Sarah Stoycos

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Sarah Stoycos is the owner/trainer of Laughing Dog Academy. She offers private in-home clicker training instruction and behavior consultations using only positive reinforcement methods. Sarah has worked extensively with reactive and fearful dogs. For all dogs, Sarah creates individualized plans that include foundation skills and progress to more advanced skills and behavior modification. She also provides day training services and will come to your house and work with your dog while you are away. In addition, Sarah teaches many classes and workshops at Your Dog's Friend in Rockville, Maryland, including ongoing puppy classes.

Laughing Dog Academy is located in Rockville, Maryland, and serves the Washington, D.C. metro area, including Northwest D.C., Maryland, and parts of Northern Virginia.


Sarah Stoycos is a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) and a member of APDT. She has been helping a variety of animal species for more than a decade. Sarah has experience working with many kinds of training and behavioral issues. She has worked with blind dogs, deaf dogs, reactive dogs, fearful dogs, and puppies. The founder and director of the Foster Dog Alliance, a low-cost program designed to help foster families with training and behavioral issues to make their foster dogs more adoptable, Sarah also volunteers for the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation's Restorative Justice Program.

In addition to working with dogs, Sarah’s has rescued and rehabilitated injured seals as well as cared for sanctuary chimps and monkeys. Sarah is especially interested in helping dogs from shelters and rescues become happy, healthy, life-long companions.

A former teacher, Sarah enjoys meeting new people and teaching owners better ways to communicate with their dogs. She founded Laughing Dog Academy not only to promote the humane training of dogs, but also to provide training assistance to her clients, so that dogs stay in their forever homes and out of shelters.

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In-home consultations and individualized training programs for puppies and dogs, specializing in troubleshooting problem behavior, good doggy manners, and basic puppy skills. Day training also available in some areas. Classes and workshops at Your Dog's Friend.

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Offering private, in-home training and troubleshooting addressing basic manners, puppy training, behavioral problems, and shy, fearful, or reactive dogs. Also available are ongoing classes for puppies, a beginner's Treibball class, and short workshops on a variety of topics.
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+1 (240) 498-9920
503 MacArthur Drive
20850 Rockville , MD


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8 years 8 months