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Tampa Dog Training Experts

Is your pooch driving you nuts? We can help. We train all dogs, no matter their age, size, or breed.

Read below to learn more about the puppy and dog obedience training programs and classes we conduct in the Tampa, FL area. If you have any questions or would like a free training evaluation, feel free to contact us today!

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Board & Train

Do you want one of the best trained dogs in Tampa? Then this is the program for you! During this program, our professional dog trainers will invite your dog to be a part of their family. The program includes full off leash obedience training and addresses all behavioral challenges.

By immersing your dog into a professional dog training environment, we can provide the necessary structure and repetition to make your dog the very best that it can be. Our trainers will introduce your dog to everyday situations, including living in a home environment, visiting pet stores, veterinarian offices, and parks. Then we will teach you how to manage your dog’s obedience training. We understand that you live a busy lifestyle. Let us do the work for you. FREE consultation.

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Private Lessons

Our private training programs provide one-on-one personal training with you and your dog, either in your home or at a nearby park. This program is fully customizable and will lay the foundation for the results that you want for your dog.

Our trainers will work around your busy schedule by offering evening and weekend appointments. With the help of our professional dog trainers, private lessons will give you the tools that you need to train your dog from start to finish. FREE consultation.

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Board & Tune

After participating in our Board & Train program, we offer a board and tune option. If you are heading out of town, we can board your dog and fine tune its obedience skills while you’re gone! During its stay, your dog will enjoy all the comforts of being in a home environment and the training won’t regress, because our trainers will be working with it every day! It all begins with your FREE consultation!

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Lunch & Learn

If you are a Veterinarian, Vet Tech, Groomer, Boarder, Doggy Day Care staff member, or any pet professional, Sit Means Sit offers an educational lunch and learn program where we will provide lunch and introduce you and your staff to our company and our proven dog training method.

Our experienced dog trainers will cover topics such as the importance of obedience training, how to handle dog behavior problems, and bite prevention. We will even show off some fun dog tricks!

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Entertainment

Who doesn’t love dog tricks? If you are interested in providing entertainment for a special event, then look no further than Sit Means Sit Tampa! Our trainers are available to provide flashy entertainment for your expo, halftime show, or festival.

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Seminars

We offer seminars covering a wide variety of topics including the importance of dog training, understanding dog body language, bite prevention, traveling with your pet, or family planning. If your trade show, event, post office, home owners association, or company is looking for more education on any of these topics or a new topic of your own, please contact us to schedule your seminar today!

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Service Areas

You can come to us or we can come to you in any of the following Tampa, FL areas. Don't see your city? Find a Sit Means Sit Dog Trainer near you.

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Trainers & Staff

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  1. Paul Pollock
    Paul Pollock
  2. Rachel Blose
    Rachel Blose
  3. Megan McKenzie
    Megan McKenzie
  4. Salvatore Devivo
    Salvatore Devivo

Paul Pollock Owner/Training Director

I came across Sit Means Sit dog training when I was living in Denver, Colorado and was looking for a dog trainer. I was referred to them by a gentleman I met in a dog park. I gave Sit Means Sit a call and a trainer named Anthony Bracciante came out to my home and did a FREE demonstration with a dog he brought with him. I was blown away by how obedient his dog was let alone all the cool tricks the dog was doing. What also jumped out at me was how much fun he and his dog were having just doing the demonstration. I thought “that’s great but would he be able to get my dog under control?” I had an Australian Cattle dog with a lot of energy that liked to run.  When I would call my dog to me he would not listen and just keep running away. He had other issues like jumping on people, grabbing food off the table among numerous other behavior issues I was challenged with. He did a demonstration with my dog and within a few minutes had my dog totally under control and making eye contact with him. I immediately signed up for the training. Within three weeks of training my dog was completely off leash and listening to me without any distraction that we came across. When I saw the results and how quickly they achieved these results, I knew this company was the real deal and was something special.

Since graduating from The Sit Means Sit School of remote collar dog training in November of 2007 I have worked with thousands of dogs and have continued educating myself and following my passion to be one the best dog trainers I can be.

