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Greatmats 5th Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest

National Dog Trainer of the Year Award Nominations Accepted Now

More that 24,000 votes bombarded the polls over the past two weeks as dog training enthusiasts showed their support for trainers nominated for the 2019 Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Award. Two trainers rose to the top to claim spots as finalists, Abbey Beasley of IncrediPAWS and Michelle O'Neill of The Barking Dog combined to rack up more than 16,000 of those votes.

Congratulations to Abbey Beasley for being named the 2019 Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year

National Dog Trainer of the Year: Abbey Beasley - Pataskala, Ohio


Want to honor a dog trainer for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian or animal rights efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats National Award Series, is designed to recognize Dog Trainers who have made a difference in the lives of their clients, animals and communities through the virtues of service, integrity and quality.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate

(The nomination period has ended.)

To nominate the trainer for this award, email the following information to or visit our contest page and fill out the online nomination form before Nov. 1, 2019. Nominators will not be identified.
  1. Trainer's Name
  2. Name and location of the training facility (Must be located in the USA)
  3. A brief description of why you are nominating this trainer, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality
  4. A photo and/or video of the trainer

How the winner is chosen:

  1. Voting will take place Nov. 14-Dec. 1 2019 for the Fifth Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year Award. The two dog trainers with the most votes will be named finalists.
  2. Greatmats will judge the two finalists to determine the winner based on:
  3. Demonstration of Service
  4. Demonstration of Integrity
  5. Demonstration of Quality

Grand Prize

  1. $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the training facility
  2. Trainer/training facility profile to be released with the announcement of the winner in December 2019.
  3. National Dog Trainer of the Year Certificate

More than 66,000 votes have been cast in the first 5 years of the Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest.

Voting instructions:

Visit Greatmats contest page during the voting period to vote for this year's National Dog Trainer of the Year. Click vote button next to the photo of the Dog Trainer you'd like to win. Feel free to share the ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote. The two dog trainers with the most votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner (scroll down to see prizes) based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

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Read about previous winners of the award:
2015 & 2016 National Dog Trainer of the Year Jeremy Joseph Brown
2017 National Dog Trainer of the Year Sara Carson


Past Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Nominees


JJ & Nicole Klingert - Sublime K9 - Tucson (2018)
Jeremy Brown - The Complete Canine - Tucson (2017, 2016, 2015)


Dusty Trieshman - Clearly Connected Canine - Bishop (2018)
Sybl Saisselin - K9 KeepFit - San Jose (2018)
Sara Carson - The Super Collies - San Diego (2017)
Elizabeth Berry - Four The Paws - Novato (2017)
Jenna Waite - NA - Redding (2016)
Zach Skow - Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue - Tehachapi (2016)


Kelly Roll & Margaret Adams - Rock 'N R Ranch - Hudson (2018)
Barbara Henry - Domina Service Dogs - Lakewood (2015)


Leigh Sylvester - Paws 'N Effect - Hamden (2017)


Tibor Feigel - Zen K9 - West Palm Beach (2018)
Dee Hoult - Applause Your Paws - Miami (2017)
Jackie Dougall - Jackie's Wag N' Train - Hudson (2015)
Jim Crosby - Canine Aggression - Jacksonville


Allisia Vroom - Humane Society for Greater Savannah - Savannah (2018)
Cindy McManus - Noble Beasts Dog Training - Savannah (2018)


Adam Kravit - Positive Pet Services - Buffalo Grove (2018)
Brenda Belmonte - Two Paws Up Dog Training - Lake Bluff (2018)


Tiffany Lambert - Paws & Play Dog Resort & Training Center - Fishers (2018)


Chrissy Joy - BFF Pet Services - Brandywine (2018)


Kaylene Klingert - Simply Manners Dog Training - Salisbury Beach (2018)


Wendy Mackenzie - Plaza Pet Club - St. Clair (2018)


Jason Brodt - St. Paul Police Department - St. Paul (2017)


Tracy Pritchard - Fido F.I.T. - St. Louis (2018)


Chloe Bales - Rock Creek Border Collies - Harrah (2018)

New Jersey

Kathy Medel - DogStar Training NJ - Hightstown (2018)


Hannah Ernst - Down Home Dog Training - Meadville (2018)

Rhode Island

Courtney Gluchaki - K9 Positive Training - Warwick (2018)


Robert Happy Allen - PetSmart - Tullahoma (2018)
Annelise Lynch - The Balanced Canine Training Academy - Crossville (2018)


Jorge Guerra - Fur Paws - Houston (2018)
Felicia Foy - The Fur-Tastic K9s - Waco (2018)
Windy Pool - C3 Hundesport - Corpus Christi (2017)


Christopher Baity - Semper K9 Assistance Dogs - Woodbridge (2016)


Brenda Cirricione - Journey Together Service Dog Inc. - Oshkosh (2016)
Karen Rude - Rude Dog U - Eau Claire (2015)
Lori Peper-Rucks - Sunshine Kennels & Search & Rescue/Therapy/Service/Police K-9 - Luck (2015)


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