Josh Leggett, B.S.

Dog Trainer | Pet Behavior Change
Morgantown, WV

Josh Leggett is currently teaching the Behavior Problem Prevention and Basic Manners course for families in northcentral WV.

Josh has been training dogs for 2 years. He started his dog training career by teaching puppy and adult obedience classes with a focus on positive reinforcement at Petco in Morgantown, WV. Starting in 2015, he took WVU courses to further his animal training knowledge. Josh is a certified handler for the Hearts of Gold Service Dog Training Program at WVU. He is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Aside from his own training experience, Josh enjoys helping pet parents develop positive relationships with their pets.

Josh currently lives in Morgantown, WV, with his Green-cheek conure, Marley, and his cat, Athena.

What is Josh’s educational background?

In December 2016, Josh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Psychology from West Virginia University. Throughout the course of his college career, he has expanded his animal training knowledge by focusing on coursework in human and animal psychology.

Josh has completed the following coursework relevant to his work as a Dog Trainer:

  • General Biology
  •  Introductory Physiology
  • Companion Animal Science
  • Service Dog Training
  • Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Intro to Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Behavior Principles
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

What is Josh’s pet training/experiential background?

During his undergraduate career, Josh received his dog trainer certification through Petco’s Positive Dog Training Instructor Program. Josh currently works at the Morgantown Petco as their Senior Dog Trainer, where he provides dog parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to train their dog to be well-mannered and obedient. Shortly after receiving his certification at Petco, Josh began working with the Hearts of Gold Service Dogs at WVU, where he has learned how to successfully prepare service dogs in training for people in need. With Hearts of Gold, Josh became a Certified Volunteer Handler as well as a lead teaching assistant. In this role, Josh teaches students how to train service dogs using behavior analytic principles. Being a dog trainer while owning a cat and a bird has made him a versatile trainer, ready to help pet parents in any way he can. Josh plans to continually expand his knowledge on animal behavior, so he can successfully help pet parents who own animals with various behavior problems. He plans to later pursue his certification as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the APDT.