A Very Positive Experience

My two huskies and I have had the pleasure of working with Taryn on their basic obedience and behavior problem training. Let me tell you, Taryn worked magic. Huskies in general, and mine in particular, are stubborn and can be very hyper, but Taryn has helped them learn to calm down, focus and obey using their special Zen techniques. And, my dogs love her! You can’t find a better trainer than Taryn!

- Sarah Bennett, Bradenton

Learning to Walk

I adopted a Tripawd named Ziggy in March. He had a few issues so I called Good Citizen Dog Training. One of his major issues was that he wanted to run when I wanted to walk. The slow walking seemed more challenging for him on three legs. We started with all of the basics (sit down, stay, wait, attention and focus, impulse control and so on). Taryn was his trainer and she was very patient with him and with me. She was great! Ziggy really liked her and looked forward to her visits. She taught me some great techniques!! Thank you, Taryn and Good CitiZEN Dog Training!

- Lisa Losordo


Tricks of the Trade

Zeek has amazing attention and focus thanks to Taryn!

Zeek has amazing attention and focus thanks to Taryn!

Incredible Corgis

We had the pleasure of having Taryn work with our two Corgis while they had difficulties adjusting to their new home. Taryn was able to identify exactly what their needs were so we could once again have peace in our house. I love the way she continues to follow up with us even though the training is complete. I highly recommend Good Citizen Dog training to anyone wanting to enjoy their pup to the fullest!! Thank you Taryn for being a great trainer and a good friend.

- Nancy Simpson, Maizy and Millie

Complete Turn Around

"We have two Puggles with very different personalities. In just a few sessions with the help of Good CitiZEN, my wife and I were able to use the techniques to correct the negative behaviors. It was simply amazing how simple the techniques are to grasp. Once you get the basics it’s really endless as far as you can take it; as long as you remain dedicated to spending the time each day with your loved ones. If you're having any thoughts of contacting a Dog trainer, then Good CitiZEN Dog Training is your #1 Pick. Convenient Appointments, Excellent Follow-up Material, and well prepared with training aids."

- Scott & Lori M. Parrish, FL

Good CitiZEN is the Best

"After going through the Advanced Meet & Greet class, Hachi, my Akita is doing great. A month ago I would have never walked Hachi through the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Sarasota, I was too scared because he reacted to others dogs and I would be nervous, and then Hachi would pick up on my nerves and act out more............After the Advanced Meet and Greet class t's totally different. Saturday on Graduation day we all walked around downtown Sarasota, with the trainer guiding our way, Hachi (my dog) was very relaxed which in turn made me relaxed. It's amazing, the difference after 4 or 5 weeks. I feel confident to walk Hachi pretty much anywhere. I would highly recommend this class to everyone.... Thanks again to Good CitiZEN Dog Training!"

- Carol G. Bradenton, FL

Advanced Meet & Greet Class

“I've had at least 4 trainers work with Ellie for leash reaction in the past. It had been very frustrating for my family and our fur baby. While she still has more milestones to complete, working with Good CitiZEN has been amazing, a real eye opener! They have given us the tools and given Ellie the confidence to continue our journey. Thank you!!!”

- Kelly W. Parrish, FL

Can’t Wait to Start Puppy II Classes! 

“Andy went above and beyond to accommodate my lab Koda and I. Koda was 8 weeks when I brought him home and I wanted to get him in training right away. When I contacted Andy, the Puppy K class had started the week prior. Nevertheless, Andy came to our home for the one-on-one consultation and caught Koda up so that I could enroll him in the class sessions. I must say, Koda has done a complete 180 in only five weeks. Although he is still a baby with typical puppy tendencies, he has made tremendous progress. He knows all of the basic commands, walks great on the leash, and just mastered "leave it!" (which comes in handy for a lab who tries to eat everything in sight!) Not only was the training successful, but Koda loved going to class and socializing with the other puppies. I am so pleased with his progress and will be enrolling in the Puppy II class. Andy is not just a great dog trainer. He really does care about your pet as well. It was neat to watch his relationship with Koda, and with the other dogs in our class, grow and strengthen each week. Ultimately, I am more than satisfied with our first experience with Good CitiZEN Dog Training and look forward to continuing to work with Andy in the Puppy II class!”

