Poochy Smooches Dog Training Academy, where 
is our promise to you!

Welcome to Poochy Smooches Dog Training Academy. Poochy Smooches is a Dog Training Academy built with you in mind. Training classes are held in Washington, Union and Sullivan, and Affton Missouri. However we do travel to outside areas upon request. 

The information below will help you get to know what we are all about.  Feel free to brows our dog training classes page for class schedule and locations. All Classes are taught by NADOI Certified and Endorsed Master Trainer, Stefanie Kitcher.  
Dog behavioral issues? No problem, the techniques taught will more than satisfy any issues you may be having.


Professional Dog Training that is empowering dog handlers with the skills they need to truly succeed!


I am an experienced dog trainer and personal motivator that brings a creative flare to teaching dog training to the average person as well as other professionals and dog sport handlers alike. Making dog training fun for both dog and handler is an important part of every class that I teach.  

Driven by a passion to help people, every class has my personal and professional touch as a part of me is infused into the lives of every successful student.  My experience with training dogs has been a life long journey.  As a child, I began training dogs with the loving guidance of my very skilled  father & grandfather. As an adult, I've professionally trained people and their dogs for well over 18 years. My training experience includes a variety of breeds, people, personality and temperament types.  :)

Most certainly equipped with the right tools to help handlers tackle what ever challenge they may be facing, my sites are firmly set on seeing each student surpass even their own expectations.  Having a solid understanding of today's training techniques as well as age-old, tested and tried techniques, helps to better accommodate the vast number of behavior challenges out there, as well as better suits a variety of  life style and personal preferences. 


Poochy Smooches Dog Training (Stefanie Kitcher) has been active in this and surrounding communities for many years and has a positive and trusted reputation both personally and professionally.

I am a Certified and Endorsed trainer with the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and affiliated with multiple clubs. Also an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and Star Puppy Evaluator. 

My programs
 are veterinarian recommended and endorsed by several sponsors including; The City of Union Parks dept, The City of Washington Parks Dept.,  The City of Sullivan Parks dept, East Central College, Four Rivers Career Center and Affton White-Rodgers Community Center to name a few. More importantly Poochy Smooches Dog Training has a very long list of satisfied and successful clientele. Of course our satisfied and successful  clientele is the end goal for me as a professional dog trainer & personal motivator. (See endorsements page for a list of references)


Whether your goal is to change bad behavior, competitive obedience, dog sports, therapy or service dogs or just for fun, my goal as a professional dog trainer is to empower dog owners with the skills they need to succeed.  

I endeavor to teach responsible dog ownership through proper dog and handler training and care as a focus. 
To many dogs end up at shelters as a result of behavior that could easily be modified.  In most cases, dogs are simply displaying behavior that is produced by mother nature herself.  

Understanding  what drives your dog's behavior and how it works can help dog owners better understand how to effectively train their dog.  We must also realize that the dog is not the only one that is in need of training, once we have accepted that fact we can move on to real training that is productive. Focusing our attention on learning how to better communicate and teach our dog the behaviors we would like to see is of great importance to see success.

Dog Training can be very rewarding for you and your dog as long as the training is tailored to not only your needs but supports your dog's unique personality and challenges.

Please contact me if you have any questions, I would love to help you with any training challenges you may be facing.

If you would like to receive regular information about classes and events please scroll to the bottom of this page and fill in the contact form.

Happy Training!
Stefanie Kitcher
Owner / Instructor /  Master Trainer

Certified Instructor  with

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
AKC -Star Puppy Program Evaluator

German Shepherd Dog Club of America
German Shepherd Dog Club of St. Louis
Missouri Rhineland Kennel Club

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