About 

Why use positive reinforcement training?

One of the benefits of the booming dog training industry is that the field is continuously updating its understanding of our canine companions through a great deal of research into the welfare of animals, specifically, dogs. One key foundational concept is that of the animal’s quality of life. The use of positive reinforcement only training techniques has been shown to result in happier dogs who learn faster and have fewer behavioral problems throughout their lives.* At Sit, Stay, Play Dog Training & Behavior, we strive to accomplish owner training goals while providing a healthy, ethical training experience that helps both humans and their dogs. By using positive reinforcement training, we can help the owner and their dog develop a strong relationship bond and two-way communication built on trust and respect.

Camille Asmer,

CDBC, IAABC ADT, CBCC, CPDT

My name is Camille Asmer and I am the owner and head trainer at Sit, Stay, Play Dog Training & Behavior.

Studying about dogs is absolutely fascinating to me so you can always find me taking a class in my free time. Here are some of the education opportunities that I’ve had:

  • Aggression in Dogs Master class, Michael Shikashio
  • Living and Learning With Animals, Dr. Susan Friedman
  • Graduated with honors from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy
  • Studied clicker training through Karen Pryor Academy
  • Attended seminars from amazing leaders in the dog training industry such as Emily Larlham, Susan Freidman, Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, Debbie Jacobs, Ken Ramirez, Chiraq Patel, and Denise Fenzi.
  • Enjoyed online classes studying not only training, but dog behavior and applied animal behavior analysis.
  • Worked for Project 2 Heal as the Head Trainer. Our goal was to breed, raise, and train Labrador Retrievers to become service dogs or highly skilled companion dogs for people with disabilities.
  • Worked for Zoom Room Dog Training where I taught private and group lessons in obedience and agility.

I have earned national certifications:

 – Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

– Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC) by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), an independent council that works to maintain high-proficiency standards in the dog training industry.

I am also a Certified Fear Free Professional trainer. Fear Free professionals work hard to lower pets’ stress levels during veterinarian visits and in their everyday lives.

My passion is helping people reach their goals with their dogs. Whether it’s instructing all levels of obedience to dogs and their humans or helping a dog with a behavior issue, I’ll always be using a positive reinforcement-based, scientific approach. The greatest joy in my job is watching the client-dog bond that is formed through force-free training!

Kelly Keebler, KPA-CTP, CPDT

Hi! My name is Kelly Keebler and when I’m not playing or training with my puppy Border Collie, you can find me at the rink playing ice hockey!

Since every dog is a unique individual, we are constantly studying our craft to find different techniques and solutions that will help you and your pup(s) communicate and understand each other. To better help you, here are some of the education opportunities that I’ve enjoyed:

  • Aggression in Dogs Master class, Michael Shikashio
  • Living and Learning With Animals, Dr. Susan Friedman
  • Attended conferences from amazing leaders in the behavior industry
  • Coached a variety of classes at the biannual Wild Blue Dog Camp in Lake Tahoe to help raise money for canine cancer research
  • Worked for PetSmart where I taught private and group lessons.
  • Worked at multiple daycares teaching facility staff about body language and safe ways to manage playgroups.
  • Volunteered at multiple Humane Societies across the country providing enrichment and training foundation exercises. 
  • Competed in Rally with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Together we achieved a Rally Advanced Title.
  • Chair of the Education Committee for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

I have earned national certifications:

– Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT)  by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), an independent council that works to maintain high-proficiency standards in the dog training industry.

 – Karen Pryor Academy – Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) 

 – Animal Behavior College – Certified Dog Obedience Trainer (ABCDT)

There is no “one size fits all” training plan that can be applied to all dogs and their families. I will be able to give you a variety of tools for your training toolbox to find what works best for your lifestyle. Often by changing the environment surrounding our dogs’ unwanted behaviors, we can provide alternate options that will keep everyone happy.

“We all make mistakes, human and animal alike. It is our response to those mistakes that matters in life.”

Our Full Accreditations

Fact Academy - Premier Online Trainer Academy
Force-free Alliance of Carolina Trainers
Canine Good Citizen Evaluator - Charlotte, NC
Living and Learning With Animals :C

Training Philosophy

We all make mistakes, human and animal alike. It is our response to those mistakes that matters in life. We can choose to be angry and respond with force to make an animal do what we think is correct, but that teaches the dog to be fearful of thinking and fearful of making choices, and it damages our relationship with our dog. At Sit, Stay, Play, we teach the behaviors we like and reinforce them with something the dog considers to be positive such as treats, praise, or toys. Sometimes a behavior occurs that is less desirable, and it will happen…after all, who’s perfect??? In these instances, we simply ignore the behavior or redirect the dog into a great behavior that we can reinforce and celebrate. It has been scientifically proven that dogs will repeat a behavior that has been reinforced and will be much less likely to repeat a behavior that has not.