- Catherine B. Lakewood Ranch, FL

We Learned So Much!

“I'm completely happy with the training Andy provided for Finnegan and me. I was very frustrated with some of Finn's behaviors and really wanted to find a trainer that would come to my house. In 4 fun sessions my dog is a changed animal! We practiced what Andy taught us to do and it works! Finnegan is listening so much better and I feel like I'm in control - well, most of the time. Andy was wonderful with Finnegan and his love for animals is clearly evident. I know that Finnegan and I need to practice his new skills every day in order for him to reach proficiency! I would highly recommend Good Citizen Dog Training to anyone who would like to have a dog who is a pleasure to be around. Andy Sands knows what he is doing!”

- Susan T. Bradenton, F

I Enjoy Taking My Dog Out in Public Now!

“My husband and I have two English Bulldogs and had ideas of taking them with us everywhere. Our female is great. We can take her anywhere and she will behave herself. Our male, Chubbs, was another story. Chubbs was obnoxious, had a very hard time with impulse control and was becoming crabby when meeting other dogs. After taking the Advanced Meet and Greet class with Andy, I can say that is has been a pleasure hanging out with both of my dogs in public. Chubbs no longer has any issues greeting other dogs, is doing much better with walking next to me (as opposed to pulling me down the street) and can calmly hang out on dog friendly patios. It is truly a pleasure to sit outside on a sunny day and enjoy a meal with BOTH of my dogs who will hang out calmly and quietly next to us. A big thank-you to Andy!”

- Jaime S. Sarasota

Good CitiZEN Genuinely Cares

“Andy came to our home to meet our puppy before allowing him into the training class. He spent over an hour talking and listening to us, and observing our puppy's behavior. He offered many good tips and suggestions that evening and we felt very comfortable taking our puppy to his class. The classes themselves were informative and fun. Our dog is a rescue and desperately needed socialization. Andy would always allow some time at the beginning of class so our dog could socialize/play with the other dogs in the class. The best thing I can say about Andy and Good CitiZEN is that he/they genuinely care about your puppy and his/her well-being.”

- Drew H. Bradenton, FL

A Wonderful Trainer for Nervous Dogs

“I have a weimaraner/greyhound mix I recently adopted from a shelter. She's a very sweet dog but has a lot of fear issues. Andy was recommended to me by Betty R at Hooves Paws and Claws. I wasn't sure she was ready for a trainer but decided to give him a call. And I am so very happy I did. The first day he came over, Tesla laid on the bed and shook, was too scared to move. By the end of the session he was able to hand feed her treats and pet her face and neck. He gave me very useful advice pertaining to her specific needs which I've been able to use on a daily basis, He came back in 2 weeks and Tesla was able to recognize him and did not show any fear. I completely recommend Andy for any dog owner who wants to help make their pet have a happier life. Andy has an in-depth knowledge of animal behavior and his gentle attitude towards animals is a treat for this owner!”

- Kerri L, Bradenton, F

Beretta Transformed

“Our 1 year old Great Dane, Beretta, worked with trainer Andy for almost a month. Before we put Beretta into his capable hands we were having issues with her energy level, jumping, barking, and simple tricks. Over the course of that month she transformed! She trained till she dropped! Every day of her training she became more attentive and calm. Another great trait she took away was her socialization issues. She didn't quite know how to play with other dogs before Good CitiZEN. Now our dog park visits she is the one starting the playtime! Beretta requires a lot of patience and she runs out of concentration fairly quickly. Andy was able to circumnavigate those obstacles and get through to her and help give her and us the tools to be the great family member we knew she could be! We are very thankful for his very hard work and couldn?t do it without the help of Andy and Good CitiZEN. We will definitely continue working with Good CitiZEN. Thank you Andy!”

- Christine M.


Three Legged Lover

Our puppy, Zeke, was trained by Taryn Carpenter. He mastered all basic commands and so much more! Taryn is excellent and Zeke absolutely loves her💙. Training a seven month old puppy is no easy feat but Taryn made it look easy. She was also great helping me learn the techniques, which look easy as well and may be for some. I needed to master those and with Taryn’s help I was able to do it. Zeke is almost 2 years old now and continues to know his “bag of tricks” taught by Taryn. Thank You Taryn and Good CitiZEN Dog Training!

- Ruth Ann Watts