About Your Trainer

I'm Kelly Vaillancourt, the owner of WunderDog Training. 

I teach in-home, reward-based dog training in

Santa Cruz County. 


Using humane, scientific training methods I will teach you how to effectively train your dog using positive reinforcement. Whether it's basic training, leash reactivity, or solving behavioral problems; teaching your dog using force-free techniques has a life long impact. The result is a more confident dog and a stronger relationship between you and your pet. 

When you foster the human-animal bond through positive reinforcement, dogs adapt better, remain calmer and stay more focused.

Force-free focuses on encouragement and a positive feedback loop.  There will not be any physical corrections: no punishment, intimidation, or aversive training tools including prong, shock, or choke collars are used. Understanding your dog's motivations will get the results you want to see.

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My call to pursue dog training as a career began while volunteering at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. While working with the adoptable and non-adoptable dogs, It was clear how many dogs end up in the shelter due to lack of positive socialization and training.

With each dog in mind, I aim to improve their quality of life so they may become good canine citizens and well-behaved companions.

My own pack are rescue dogs, who were on their last chance for adoption, and are the best ambassadors for my training approach.


I attended ’Raising Canine’, a science-based positive dog training academy which is actively involved with the (APDT) Association of Professional Dog Trainers, (CCPDT) certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers , and (IAABC) International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

I hope to improve the bond between pup and pup parent through building a bridge of communication with one another.  

It's all about Creating Synergy!

            - Keep Calm and Dog On! 

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