Cecilia Schmitt

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I am passionate about helping people and dogs, and it has been my dream since I was a child to be a professional dog trainer. I am committed to getting great results through positive, science-based teaching and training methods. Through my company I offer a variety of services ranging from small-group classes to in-home behavior modification to competitive-obedience coaching and much more. If you are interested in my services, please e-mail me at cecilia@sscaninecoaching.com (link sends e-mail) or visit my website www.sscaninecoaching.com.


I've been training dogs for more than 20 years. As a teenager, I competed in obedience trials and canine musical freestyle with my golden retrievers. Later, I had a greyhound I trained in agility, freestyle, and competitive obedience and showed in conformation. My dogs have won many titles and awards. When I was 16, I appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart with my golden retriever, Penny!

In 2011, I started assisting and apprenticing for several different dog-training instructors through the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA). A few years later I started teaching classes for the FCPA. I taught or assisted teaching all levels of obedience, agility, rally, and flyball. In 2014, I founded my own business, Sterling Silver Canine Coaching, LLC, which is licensed, bonded, and insured. Since then I have dedicated myself to gaining more formal education in the field of dog training. In addition to being a Karen Pryor Academy Certified training Partner (KPA CTP), I have a career diploma in dog training/instructing from PennFoster career school, I am a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and I am certified in pet CPR and First Aid from the Pet Professionals Guild. I am a member of the Pet Professionals Guild, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers.

I have experience training, and helping others train, a wide variety of dogs. Most of my personal training experience has been with golden retrievers, greyhounds, Pembroke Welsh corgis, Belgian sheepdogs, American bulldogs, shepherd mixes, and pit-bull mixes. Through KPA's programs I have also developed an interest in training other species, including cats and horses.

Services Offered: 

Small group classes including: basic dog training and an ongoing hybrid topic class for all levels.

Private training: behavior modification (addressing problem behavior), basic manners training, puppy training, intro to dog ownership for new dog owners, coaching for competitive obedience and rally, intro to agility and other dog sports, Canine Good Citizen prep lessons and testing, and more

Pet-Sitting: Occasionally, I offer pet-sitting services to my training clients.

Services Offered Summary: 
Group classes, hybrid online classes, behavior modification, basic manners, competition coaching for dog sports, intro to dog sports for fun, Canine Good Citizen prep and testing, intro to dog ownership for new pet parents, and more
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+1 (703) 609-3793
22150 Springfield , VA


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