Canine Counselor Inc

Phyllis Smuland, Dog Trainer and Owner - Established 1990


Working With You To Train Your Dog

Serving the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC Metro Areas

At A Glance



For over 30 years Phyllis Smuland, owner and trainer of Canine Counselor Inc, has been providing caring, competent dog training to her clients in Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington DC Metro area.  She can make a big difference in your dog's behavior using a variety of methods, then teach you how to continue the training.  Phyllis has experience in a multitude of dog behavior issues including house training, anxiety, aggression, dog to dog aggression, biting, walking on leash, puppy training and off-leash reliable recall.  Her detailed training programs produce lasting results.

Canine Counselor, Inc


Although the company name is Canine Counselor, we consult and train the  human family as much as the dog to obtain optimal results.  We tailor our training methods according to the individual dog's and family's needs.  We combine improving the dog-human relationship with obedience training such as sit, down, stay and place. We integrate exposure to real life situations and other dogs into our training programs.  We strive to maintain a calm training environment for your dog's relaxation.

Training Options


Phyllis works one on one with you and your family in your home.  She offers In-Home Consultations, lasting 2 1/2 hours, and follow-up lessons.  She also offers Training School Programs where your dog lives in a home-like environment while receiving top quality training.  The Training School Program includes several lessons to train you for your dog's continued success. She offers boarding for her canine clients that have completed her training program


We like to talk in person. Please call 703-906-0479