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Danette Johnston

Danette Johnston

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Danette Johnston is the owner of Dog’s Day Out daycare and training center in Seattle. She has trained dogs (and people!) working in animal hospitals and shelters and worked as an animal-assisted therapy instructor. She started a Shelter Training Program in which she educates staff and volunteers at rescues to improve the lives of shelter animals. She currently shares her home with Ernie, a brown tabby with many extra toes, a 20-pound fluffy rescue dog named Boogie, one human teenager, and a very tolerant husband.


  • New York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Film/Cinema/Video Studies, graduated 1989.
  • Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, studied Veterinary Technology, 1996 – 1998.



  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA).
  • A Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP) Trainer.
  • Past Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in the state of Washington.
  • Licensed Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club.


  • A presenter for Doggone Safe teaching bite prevention to school-age children.
  • Creator/instructor of Barks & Babes, a specialized class for expecting parents on how to prepare their dog for the family’s human addition.