• A little about us at A Better Dog Trainer.

  • John Vinton

    John has been training dogs and solving the worst behavior problems in the Bay Area for over 13 years. A native of Chappaqua, New York, John grew up with German Shepherd Dogs and came to love them for their intellect and versatility.

    John has vast experience with all full and mixed breeds plus rescues and even therapy dogs who ultimately go on to provide assistance for those suffering from PTSD, TBI as well as mental illness.

    In addition to John's decade-plus experience as a dog trainer, working with thousands of dog's and their owners, John has also:
    Been interviewed for his expertise by:
    • NPR's hour long discussion on dog aggression
    • The San Francisco Chronicle
    • Various on-line media 
    Worked as the Dog Handler for:
    • Sungevity's Video sent to President Obama
    • Milk Bone's Ad campain
    • Product testing at a Fortune 100 Company 
    Is a registered Dog Expert with the Expert Institute:
    • John has submitted Dog assessments for multiple court cases  

    Licensed business owner of A Better Dog Trainer (#04766) 

  • Karen Vinton

    Karen’s first love is working with animals. She grew up outside of Chicago training and showing horses in 3-Day Eventing, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper classes.

    In the early 1990’s Karen turned her attention to training and showing her dogs in obedience, agility and tracking. Karen was Director of Training for The Windy City Agility Club and often spoke to clubs on “Conditioning the Canine Athlete.”

    Karen also trained her first golden retriever, G’Day Dover to become a certified therapy dog, where they excelled at helping handicapped children and senior citizens with the Delta Society. Karen is available for special consultations and specialized classes in polishing and transitioning to competitive obedience, the basics of agility and more.

  • 5-Star rating from over 90% of client reviews.