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Southwest Florida Dog Training Experts

Sit Means Sit of SWFL provides professional puppy and dog training in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, and all surrounding areas in SWFL. We have a variety of dog obedience training classes for all types of dogs and their owners. We can handle even the most difficult of situations.

Check out the training programs we offer below. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please call us for a free consultation!

Puppy Management Puppy Training

Puppy Management

The first 16 weeks of your puppy’s life are critical to your puppy’s social development. Allow us to help you ensure your puppy is well mannered, confident, and socially adept. Topics covered will include potty training, socialization and confidence building exercises, as well as beginning to lay the basic foundations for obedience with marker training.

Private Dog Training Classes

Private Lessons

Our private lessons last and hour and a half, and are based upon your needs and your availability. These lessons can be provided in your home, in our facility or out in the public. This program allows you to be directly involved in the training of your dog. Our one-on-one instruction will be specific to your family, your dog, your lifestyle needs, and your goals.

Lunch and Learn Dog Training Classes

Lunch & Learn Program

This program is geared towards those working in the pet industry such as veterinarians, groomers, and boarding facilities. We share knowledge of our training system as well as addressing behavioral problems such as aggression, submissive behaviors, barking, jumping, and poor leash manners. Enjoy lunch on us while gaining valuable information that may be helpful to you and your clients.

Board & Review Dog Training Program

Board & Review

Our board and review program  is offered for previous graduates of our programs who need refreshing or fine-tuning in certain aspects of their behavior. This program is usually only five to seven days in length. Again, this is an excellent time to take another vacation while we brush up on your dog’s previous training.

Therapy Dog

The “Go Team” Therapy Dog Training

The Sit Means Sit “Go Team” Therapy dog training is a program that allows you to have a certified therapy dog. With this, you may go and visit hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers, homes, schools, special events, and disaster areas — anywhere a therapy dog is needed! We participate in Paws2Read and BuddyWalks too! What a wonderful way to give back to the community!

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Board & Train

Our board and train immersion program allows your pet to stay with us under the care of our trainers. Over the course of two, or three weeks (based upon evaluation of your pet), your pet will lose their bad habits and evolve into an obedient canine companion. This program is ideal for the pet owner with a busy lifestyle or who wants to take a vacation while allowing us to begin your pet’s transformation.

Feel free enjoy your vacation knowing you are going to return to a more refined best friend. Your pet is trained as we live…we take them shopping, exercising, dining… many activities we will expose to your friend. This is great for socialization and being around distractions.

day train

Day Train

Our day train program offers you the luxury of dropping your dog off to us for the day. Drop your dog off early morning, pick your dog up late afternoon. When you come for pick up, we go over with you what your dog was taught that day, give you some homework, then you go home and reinforce with your dog those commands and behaviors until your next training session. This is great for those wanting to be involved with their dogs training, but with us laying down a good foundation for you to build on.

group class

Group Class

We offer group class on every Wednesday morning at 10:00 and again on Saturday at 10:00. This class is open to graduates of our programs are offered unlimited for the session they purchased. This is a great opportunity to meet other clients and for dogs to learn around distractions.

pet tech

PetTech “Pet Saver” Program

We offer Pet CPR and First Aid classes for dogs and cats through PetTech. PetTech is the premier Pet CPR, First Aid and Care training on the planet. Our programs are used by Homeland Security, TSA and for the majority of Pet Care Professional organizations and groups. This class consists of lecture, demonstration and hands-on skill practice.  Improving the quality of pets’ lives, one pet parent at a time.

cgc evaluation

CGC Evaluation

We are AKC certified evaluators offering The S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, Canine Good Citizen Program, Community Canine Program and the Urban Canine Good Citizen program.

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Service Areas

We service the following cities in the Naples & Fort Myers areas. Don't see your city? Find a Sit Means Sit Dog Trainer near you.

  • Fort Myers
  • Bonita Springs
  • Estero
  • Naples
  • Marco Island
  • Sanibel Island
  • Captiva Island

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Our Dog Trainers & Staff

Click on a person below to learn a bit about their background and credentials.

  1. Tara Matthews Wheeler
    Tarra Matthews-Wheeler
  2. Manny Ortiz
    Manny Ortiz
  3. Diane Hayden
    Diane Hayden
  4. Dan Hayden
    Daniel Hayden
  5. Lauren Rodriguez
    Lauren Rodriguez
  6. alexis foreman
    Alexis Foreman

Tarra Matthews-Wheeler Trainer

Tarra comes to us with her passion for dogs that started from an early age. Tarra knew this was her destiny as every dog she encountered was as drawn to her as she was to them. She is very driven and has a great willingness to learn new things while teaching clients. She wants to teach and train the dogs to help them reach their full potential thus creating a great relationship between owner and pet. Tarra and her dog June make a great team.

Manny Ortiz Trainer

Manny has had a great deal of experience with all kinds of breeds and works well with their owners. Manny, a Bonita Springs native, served in Afghanistan under “Operation Enduring Freedom” as an artillery man. Upon his return, he has spent many hours working with dogs. He enjoys training clients and their dogs. His 2 yr old Shepherd, Luna, is a calm-tempered but hard-working dog who has proven that all dogs, (including those on the aggressive breed list), are trainable and loving.

