Learn More About Happy Stretch Dog Training

Happy Stretch Dog Training: Private Training and Group Classes for South Seattle Dogs and Their Families.

Meet Sugako

Sugako, originally from Japan, is a highly qualified professional with credentials including an AS in Canine Behavior Analysis and Counseling, and a BS in Animal Assisted Therapy as well as being a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She is also bilingual, fluent in both Japanese and English!

Her journey to becoming a trainer began when she completed an internship at Companion Animal Solutions, followed by internships at Pasado Safe Haven and Georgia Puppy Peaches. With a background as a former senior certified behavior therapist and registered behavior technician for autistic students, working closely with board-certified behavior analysts for 5 years, she brings a wealth of unique expertise to her training approach.

After witnessing the transformative impact of  dog training programs in jails, where they improved inmates’ social and communication skills while reducing violence and relapse, Sugako was inspired to make a positive difference in the world through dog training. Currently serving as an active lead team facilitator for Atlas Assistance Dogs and teaching classes at Dog’s Day Out in Burien, WA, while also training dog’s at Happy Stretch Dog Training, Sugako is dedicated to helping people and dogs forge stronger relationships while promoting a safer and more compassionate world.

Sugako's Certifications

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • IAABC’s Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT-IAABC)
  • Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM)
  • Certified Fear-Free Animal Trainer (FFCP)
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Evaluator
  • Team Facilitator at Atlas Assistance Dogs
  • AS in Canine Behaviour Analysis and Counseling
  • BS in Animal Assisted Therapy

Our Training Philosophy

At Happy Stretch Dog Training, our mission is to create a positive and lasting impact on the lives of South Seattle dogs and their owners through compassionate, science-based, and force-free training methods. We strive to foster lasting bonds between dogs and their human companions, strengthening their relationship through effective communication and understanding. Our goal is to provide a safe and happy learning environment that empowers dogs to reach their full potential while equipping owners with the knowledge and tools to navigate behavioral challenges with confidence and compassion.

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