Here is a list of some of my training accomplishments:

  • Certified remote collar specialist of the Sit Means Sit School of Remote Collar Training
  • Invited Speaker for the 2012-2015 Sit Means Sit Annual Main Event Conference
  • Attended the Sit Means Sit Annual ‘Main Event’ from 2009-2015 where I obtained numerous certifications in advanced training skills
  • Completed the following seminars and classes:
    • “Animal Acting” with Ashton Fitz-Gerald
    • “Frisbee Disc” with 2008 & 2010 World Frisbee Dog Champion Lawrence Frederick
    • “Trained retrieve”
    • ”Building drive in your dog”
    • “Protection training”
    • “Trick training”
    • “Advanced obedience training”
    • “Working with Aggressive Dogs”
    • “Building a dog’s confidence”
  • Certified AKC “Canine Good Citizen” Evaluator
  • Certified Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog Evaluator
  • Volunteer at numerous facilities, including assisted living homes and schools, my two Bright & Beautiful Certified Therapy Dogs
  • Work with numerous animal shelters and dog rescues to help with challenging dogs, including fostering and working them through behavioral issues, to increase adoption readiness.
  • My dogs have been featured in film, television, magazines, and American Greetings cards.
  • Trained “Goose Patrol” dog to assist in the constant upkeep and cleanliness of city parks, golf courses, and city center. Dog was trained in full off leash obedience, directional work, and the ability to follow obedience commands in any setting.

Rachel Blose Vice President of Operations

I have always been an animal lover for as long as I can remember! Now the proud (and crazed) owner of three cats and two St. Bernard/Rottweiler mixes with my patient husband, we have made quite an animal farm! I am proud to share that I spent seven years on the Board of Directors for the National Super Kids Classic, a national soap box derby for children with special needs. I have also spent time as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Greater Akron, where I was blessed to work with amazing animals, that against most odds, were a pleasure to be around and eventually adopted into forever homes!

I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and studied at the University of Akron working towards a Master’s Degree. I came to Sit Means Sit in the fall of 2010.  For the past four years, I have attended the annual Sit Means Sit Main Event corporate conference in Las Vegas to continue my education in customer service and communication, management, website optimization, and software integration.  I was an invited speaker at the 2017 conference and recipient of the Administrative Excellence Award.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with the best trainers in the business and clients who are second to none. Knowing what Sit Means Sit has done for my dogs alone, had made me a believer in the program. Talking with satisfied clients whose dogs started out with behavioral challenges and listening to the proud dog moms and dads as they share their success stories has ensured me that I am right where I am supposed to be!

Megan McKenzie Trainer

It has been nearly 10 years since I started my career working with animals. Since then, I have had the privilege to work for and manage numerous Boarding & Daycare facilities, work as a veterinary Assistant/Technician in several animal clinics, and manage two different animal shelters. That being said, I cannot image a life with out animals. I have fostered so many animals that I have nearly lost count, always taking on the worst behavioral and medical cases. Out of those fosters comes my 6 dogs and 4 cats who I love to pieces. Working in shelters has helped me to realize my true passion – helping the dogs that everyone says are un-fixable. That is what I love most about Sit Means Sit– we train the un-trainable. The dogs that veterinarians, trainers, and other families have given up on. I started my journey with Sit Means Sit as a client back in 2011. I worked for a veterinary clinic at the time and Sit Means Sit came to do a lunch and learn to tell us all about their program. Needless to say, I was absolutely blown away. I was having a particularly hard time with my Husky/Beagle mix, Sophia. She was very dominant and would bite any dog that would cross her path. Sit Means Sit helped Sophia, along with my other dogs, learn to ignore distractions and how to safely be off the leash anywhere. I never thought in a million years that I could have a Husky/Beagle off of the leash. Fast forward several years, I had the opportunity to join the Sit Means Sit team, first as the Boarding Manager, then as a trainer at our Cleveland-Akron location in Ohio. Now as a trainer here in Tampa, I absolutely love meeting new families and their pups and becoming part of their families. I am proud to be a part of training puppies and watching them develop into balanced and obedient dogs, as well as helping the rowdy dogs gain self-control, and building confidence in the shy and more timid dogs. Here at Sit Means Sit Tampa we aren’t just changing dog’s lives, we’re changing families too!

