MICHELE FORTO: Dog Trainer & Coach, Strategic Leader, Service & Therapy Dog Trainer, Educator, Podcaster, Published Author


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When working with you and your K9 Buddy, my ambition is to help you reach all your dog training goals. With a tailored approach to you and your dog individually gives me the opportunity to coach you and teach you how to become your dog’s best trainer.


Assisting families and individuals to develop the best relationship possible with their dog has brought me so much joy for more than two decades. From developing top-notch foundational skills for puppies to training with those who need a bit more from their dog by serving the community or by assisting you in public places, dog training has allowed me to make many lives better.


Michele Forto is a professional dog trainer, coach, service dog evaluator, AKC evaluator and judge with decades of experience, who has focused on giving dog owners around the world the tools to build strong relationships with their K9 Buddies based on effective training – which is now available virtually! Our virtual dog training lets you take advantage of Michele’s expertise wherever you are based. Whether you have a specific issue you are working on with your dog, want to train your puppy in foundational obedience, or you want to go beyond the first six months and take your dog and your training goals to new heights, Michele can provide one-on-one training via Zoom (or your preferred video chat platform) to give you all the tools you need to reach your dog training goals.


Every dog deserves the best. Michele Forto, co-hosts an award winning podcast and co-authored a children’s book about dog powered adventure. Michele is available to offer remote dog training to those that need help with their K9 Buddy, anywhere in the world.

Host of Dog Works Radio & Podcast for Dog Trainers

Michele is based in Alaska, and has offered in-person coaching sessions for decades from her Camp. Thanks to the internet, Michele is able to offer personalized dog training and coaching through ZOOM, Messenger, phone, and other types of technology.


If you’re interested in booking a Zoom dog training appointment with Michele, please call or text 206-752-3647.

You can also fill out the online form below and Michele will personally get back you as soon as possible.

Let’s make today the first day on your journey to a better relationship with your K9 Buddy.



Alaska's Best Rated Dog Training Company 

Serving all of Alaska and Beyond!


Michele Forto's Virtual and Online Dog Training Services

Bringing home a new puppy is exciting. But your puppy needs help to become a productive member of the family. Michele will provide you with the help you need to better welcome your dog into your family and help it become acclimated to life in your home.

Obedience training is not just for you. Your dog wants to know how it can be a member of the pack. Michele’s basic obedience training is a great way to teach your dog basic skills, while also learning more about dog training on your own.

A dog who is aggressive towards people or other dogs, who is growling or snapping, and who guards his toys and resources is a risk. Michele can help you understand your dog’s aggression and give you the tools to help your dog be less defensive.

Leash training is both makes it easier to take walks and can help keep your dog safe. Michele can help you learn to leash train via your online classes, and – using ZOOM, can monitor your dog’s behaviors while on the leash and provide tips to help your dog learn.

One of Michele's Satisfied Clients

Bobby Carroll with Shadow

"Michele has been fantastic. I’ve been using her to train my German Shepard. She is turning out just liked I’d hoped. I highly recommend her training services for all dogs!"

A Perfectly Behaved Dog Starts with a Free Discovery Call.


Michele Forto Can Train Any Dog.



We are the dog trainers to call when you want to get your dog to listen to you, anywhere you go--even around other dogs, tennis balls, and even wildlife. Yes, even those pesky moose on the trail.


We will design a program that works for you and your family to help build a better relationship with your K9 Buddy.

Dog Owners,

Are you embarrassed or frustrated by your dog's behavior?


Does your dog refuse to listen to commands with distractions?


Is it impossible to walk them in public without pulling, lunging, or barking at other dogs/people?


Do you avoid having company over because your dog barks at and jumps all over your guests?


Does your dog get protective and aggressive towards other dogs or even humans when they get close to you?


Maybe your dog is usually good, but you want better obedience so that you can do all the things that you imagined when you got your pup...

If You Answered "Yes"

to ANY of these questions... it's time to get professional help from Michele Forto!


Here's why...


First, we are not like any other dog training or dog behavior business. Our programs are completely customized based on your dog's current situation, and your relationship/behavior goals with them.


In fact our virtual and online program is designed to get to the root of what is causing the problematic or unwanted behaviors. Every dog is different, therefore every dog should be trained differently!


Secondly, all of our programs comes with our online course, Ascent and access to The Pack community that is a much different approach than what any other training company is doing!


A Perfectly Behaved Dog Starts with a Free Discovery Call.

Even if You...

have already tried another trainer before...


Even if you have brought your dog to a veterinarian or behavioral specialist...


Even if you feel like your dog is untrainable...


...I don't want you to give up hope just yet!


Instead, I want you to imagine what life would be like with a dog that listens, is confident, and obedient.


It is possible...seriously!


We just need to understand what is causing your dog's problematic behavior first, so that we can create a clear line of communication.


And the best part...we can get started TODAY!

Michele Forto's Premier Virtual Dog Training

Our dog training system was developed by award winning trainers

Voted #1 Dog Training Company in Alaska by Hundreds of Satisfied Dog Training Clients!


