Erika Liljefelt | Sirius Dog Training

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Erika Liljefelt

Erika's life with dogs started at three when her family adopted a Shepherd mix puppy named Fritzi; and her very first memory is of Fritzi being brought into the house by her auntie. She was instantly smitten with dogs and that has never changed. She started actively learning about dog training in 2002 when she first adopted her own dogs, two eight-week-old lab mix puppy littermates. The shelter gave her copies of Dr. Ian Dunbar's Before You Get Your Puppy & After You Get Your Puppy and she was hooked on training, and positive reinforcement specifically. She also took her puppies to SIRIUS puppy classes and still remembers how much they all learned and what a blast they were. They created a strong foundation that lasted their entire lives. Life happened and she stepped away until several years later when she and her partner adopted a dog that ended up having profound behavioral struggles. It is because of him that she is an advocate for the prevention of behavioral issues that are often seen in adult dogs and for using positive reinforcement/force-free training methods, as well putting the behavioral wellness of dogs first and foremost.


She started her career with dogs as a professional dog walker specializing in solo walks with dogs that struggled out in the world and needed extra attention and TLC, as well as group hikes for more social dogs. At the same time, she assisted with dog training classes at her local Humane Society. She always knew she would become a professional trainer and made that a reality a few years ago by attending the Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco. She has since earned certifications as a Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer, Family Dog Mediator, and she is a volunteer Participating Trainer for HART - Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers. She loves to work with people and teach classes. She has taught for a nonprofit that teaches kids in juvenile hall how to teach dogs, currently also teaches classes at a local shelter, and works with private clients. She attends conferences, classes, webinars, workshops, and reads dog behavior & training books to stay up-to-date with canine behavior & training practices.


Erika lives in the Bay Area with her partner, daughter, and their three dogs: Fiona, five-year-old Cattle Dog mix and wild child; sensitive, affectionate Beck, six-year-old Border Collie: and Mochi, 13-year-old terrier mix, who is still a spry little rascal.

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Available classes

Class info Location Day Time Start Sign Up
Dog I Los Gatos Wednesday 8:00pm Sep 20 Join the waiting list
Puppy I Los Gatos Wednesday 7:00pm Sep 27
Dog I Santa Clara Thursday 7:00pm Sep 28
Dog I Campbell Tuesday 7:00pm Oct 3
Puppy II Campbell Tuesday 6:00pm Oct 3
Puppy I Santa Clara Thursday 6:00pm Oct 12
Puppy I Campbell Tuesday 5:00pm Oct 17
Dog I Los Gatos Wednesday 8:00pm Nov 1
Puppy I Los Gatos Wednesday 7:00pm Nov 1
Puppy I Campbell Tuesday 6:00pm Nov 7
Dog I Campbell Tuesday 7:00pm Nov 7