Canine Counselor Inc

Phyllis Smuland, Dog Trainer and Owner - Established 1990


Rescue Dogs Responsibly


A free website to help you choose a safe, enjoyable dog for a family pet.  Includes videos, flow chart, breed information, and more!!  Also good for choosing any dog from a breeder.

Dogs and Children Stop the 77


Website for children to learn proper interaction with dogs.  Prevent dog bites to children here.

House Training Book


The most comprehensive house training book available.  Find it used on Amazon.  House training is usually a consistency problem combined with giving the dog too much free reign in the house.

Finding a Breeder


There is a lot of info on the internet about puppy breeders and how to find a good one.  Read many articles carefully, and follow the advice given.  We see many problem puppies that the client thought were bought from reputable breeders. Don't get duped.  If its too good to be true it probably is.  Be especially leery of "designer" dog breeders.  Don't be in a hurry .  It may take a year to find a good breeder with a puppy.  Here is one article of many.  .

Dog Nutrition

Proper  Nutrition is important for your dog to be his/her best.  If your dog is having potty issues, inflammation, itchy skin, eating objects, or acting hungry a lot, they could be suffering from malnutrition.  Many commercial pet foods are sub-par for dogs to thrive.  (They can survive, but not thrive). Read the link for dog nutrition information and see our blog page

International Assoc. Of Canine Professionals


Phyllis is a professional member of the IACP.  This website has links to articles to help you and your dog.  It also allows you to locate trainers in other areas of the country.



We recommend Katie from Katie's Mobil Pet Spaw.  Serving Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Centreville, South Riding, some of Fairfax, Vienna, and Great Falls. If you don't see your area listed, please contact me and I will see what I can do!

Trainer if we are booked

Sometimes Phyllis is too busy to see her prospective clients quickly.  In that case we recommend Ang

If Phyllis is booked too far in advance we recommend our colleague Angela Leuck at



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