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Gallivan Burwell,

Force-free dog training and behavior adjustment specializing in shy and fearful dogs.

Why Choose
Upward Dog?

Gallivan Burwell is a graduate of the renowned Academy for Dog Trainers in San Francisco, and the only trainer in New Orleans to have attained the "Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed" and "Certified Behavior Counselor Canine -Knowledge Assessed" credentials from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. He has trained thousands of dogs without using force or fear. He can help with:

Shy & Fearful Dogs

Whether your dog is cautious of new people, terrified of trucks & loud noises, afraid of stairs & other surfaces, or just plain fearful, we can help him learn that the world is a safe place. 

Puppy Training & Socialization

You've got a new puppy and now is the time to establish good habits and create positive associations with people, other animals, handling and more.  

Manners Training 

Let's teach your dog the basics that will help him fit harmoniously into your life: sit, down, stay, come when called, leave it, loose leash walking, attention, and more!

Problem Behaviors

Is your dog chewing up your furniture? Jumping up on visitors? Mouthing when excited? Having potty accidents in the house? Growling around his food bowl? I can help. 

What People Say


Jean Donaldson

Director of The Academy for Dog Trainers and author of "The Culture Clash"

Gallivan is smart, kind, educated, and has passion for dogs and their owners.


Susan Larson

Host of "The Reading Life," WWNO radio, New Orleans

Gallivan is a cross between a zen master and a drill sergeant.


Dr. Johanna Ecke, DVM

Gallivan is so talented at reading and interacting with our pets, and is the only trainer that I would recommend for puppy training all the way up through our adult patients with behavior issues.

Our Spokesdog

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Our founder, spokes-model, educator, enthusiastic assistant, and beloved companion passed away on Thanksgiving day, 2010.  She remains our figurehead, ad infinitum, and the personification of the ultimate Ready-for-Prime-Timeness to which all Upward Dogs aspire.

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