Hello! I’m Dan.

I’m a professional certified dog trainer, pet behavior specialist, and the owner of Raymer Family Dog Training. Over the last 14 years, I’ve worked with and helped thousands of dogs and cats.

Dogs are part of our families. They deserve kind treatment and respect. Our training supports your dog’s welfare with a fun activity while also achieving excellent training results.

In our dog training programs we’ll work together using positive reinforcement training to teach the dog behaviors you desire, solve behavior problems, and make life easier for your whole family.

As a previous volunteer and employee of the SPCA of Wake County, I’m very honored to offer training services for their Pet Behavior Network.


  • Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) with Honors – The Academy for Dog Trainers with Jean Donaldson
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Applied Animal Behavior – North Carolina State University
  • Certified Dog Walker – Dogbiz Dog Walking Academy
  • Fear Free Certified – Fear Free Pets Animal Trainer Program

Tracy Mitchelson and Derby the Lurcher, NC:

“Dan is a fantastic positive reinforcement trainer that Derby absolutely loves working with. I met with 5 trainers before deciding to work with Dan. He had a great rapport with Derby from the start and he took the time to explain his method of training. He also does the training at my house which works best for me. He works with Derby and then shows me what he did so I can work on it with Derby between visits. Derby seems to know when Dan is coming and he is so excited to see him…every time! He has learned so many commands and he has also worked with him on enrichment activities (i.e. games, puzzles, etc.). I highly recommend Dan but also know from how they interact that Derby does too!”


Sarah Pennington, The Academy for Dog Trainers:

“Dan is a superb trainer with a solid understanding of animal learning and a commitment to using modern science based methods. He is skilled in assessing behavior and his user-friendly instructions will make the training process easy for owners to understand and follow. I highly recommend Dan, no matter what the issue he will be able to help.”

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Sarah and Maggie, Chapel Hill, NC:

“Dan worked with me and my dog Maggie on her anxiety issues. She is a very shy anxious dog who is afraid of strangers and terrified of men. Dan was incredibly patient with her and over the course of our sessions together she warmed up to him. Maggie and I are still working on her anxiety, but Dan encouraged us to keep at it, and we are making progress!”


Jean Donaldson, Founder of The Academy for Dog Trainers:

“I have been around dog trainers a long time, and could not recommend Dan Raymer more highly. He is a superb technician, with a stellar grasp of the intricacies of assessment, behavior and procedures and how they fit into the big picture of helping clients live successfully with their dogs. On a par with all this is his ethical compass. Dog training is still unregulated and there are pockets without qualified practitioners. Not so in Wake County, whose dogs and their guardians are in the best possible hands.”

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Bob, Robin and Finn, Raleigh, NC:

“Dan is an incredibly knowledgeable trainer. Not only did our dog learn a lot in his class, but as new “pet parents,” we did as well! Dan took the time to customize his teachings for each participant. He was a great resource for us in training our puppy. Not only did he come up with helpful training strategies, but he helped us understand the canine behavior behind what we were doing.”