Sydney Bleicher, KPA CTP, Fear Free Certified Professional

Enjoy Puppy Training Relief! 


I aim to inspire you and support you with your puppy-raising adventure. I’ve seen the emotions that go along with raising a dog and I bring a good dose of TLC, a welcome addition to the program! This personal attention will ensure you get your questions answered and challenges solved!

Founder of freshpuppy coaching, Director Of Training, and Co-Creator of Ultimate Puppy. I graduated with distinction from the esteemed Karen Pryor Academy earning my professional certified dog training credentials. I am also a Certified Fear Free Professional, & certified in Level 2 TAG teach.

I’m committed to my continued education. I work regularly to broaden my knowledge of the science of behavior, both dog and human. I have been coaching folks since 1992. Since 2000 I have specialized in early puppy education. I also love to work with adolescent dogs and their people. I have written for Bark Magazine and Riverside Quarterly. I have been featured on City TV’s Animal House Calls and Breakfast Television. I write a regular blog at ultimatepuppy.com


Syd opened our eyes to the idea that training a puppy is about training ourselves to be responsive, watchful, and to set Olive up to succeed. That socializing a puppy means helping them become good citizens. She was our help desk call support when we needed quick advice. We recommend her enormously.

Jason & Kirk (& Olive, who truly LOVES being dried off)

About UltimatePuppy.com

A major accomplishment of Sydney’s career has been the collaboration with long time friend and colleague Peggy van Dam. Together they created the Ultimate Puppy Toolkit, first published in 2002. The toolkit was revised in 2005 and in 2014 was made available as a free online resource, at utimatepuppy.com.

Together Syd and Peg continue to work to foster cooperative links between accredited breeders, professional trainers and the veterinary community. Their goal is to see that anyone getting a puppy has access to a more integrated network of services and information.

Why Choose a KPA CTP?

“Selecting a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) … means that your trainer:

  • Is skilled in using positive teaching and training techniques with you and your pet to make training fun.
  • Is educated about using science and behavior-based methods to make training more efficient.
  • Can customize a training program specifically designed to help you and your pet communicate and succeed together.
  • Participates in programs for quality assurance and continuing education to ensure the training you receive is based on modern research and technology.
  • Pledges to teach and train using force-free principles so that you and your dog develop a bond built on trust and respect.”

– Karen Pryor Academy

We recently brought home a 6 month old Sheltie (Gracie), so we have turned to Syd again for her wisdom and guidance. Syd is very analytical, thorough, and thoughtful during her sessions. The follow-up homework is truly helpful.

Debbie and Yvonne, Tucker and Gracie