Dog Training Services for the San Francisco Bay Area
D. GLENN MARTYN started training dogs professionally in 1965 – training for TV and movies, obedience, show, field, police service, search and rescue and tracking in California and Montana. His unique experience in many fields of dog training allows him draw on a multitude of techniques and methods. The most successful trainers are not limited to only one method or one type of training. They know how and when to modify things to better fit you and your dog’s needs and circumstances.

In 1972 Glenn earned a BA in psychology (with high honors) from the University of Montana (followed by graduate studies), and in 1986 a secondary level teaching certificate (psychology/biology).

Starting in 1976 Glenn owned and operated the renowned Firewind Training Kennels (Missoula, Montana), a full-service boarding and dog training facility for 23 years.

Missoula’s Community Medical Center (Rehabilitation Center) invited Glenn to help establish PawsAbilities (Canine Partners for People with Disabilities) in 1987. PawsAbilities continues to train and place Hearing and Mobility Service Dogs throughout the Western United States.

Glenn has lectured at National Conferences on service dogs (Delta Society, APDT), dog problem solving (Delta Society), and puppy aptitude testing (Delta Society). He worked for 7 years as a consultant for Delta Society (now Pet Partners) on their Service Dog Education System.

Presentations to Assistance Dog organizations, humane societies, sheriff’s departments, search and rescue, and government organizations have included such diverse topics as: canine genetics, breeding systems, puppy selection, client selection, search and rescue tactics, dog bite prevention, and analyzing/solving dog behavior problems.

Since 2001 Glenn has traveled each year to Japan to present workshops and to lecture on a variety of topics such as temperament evaluation, dog training methodologies, puppy aptitude testing, and puppy training. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at several universities and colleges in Japan, including Yamazaki University, Tokyo’s oldest and largest animal career university.

Known in Missoula, Montana as “The Dog Man,” Glenn provided dog-related information for eight years through the

“Montana Outdoors” morning radio show.

In September 1999 Glenn joined the San Francisco SPCA Hearing Dog Program as their new Training Coordinator, supervising training and kennel staff operations. Glenn became Director of the program in June of 2005, and served in that capacity until April 2008 when the 35-year old program was suddenly closed by new administration.

Former staff, volunteers and graduates of the original SF/SPCA Hearing Dog Program decided to carry on the program’s mission of training and placing Hearing Dogs with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Therefore, in June of 2008 they organized a new Hearing Dog Program, also located in San Francisco. Glenn is the Executive Director of the successor organization.

From June 2008 to May 2010 Glenn served as Dog Training Director at Bergin University of Canine Studies in Santa Rosa, California, supervising and instructing staff and students in Service Dog training and handling. He also taught courses at the Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels.

Glenn continues to work as a consultant on projects for dog-related organizations and to provide private behavioral consultation for a select group of dog owners. He currently serves as a Director and Vice President of the Education Committee at the Institute for Canine Studies in Monterey, California.



Santa Rosa, Napa & Sonoma

Based out of El Varano, we can easily travel to Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, and Marin Counties



San Francisco Peninsula

We are happy to serve San Francisco, Pacifica, and Daly City; in addition, to Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz



Berkley and the East Bay

We can travel to the east bay to serve Berkley, Contra Costa, and Oakland, Alameda



Western Montana

Starting late Spring, we will be training dogs in Missoula and the surrounding areas of Western Montana.