Meet our nationally recognized positive gun dog trainers
Thomas Aaron CPDT-KA, ABCDT -and- Linda Aaron CPDT-KA
Thomas and Linda Aaron are the owners of FetchMasters. Tom is an APDT Full Member and an Animal Behavior College certified dog trainer, and Linda instructed canine and equine massage therapy for the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage before leaving that job to continue supporting the growth and success of FetchMasters. They both specialize in working-dog level obedience and off-leash reliability in high distraction environments.
Tom grew up in West Virginia and was introduced to the dog world by his father who raised and trained hunting hounds. He spent his early years hunting for small game in the mountains of West Virginia with a dog known as a “bench-legged feist.” Linda grew up in New Mexico, competing in junior rodeos and spending countless hours in the barn and pasture with her horse and faithful dog who watched over their family’s livestock.
After finding a Labrador Retriever puppy in the high desert near Alamosa, Colorado, Tom and Linda embarked on a journey to train her for bird hunting using positive reinforcement rather than the harsh methods used by most trainers in that niche. This decision led to their researching the capabilities of positive training methods in high distraction environments on thousands of pet dogs and hunting dogs in Colorado, which quickly built their reputations as the go-to trainers for off-leash reliability in and around Denver.
Their knowledge has culminated in the formation of the region’s only Positive Gun Dog Training Program, the nationally known Positive Gun Dog Association, and being featured on the blog of Victoria Stillwell (host of Animal Planets “It’s Me or the Dog”). When not training dogs, Tom and Linda travel nationwide giving workshops designed to teach hunting dog owners and other dog industry professionals how to train hunting dogs without the use of shock collars, choke chains or other aversive techniques or devices.
They also feel that providing superior customer service is of the utmost importance, and they are committed to being the best at it – in an industry that specializes in being gentle with dogs but often is harsh and opinionated with clients.