Thomas Aaron (CPDT-KA, ABCDT) and Linda Aaron (CPDT-KA) are the owners of FetchMasters, which is home of the Positive Gun Dog Training Program. Tom is an APDT Full Member and an Animal Behavior College certified dog trainer, and Linda instructed canine and equine massage therapy for the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage before leaving that job to continue supporting the growth and success of FetchMasters.
They both specialize in positive reinforcement, high-performance obedience and off-leash reliability in high distraction environments, as well as training bird hunting dogs (gun dogs) without the use of force or aversive techniques or equipment.
Tom grew up in West Virginia and was introduced to the dog world by his father who raised and trained hunting hounds. He spent his early years hunting for small game in the mountains of West Virginia with a dog known as a “bench-legged feist.”
Linda grew up in New Mexico, competing in junior rodeos and spending countless hours in the barn and pasture with her horse and faithful dog who watched over their family’s livestock.
After finding a Labrador Retriever puppy in the high desert near Alamosa, Colorado, Tom and Linda embarked on a journey to train her for bird hunting using positive reinforcement rather than the harsh methods used by most trainers in that niche. This decision led to their researching the capabilities of positive training methods in high distraction environments on thousands of pet dogs and hunting dogs in Colorado, which quickly built their reputations as the go-to trainers for off-leash reliability in and around Denver.
Their knowledge has culminated in the formation of the region’s only Positive Gun Dog Training Program, the nationally known Positive Gun Dog Association, and being featured on the blog of Victoria Stillwell (host of Animal Planets “It’s Me or the Dog”), articles in Dogster magazine, and several other publications.
When not training gun dogs or traveling the country presenting workshops on positive gun dog training, Tom and Linda like to travel the world exploring other nations and cultures.