Salvatore Devivo Trainer

I’ve always had a passion for animals of all kinds. I got my first family dog, Keisha, a chocolate lab, when I was 7 years old. As I got older I had a handful of snakes, bearded dragons, and cats. After Keisha passed, my family moved from house to house, and having a dog just wasn’t practical.  On my 18th birthday I wanted nothing more than a dog of my own. I knew training a puppy would be hard, but boy was I in for a surprise. I rescued my first dog, Romeo, a Pit mix, from a rough area in South Philadelphia. He was malnourished, 3lbs, 5 weeks old, with worms and fleas. It was at that moment in time I knew I had a great love and appreciation for dogs and the people that strive to give them a better life. As Romeo went from 3lbs to 30, and 30lbs to 60, I knew getting a handle on his training would be important for his type of breed. Romeo had difficulty in every area. He chewed clothes, furniture, would run away if you left the door open, leash pulling, and serious aggression towards dogs. When I came to Florida from Philadelphia, I was determined to find a job training dogs so I could not only help Romeo and dogs with behavioral issues, but to also give dog owners like myself peace of mind.
When I got hired by Sit Means Sit I was so thankful to be given the opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge with others. Through my training with Sit Means Sit, I worked closely with franchise owner Paul Pollock and training manager Jim Yuhas. Both Jim and Paul have unlimited resources when it comes to dog training and providing you with the tools necessary to succeed as a trainer. I have also attended two regional training seminars, operated by Fred Hassan and Alfredo Rivera. While in the regional training seminars I have attended a number of classes ranging from controlling aggressive dogs, to motivating unmotivated dogs. Since training Romeo, we added a new addition to the family, Stella, a yellow lab. I love seeing the look on my clients’ faces while doing a demo or lessons. It gives me great satisfaction to know I’m changing not only my client’s life, but giving them back a happy and obedient dog. I know I’m exactly where I am supposed to be.

Testimonials

"When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're great at something, they'll tell you." - Walter Payton

Kali the Dog

I was nervous about not having my Kali by my side, the moment I met Megan I knew she’d take great care of her! Kali is unbelievably smart but equally stubborn and my first large and strong dog. I knew obedience training would strengthen our relationship and open up the world of dogs park in a safer manner. Kali is doing great after the 5 Day board and train, knows all her commands and is working on perfecting them. Megan did great with her and I couldn’t believe how sweet, talented, knowledgeable and caring Megan was with her!

Pearl the Dog

The training with you was a very, very rewarding experience, not only for me but also for my dog, Pearl. I learned a lot about how my body language & attitude affects her attitude as well, and results in positive results. Prior to signing up for your classes I came really close to returning my dog to the pound I rescued her from. I had no control over her in so many areas and I was extremely frustrated, almost beyond control. I was sure there was no way to turn this situation around. BOY WAS I WRONG! Thankfully, my daughter found you and Sit Means Sit turned me and my dog around after our first lesson. I am so thankful for your professional approach and knowledge of my dog and my situation. You were able to shape what I determined to be a hopeless case into a loving relationship with my dog. I’m sure she will progress into a faithful companion as I progress into more training. You have taught me that not only is she a smart & strong-willed dog, but also a very trainable one. Following your advice and training expertise has proven invaluable. Finally, having worked with customers and customer service for over 30 years as a national service manager of a large company, it is refreshing to work with someone who knows how to treat the customer. I appreciate the trouble you have taken to assist me with my (dog) dilemma. You may seldom hear it, but with your proven skills and attention to detail, the customer will serve you and Sit Means Sit well for years to come. Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do and what you have done for me and Pearl.

Zoe & Emma the Dogs

I came to Sit Means Sit as a very frustrated owner. I had even started looking for a new home for Emma because of her accidents and extreme fear of thunderstorms. I had talked with 5 other board and train programs before I met with Megan and Paul but I knew within the first 5 minutes that Sit Means Sit would be the best for my girls. They were typical Cavaliers with the royalty mentality and very sassy when they wouldn’t get their way. Zoe was the alpha of the house and the ring leader. They were yappy and would jump on people that came to the house. It would take forever to calm them down if it was someone staying. If someone was coming to work on the house, I would have to hold them the entire time. Emma was terrified of thunderstorms and would bark incessantly at thunder and lightning. After gaining confidence, she isn’t bothered by storms unless they’re really bad and then I am able to give her a command to help her refocus and she listens. I was worried about being away from them for 10 days but Megan would send me updates, post videos, and would text me updates whenever I asked. It’s such a great program but also having the support after they came home has been a lifesaver. I can call Megan anytime when I’m not sure how to handle a situation or if I need a reminder on something. Emma and Zoe love when Megan comes to visit. I cannot thank you enough!!!

Loki Schroeder the Dog

We had our 9 month old pup, Loki, train for 10 days with Sit Means Sit and it was some of the best money we’ve ever spent. We had to suddenly relocate from Tampa to NYC and they were able to take a pup who had been walked only 5 times in his life (we just let him out freely in our yard throughout the day) to a pup who is now walked multiple times a day in the big city with a million distractions. He is still learning and is still stubborn and rambunctious but the difference is night and day. He knows the commands as long as you practice with him and he has only gotten better and better. The trainers were kind and knowledgeable and helped us understand why Loki does certain things. I highly recommend them!

Bella The Dog

Way to go, Bella! Congratulations! We are so proud of you!!! Special thanks to the Sit Means Sit Team and especially Paul for training “mommy and daddy” on how to work with our favorite little girl, Bella! And thanks to the office staff for working with our crazy schedule to get sessions set up!

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