"Amazing trainers! Caring and compassionate! Michele, Nicole and Robert treat you like family. I would not recommend anyone else.”

- Mike C.-

Michelle and her team have been instrumental is allowing us to have a well behaved Karelian Bear Dog. We did the Peak Performance Camp and also attended the group lessons in the summer. Whenever we had a training question, Michelle was quick to respond via Zoom to talk us through different strategies. We also have done additional lessons with bikejorring. Thanks Alaska Dog Works!

Julie Graham

Robert Forto combines decades of knowledge about dogs, mushing, and canine training with a natural enthusiasm for all dog-related topics. He brings a consistently fresh perspective and curiosity to all the subjects he tackles and is always eager to share his passion for dogs and the outdoors with his audience.


Alex Stien

Rags is my spirit animal! After successfully training my first dog through group classes, including Agility, our second dog, Rags, gave us quite a different experience! Pretty quickly into having Rags, we knew she was not going to be trained in a group setting and I began panicking and reaching out. I quickly found AK Dog works and have not regretted my decision. Michele and Nicole have been working with us (training the humans, along with Rags). They have incorporated the fact that I have a second, very attached dog and that Rags is mostly my preteen daughters' dog (the type that puts in half the work-eyes rolling.) Rags has successfully gone through the program, along with extra one on one sessions in public settings to help prepare her for CGC. We are still working on typical adolescent dog behaviors but we have more of a grasp of how to handle Rags and everyday life. Michele and Nicole are readily available for continued questions and support. I have recommended this program to several families and I use our training daily with both of our dogs.

Jessica Sears

Hey Michele! It has been nine years since you taught me to train Lady- black lab mix in Anchorage 2013. Since then she has saved my life from an intruder and been a faithful teachers pet. One of the most obedient dogs I have owned thanks to your training. I just got a golden pyrenees mix and this dog is super smart and super stubborn. Fortunately, the training you taught me and using lady as an example has allowed me to train this 12 week old puppy to do a lot of commands way faster than lady. Lady will be 13 this month. Hope this brightens your day. Please post this text if you like. You can #TylerAlaskaDesjarlais
Tyler Desjarlais

Tyler Desjarlais with Lacy

Michele Forto's Premier Dog Training

Our dog training system was developed by award winning trainers

Russell Ingram

I have known Michele Forto for over 20 years and have great faith in his training of canines.  She has taught myself a great many things and in turn I pass these on to my students. She always does what’s best for the student and the dog. I highly recommend Michele as a trainer and a leader.  Her knowledge is valuable to everyone who comes in contact with her.  Believe me, you are in great hands if you train with Michele. 


"Michele, Nicole and Robert is such a wonderful person! They are incredibly knowledgeable about all breeds and knows how to handle every situation that occurs! We added an Alaskan malamute to our family and they helped with obedience training and biting with him. He came back to our house an improved K9 Buddy!

I 100% recommend!"



Sandy Lewis and Tundra


Highly recommend AK Dog Works for anyone needing dog training. The program is great as it was easy to follow and it works. My 5 year old German Shepherd Husky mix did very well with dog trainer Nicole and has learned a lot. I am definitely more confident training my dog as the program and trainer gave me the confidence I needed.

Jessica McKray

Alaska Dog Works not only has a fantastic training program that helped develop our 10 month old viszla into a well behaved companion for my wife and I but there’s no other boarding service I trust more than Michelle and her Family. Our pup is treated like a member of their family and gets the same care and affection. He also the same expectations set of him, which means that unlike some other boarding locations he comes back even better behaved and socialized with other dogs in healthy and productive ways. Overall they are flexible, extremely competent, and there’s no one else I trust with my dog more than Alaska Dog Works.

Bradley M.

In retirement we got an AussieDoodle puppy. She has a LOT of energy, and in spite of walking her 5-10 miles every day, she was still unable to settle down. Spoke to Michelle for a consult, who said we were trying to tire her out PHYSICALLY, but she needed to be challenged MENTALLY with training. Our efforts to do the right thing with our dog needed assistance. We scheduled RBG for AK Dog Works—the Ascent Program—2 weeks of on site training. She came back to us kennel trained, responsive to commands, and much calmer and settled. We have attended numerous group classes for “tune-ups” which are available to us for the rest of RB’s life for no charge. Thanks to Michelle and Nicole (her daughter) for setting us on the path to RBG’s AKC Good citizen certification—which she now will be able to achieve! We could not be happier with the results of her training!

Anne with RBG

Alaskan Dog works was a great investment. Michele and her team are excellent trainers. If you follow the program you will have a well behaved dog. My dog came back from camp happy and listening and ready to show what she learned. So if you got a puppy and don’t quite know what to do, just call Michele.

Tamika Anderson-Glaze


My experience working with Alaska Dog Works greatly exceeded my expectations. We received wonderful support and guidance from Michele and Nicole throughout the entire training process. Not only is our dog much more behaved, we also understand the root of his behaviors, as well as how to identify them in his interactions with other dogs. We are much more confident dog owners that can now give our dog the support and structure he needs. I cannot recommend Alaska Dog Works enough!



Marney Mallory


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