Canine Counselor Inc

Phyllis Smuland, Dog Trainer and Owner - Established 1990




Tailoring Training According to Temperament November 8-10, 2019

Location - Near Washington DC in Lovettsville, VA.  Phyllis has 30+ years experience training and evaluating dogs.  She bases her training plan for each dog on the dog's individual needs and behavior issues.  Her assessment of the dog at any given time during training must be accurate to give the dog the appropriate training.  During this workshop, Phyllis will teach students her savant-like evaluation process using students' dogs.  Then the students can practice evaluating dogs.  Next we will come up with a training plan for each dog based on our evaluations.  Phyllis will share why she will perform different training techniques including food reward, behavioral downs, building trust and corrections at each stage in training.  Phyllis uses the right technique for each dog at the right time. She combines obedience with relationship based behavior modification to achieve remarkable transformations in her clients' dogs. Learn which technique with what timing works for each dog to get the ultimate training results. 

*Temperament and the connection to behavior problems.

*Puppy behavior and how to curtail probable problem behaviors before they start.

*Train for temperament. How reading dogs correctly can raise effectiveness of training.

*The difference between anxious and fearful, anxious and dominance, and anxious and insecure dogs and how these combinations require different solutions.

*Combining Obedience and Behavior solutions into your training program.

*Select dogs will be used in training and evaluation process.

*Qualifies for 24 continuing education units for the IACP

WHERE:  Washington DC Metro Area at a farm in Lovettsville, Virginia 

COST: $325  plus  $50 for a working spot


Julie Hart

HOW TO REGISTER:  Email Julie at  She will then send you an invoice to pay via Square online

IF YOU WANT TO BRING A DOG FOR A WORKING SPOT, please email Julie at to register your dog.  A working spot is $50 additional fee.  We will email you an invoice for the working spot that is separate from the ticket price.

Lodging Options:

Gayte House Harpers Ferry Dog friendly  - House - holds 3-5 Must call Dean at 304-279-1672 to reserve

Phagend House - Single Room 

Must call Dean at 304-279-1672 to reserve

Clarion Hotel in Leesburg, VA. $105 night plus breakfast.  $25 dog fee

Reservation must be made by phone and ask for the Training According to Temperament workshop rooms. 703-771-920