Skye's Background

Skye Poitras, owner and trainer of Skye's Dog Training, is a Certified Behavior Consultant - Canine (CBCC-KA) in the Salt Lake City area and is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Skye grew up in the Salt Lake area, graduating from the University of Utah in 1999 with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. Before dog training, she worked as a media buyer, first in Portland, Oregon, and then in San Francisco, California.

While living in San Francisco, she spent most of her weekends volunteering at the Berkeley City Animal Shelter working with dogs on walking and training basics to make them more adoptable to prospective adopters. Volunteering gave Skye a passion for saving shelter animals and an understanding of the importance of training and bonding that is essential for keeping animals in their homes, preventing them from ending up in the shelter in the first place.

By 2003, she was tired of the corporate world and tired of working late on deadlines. She wanted to go home and spend time with her family and her dogs! She quit her job and moved back to Portland to do something she had a passion for: working with dogs. Skye knew that learning to be a trainer would be a way she could help dogs stay in their homes and out of the shelters.

In 2004, after a year of training to be a trainer, Skye started her own business, Skye's Dog Training, and in 2005 she was certified as a professional dog trainer (CPDT) by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Since 2004, she has been teaching classes — ranging from puppy socialization to Canine Good Citizen to Service Dog Training — and helping owners through private training consultations with everything from house-training to aggression and fear issues using only positive, humane, dog-friendly methods.

When her daughter, Austin, was born in November 2006, Skye added "full-time mom" to her job title and found a whole new respect for the time constraints facing families with children and dogs. Skye loves working with families to help everyone in the family develop a great relationship with their dog through training and mutual respect.

In June 2008, to be closer to family, she decided to leave Oregon and relocate her business to Salt Lake City. Since moving back to Salt Lake, Skye has started working with several local and national organizations through her training business.

One program Skye particularly enjoys working with is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary's "Canines with Careers" program. Her work with this program includes evaluating and selecting shelter animals to be placed with prospective clients in need of service animals. Skye also runs her own service dog training program and helps individuals in the selection and training of many kinds of service dogs. To learn more, check out her Service Dog Training page.

Skye's areas of expertise include the assessment, management and rehabilitation of dogs with aggression issues (dog & human based), separation anxiety, generalized fearful behavior and phobias, and the training of Psychiatric Service Dogs. But of course Skye also loves working with newly adopted puppy and adult dogs (of ANY age & breed) on the basics to help them fit in to their new home.

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