Amanda Boyd

Amanda is committed to using progressive, force-free training methods to improve human and dog communication and relationships.

After graduating from Olympia High School in Washington State, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and has a strong background in the art and science of animal learning. She has been working professionally with dogs since 2000 and has supplemented her hands-on experience with formal training in classes, seminars, and workshops given by leaders in the field of dog behavior and training. In 2006, she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and founded her training business, Sidekick Dog Training.

Amanda worked for nearly 10 years as senior trainer with Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, Wash., where she helped hundreds of families build relationships with their newly adopted dogs and puppies. In addition to puppy classes and basic manners, Amanda has developed and taught a wide range of innovative courses including Double Dog Manners, Manners About Town, Reactive Rover and Shy Dog Manners. She is known as the “go to” person for Reactive Rover training in the Puget Sound region.

Amanda currently serves as the human/canine interest consultant and canine expert for Seattle’s King 5 Evening TV show. She was also a regular contributor to the Journal Newspapers’ Pampered Pets column, and her training advice has been featured on The Animal Rescue Site, The Bark Blog, and in both City Dog and Dog Fancy magazines. Amanda is a an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Trick Dog evaluator, is an active member of Puget Sound Positive Trainers (PSPT), and recently co-founded Kitsap Peninsula Positive Trainers (KPPT).

Amanda is equal parts dog person and people person. She is a big believer in giving back to the community and regularly contributes to organizations that work to improve the lives of human and non-human animals, including numerous animal shelters, retirement homes, senior centers, and schools in the Puget Sound area. Amanda was adoption and admissions supervisor for Seattle Humane Society for more than 3 years and was dog program manager at Woodinville’s Homeward Pet Adoption Center for more than a year. In 2006, she set a record for the number of dogs adopted from Homeward Pet. She also volunteered weekly with the Canine Connections prison pet program at Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie for more than 5 years.

Amanda lives in Port Orchard, Wash. with her four adopted dogs and regularly competes in agility and barn hunt; she is also obsessed with canine parkour!
For more information about Amanda and her company, Sidekick Dog Training, visit SidekickDogTraining.com.

Amanda’s workshops

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

August 4, 2019
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will give trainers tips to decrease fence fighting between neighboring dogs. You will learn management strategies to prevent fence fighting, training techniques to reduce fence fighting, and how to collaborate with your neighbors regarding fence fighting.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

August 4, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

August 18, 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop will give trainers an overview of how to coach their students on handling their puppies and dogs around other dogs on leash, with the goal that the dog remains relaxed and does not become reactive.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

August 18, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Sept. 8, 2019
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will give trainers tips regarding how to work with multi-dog families with an emphasis that skills must be taught to each dog independently before they can be successful working together.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Sept. 8, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Sept. 15, 2019
Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors
This workshop will give an overview of how to help your clients set their dogs up for success in the house. Focus will be on general good manners and appropriate choices re: where to go potty, what to chew, how to relax and other common issues.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Sept. 15, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

October 6, 2019
Section 1: The Dog-Human Relationship
In this workshop, you will learn to assess and assist students who seem to have ended up with the “wrong” dog for them. You will receive tips on handling challenging combinations of dogs and families, as well as how to adjust your approach to accommodate the unique student/dog duo in front of you.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

October 6, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

October 20, 2019
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will give trainers tips regarding how to put appropriate canine communication signals on cue for reactive dogs. You will learn the common calming and “cutoff” signals that dogs send to teach other to avoid conflict and how to effectively reinforce the dog for offering them.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

October 20, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Nov. 10, 2019
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will give trainers tips on how to provide services and get income from non-traditional sources. You will learn about options for earning income beyond teaching classes and/or private lessons.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

Nov. 10, 2019

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

2020
Section 2: Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog
In this workshop, you will learn how human behavior affects dog/human interactions. You will be introduced to strategies for coaching clients on approaching dogs safely and politely. You also will learn how to help students build confidence in their shy, reluctant dogs.

Instructor

Amanda Boyd

Scheduled

2020