Dog Training

Specializing in personalized training solutions, including: Service Dog Training, Therapy Dog Training, Obedient Training Classes, and Canine Training for Kids.

Dog Walking / Pet Sitting

Professional and loving care for your pets, including Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, and gentle Dog Bathing (bathing only, no grooming)


Expert guidance to help you make the best decisions for your canine companion, such as choosing the right dog for your family, finding the support for disabilities, or selecting the perfect breed.

I’m Here To Help!

!Feeling overwhelmed by your dog’s behavior?

!Facing challenges with incessant barking, disobedience to commands, leash pulling, or poor house manners?

Breathe easy, I’ve got your back! I can restore harmony to your “pack”, alleviating your stress and fostering a joyful, peaceful coexistence!

Welcome To
Dog Training With Liz

Now serving New Bern, James City, Trentwoods, NC

Hi. I’m Liz Gruen, a lifelong dog lover who has had the joy of owning dogs for the majority of my life. My career spans over 30 years in various facets of the medical field including working in doctors’ offices, home care nursing, and alongside surgeons. Parallel to that, I have dedicated nearly 30 years to dog training. Since establishing my own business in 2006, I have continually honed my skills through webinars, seminars, and other training programs. My expertise lies in training Service Dogs for individuals with disabilities, encompassing Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADS), Seizure Response, PTSD, and Mobility Assist. Besides, I conduct basic to advanced obedience classes and have curated a “Kids and Kanine” program to instill respect and care for dogs in children. However, I have ceased working with aggressive dogs.

Currently, my services include dog walking, local pet sitting, local dog bathing, and training. I am fully licensed, insured, and accredited as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. My training philosophy is empowering you to train your dog, underlining the belief that any shortcomings in training are never the dog’s fault.

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  • Owner and Trainer Liz Gruen.
  • Licensed and Insured.
  • Professional Member of IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals)
  • Certified CGC (Canine Good Citizen)
  • Evaluator for AKC with close to 30 years experience.
What We Offer For You

Our Services

Service Dog Training

Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADs), Seizure Response Dogs, PTSD Dogs, Mobility Assist Dogs, etc.

Therapy Dog Training

Training for visits to hospital and nursing homes and catastrophic events.

Basic Obedience Classes

All basic commands such as sit, down, stay, come, heel, and place; and loose-leash walking.

Advanced Obedience Classes

Advanced techniques. Must pass Basic Obedience Training to be in the Advanced Obedience Class.

Canine Good Citizen Title

Passing the 10 steps for AKC Canine Good Citizen Title, and other advanced AKC titles.

Family Consultation

House visit to assist families who are looking for a service dog or a family companion.

Pet Sitting

House visit to care for dogs, cats, and birds. Dog bathing is only available for selected areas.

Dog Adoption Evaluation

Assist clients in finding a suitable dog through shelters or rescue organizations.
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Why Dog Training With Liz?

  • Certified, Licensed & Insured: I am a long-time member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and a Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator by the American Kennel Club (AKC). My practice is fully licensed and insured, ensuring a professional and secure environment for both you and your pet.
  • Personalized Approach: I tailor my training programs to meet your and your dog’s unique needs.
  • Extensive Experience: I have over 30 years in the medical field and dog training, employing a variety of effective training techniques.
  • Wide Range of Services: From basic obedience and service dog training to puppy and crate training.
  • Long-Term Guidance: Continuous support during and after training sessions for any dog-related queries.
  • Early Training Advantages: Focused on starting the training journey as a puppy to ensure smoother learning experiences.
  • Collaborative Relationship: I work with you together to nurture a harmonious bond between you and your canine companion.
What Our Customers Say


We have a beautiful German Shepherd. Rex is 13 months old and 83 lbs. We need a dog that will listen to commands and walk without pulling or jumping. Liz is the best trainer ever. In a short time Liz taught us how to effectively apply commands like stay, come, no jump, down, heel. Liz helped us to have control over Rex. We have learned so much from her updates and all the information she gave to us. With Liz’s guidance and our determination Rex is on his way to being an obedient and happy dog. Thank you Liz!!!
Economopoulos Family

Extremely Satisfied Customers

Our soon to be 2 year old Goldendoodle, Bentley, graduated from six months of service dog training with Liz Gruen on October 29th. Thanks to her very capable and caring canine training, he achieved the status of a registered Diabetic Alert Service Dog. She turned our dream of having a service dog for my husband into a reality. Whenever we became disheartened or frustrated, she had a solution. She is an amazing and empathetic person. Her bond with dogs is boundless. We give Dog Training with Liz our ?Seal of Approval?. Thank you so much, Liz, Jennifer Anderson-Habina and Richard Habin
Jennifer & Skip

