​​Susan Ward, CPDT-KSA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

     - Knowledge & Skills Assessed


We limit our classes to ten dogs.  Susan and Rob teach as a team, making sure everyone receives the individual attention needed to achieve their best.


     SHEDD AQUARIUM - 2015

     Chicago, Illinois

     The Great Big Dog Behavior Workshop - 2018

     Minneapolis, Minnesota

     Clicker Expo - 2019

     Portland, Oregon

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer

           Knowledge & Skills Assessed

  • Bachelor of Science - Education

  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers

          APDT Professional Member #71158

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Time to train some wolves!  "Under the Hood" by Ken McCort with demonstrations, lectures, and interactions with the canids of Wolf Park. The emphasis is the new research on neuro-biology and how it affects training.

Susan is committed to staying current on the latest research on animal learning and training.  One of the ways she does this is by regularly attending seminars and conferences to learn from the best!  Listed below are some of the highlights of her continuing education.

Susan was selected to join 19 other animal trainers from around the world to train marine mammals at the Shedd Aquarium. Mentoring under Ken Ramirez, internationally renowned dog and marine mammal trainer, was a "bucket list" kind of experience.    


Susan Ward,  CPDT-KSA


Three days of demonstrations and lectures by some of the world's best animal trainers:  Susan Owings, Chirag Patel and Leslie McDevitt to name a few.

     Ready, Set, Groom! - 2017

     Minneapolis, Minnesota


We specialize in training companion dog owners.  You will learn in small, easy steps so you can train your dog to be well mannered in the context of your everyday life.



Susan started pupDOGS Training in 2009 after 20 years of educating children.  She combined her passion for training animals with her knowledge of human learning.  Although her title is Dog Trainer, it is her ability to educate the species at both ends of the leash that sets her apart from the competition.


Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB presented on behavior from Puppy Breath to Grey Muzzles and From Theory to Practice.

Continuing Education

     Wolf Park - 2019

     Battleground, Indiana

Laura Monaco Torelli

Karen Pryor Academy Faculty, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CPBC

Demonstrations in training dogs to become willing partners and thereby cooperative with all types of handling, including veterinary care and grooming tasks.  

Rob Ward, Training Assistant