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Meet Your Trainer

Trainer and Dutch Shepherd sitting in heel position
Family hike with kids and dogs in Colorado
Dog sitting pretty for a toy with dog trainer
Sam Ward
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator // 
Associate Member, International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)

Hey there! I'm Sam, and I'm the owner and trainer here at Adventure K9. I'm also a mom, a wife, and fellow dog owner, so I understand what it's like to want a balanced household dynamic with dogs.  

I've loved all things dogs my whole life, and became passionate about working dogs during my college internship with a local Fire Marshal's office and watching their accellerant and bomb detection dogs work and train. In my training career, I've gained knowledge and experience from not only the pet dog side, but also the working and sporting realms as well.  There is so much to learn from all sides of the dog training spectrum, so I am thankful to have insight in more than one aspect. 

I'm originally from the Mid-Atlantic, but Colorado has been my home since 2018. I love hiking and local coffee shops and spending time with my family.  I'm passionate about helping families form strong bonds with their four-legged family members through structure, consistency, and play.  I understand that every dog is different, and every family dynamic is different, so there's no "one size fits all" method for every team.  I can show you how to reward and shape the behaviors you want, and how to fairly correct the behaviors you want to stop.


My Dutch Shepherd, Loren, and I enjoy keeping busy with Nose Work, Dog Parkour, and have recently discovered a love for Canicross!  There are so many fun ways to explore the world with your dog, and I'd love to help you find something that gets you excited to train with your dog, too!

There's no magic wand in dog training (that'd be pretty sweet, right??), but if you're ready to put in the work, I'm here and ready to help you get started! Check out the Programs page for information on current programs and pricing.

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