Dee Launder,

Providing classes for puppies and adolescent dogs. In-home behavior modification.

Serving: Huntersville, Cornelius. Davidson and Lake Norman area

Joanne Ometz, 

Turid Rugaas Certified

Behavior modification, in home training, skills for enhancing the human-dog bond, classes. Specializing in dogs who have been traumatized.

Serving the University, and surrounding, areas.

Amanda Gandolf

Providing basic and advanced obedience, in-home training and behavior modification

Serving: Wilmington area

Elizabeth Traxler,


Providing basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification, specializing in working with kids and dogs, terriers and dog bites

​Serving: Uptown, South Park, Ballantyne, Pineville, Ayrsley, Steele Creek, Sterling, and Fort Mill

Jill Beitel,


Providing basic and advanced obedience classes, behavior modification, in-home training,  and Board & Train

Serving: Charlotte & Union County

Meet​ the Trainers

(listed alphabetically by business name)

F.A.C.T. = Force-Free Alliance of Charlotte Trainers

Jennel Cooper,


Providing basic and advanced obedience classes, puppy training, Reactive Rover classes, in-home private sessions and behavior modification, Daycare

Located in Fort Mill, SC

Kerry McDonough

Providing basic and advanced obedience specializing in urban settings

Serving: Center City and immediate areas including Dilworth, Eastover, Elizabeth, Myers Park, NoDa, Plaza MIdwood, Sedgefield, South End and Uptown

F.A.C.T. Code of Ethics

Each of these trainers has agreed to the following Code of Ethics:

​I understand the purpose of this alliance is to educate the public of the benefits of positive, force-free training and the pitfalls of punishment based, dominance style training in a professional, positive manner. As a member of this group:
•    I agree to provide professional assistance to persons without discrimination on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, health status, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.
•    I agree to comply with applicable laws regarding the reporting of animal bites and possible neglect/abuse.
•    I agree to embrace a non-judgmental approach that includes respect for the rights of client families to make decisions and help them to understand the consequences of these decisions. 
•    I agree to not disclose client confidences except by written authorization or waiver, or where mandated or permitted by law.
•    I agree to minimize the use of aversive stimuli and maximize the effective use of positive reinforcement to modify animal behavior. This precludes the use of choke/prong/electric shock collars, alpha rolls, and other positive punishment techniques. Minimally aversive stimuli permissible include head halters, no pull harnesses, negative punishment techniques such as taking attention away.
•    I agree to maintain adequate knowledge of and adhere to applicable laws, ethics, and professional standards.
•    I agree to not advise on problems outside the recognized boundaries of my competencies.
•    I agree to accurately represent my competencies, education, training, and experience relevant to the practice of animal behavior consulting.
•    I agree to conduct all communications to F.A.C.T. and emanating from F.A.C.T.  in a professional manner and not to blaspheme trainers using punishment/forceful based methods.
•    I agree to represent F.A.C.T. in a professional manner at public events.

Terri McCree

Providing Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Obedience Training, Private, In-Home Sessions, Day Training and GPS-Tracked Dog Walking Services

Serving: ​​Greater Charlotte Area, including Belmont, Mount Holly & Gastonia, NC

Kathy Reilly, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Helping dogs with severe aggression and/or fear, referrals from vets, rescues and trainers only

Serving: Charlotte and surrounding areas

Emily Greene, Amy Blom PhD

Providing private lessons, group classes, and day training in puppy, basic obedience, advanced obedience, agility, scent work and more.

Serving:Greater Charlotte area and surrounding NC and SC counties

​​​Karen Andersen, 

Providing basic training and behavior modification in group classes or private session, Board & Train

Serving: Charlotte, Huntersville, Davisdon, Mooresville, Cornelius

Katy Johnson,

Providing basic and advance obedience through daytraining, private lessons, and puppy board and train

Serving: Charlotte

Angie Epling,


Providing in-home training, group classes and private lessons

Serving: Concord, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Harrisburg, Huntersville and University area

Adriana Jerez, CCDT

Online training courses in puppy training, basic obedience, and more. 

Robin Lincoln

Providing basic and advanced obedience, in-home training, behavior modification, service dog training, therapy dog training

Serving: Charlotte and the Surrounding Areas

Marta Ruela,


Providing In-home training and behavior modification, puppy classes, Board & Train

Serving: Greater Charlotte, NoDa, Plaza Midwood, University, Harrisburg area, Indian Trail & Monroe

Carol Lynn Fox,

VSA Mentor

Providing In home training and classes for puppy, basic and advanced obedience, fitness, CGC, behavior modification, service dog training, therapy dog training

Serving: Charlotte and the Surrounding Areas

Edie Elting,

Area Trainer


Providing classes for puppy, beginner, intermediate, advanced, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog, Click a Trick, potty training, and in store private sessions

Serving: Petsmart Blakeney

Camille Asmer,


Providing basic and advanced obedience training, in-home private sessions and day training

Serving: Charlotte and South Charlotte

Doris Anderson,

Board & Train for Basic Obedience

Serving: Greater Charlotte area, 

Toni Stoltz,


Providing classes for puppies, basic obedience, CGC, and private sessions

Serving: Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver and Lake Norman area

Mariah Hinds, CPDT-KA

Providing basic and advanced obedience, in-home training, group classes, trick and scent classes, growl classes, agility, leash reactivity and fear

Serving: South Charlotte, South Park, Ballantyne, Pineville, Steele Creek, Fort Mill and Rock Hill​

Donna Rogers, CPDT-KA, Dogs and Storks Licensed Presenter 

Offering Day school, private training, group lessons, workshops and open gym

Serving: Concord