Train with Emma

About Emma

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) since 2014. I am an active member of The Welsh Terrier Club of America (resident training writer and webmaster), The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (Professional Member since 2014), and the Dog Writers Association of America (Professional Member since 2014 and 2017 & 2018 Competition Judge). I have been awarded two prestigious Maxwell Awards through the Dog Writers Association of America. I am also an active Masters-level Agility competitor with my Welsh Terrier Miles in 3 major North American venues: AKC, AAC, and UKI. In 2017, Miles was the #9 Q’ing dog out of over 30,000 dogs in AAC agility. Miles is the first Welsh Terrier to earn many different agility titles, and holds the record for most titled Welsh Terrier internationally of all time. Miles is also the first Welsh Terrier to become a Trick Dog Champion in the two international governing bodies for canine tricks: AKC and DMWYD.

Terrier Coach

My passion is to help people lead the best lives possible with their wild, wiry terriers. I have worked with prospective, current, and long-time enthusiasts of “full strength” terrier types all over the world. My approach is non-judgmental and focused solely on success with your dog. My training plans are custom-fit to your needs to maximize success with your lifestyle and dog. I am currently accepting limited clients.

Public Figures and Dog Breeders

Your privacy, flexibility in training, and success are my only concerns. I have a very strict privacy contract.

Prospective Owners

I frequently speak with individuals/families who are interested a Welsh Terrier, or similar high-drive terrier type of dog, to:

  • Find out if a terrier type would be a good fit for you
  • Answer any initial questions you might have as you decide
  • Discuss accommodations that might need to be made to bring a terrier type into your lifestyle
  • Provide non-judgmental conversation — if in our conversation we find that there might be challenges in bringing a terrier type into your life, my goal is not to discourage you from doing so, but rather, to figure out what the challenges might be, so we can discuss what the various ways around these challenges might entail.
  • These initial consultations are available free of charge on a limited, weekly basis.

Distance Training (via FaceTime)

Each session includes:

  • A live 45 minute session tailed to your needs and your dog’s style of learning
  • After your session, you will receive a PDF of your homework, based on our session.
  • For a week after your session, you may send me unlimited emails and videos for review based on the topic(s) of your session.

Areas of Training

Anything Wild, Wiry Terrier, including:

  • Planning prior to bringing home your new puppy or dog
  • Puppy socialization plans (my personal favorite!)
  • Adult training foundations
  • Life at home
  • Out & about
  • Leash walking skills
  • Recall, recall, recall!
  • Crate training
  • Motivating your terrier to love to work and focus on you
  • Diet planning for optimal health & behavior
  • Troubleshooting behavioral issues
  • Rehabilitating reactive terriers
  • Compulsive/repetitive behaviors
  • Preparing for events or travel
  • Helping finding the best local group class training center for your terrier
  • Trick training
  • Success with terrier-specific challenges in performance sports
  • Success for shy, nervous, or over-excited Terriers in the conformation show ring
  • Going from a dog who dislikes being touched, to a dog who is relaxed about handling and grooming
  • Housetraining struggles

For More Information



[heading element=”h4″ style=”bordered” remove_margins=””]Cheryl, USA[/heading]

“Thanks to Emma, my husband and I understand our Welsh Terrier, Knox even more! We found Emma through our breeder and decided to reach out to have a refresher course in Welsh Terrier puppy speak. It had been 15 years since we had a Welsh Terrier puppy and we wanted to make sure we started out our new puppy with on a good, solid foundation. Well after a grooming experience that labeled our puppy ”wild” I quickly reached out to Emma. She put together a plan to help desensitize Knox to being groomed (side note, he wasn’t wild at all…just not used to being brushed, which is logical) along with a few other exercises in foundation training. I can’t tell you how happy we are with the results and that is based on the brushing ALONE! What a complete difference from just 4 weeks ago…it’s almost unbelievable! We can now get near Knox with a brush and brush him without him wiggling away or trying to eat the brush.

Additionally, it has been really helpful to understand what motives our puppy and his inner Welsh Terrier mind. Emma’s approach is very different from any other training instruction, in-person or book, which we have experienced (it is similar to learning a new “language” but way more fun!).

Her approach has proven that training a terrier is very different from training other breeds. Emma’s understanding of the breed and seeing her and Miles working together, is inspirational and makes me want the same for Knox and us. In such a short time Emma has become such a valuable resource. We look forward to learning more from Emma and Miles in the years to come!”

