About

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I am Dianna Stearns, M.A., CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed), CDBC (Certified Dog Behavior Consultant), and CATT (Certified American Treibball Trainer), and the owner of Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC, in Germantown, Maryland. Throughout my life as a pet owner, and my career as a professional dog trainer and dog behavior consultant, I have faced and solved a wide range of training and behavior challenges, using only positive, science-based methods.

diannaI established my private dog training and dog behavior consulting practice in Colorado, in 2005, to give owners force-free, effective training services, geared to their unique family’s needs. In September of 2016, I relocated to Maryland and reestablished my business here, to provide these same services to dog owners in the Washington DC Metro Area, Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia.

get-theballrollingI’ve had 15 years of experience, working with a broad range of dog breeds and mixes, and have served as a trainer and behavior consultant for many regional rescue groups: Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, Western Border Collie Rescue, Friends of Retired Greyhounds, Big Dogs Huge Paws, Colorado Greyhound Adoptions, Summit Dog Rescue, Inter-mountain Pet Rescue, Save the Giants, Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue and Colorado Basenji Rescue. 

I am an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, providing private and class instruction and CGC/Star Puppy testing, for clients who want their dogs to be calm and confident when out in public, or as a pathway into training for service dog work or pet assisted therapy. I have provided public access training for dogs from the North Star Foundation, which places companion dogs in families with children on the Autism spectrum, and the Huntington Foundation, which places seizure alert dogs in families dealing with epilepsy.

In 2010, I became a founder, and then President of the American Treibball Association, a 501(c) 3 non-profit; a job I still hold today. If you haven’t heard of Treibball, it’s the newest, competitive dog sport played in the U.S,. Treibball is a low-cost, low-impact sport that’s fun to play and easy on dogs and their handlers, It’s taught only with positive reinforcement methods and it’s catching on all over the world. Playing Treibball improves communication skills and provides a pressure-free environment for owners to work with their dogs. If you’d like to learn more about Treibball, visit our ATA website, www.americantreibballassociation.org. or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/americantreibball. As part of my Treibball curriculum, I published “Get the Ball Rolling: A Step by Step Guide to Training for Treibball”, in 2013, which is available from Dogwise Publishing, and on Amazon.com.

I believe each dog and family is unique, and there are always solutions for the training and behavior problems we all face with our dogs. Let me help you with yours.