dog trainer standing with hand open to an australian shepherd performing a sit and stay

Leum Unutoa, VSA-CDT, FF

I have always been deeply passionate about animal behavior, dedicating my life to understanding and communicating with our animal companions.

My love for dog training began at a young age and grew into a fulfilling career. With several years of experience and a dedicated commitment to professional training over the past eight years, I have refined my skills in the art of canine education. I've attended esteemed academies to further my knowledge, and I am certified as a fear-free professional trainer, specializing in alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in reactive dogs.

I believe in the importance of ongoing education to stay at the forefront of animal behavior. I am dedicated to keeping up with the latest developments in the field to provide the best training for you and your dog.

In a world full of information, I welcome and appreciate client inquiries that challenge my understanding, as they present opportunities for growth. You can trust that I will continually seek answers to your behavioral concerns and guide you through them to the best of my abilities.

Thank you for considering me as your partner in your dog training journey. I look forward to helping you and your furry companion.

Demo Dogs

These pups are who you will see the most in our training content.

Australian shepherd sits on a long in a heavily wooded forest


Husky sits and looks up at the camera


Border collie sits and smiles at the camera



Certified Professional Dog Trainers will have gone through an assessment process, lead by the top trainers and behaviorist in our industry. We are tested in a broad range of knowledge and skills in ethology, learning theory, dog training technique, and instruction. It takes tremendous skill, multiple technique adjustments, countless hours, dedication, testing and learning in order to be certified as a professional dog trainer, especially if under the the most scientific, ethical based training methods.

Unfortunately, the dog training industry is an unregulated field, and anyone can call themselves a trainer. We are advocating to have all behavioral professionals to be certified before working with clients of severe behavioral complications. ​Below you can learn more about the current certifications that StayWildDog carries.


Victoria Stilwell Academy

Certified Positive Dog Trainer, Mechanics and Ethology


Fear Free Professional Dog Trainer

Certified Dog Trainer specializing in reducing fear, anxiety and stress in our canine companions.


American Kennel Club

Certified Dog Trainer and Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen, Puppy S.T.A.R. Program, Urban AKC


Red Cross Pet CPR/First Aid

Making sure both you and your pet are safe

We believe in transparency when it comes to trusting your dog trainer. ​

And that means being upfront with our training methods, practices and skills.

We are a reward-based training professional.

We use the latest scientific and ethical approach to understanding your dog, and helping you understand as well.

With years of extensive canine ethology, behavioral science and learning theory, there is no need for the use of aversive or punitive measures when you work with us.

So chuck that shock or prong collar, and join us to have a lasting relationship and long term behavioral change!





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