Meet Our Denver Dog Trainers
Meet our Nationally Recognized Dog Trainers in Denver
Thomas Aaron CPDT-KA, ABCDT -and- Linda Aaron CPDT-KA
Our Denver dog trainers, Thomas and Linda Aaron, are the owners of FetchMasters. Tom is a certified dog trainer through both Animal Behavior College and the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainer (CCPDT).
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 Dog Training. She also is a certified dog trainer through CCPDT.
Both Tom and Linda specialize in high-performance obedience and off-leash reliability in high distraction environments, as well as behavior modification for a number of dog behavior problems.
Tom’s journey to becoming a dog trainer was filled with dogs. He 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. She spent her youth competing in junior rodeos and spending countless hours in the barn and pasture with her horse and faithful cattle dog who watched over their family’s livestock. Even before becoming a certified Denver dog trainer, Linda found that she quickly developed strong relationships with both horses and dogs. She attributes this to her father, who was a rodeo competitor and natural horseman.
Tom spent several years in the military and tech industry and badly needed a change of pace. When they found a Labrador Retriever puppy in the high desert near Alamosa, Colorado, Linda suggested that Tom train the pup for bird hunting as a way to get outdoors more.
However, the puppy was fearful and could not withstand the harsher methods used by traditional gun dog trainers. So, Tom began researhing ways to train the dog using positive reinforcement methods. 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 high-drive dogs without the use of shock collars, choke chains or other aversive techniques or devices.
Recipients of the 2016 Denver A-List first-place award for being the best Denver dog trainers, Tom and Linda feel that providing world-class dog training and customer service is their calling.
Our Dog Training Interns
While the folks listed above represent the heart and soul of our training team, we always have a group of interns moving through our system. This is because we prefer to train and promote from within in order to maintain the nuances and integrity of our training methodology.
Our interns typically train dogs multiple times each day under the supervision of the above trainers. So, the interns learn right along with the dogs in our care.
Learn more about our Denver dog trainers by contacting our team today and booking your consultation with our staff.