Maryland's Premier Dog Training Company
Serving Dogs and Owners since 1977

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Founded in 1977 by George Cockrell, Companions Dog Training is backed with more than 3 decades of industry experience.

George Cockrell is known throughout the dog world as a results based dog trainer who cares deeply for the bond between dog and owner. In May of 2012, George began basic training with his 20,000th student. This milestone is one of many George has celebrated.  In his many years in the business, George has seen and worked with just about every situation that may arise when dog and human get together. While the general, all purpose family companions are his main focus, George has great experience in other dog endeavors. Obedience Competitions, Animal Control , Police, Military, Assistance, Therapy, Hunting, and TV work are all prominent on his resume.

George is a devoted Husband and Father, and a lifelong resident of Maryland. He does extensive work with numerous Dog Rescue Organizations throughout the region.
When not working with owners and their dogs, George enjoys Family time, Riding His Harley Davidson "The DawgHawg" and  Driving his beloved 1953 Ford Pickup Truck "Effie".
George's Motto in life is "Do the right thing, without excuse and without  quarter"

  • Founder Companions Dog Training, LLC
  • Former Senior Trainer PETsMART Inc.
  • 43 Time winner PETsMART Top Hand Award
  • PETsMART Associate of the Year 1998
  • Professional Member Intl. Assoc. of Canine Professionals
  • Completed Cornell University Canine Behavior Problem Program 1996
  • Behavior Consultant Maple Springs Veterinary Hospital
  • "No Limitations" Remote Collar Specialist
  • Honors Graduate Sit Means Sit Trainers School 2001
  • Certificate of Appreciation U.S, Police Canine Association
  • 2 Time recipient IACP Presidents Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation City of Rockville MD,
  • Member Montgomery County Connection Resource Bank (Public School Program)
  • Co Founder IACP Regional Groups Program
  • Former Animal Control Warden College Park MD
  • Former member IACP Board of Directors
  • Certified IACP C.D.T. 2007
  • TAILS Magazine Readers Choice 2009
  • Board of Directors CPAC 2009
  • Bethesda Magazine "Best of" issue 2010
  • Inducted to IACP Member Hall of Fame 2011
  • Joined Canine Obedience Unlimited Staff 2011
  • Reached a milestone 20,000th student May 2012



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