The DogSmith is the unrivaled Dog Training, Dog Walking & Pet Care Licensing company.

Now operating across the  USA, UK and Spain!

Established by Niki Tudge, a Certified Dog Trainer and Dog Behavior Consultant with extensive corporate experience in Executive Management, Leadership, People Training Skills and Customer Service. Niki is also the Founder of The Pet Professional Guild, the only force-free pet professional association in the United States and DogNostics Career College the educational arm of The DogSmith system. In 2015 Niki was also appointed as the President for Doggone Safe, a non profit organization advocating for dog bite safety.

Niki has combined her "people" teaching and dog training skills with her commitment to animal rescue and substantial business knowledge to create a proprietary system of education known as ARRF® supported by an operational implementation process called MTR®. Niki is equipped with a unique combination of business experience, dog training and dog behavior expertise, a background in exceptional customer service, certification as a trainer of trainers and many years consulting to animal rescue groups. She has combined these essential skills and experience to create an unrivaled business opportunity that is designed to provide pet owners with the absolutely most effective method to train and care for their pets while giving back to the community in real and measurable ways while providing a dream life for DogSmith business owners.

The DogSmith of the Villages Dog Training

Niki operates her DogSmith business in Lake and Sumter County, The Villages.  Niki is passionate about Pet Dog Training and works with pet owners to help them transition pets into their homes.

Niki is also a Certified Scent Dog Instructor and pet Doula and works with pet owners experiencing behavioral challenges.   

Whether you are looking to help your pet with manners, teach them Fun Agility, or embark on the worlds of Canine Enrichment and Dog Sports, reach out to me today, and let's chat about how we can work together to meet your goals.

Niki Tudge MBA. PCT-A, PCBC-A

Helping Pets Become Family!

Accredited by The Pet Professional Accreditation Board

  • Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited
  • Professional Canine Behavior Consultant - Accredited

The University of Vermont

  • Pet Doula Certificate

Companion Animal Science Institute.

  • Animal Behavior Technology – Diploma
  • Dog Behavior Consulting - Diploma


HCITB Certifications

  • Certified People Trainer - HCITB
  • Certified Project Manager & Certified Transformation Specialist
  • Business Mentor & Coach

Health & Wellness   Credentials

  • CHI Certified Walking & Running Coach
  • ISSA Certified Elite Trainer
  • ISSA Certified Nutritionist
  • ISSA Certified Transformation Specialist

Qualifications and Credentials

Current Positions

  • Founder & President DogSmith Services Inc
  • Founder & President The Pet Professional Guild
  • Founder DogNostics Career Center

Published Articles on Dog Training, Dog Behavior Consulting & Business Coaching:

  • Barks From The Guild - Industry Trade Magazine for the Pet Professional Guild
  • Monthly Pet column Walton Sun Freedom Link Newspaper
  • Coastal Style Magazine, regular contributor, Pet Column
  • Walton Sun, Pet Column Dog Talk
  • Coastal Pets Contributor
  • CARE Community Animal Rescue Publication
  • Pet Butler Newsletter Monthly
  • Bay Families with Dogs Website
  • Alaqua Animal Refuge publication
  • Expert Author Ezine
  • New Barker Magazine
  • Southern Child Magazine

The DogSmith Has Been Featured in the Following Publications:

  • Walton Sun newspaper, Sept 2007
  • Panama City News Herald Newspaper June 2007
  • New York Times Newspaper September 2006
  • The Niceville Advertiser June 2007
  • West Hawaii Today October 2002
  • Coastal Style Magazine 2007
  • 850 Business Magazine 2008

Training and Development, Business Leadership & Coaching Experience:

  • Florida, 2005 to 2007 - Regional Training Director for a collection of  Luxury Hotels & Resorts.
  • Hawaii, 2000 to 2002 - and Director of Six-Sigma. Multi-million dollar project management for a leading fortune 500 company
  • Hawaii, 2003 to 2005 -  Director of Operations for a Five Diamond Resort
  • The Caribbean, 1990 Regional Training Consultant at Sandy Lane Hotel Barbados, Pegasus Jamaica, Forte Hotel Guyana, and Forte Grand Hotel Egypt.
  • Southern Africa,1999 Business Consultant and Project Manager, Travel Industry and Game Reserves, Gauteng, South Africa and Nigeria.
  • The Middle East 1994 Business & Management Training Consultant in Cairo, Jordan, Cyprus & Abu Dhabi.

My promise to you

As a DogSmith professional, I pledge to use my knowledge and skills for the benefit of pet owners and their pets.

I will practice my profession conscientiously with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of The DogSmith ethics, mission, vision and values.

I accept as a lifelong obligation, the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

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