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Dave Stellato

Owner / Dog Trainer


Owner / Dog Trainer Nashville, TN.

Dave Stellato is a state-renowned and highly recommended dog trainer.

Dave Stellato is a state-renowned and highly recommended dog trainer and behaviorist, known for his ability to bring people and their dogs closer together through the our premier training system. He helps clients remove conflict from the training process and assists them with rehabilitating their dogs through emotional balance and structure.

“If you are going to do something, always do your best!”

Utilizing his background in training people to motivate others through enthusiasm, it came natural to instruct clients on how to motivate their furred friend. The Sit Happens Dog Training team of trainers is recognized for working with their own dogs at public spots throughout Duval and Saint Johns Counties.

Dave is able to get AMAZING results in a timely manner and is proficient with teaching people how to train as they live. This system allows each and every client to maintain a happy dog, with off-leash control under the severest of distractions. Dave coaches people to tap into their dog’s natural instincts and show leadership… then lovership.

With his motto of “if you are going to do something, always do your best”, passion is seen in his training, and he strives to transfer this enthusiasm to each of his clients. Dave remains a student to dog training and continues to grow as a person as well as a trainer.

Spend some time with us and we’ll show you how to “Live Beyond the leash!”.


Dave is amazing!! He changed my dog and I’s lives! He is reliable and hard working. His work not only trains the dog but more especially the owner on how to handle their dog. I would give 6 stars if possible! Thank you Dave!

emily medlock

Positive: Quality
Dave helped us immensely with our five-year-old Yorkie mix, Max. Max's behavior at the door, getting the leash on, getting the muzzle on for vet visits -- all that and more had gotten incredibly difficult. We saw *significant* improvements -- in just a couple of weeks -- with minor changes to our behavior and patterns. Dave is both personable and results-oriented, while also demonstrating his love for dogs, including ours. We recommend Dave!

Cliff Vaughn

Positive: Quality
We are so glad we met Dave! We adopted a puppy 4 weeks ago, and he has been a HUGE support for us integrating Merlin into our family. He has taught us how to get started training early, and he has responded very fast to any questions we have outside of our sessions. We can't wait to continue working with our new addition to get him trained off-leash like Dave's dog. We can't recommend him enough!

Mikaela Rivera

Positive: Quality
I LOVE Dave! I've known him 5 years and I still go back to him with questions, he is committed, responsive and just gets it. He has been my Go To trainer for my 5 year old Weimaraner Grace Olivia from the moment I brought her home - from the beginning he showed so much care and concern for my girl, and she is AMAZING because of his efforts to train me! I am getting a new puppy soon and you better believe he/she will be a Sit Happens graduate as well!

CarrieAnn Kilpatrick

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