Positively Dog Training in Northern Indiana

Neika Smessaert, RVT is proud to announce her partnership with world-renowned dog trainer,

Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog!!  

LogoNeika is able to provide easy dog training solutions for busy families, incorporating the whole family in the process based on skills and abilities.

MY MISSION is simple…..to help you have a better relationship with your pet!  To make your pet a positive asset to your family.  I do this by using Positive Reinforcement, non-aversive training techniques, teaching you and your dog a better way.  There is no need for stressful corrections, physical punishment or barbaric equipment.



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The strongest relationships between dogs and humans are based on cooperation and kindness rather than a human dominance/animal submission methodology which is central to outdated traditional training methods.  Positive training helps to establish and maintain a connection that increases trust and therefore creates a stronger bond between dog and owner, because if your dog feels good about you, he will be a happier and better-behaved dog.


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5 Reasons To Choose VSPDT
  • All VSPDT trainers have been chosen by and worked personally with Victoria.
  • VSPDT's are the most accomplished, professional dog trainers world-wide
  • VSPDT's can help with any issue using only positive, science-based methods.
  • VSPDT's never use pain or fear when working with dogs.
  • VSPDT's teach effective canine communication skills to achieve lasting results.

Success Stories

Sarah & Lucy

"Excellent teacher and highly effective training methods!! Over the years, I have raised other dogs and completed puppy obedience classes with them but have..."

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Rebecca & Twinkle and Rosie

"Neika was amazing when we got a puppy, and amazing again when we adopted a rescue dog who had some anxiety issues. Her positive training techniques always..."

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