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our mission

Courageous Canines is dedicated to helping dogs and their owners live better together through education. Our training and behavioral programs apply the insights of modern learning theory and animal behavioral science, and we exclusively teach, use and advocate positive, force-free training methods. We want to help you better understand your dog, teach them more effectively and forge a trusting relationship with them that will last a lifetime.

collin rochE


Courageous Canines LLC is owned and operated by Collin Roche, CPDT-KA.

"I am passionate about helping dogs and their owners communicate and bond. While I may be a 'dog trainer,' my real work is teaching owners and handlers how to understand dogs and apply workable, enjoyable behavior-shaping techniques at home and in the real world. I teach positive, force-free training techniques to help people guide their dogs and replace bad behavior through fun, cooperative routines and games. My experiences working with dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments has led me to firmly believe that all dogs, regardless of their existing behavior, benefit from a carefully considered and kind approach.

As a lifelong dog lover, my own journey in behavior began with more traditional punishment-based obedience training techniques - my personal experience working with thousands of dogs has led me to a very different and more effective approach. The use of force, intimidation, aversion, and painful equipment in companion dog training can lead to frustration, slower learning, avoidance, anxiety, fear, behavior that is suppressed instead of changed, increased aggressive responses and ultimately, higher rates of euthanasia.

I understand a wide range of techniques and equipment, including those I don't use, and I personally know their strengths and drawbacks. With this background, I help owners navigate the confusing and often contradictory information available in the media, online and even through other trainers. My opinions and techniques have been informed by my own experience and education, and I am determined to help as many dog owners and their canine companions as possible by sharing my insights."



Collin Roche is recognized as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed [CPDT-KA].by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, an independent certifying body for dog trainers and behavioral consultants that is dedicated to high ethical and humane standards, continuing education, and science-based practices.

Collin is also a certified Fear Free Animal Trainer, has completed the Fear Free Shelters program, and works with likeminded owners, veterinary teams, groomers, kennels, rescues, and shelters to improve behavior and quality of care.

Courageous Canines LLC is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, which works to advance excellence and education in the profession of dog training and behavior consulting.

Collin regularly attends professional conferences, seminars, and other continuing educational programs in order to maintain best practices and share insight and innovations from others working in the field.

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