based training methods that have their basic foundations in the latest canine behavioral sciences. Her goal is to create a positive and encouraging environment where learning is always fun for both you and your pet.

Atsuko also has experience training birds, cats, and even fish using a clicker!


 Growing up in Japan, Atsuko was always surrounded by animals. In 2004, she moved to San Diego, California, with her husband, two daughters, and their four-legged children—a Belgian shepherd (Sheena), a Shiba-Inu mix (Misty), and a Doberman pinscher (Oscar).

 Atsuko then shared her home with more fuzzy critters including two Dobermans (Mercury and Venus), both having earned AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification, and Venus having earned a separate Rally Novice (RN) qualification. She now has three rescue dogs; two miniature pinchers (Apollo and Sophia) who used to be shy/fearful of strangers and a Maltipoo (Atlas) who used to be a stray and now has his AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification. She also raises two cockatiels (Peach and Chiquita) and four adopted cats (Tiger, Stitch, Feona, and Cali). Atsuko enjoys participating in dog sports like rally-obedience and lure-coursing with her dogs.

 In 2006, Atsuko graduated from the Canine to Five dog training apprenticeship program in San Diego, and in 2011 she became a proud graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Program. Atsuko is a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP). Continuing her education, she earned a TAGteach Primary Qualification in 2011 and a Puppy Start Right Instructor Certification in 2013. Atsuko is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainer (APDT) and International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and is certified by the American Red Cross in pet first aid and CPR for cats and dogs. Since 2014 she has been involved in two service dog organizations.  She has helped teach group lessons for mobility dogs and hearing dogs for Leash for Life International and puppy raising/Training (Russell, Tobin, and Tank) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with the Freedom Dogs Organization. Currently a volunteer at the San Diego Humane Society, behavior and training center to help dogs with behavior issues to make them more adoptable.

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 Atsuko offers in-home personalized behavior training solutions for a variety of situations, including fearful or reactive dogs and service dog skills/tasks (for example, turning off and on a light switch, opening or closing a cabinet door, picking up clothes, toys, and other items, Alert).

Atsuko’s mission is to teach each of her clients a foundation for using positive reinforcement. This understanding of positive reinforcement training, combined with the proper timing and technique using the clicker, helps clients train their own dogs quickly and focus directly on what each of them wants them to learn.

Feel free to contact Atsuko in either the English or the Japanese language.


Services Offered Summary: 
In-home consultations and training in the San Diego and Chula Visa area. (English/Japanese language) 日本語でお気軽にお問い合わせください。
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+1 (619) 207-7661
91913 Chula Vista , CA


Member for
6 years 9 months