Very Satisfied Customers

We contacted Liz and from the moment we met, we knew we had made the right decision on training for our Weimeraner puppy. Liz has been doing training for many years and has the know how and temperament to handle many breeds of dogs. We have been so impressed with our puppy’s obedience training we signed up for 10 lessons. Liz takes the puppy to many places a dog wouldn’t normally go and has the dog exposed to many noises, children, aisles in stores, directional commands, adults who want to pet our puppy, all the while getting training to handle these situations. We are better dog owners knowing we have been trained as well and can continue our dogs successes. Liz was the perfect person to train our puppy and will be for yours as well. It was our first choice and it was the best decision we made as dog owners.

In October I returned to Florida with a 5 month old white deaf boxer named Cassie. My vet recommended I contact Liz for help with training. Liz has helped me understand Cassie better and the traning help has been terrific. I’ve had Boxers for 20 years and Cassies is already a better trained pup thanks to Liz. I’m sure I will continue to work with Liz as Cassie grows.
Dennis W.

Happy Deaf Boxer Wwner

Liz can work wonders. I remember the evening before our first obedience class. I did not know if Gyp had it in her. She had many hurdles to cross. Each success brought more confidence. We worked but, it seems the hurdles began to fall away. Now she is proud of herself and her confidence shows in her stride. Gyp loves to do her stuff and she enjoys learning new things. I was putting down in a journal the things Gyp can do. I didn’t know if I could think of many. I could hardly write fast enough. The list is very long. It ranges from bringing my slippers and the phone to opening the handicap door at the mall and picking up things I drop. This is a new dog and our bond is much greater because of our efforts together. I am a disabled veteran and Gyp is now ready to graduate as my Service Dog. If you think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?LIZ CAN ! Gyp is almost six. She was rescued from abuse and neglect at one
R. Wayne Wensell

Happy Client

Being a U.S. veteran I realized my American yellow lab service animal was getting older. So I adopted a new English yellow lab puppy (Casanova). I was glad to select Liz as a trainer because she was the only person who trained animals the way service animal companies do, thru positive re-enforcement..Liz trained Casanova from 8 weeks until 1 year producing a well behaved, unobtrusive, professional animal.

David D.

USN Retired

We have two new golden doodle puppies, brother and sister. It’s like having twins, double everything. We don’t know what we would do without having Liz. We had her come to the house for home sessions. This turned out to be a good move, I am very glad we did. I have had dogs all my life thought I knew enough, found out that I didn’t know as much as I thought. They already know at 14 weeks more than my older dogs of the past. And more importantly we know more than we have in the past. We know that we have work ahead of us but we are much more confident and at ease thanks to Liz. We love our new additions to the family, thanks Liz for being there.
Bill, Christy & Bobby

Very, Very Happy Client

We recently adopted a pound puppy. When she turned 4 ½ months old we realized we needed help with training. In only a few sessions Liz helped us turn things around. I have received several compliments on how well behaved my puppy is and I owe it all to Liz. I look forward to further progress as we continue our dog training with Liz
Amy Velazquez

Happy Client

I want to send a big thank you to Liz Gruen from Dog Training with Liz. She has been our dog trainer over the last couple of months for Charlie and has taught us so much. For those of you who don’t know, we have an extremely protective and anxious dog. Thanks to our training with Liz, we are able to have company at our house and are able to take Charlie out for walks. We have come a long way!! Thank you Liz!! I highly recommend her for anyone who has issues with their dogs!
Cindy B.

Happy Customer

Our German Shepherd puppy, Hans, was simply out of control around other dogs. He was disruptive in puppy class and was unable to participate in any basic training around other dogs because of his nervous, out of control barking and behavior. Socialization at doggie day care introduced him to other dogs but he was still high energy and a nuisance to other dogs and often had to have “time outs”. All of that changed when we met Liz. She came to us highly recommended by the day care and she developed a training plan that instilled confidence in both Hans and us. Today our dog participates in puppy class and works alongside his “peers” to learn new skills. People who see him remark on the change in his demeanor and more than once I heard “your dog seems so much happier now”. Liz is a hands on trainer with high expectations of owners to stay consistent with training lessons. We strive to meet those expectations because our dog’s happiness depends on it.
Emily R.

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