About Me

Dog Training Update:  February 1, 2017

I am announcing my retirement from my dog training business to pursue other career opportunities. From this point on I am referring all of my business to an excellent group of trainers at Pawsitive Practice. Please contact them for all of your dog training needs at:

Pawsitive Practice Training & Behavior Consulting



Sandy Wishnick, CPDT-KA, VSPDT

Sandy is a certified professional dog trainer, knowledge-assessed (CPDT-KA), a licensed Victoria Stilwell Positively Trainer (VSPDT), a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), and a licensed presenter with Family Paws Parent Education Programs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in Business, is a graduate of Raising Canine’s Professional Dog Trainer course and has been in business for over 8 years and specializes in family dog training and puppy training in Cumming GA.

A passionate believer in dog training methods that are grounded in canine behavioral science, Sandy uses leading-edge techniques to change dog behavior quickly and effectively, without any coercion or punishment. She works one on one with clients’ dogs on everything from basic good manners to frustrating behavior problems.

In addition to her professional certifications, Sandy volunteers with the Canine Assistants in Milton GA helping to train and socialize their service dogs. Sandy lives in Cumming, GA, with her husband, their two standard poodles, Lizzie and Lucy.

Professional, Certified Dog Trainer

The CPDT-KA certification is awarded by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the top independent certifying organization in the industry. To earn the certification, Sandy passed a 4-hour written exam on all facets of dog training, including ethology, animal husbandry, learning theory, classroom management and teaching skills—and 300 hundred hours of dog training. To maintain her certification and stay current on training and behavior modification techniques, Sandy regularly attends seminars and conferences given by the leaders in the field such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Nicolas Dodman, Bob Bailey, Patricia McConnell, Victoria Stilwell just to name a few.


Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training

Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers are highly educated trainers who are handpicked by Victoria Stilwell, trainer, author, and star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me Or the Dog to be part of her international training team. VSPDT trainers have similar training experience, knowledge and commitment to using only reward-based professional dog training practices that matches Victoria’s own .

Sandy has worked personally with Victoria and shares both her passion for positive training and her ability to get great results without using outdated dominance-based techniques.”