Sam Sumridge (Baldridge) CPDT-KA

Have you ever had something that was built just for you? Maybe it was a custom handmade musical instrument? Maybe a car? Or a Motorcycle? Its really hard to put a price on something that is made just for you and fits you perfectly.

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That's the way I'll train your dog or puppy. I don't have any pre-scripted lines or one-size-fits-all training plans. I start fresh with each person and every dog. Just like a master luthier building a matchless, one-of-a-kind guitar, all I need is the material to work with and my toolbox. Given those two things, I can lay the foundations of training for you and your four-legged friend. Every time you pick up your clicker or leash, your dog will jump for joy at the chance to train.

My name is Sam Baldridge, I've always had a knack for animals.  I really learned about animal training from horses when I was a National Park Service Ranger in 2010. My Horse's name was Clyde and he was a huge Northumberland Shire horse. I was taught my horsemanship by Navajo riders who used bit-less bridles and clever reinforcement, which was not to make their horses do what they wanted, but to convince their horses to want to do what their riders wanted.

My history with dogs begins sometime in the womb. There was always an American Fieldstock Labrador retriever or two tearing around our house growing up. Training was something that never really stopped no matter how old they got. Suffice it to say that I have plenty of experience with how to deal with chewed banisters and all manner of other canine ridiculousness.

It was unsurprising to me how the learning theory that I picked up from my Navajo instructors with horses translated right over to dogs. All it took to start getting the most out of dogs was to learn their body language and to shift my own way of thinking about training. I get better at this every time I train.

I got a Tibetan Mastiff puppy in early 2014. With him, I'm doing quite a few dog sports from Confirmation shows to K-9 Nose-work and lots in between. I'm really excited about it and I'm throwing myself at it 110%.

In 2015 I passed the CCPDT dog trainer certification and now am honored to carry the letters CDPT-KA after me name

If you are interested in hiring Sam to help train your pets, please contact us.