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Courtney Horning

Hello there! My name is Courtney Horning. I am a dog trainer for Bozeman Dog Training at the Bozeman Dog Company and Invisible Fence of the Big Sky!


I started working with dogs at a very young age, volunteering at animal shelters, shadowing veterinarians, animal clubs in school, and helping raise all my family’s dogs, cats, and all kinds of little creatures growing up. Beginning at age 13, I started working at veterinary hospitals. Through high school and a few years after graduating high school, I worked as a veterinary technician at animal hospitals in Memphis, TN.

I moved to Bozeman, Montana from Memphis, Tennessee in 2012 to continue my education at Montana State University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor degree in Psychology. Following graduation, I began working at Bozeman Dog Company and Invisible Fence of the Big Sky as a trainer, office assistant, and a pet consultant. I joined the Association of Professional Dog Trainers to continue learning and building my skills to provide the best positive reinforcement training techniques to all of my clients.

I offer three different classes; Puppy Preschool, Adolescent Puppy Training, and Intermediate Obedience Training. Each class is 6 weeks long; 5 weeks of training and the 6th week is added for their “Graduation night” where I put together an obstacle course, certificates and goodie bags for all the participants!  I also regulate the number of participants for each of my classes to ensure each dog and owner has plenty of one on one time with me during class, minimize distractions for the puppies so they have space to learn and retain the training, and build close relationships with each owner and their dog. I also offer Private training for clients that prefer one on one in-home training sessions for obedience and any other behavior problem owners may encounter with their dogs



This course is for puppies ages 3 to 6 months old. The puppies must have at least two rounds of their puppy shots to ensure their immunity is built up enough to be in a group setting with other puppies (proof of vaccination will be required). This pre-school class will focus on socializing your puppy to different people, other puppies, toys, cars, and common things dog’s encounter such as leads, feeders, fence and avoidance systems. During this course, owners will learn some about food/nutrition, stages/phases of their puppy’s development, common puppy problems, breed characteristics, potty training, and anything else the owners may want to know about how to work with their new puppy!


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A tailored training program to help desensitize and counter condition your dog's response to their triggers. Create positive experiences in every situation with your dog!


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An hour to hour and a half long session, one on one training with a customized training plan to help you achieve your goals with your dog in and around your home and city!


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Does your dog lunge, bark, growl in overreacting to other dogs? This class is designed to help reactive dogs learn appropriate impulse control around other dogs. In the class, we will simulate real-life situations to set your dog up for success and a positive experience in challenging situations.  Your dog will learn coping skills as well as the importance of focusing on you as their leader, listening for your guidance and instruction instead of displaying reactive behaviors toward other dogs.  What was previously a confrontational situation will become a positive association! 


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 This training course is for dogs of all ages.  Proof of vaccination is also required for this course. This course will be geared more toward training techniques for sitting, laying down, learning to heel on a leash, and other basic doggie manners. We will go over handling and restraint methods as well as Q & A on other types of training methods and things to work with your dog on through his/her lifetime.

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