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Referral List

Here are some trusted recommendations for services I've personally used and trusted for my own dogs. These referrals include people and companies that I highly recommend.

In Tune Dog Training

Dog Trainer

Nancy Le is a dedicated certified professional dog trainer serving the South Bay Area for over a decade. Committed to force-free and reward-based training methods, Nancy graduated with honors from the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, often likened to the "Harvard for Dog Trainers." She continues her education under the mentorship of renowned dog trainer Jean Donaldson.

Nancy holds additional certifications, including Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), Separation Anxiety Professional (SAPRO), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), Animal Behavior College (ABCDT), and is an AKC CGC Evaluator. Her expertise and commitment to modern, humane training methods ensure quality service for dog owners seeking effective and compassionate training for their pets.

For more detailed information about Nancy and her approach to dog training, you can visit her webpage at

The Dog Abides

Dog Trainer

Joanie, a dedicated and experienced dog trainer with a Ph.D. in Philosophy, discovered her passion for dog training through her own dog, Mulligan. Mulligan's behavioral challenges led Joanie to reject harsh training methods, prioritizing compassionate and effective training techniques that preserve the human-dog bond.

Her approach emphasizes positive reinforcement while minimizing punishment, focusing on creating positive associations and adjusting training methods to modify undesirable behaviors without resorting to fear or force. Joanie is committed to the well-being of dogs and does not use harsh methods such as fear, force, or pain in her training. Learn more at https/


Dog Trainer

Kelly Lee is a highly educated dog trainer, holding a Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) from The Academy for Dog Trainers, along with a BS in Zoology and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Currently pursuing a master's degree in applied behavior analysis, Kelly's background reflects a strong foundation in animal behavior.

Her training philosophy at Dogkind emphasizes positive reinforcement using rewards like food, toys, attention, and play to encourage desired behaviors while avoiding pain, fear, or startling techniques. This approach ensures no risk of increased fear or aggression in dogs due to training methods. Dogkind provides focused training yielding positive results that both you and your dog can feel good about. Learn more at

Indy's Place Pet Hospital


Indy’s Place Pet Hospital in Foster City, CA, is committed to providing exceptional veterinary care while prioritizing the emotional well-being of pets through Fear Free medicine. This approach focuses on understanding animal behavior and psychology to minimize stress during vet visits. By employing gentle handling, positive reinforcement, and proactive strategies, they create a relaxed environment for pets, ensuring enjoyable visits and effective care. Their mission is to relieve pet anxiety, making visits stress-free, and promoting overall health and happiness. (My dogs have received vet care from both Dr. Kerem and Dr. Goldfarb.  Both are highly recommended.) Learn more at

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