[heading element=”h4″ style=”bordered” remove_margins=””]Danielle, Canada[/heading]

“Even before we got our Welsh Terrier puppy, Oliver, we read stacks of dog training books. We had a plan and we felt completely prepared to raise and train a puppy. But when we brought Oliver home, our wild terrier puppy did not seem to fit any of the descriptions in the books, and none of their tips or methods seemed to be working. Even a trainer that we brought in did not offer us effective solutions. We quickly became frustrated and felt like we’d taken on more than we could handle. Oliver was labelled as “a terrorist”, a dominant puppy, or the worst of the litter. Not knowing what else to do, I reached out to the author of my favourite blog for help.

Emma was a lifesaver then, and continues to be, even a few years later. She helped us to understand Oliver better, and has given us invaluable information about terriers, training, grooming, nutrition, useful products – you name it! It is so comforting to have someone to turn to that understands exactly what we are going through.

A little while later, when we spontaneously adopted a senior Airedale, Millie, it was Emma I turned to for advice. It was also Emma that I emailed back and forth in the middle of the night while I worriedly lay up with Millie after her cancer surgery, and it was Emma that supported us after Millie passed away a few months later.

The special bond that Emma and Miles have, and what they have achieved together is so inspirational for other full-strength terrier owners, us included. Today, Oliver is almost 3, and still has wild moments and a few bad habits that we need to work on. But he is calming down with age, has become quite affectionate, and seems to have bonded with us in his own way. Life with a welsh terrier is not always easy, but with Emma’s help we have learned it can be very rewarding. And whenever I have doubts about something, need advice, or have successes to share, Emma is still the one I turn to first.”

[heading element=”h4″ style=”bordered” remove_margins=””]Milena, Bulgaria[/heading]

“With my partner, we decided to get a Welsh terrier and as this breed is not very popular in Bulgaria, we started searching the net for more info. That’s how I found Miles & Emma. First I read the blog, then at some point I decided to write her a mail and seek advice if the breed is right for us. Emma replied immediately with a lot info and resources where we could find answers to our questions. It was probably 2 years later that we finally got little Welsh and of course I wrote to Emma again. She gave us hints on house breaking, crate training, grooming and many other topics. Emma also shared with us links to articles, blogs and other online resources that helped us get relevant info quickly. Our Arie is now a little over a year old and I am still every now and then turning to her for advice when I am not sure what is the best way to handle a situation and I know that I will get the best possible support right away.”

[heading element=”h4″ style=”bordered” remove_margins=””]Sheryl, Canada[/heading]

“Emma has a real understanding of and appreciation for the terrier approach to life and she finds ways to work with your dog rather than against him or her. Emma is great with the owners too. She understands the extra challenges that come with some breeds and she is encouraging and supportive to people and their pets!”

About the CCPDT and CPDT-KA Certification

"Until the creation of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no true certification process for canine professionals.

Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certifications for their specific programs. These certifications, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific school. Other organizations offer take-home tests for “certification.” These canine professionals are not monitored to ensure they are completing the test without any assistance or collaboration nor is the testing process standardized. This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar.

A task force of approximately 20 internationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to research and develop the first comprehensive examination. The Professional Testing Corporation was hired to ensure the process met professional testing standards. The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers exists to be the industry leader in defining and maintaining competency in the dog training and behavior profession, and The CPDT-KA continues to be the only NCCA accredited credentialing examination available to dog trainers.

— The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers,

What makes a CPDT-KA Different?

The CPDT-KA designation is not a certification that is “bought.” Here are the steps towards becoming a CPDT-KA:

Proven 300+ hours of paid dog training services to a variety of clients, within a 3 year term.

Once experience hours are verified, the candidate becomes eligible for the exam.

The exam is scheduled ahead of time and conducted at a secure testing facility. Candidate may not bring notes and is observed by a monitor throughout the entire test.

The exam is 4 hours, 250 multiple-choice questions.

There is no course to prepare candidates for this exam.

IF a candidate passes, they then must prove ongoing growth and knowledge in the form of 36 credits of applicable continuing education every 3 years. Criteria for continuing education credit is extremely strict.

There are currently roughly 3,000 CPDT-KAs worldwide.