Diane Hayden Owner / Trainer

Diane began her life as a cardiac nurse with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. While she enjoys aiding and comforting people, dogs have always been her passion. After receiving her training certification and doing an apprenticeship, she has given up her nursing career and jumped into dog training with both feet. She has also completed course work through Duke University in canine behavior and psychology. Her caring and compassionate attitude towards dogs allows her to be very patient and calming even to the most difficult of cases. Allow Diane to improve the relationship with your best friend.

Daniel Hayden Owner / Trainer

Daniel grew up raising, training and showing English Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Bull Mastiffs, French Bulldogs, and German Shepherds.  Dan served in the military for 15 years and has worked as a nurse anesthetist in the civilian sector for over 25 years but continued to train in his spare time. As a certified trainer, he is now devoting himself to making you and your dog’s lives happier and more rewarding. He has also completed course work in canine behavior and psychology through Duke University and Animal Behavior Institute. Allow Dan to show you have much better your dog’s life could be.

Lauren Rodriguez Office Manager

Lauren, a native of South Florida, comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and relevant work experience in all aspects of office management. She’s proficient while being great at multi-tasking and keeping this place running smoothly. Lauren brings her dogs, Bug & Cash to work with her as much as she can. She is also a huge volunteer with the Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue here in SWFL. She has fostered 28 dogs so far!! Amazing!

Alexis Foreman Head Trainer

Alexis Foreman has a multitude of training experience with all breed, ages, and behavioral issues. Receiving her Certificate in Dog Training and Animal Behavior through College. Interning at local shelters and rescues, thereby improving their chances of adoption through her training. Also, Alexis worked closely with an Army Canine Handler for a year on advanced obedience becoming fluent in German Commands. This year Alexis continues her education with Sit Means Sit completing schooling and receiving an additional Certification in Dog Training.
Alexis understands frustrations and problems many experience with new puppies, misunderstood dogs, and well behaved dogs that may need basic or advanced obedience. We are confident you will find her an excellent resource to excel your dog’s education and unlock its potential!


Click below to read what our happy dog owners have to say about our dog and puppy training services.

Diane did a phenomenal job with Juno! She changed her from a shy, fear biting dog into a much more social, confident dog.  It took me a while to learn the training method, but if ever I had a question or concern, she went out of her way to give her extra training and attention to me. I would absolutely recommend reaching out to Diane and SIT MEANS SIT for dog training. She always offers additional training tips and follows up with you even after training.

We have a 7 month old German Shepherd puppy. Wow, what was I thinking getting a puppy! I contacted Alexis regarding training her. She came out to do a demonstration and it was all uphill from there! Lexi graduated training 2 months ago, yet Alexis has continued to send me texts to see how things are going and to ask me if I had any questions. Alexis is very professional and has done a terrific job with Lexi. I would recommend SIT MEANS SIT and her training services to anyone!

This training met way more than my expectations! After failed attempts with 2 other trainers in the area, I was desperate to find some type of training that would work this time. Having dinner with a friend one evening, she told me about her experience with SIT MEANS SIT and how her dog did a total transformation. I called and set up a consultation with them. Dan came out to the house, assessed Molly and we talked about goals I wanted to see out of her.  Dan explained his training approach and addressed any questions or concerns I had. Within a short time I was beginning to see wonderful things with my dog. She even seemed happier too! Thanks Dan the man!

I was totally tired of my 2 year old Golden Retriever pulling me along for walks, not me walking her. I was embarrassed by her pulling at the leash, choking herself all the time. I felt like people looked at me strange. I found Sit Means Sit through my local pet store. Julia did a total turn around. She is no longer pulling at her leash and walks were just that, nothing but pulling! I look forward to our walks so much now. Such a joy to have a happy, obedient dog!

When we heard about Sit Means Sit from a neighbor, and saw how they helped their dog, we knew we had to give them a try. We recently purchased a year old Golden Doodle from a rescue. We had so much trouble just walking her, much less keeping her from jumping on people. We called and went for our evaluation with Alexis. Loved learning how to work with our dog and give her a more structured environment. Now it’s a joy taking her for a walk. I’m not embarrassed anymore. Can’t thank Alexis enough for all she has done for us and Gracie.

Never did I ever think we would be able to handle our dog, as we tried everything to get him to behave. At 8 months of age, I had just about given up… I was such a bad dog parent. We had dogs in the past, but this one was way different. There was no chance I was ever going to get my dog to listen to me, much less behave. What was I doing wrong? My husband and I finally talked and he said maybe try a dog trainer. I googled trainers and Sit Means Sit popped up. I called them and took Max into see them. Alexis said she could turn him around into a good, well-behaved dog. Well, she did just what she said she would do. He’s such a good dog now, our life is so much easier now. If you are looking for a great trainer, look no more. Alexis is the best!

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Sit Means Sit of Southwest Florida
28400 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135


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