We train the most important dog in the world... YOURS!

At Best Behavior Dog Training our goal is to teach you how to train your dog to be a fabulous companion.

Using scientifically proven training methods, Best Behavior takes a whole dog approach to achieving your behavior goals. We can help you with basic manners as well as common behavior problems. By taking a holistic approach, we create relationships based on trust and understanding. We believe training should be fun, effective and humane.

Motivational training using praise and rewards allows you to improve your ability to communicate with your dog. When your dog clearly understands what you are asking, he is eager to comply. By using food, play and praise, you and your dog can become a great team and achieve your training goals.

Best Behavior has been training dogs on Florida's Treasure Coast for since 2004. In that time, Trainer Cecelia "Cissy" Sumner, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, PCT-A has developed many custom training programs to fit the needs of her clients. All of Cissy's training is driven by motivation. She firmly believes that if we can open the path of communication with our dogs, they will be happily compliant. Her clients, canine and human, enjoy the results of positive dog training.

Best Behavior is happy to have trainers Gerry-Anna Jones, CPDT-KA, Sheri Anderson, ABC Certified Dog Trainer and Kim Dahan as part of our team.

From group companion dog manners classes to classes for dogs with aggression and excitement issues, Cissy and the staff at Best Behavior Dog Training have a program to fit the needs of you and your dog.



Cecelia "Cissy" Sumner came into dog training as a midlife career change. After 20 plus years in retail sales and management, dog training has become her passion.

Cissy has qualified for the following credentials and certifications:
• Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed since 2003
• Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed (Cissy helped develop this evaluation)
• Certified Behavior Counselor-Knowledge Assessed (Cissy was one of the first 30 people to earn this credential world-wide)
• Professional Canine Trainer-Assessed by Pet Professional Guild (Part of the first administration of this evaluation)
• Animal Behavior Manager for the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County
• AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
• Former Director for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
• Columnist, "Ask the Dog Trainer" in the Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers

In addition to training dogs to be loving companions, Cissy teaches and competes in the sport of canine agility. Cissy has titled a variety of her own dogs as well as her clients in CPE, AKC and USDAA agility.

My weekly column in the Press Journal

Becoming a Dog Trainer in Midlife: Cissy's Story






Rocket Recall
      March 31 at HSVB - Preregistration Recommended!

Family Dog Manners
      begins April 11 and 13 at HSVB

Heeling Fronts and Finishes
      begins 4/18 at HSVB

K9 Sniffer Games
      begins 4/14 at HSVB


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