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Trauma-Informed Training with Annie Phenix

Choose To Train Humane

Work with award-winning author and trainer Annie Phenix. She helps with all behavioral concerns and never uses force, fear, pain, or intimidation.

“Choose your dog trainer as though your dog’s life depends on it – because it literally does. Seek out ethical, educated and humane professionals.”

Annie Phenix

Why did we change our name to Choose to Train Humane?

There are so many reasons we changed our company’s name from Phenix Canine Behavior Experts to Choose to Train Humane.

Here are a few reasons:

Every day we each get to wake up and decide how we will treat our dogs. Some choose violence. We choose to train humane, always.

Dog training has been incredibly harsh for the past 100 years and it’s time to choose to do it differently and with compassion for the dog

We humans have a choice how we treat a dog. A dog does not have a choice who she gets for an owner. We want the world to choose training with kindness.

When you know better, you can choose to behave better to those in your orbit.

The choices you make for your dog are on your shoulders and we want you to make solid, humane choices with your eyes wide open and your heart aligned with your best friend.




Learn from the comfort of your own home about canine behavior and more! (Coming soon!)

Dog with stick in lake


Work directly with behaviourist Annie Phenix who will create a unique roadmap that alleviates stress for your dog and brings peace to your home.


Annie is the best-selling author of two canine behaviour books, The Midnight Dog Walkers and Positive Training for Aggressive and Reactive Dogs.

Positive Training for
Aggressive and Reactive Dogs


Book cover for "Positive Training for Aggressive and Reactive Dogs: Proven Techniques to Help Your Dog Recover from Fear and Anxiety and Enjoy Walks Calmly (CompanionHouse Books) Rehabilitating Fearful, Anxious Dogs"

Force-Free, Positive


Joya’s Overseas Journey

“We found you consultation extremely helpful. It has really helped us to reframe our approach with Joya, and we will be focusing on the steps we discussed over the coming weeks. Since our call we have found she loves massages on the points you mentioned, often sighing and stretching out as we do them. She had a very positive interaction with the man we live with yesterday, actually jumping up at him and letting him touch her repeatedly, quite comfortably – a first since she arrived in the UK!”

Aderyn and Joya in London

Shy Dogs Learns to Trust Humans

Dog standing in green grass

I especially want to thank you for the time you spent with Bubba and me. He has made tremendous progress and is a much happier dog. Also, if you ever need a reference, please feel free to give them my name and number. You’re the best!

Peggy C.


Happy dog on a leash

Savannah saw a small dog outside last night within close proximity and didn’t bark at all! Yeah! We’re so happy to have found you as a trainer to help her and us though all of her trauma.

Faith E.

Intense Pointer Learns Calm and Focus

Dog on a dog bed

We cannot thank Annie enough for helping us with our German Shorthaired Pointer. We have seen a big improvement in her ability to greet people and other dogs and be a more relax dog in our home. I wish we would have done a before and after video to share with other dog owners our positive results. Instead of a dog with anxiety we have a dog with confidence and skills to greet and meet people and other dogs.

Leslie Cook

Walter’s Vet Woes

I just wanted to THANK you again for setting me on the right path. I took our dog to the vet. He had a fever of 104. We did a complete blood panel, awaiting results, as well as a test for tick-borne diseases.

And – to make it worse – he had a large foxtail embedded deep in his ear — poor guy. I’d be aggressive, too, with all that.

Your advice was perfect, and I’m hoping Walter feels better soon and that his behavior goes back to normal.

S.H. – Utah