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Dog Training & Behavior Specialists in Seattle, WA




With Julie Forbes & Darcie Boltz

Our Dog Training Services:

In-Person Dog Training & Behavior Services

Private sessions to help dog owners build a deeper understanding with their dog in all life stages.

Puppyhood: Online Puppy Training

This two-hour video series will lead you through the critically important puppy-raising fundamentals.

Our Podcast

Enjoy a wealth of conversations between Julie Forbes and national dog experts, canine scientists, authors, healers, non-profit organizations, dog parents, and so much more.

Meet Julie and Darcie

Dog Behavior Experts.

Industry Leaders.

Compassionate Guides.

Our approach to dog training is soulful, intuitive, refreshing, and effective. Our style is passionate, respectful, and sensitive to each human/dog combination. Clear communication and boundaries, built on self-awareness, love, and trust, will help you and your dog thrive together.

The most fundamental components of your dog are their biology, environment, psychology, and spirit. We look at each client through a full-spectrum lens. Nutrition, stress, health, genetics, emotional life, learning differences, motivational preferences, and family dynamics are all factors that can impact your dog’s behavior – and we always look at them all.

Meet Julie & Darcie

A Tailored Approach to Dog Training

We tailor our methods and style to match each dog and human combination, for optimal results, and a productive, growth-fostering experience for everyone involved. Widely accepted perspectives on dog training suggest that we can “train” dogs to behave a certain way by using reward and/or punishment. It is simply more complex than that, which is why so many dogs and people continue to struggle despite their efforts. We specialize in:

  • Listening & Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Leash Skills
  • Excessive Barking
  • Puppy Fundamentals
  • Obedience Training
  • Behavior Around Strangers
  • Mental Stimulation
  • Reactivity
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Fear / Phobias
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Genetic Temperament Instability
  • Health-Related Behavior Challenges

Read The Success Stories

After just the first session I saw a huge improvement in her behavior and knew exactly what to do in the tough situations. They understand dogs really well and focus on the specific issues that impact your life with your dog. I feel like I know how to communicate with my dog now.

Julie M.Bisquit - Malinois

She had already improved so much within the one session, and each day I work with her she is improving even more! Even more importantly, I feel excited to work with her each day and implement her new training because she is enjoying it and I don't sense ANY anxiety from her about it. I HIGHLY recommend Julie and firmly believe what we learned from just that one session was worth every penny, and we plan to go back for more.

KaceyRiley - Cattle Dog / Chessie Mix

Our canine companions are integral members of our family, and I cannot say enough positive things about my multiple experiences with Sensitive Dog. Sensitive Dog's strategies and suggestions are shaped by a combination of their vast knowledge of canine behavior, their multiple decades of training, and their evident love and respect for dogs.

Melinda B.Three Dogs With Different Training Needs

Darcie and Julie at Sensitive Dog really turned her around, from a dog that could have become a frustrating handful, to a loving, spunky, well behaved pup and we are grateful everyday that we made the choice to seek their help, it was well worth it, now the time we have to spend with our girl will not be an exhausting challenge everyday, but a fun adventure we look forward to.

Mrs. Murl
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Puppyhood with Julie Forbes

A Complete Video Guide for Raising Your Puppy

These videos will lead you through critically important puppy-raising fundamentals. This video series is comprised of the following eight sections:
  • House Training
  • Crate Training
  • Chewing & Mouthing
  • Socialization
  • Feeding
  • Leash Training
  • Basic Skills
  • Puppies and Kids
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Holistic Approach & Grounded Guidance

Dog Behaviorist - Julie Forbes

Our Podcast

Enjoy a wealth of conversations between Julie Forbes and: national dog experts, canine scientists, authors, healers, non-profit organizations, grieving dog parents, and so much more.

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Our Philosophy

Every dog is a unique individual, with their own combination of history, genetics, personality and health; that influence how they behave.

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Darcie Boltz provides consulting for pet professionals

Consulting For

Sensitive Dog offers consulting services for veterinary and dog behavior and training professionals.

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