Our trainers use balanced dog training teaching methods. We use both rewards and corrections to create a communication system between the dog and its owner. We find that all tools in a dog trainer’s toolbox have a purpose when used correctly. By not limiting ourselves to one approach or type of equipment, we open the doors to make training a positive, fair, and effective experience for each dog and its owner and to move the dog forward.

As balanced trainers, we start training new commands and behaviors with rewards (either food or a toy) to positively guide the dog in the right direction. Once the dog understands the command, we slowly add distractions to increase the level of discipline the dog has for that command. When we are sure that the dog understands what is being asked of him/her, we can then hold the dog accountable for disobeying a command. This is when a correction would be given. A correction can be a touch, a word, or a small pop of the leash.

​“When done correctly, corrections allow us to create very clear information about what is and isn't allowed, and what should and shouldn't be done. Corrections not only enable us to reinforce practical obedience, but they also help us to influence and cultivate the proper state of mind and discourage the unhealthy state of mind”  (O’Shea, The Good Dog)

Our goal is to cultivate the connection between the dog and its owner. By doing this we create well balanced dogs that owners are proud to take anywhere.​


Lori is Pet First Aid and CPR Certified

Lori Hamilton

Owner & Head Trainer

Lori Hamilton, born and raised in Silicon Valley, has trained over 800 dogs through individual and group training classes. Her methods effectively solve unwanted behaviors while making training fun and rewarding for both the owner and the dog.

Her specialties include but are not limited to:

  • Dog/People Aggression

  • Anxiety

  • Obedience Training

  • Any Breed - Any Size

Dog training begins by helping family members become the “Leader of the Pack.” Lori trains her dogs with the foundation of the “Pack Dog Theory.” According to this theory, dogs are born into a pack, and when they join your family they become part of “your” pack. In every pack there needs to be a leader—that leader needs to be you!


Lori’s training empowers her clients to incorporate their dog into everyday life. This includes correcting unwanted behaviors while teaching each dog to be an obedient and well–rounded member of the pack.

Amy Gist


Amy joined the LHDT team in 2014, where she began developing her skills under Lori Hamilton as an apprentice. 


Since 2015 Amy has worked on her own, training clients and their dogs. Amy enjoys helping her clients develop better communication with their dog, which, in turn, leads to effective training and amazing results.


Amy realizes that not all dogs learn the same way, which is why she customizes the training to accommodate every dog and their owner to ensure a great outcome. Her goal is to get your dog motivated and engaged so that training will be a fun, exciting, and satisfying experience.

Amy is Pet First Aid and CPR Certified

Kori Sanchez


Kori has been with Lori Hamilton’s dog training since fall of 2016. She attended San Jose State University and graduated with her Bachelors in Human Resource Management in 2015.


Kori has always had a passion for animals. For years she worked with horses, but got her start in dog training with her yellow lab, Remy, in June of 2016. Through shadowing with Lori and Dallas she found her passion for dog training.


Kori enjoys dog psychology, obedience, and behavioral training. Through seminars, and shadowing other trainers, Kori stays updated on the latest techniques, always working to learn new methods of training. She prides herself on keeping a calm demeanor throughout training while also remaining assertive.


Her goal is to engage the dog as well as the owner. Kori tailors each training session to best fit the owner and their dog to ensure the best outcome. 

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