Heart-centered in-home dog training in DC

In your home or on our ranch, we make dog-ownership fun again!

In-Home & On-Site Dog Training

Serving DC, Arlington, Montgomery, Fairfax, Howard, Frederick, and Prince George’s Counties

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a dog trainer. We get it. Your dog is part of your family and you want to make sure you’re making the very best choices you can for them.

Training is great, but the number one thing that every dog owner should be considering MOST is your relationship with your dog.

Relationships drive our every success, and we here at Dreamy Skies Dog Training DC are relationship experts! 

We want to hear your unique story, get to know you and your family, and create custom programs that are going to work for your life and your dog. No two training programs look alike, even for dogs in the same household! 

The time and effort we dedicate to helping you build the right balance into the relationship with your dog is the foundation for lasting results. We aren’t satisfied until you and your dog are happy and content.

If you’re ready for the type of lasting mutually satisfying relationship you’ve dreamed of with your dog, then Dreamy Skies Dog Training DC is the right choice for your family.

We cover all of the most common (and some of the less-common) issues facing dog owners:

Basic Obedience | Aggression Towards other Dogs or Humans | Separation Anxiety | Jumping on Guests or Counters | Leash Pulling and Reactivity | Barking and Whining | House Training and Marking | Biting, Nipping and Snapping | Destructive Chewing and Digging | Guarding and Territoriality | Hyperactivity and Stress | New Baby | Selective Listening | Socialization Issues | In-home Dog Fighting | Basic Obedience Training | Crate Training | Mouthing/Nip/Biting and play biting modification | House Training | Leash Walking | Constructive Play 

COVID-19 INFO [Updated 2/15/21] : We are currently open and seeing clients in their homes with significant safety protocols in place. For in home sessions we require all participants to wear a mask and to social distance as best as possible. We sanitize all items after each visit to ensure the safety of all clients. For those with health or safety concerns we do offer remote sessions.

"I need to board my dog."

Board & Train, Board, Training Puppy, Training Adult, Puppy Socials/play groups, and more to come!

"I need in-home training."

The very best environment to train your pup is always YOUR house. Let us come to you!

Humans (and pups) love us!

My dog is now a source of joy rather than chronic stress

“Several weeks ago I took my 65-lb shelter pit-mix into our local hardware store. As I stood in line to have keys copied, Whisky lay at my feet and put his head on the floor. As we waited for the keys, various people came to pet him or compliment me. “What a sweetie.” “Your dog is so calm.” “So well-trained.” “So RELAXED.”


We cannot recommend Karen highly enough. She is an investment in yourself and your dog.

Our young German Shepherd, Leo, was getting more and more out of control to the point where our kids could not walk him and it was SO stressful. Leash aggression, barking at the door and visitors – and we could not get him under control. We had always taking training and obedience classes since he was little, but those techniques were not working anymore…

-M. H. 

Karen is simply a miracle worker. 

I found Karen when I thought there was no hope- Lucy had recently bit a dog who was in our house.  Karen came to the house for a consultation with Lucy and although I doubted her optimism for training Lucy, we signed up.  Fast forward four months, Lucy is able to go for runs on leash (she was previously too scared to run on leash), ride in elevators with other dogs without barking/lunging/reacting (actually, sitting in a beautiful sit!), and meet strangers with confidence…  

-Caitlin M.

Karen at Dreamy Skies is great!

When I rescued my adorkable dog, Goose, from the Humane Society last May I knew he was supposedly dog selective but he turned out to be dog reactive, lunging and growling at any dog no matter how big/small or close/far away.   It was incredibly stressful. It didn’t help that his separation anxiety led to destructive chewing indoors too!  I felt out of my depth and scared that I would have to return this loving goofy dog to the Humane Society if I didn’t find a solution…


This was our third trainer. If we knew about Karen, would have saved time and money.

Karen has been pleasure to work with. Before Karen we had an extremely reactive dog. Our pup, Isis, would bark, growl, pull, jerk around and do a kangaroo walk anytime she saw another dog. Under Karen’s guidance our Isis no longer does any of this behavior…”

-Roberta G. 

My dog is now a source of joy rather than chronic stress

“Several weeks ago I took my 65-lb shelter pit-mix into our local hardware store. As I stood in line to have keys copied, Whisky lay at my feet and put his head on the floor. As we waited for the keys, various people came to pet him or compliment me. “What a sweetie.” “Your dog is so calm.” “So well-trained.” “So RELAXED.”


Now we feel armed with the skills for life that we need to continue to train my dog, and any future dogs…

“I would highly recommend Karen and Dreamy Skies to any dog parent hoping to cherish their relationship with their dog. It’s been a year now with Hillie and our household could not be more grateful!”

– Mariana M.

” We wanted positive, effective training that puts the mental health and welfare of our pets first.

She delivered all of this and more for our pups who had food aggression, sleepless nights, anxiety, and inconsistent behaviors. Following Karen’s method, the pups are able to clam themselves, excited to come when called (consistently- even out of visual range), sleeps well, can be approached when eating, waits in the other room until we finish eating, and so forth. The pups are happy and we have a stronger relationship since the training. Thanks Karen!”



Karen was honest, calm, experienced, and patient- not only with our dog, but with us too

After working with a different trainer who only used food as motivation for behavior change (which did not work and was expensive), we were hesitant to try another training program- but we had to do something because our little guy shredded paper in the house, stole our clothing and other items, and didn’t know how to behave around bigger dogs without barking like a mad man. He had too many behavior issues to list here! …

-Stephanie L.

Our little guy who used to be afraid to leave the house and would bark his head off at children playing outside is now able to confidently go on walks, pay attention to us instead of stressors, and be his goofy self.

We are SO grateful to Karen for her support of our journey with our reactive rescue dog!! What we loved most was her ability to break down long-term behavioral changes into manageable, short-term steps that each made sense on their own. I was initially skeptical about some of the strategies, partly because I felt like my dog was a bit of a lost cause, but they really build on each other and create a comprehensive approach to building communication and trust with your dog…

– Abby W.

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