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Helping Puppy & Dog owners find joy and peace through training

in-person training for dog & puppy owners in helenA & butte, MT

A trained dog is a joyful dog.

Would you like to enjoy having family and friends over again?

What if you could avoid bad behaviors and habits by starting dog training at a young age?

Are you looking for a "go everywhere" dog?

Meet the Trainer
Madie Sanford, M.S., CPDT-KA, CTDI

     I have over 10 years of experience handling dogs and 5 years of professional dog training experience. I am one of the first few hundred people in the US to receive a B.A. in Anthrozoology. In addition, I earned my M.S. in Animal Science from Texas Tech University.

     In my 5 years of professional dog training, I have trained basic obedience, therapy dogs in training, scent detection, tracking, and service dogs. I thrive in training puppies, as well as service dogs, but I love working with and meeting all types of clients.

     When choosing a trainer, you want someone who is compassionate, understanding, and knowledgeable. With my background in veterinary care, shelter dogs, research, and the human-animal bond, I bring a unique and holistic outlook to my training services. I'm also a certified professional dog trainer- knowledge assessed with the CCPDT. I utilize reward-based training methods and stay up-to-date on recent research to provide high quality training.

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My biggest seller is in-person programs. It provides a personal touch and allows you hands-on experience.


Virtual training programs are excellent for those who live outside of my service areas.

Trainer Led

If you aren't available to participate in training, I will lead the training for you. No need for you to be present for training sessions!

Board & Train

If you are about to purchase or adopt a puppy, consider the pup attending school first!


I have a lot of materials that allow you to learn on your own time and apply my information to your situation.

Training options

Want to join the team?

I am always search for highly motivated, compassionate, willing individuals to work with Bark 4 Joy as a contractor. If you are in Bozeman, Missoula, Butte, Great Falls, or Helena, and you'd like to speak with me about joining the team, please send us your resume using the button below. Contracting positions are paid per client.


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