About Us

We are passionate about responsible dog ownership, and constantly working to educate everyone about holistic training approaches and the power of positive training.

Kelly Armour, CTC

Canine Applied Behavior Analysis and Certified in Training and Counseling

A Lifelong Commitment to Dog Training

Kelly has over 25 years of experience working with a variety of breeds and behavior issues, and specializes in working with Pitbulls and Bully Breeds. Kelly is known for her ability to accurately assess, treat, and resolve dog behavior issues using force-free and positive training methods. Her success in helping dog owners has grown out of many years of dedicated shelter and rescue work.

Kelly gained unique knowledge and hands-on training skills working at the Montgomery SPCA where she worked with a variety of dogs of different sizes, breeds, ages, and personalities. Kelly has extensive experience working with puppies, adolescent teenagers, and dogs that were rescued from abusive and illegal situations. She earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) from Jean Donaldson’s The Academy for Dog Trainers.

Community Advocate For Families and Dogs

Kelly is passionate about responsible dog ownership, and constantly works to educate about holistic training approaches and the power of positive training. As a community advocate she works with Pinups for Pitbulls, a National organization that provides education about Pitbulls while raising awareness of Breed Specific Legislation and Breed Discriminatory Laws. She also works with Best Friends Animal Society, and spent a month training and providing behavior modification for dogs in Houston after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area.

She does behavioral assessments and behavior modification for the shelter dogs at The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, in addition to training staff, volunteers, and the public. Kelly also works with Furry Friends Network, Leo’s Helping Paws, and several other local animal welfare organizations. In the past, she has volunteered with Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance and was a lead trainer at HOPE (Hounds of Prison Education).

Why Choose a Dog Trainer with a CTC, Certification in Training and Counseling?

Acquiring a CTC from The Academy For Dog Trainers means that we’re committed to using the most up-to-date, effective training methods. The Academy is a world-leading advanced certification and training program, and is one of the most prestigious dog trainer schools in the world. It is referred to as “The Harvard for Dog Trainers.”

Learn How to Choose A Dog Trainer in an Unregulated Industry

Why Choose a Dog Trainer with a CTC, Certification in Training and Counseling?

Acquiring a CTC from The Academy For Dog Trainers means that we’re committed to using the most up-to-date, effective training methods. The Academy is a world-leading advanced certification and training program, and is one of the most prestigious dog trainer schools in the world. It is referred to as “The Harvard for Dog Trainers.”

Learn How to Choose A Dog Trainer in an Unregulated Industry

The Virtuous Dog is based in Reading, Pennsylvania and offers training services in Allentown, Philadelphia, Lancaster, West Chester, Berks, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Chester, Montgomery, Lehigh, Schuylkill, Lebanon, and more. Additional charge for extended travel. Services include private training for dog obedience, reactivity, aggression, fear, resource guarding, jumping, pulling on leash, recall, crate training, and more. We also offer behavior analysis, remote training and counseling, public speaking and education, and adoption support and matchmaking services.