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Nan Arthur has been training with positive reinforcement and operant conditioning since 1994, and is committed to using only positive methods with both humans and animals. She owns Beacon of Hope Dog Behavior and 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. Nan has recently completed the KPA Puppy Start Right for Instructors program, working to help puppies get the best start in life.

Beacon of Hope Dog Behavior and Training offers full-service dog training and behavior modification in San Diego County. Nan's training facility is in beautiful Alpine, CA, offering education, seminars, private training, and video consultations.


Nan Arthur, KPA CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, has been involved in the animal behavior and training field for more than 23 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 Beacon of Hope Dog Behavior and Training Services, providing private training in the East County of San Diego. Nan is 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.

As part of the Karen Pryor Academy faculty, Nan takes pride in helping people become certified dog trainers using only science-based methods. 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, Understanding Dog Body Language, and more 

Private In-home Consultations and Training, Video Consultations, private and semi-private lessons in Nan’s Alpine, CA, facility

Services Offered Summary: 
Manners, Puppy Socialization and Training, Nosework, Force Free Vet and/or Grooming Training services, Behavior Modification, In-home Training , Video services, and more—most at the Alpine, CA, location, or in your East County home.
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+1 (619) 561-2602
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+1 (619) 722-4176
1251 Alpine Estates Pl
91901 Alpine , CA


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