About the Trainer


Claire Silvey set up Gallatin K9 Dog Training to offer the people of Montana a better path forward to improving the relationship and connection with their dog, through a balanced, safe, and effective method of training.

She is a lifelong animal lover and has been training dogs and horses all her life. Having spent a lifetime educating herself on the methodology and philosophy of horse riding she decided to take a deeper look at dog training after seeing a need for it in the area. She spent many years working with the local working dog club learning about IPO sport, advanced obedience, tracking and protection work. She's has worked with Top Tier K9 out of Florida, one of the premier dog training schools in the country, and is well equipped to help you find harmony with your dog. Top Tier K9 is used by agencies, countries, and organizations all over the country and the world as a resource for exceptionally trained dogs and as the premier working dog and pet dog trainer school in the country. Additionally Claire has studied with the Michael Ellis School of Dog Training, with Todd Dunlap who is a dog trainer, teacher and coach specializing in the competitive sport training of MondioRing, and extensively studied Ivan Balabanov's methods and has been accepted into his Trainer's Certification program. She is focused on continuing education for herself and is always seeking to be a better trainer and teacher. She is a member of the Big Sky Working Dogs, American Working Malinois Association and the American Working Dutch Shepherd Association of America. 


​Claire has had five dogs from the Montana Belgian Malinois & Dutch Shepherd Rescue and have loved being a part of the rescue effort of these amazing dogs for many years. Check out their tab to learn more about what we do! She currently owns three, a Dutch Shepherd and two Belgian Malinois. 

Owning a pet is an amazing and rewarding experience, but also a responsibility, not a luxury. Training your pet properly will lead you to a greater understanding of the animal, and she firmly believes in the owner-pet relationship needs to be one of mutual understanding and respect. You will be immersed fully in the training process, and with this holistic approach, owners end up learning as much, if not more, than their pets. 


I'm excited to use my knowledge and experience to help you create the very best training experience and have a dog that is a joy to own. 

Call to find out more about my unique approach to training and how I can help you! 

Claire Silvey


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"Excellence requires that you not be satisfied." - Michael Ellis