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We Can Train Any Dog - Yes, Even Yours! Any Age, Any Breed, Any Size.

Sit Means Sit Hawaii provides professional dog obedience training and Board and Train programs for Oahu, Maui and all the outer Islands. Our Transformation Academy options are for all breeds of dogs and puppies. Programs range from Puppy classes to Off Leash obedience, all the way to Deemed Dangerous dogs.

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Board & Train

Transformation Academy (Board & Train)

The Board and Train Transformation Academy is ideal for the active family and individual with busy schedules filled with responsibility, for those who want to be involved with their pet’s polishing process while securing our professionals to instill a solid foundation. Your enjoyment begins after the transformation is in place with our “Transfer of Leadership” private lessons that are supported with our “Trainer for the life of your dog” guarantee. Let our Hawaii Dog Trainers address your dog’s challenges, bad behaviors and develop them to be an obedient canine companion, all while in one of our secure and safe facilities.

Are you interested in transforming your dog’s behavior and skills? Give us a call or fill out our free evaluation form today to learn more!

Day and Train

Day & Train

The Day & Train programs are matched for the family and individual that enjoys participating in the vast majority of repetition and proofing process of training your dog. Drop your dog off at one of our facilities for 4-6 hours allowing the experienced trainers to get things started and then on pick up, you will have a private lesson with your trainer and your dog. These lessons are personally tailored around your lifestyle and needs with your dog.

If you’re looking for specialized lessons with experienced professionals, while also staying involved in your dog’s trainings. Want to learn more about our Day & Train program? Contact us for a Free Evaluation to see what our professional dog training can do for you!

Puppy Managment

Puppy Management

The first 16 weeks of life are a critical time in your puppy’s development. The Sit Means Sit Dog Training Hawaii Puppy Management Program is for Puppies 8-16 weeks. We will teach you the principles of raising a well-mannered, confident and socially outgoing puppy.

This is done through a combination of private lessons and controlled small group puppy socialization classes. Topics include house/potty training, how to stop play biting, controlling chewing before it gets destructive, and laying the foundation for good manners and obedience with commands like “come” “sit,” “down,” “place” and shaping of the “heel”. 

If you’re ready to get your puppy for socialized and comfortable in their environment, give us a call today for a free evaluation.

Advanced and Speciality Classes

Advanced & Specialty Classes

Take your dog’s training to the next level with our advanced and specialty classes! These are available exclusively to clients who have gone through our private lesson or immersion programs. These classes are incredibly popular with our clients and include:

  • Advanced Off-Leash Obedience Class: Take things to the next level by fine tuning your dog’s loose and off leash skills while at the park or beach, downtown, and while visiting cafes and coffee shops.
  • Dog Tricks 101 & 201: Learn unique, fun and impressive tricks like high five, shake, reverse walking up the stairs, or even our Fire hydrant pose
  • Beach Etiquette Class: Teach your dog the value freedom by having polite beach manners
  • The Trained Retrieve: Your dog will learn to bring you things like a news paper or toy. Whether you’re doing service work, or just wanting your slippers it all starts with a trained retrieve.
  • Directional skills at a Distance: Send your dog to a place with remotes sits and downs at amazing distances

Do you want to get your dog’s skills and training to a whole new level? Contact us for a Free Evaluation today to see what our advanced classes can do for you.

Board and Review Dog Training

Board & Review

Our Board & Review program is for Sit Means Sit Hawaii Program Graduates. All dogs will enjoy the full spectrum of reinforcing and polishing skill sets as needed on a daily basis with the training protocols and progressions that originally helped to guide them to the behaviors they now enjoy on a lifetime basis. This time spent with us acts as a refresher period to tighten things up. Sleep well knowing that SMS team members are on location 24/7 while your dog is also under the watchful eye of our 16 camera security system.

If you’re heading out on a vacation and want the best place for your dog to enjoy their stay, give us a call today!



Sharing the knowledge of our attention-reward based communication system of dog training is something we love to do! Have our staff of certified professional trainers talk to your group, dog training club or pet-related store. Topics we cover include: the power of reward based training using markers, proper use of the remote training collar for motivation, teaching a trained retrieve, basic to advanced Off Leash obedience, directionals and dog tricks.

Wanting to bring a group in to learn more about working with your dog? Contact us today!

Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn Program

If you and your staff interact at work with dogs, if you are a veterinarian, pet taxi, boarding kennel or groomer, let us buy you and your staff lunch. We will share and teach your team strategies and ways to increase safety while handling your clients dogs. We will discuss dog behavior problems, breaking up dog fights and bite prevention. Our staff of certified professional dog trainers look forward to the opportunity to share our lessons learned that have earned us Voted “Best in Hawaii” through our scientifically proven methods of the attention-reward based communication system of dog training. We will even provide some fun entertainment with our trained dogs.

If you want to advance your doggie knowledge and learn about important topics, let’s plan your Lunch and Learn today.

Maui Dog Boarding

Dog Boarding

With our new state of the art facility, with team members on location 24/7 along and our 16 camera security system, your dog will experience a level of safety and interaction with the security that is sure to leave a smile on everyone’s face – particularly on “Koa and Nala’s”.

If you’re interested in our Dog Boarding and Day Care, click below to learn more about our program or give us a call today!

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Service Areas

We service the following cities on both the Maui and Oahu Hawaiian islands.


  • Haiku
  • Wailea
  • Kahului
  • Kihei
  • Kula
  • Lahaina
  • Makawao
  • Paia
  • Pukalani
  • Puunene
  • Wailuku
  • Makawao
  • Kaanapali
  • Napili-Honokowai


  • Aiea
  • Ewa Beach
  • Kapolei
  • Kailua
  • Kaneohe
  • Kunia
  • Pearl City
  • Wahiawa
  • Mililani
  • Waialua
  • Waipahu
  • Honolulu
  • Makiki
  • Hickam AFB
  • Wheeler Army Airfield
  • Schofield Barracks
  • Fort Shafter
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Camp H M Smith
  • Wake Island
  • Waianae
  • Waikiki
  • M C B H Kaneohe Bay
  • Tripler Army Medical Center

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Our Dog Trainers & Staff

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  1. Scott Sanchez
    Scott Sanchez
  2. Rhonda Smith Sanchez
    Rhonda Smith Sanchez
  3. Michele Cabatingan
    Michele Cabatingan
  4. Kimo Malabon
    Kimo Malabon
  5. Tracey Harrap
    Tracey Harrap
  6. Kennel Techs

Scott Sanchez Owner

Scott Sanchez is the Owner and Director of Training at Sit Means Sit Dog Training Hawaii. He is also the Vice President of Research and Development for Sit Means Sit Corporate. He handles all domestic and international locations, and has spearheaded the 300-page Franchise Owner and Dog Training Manual. Scott is also an Olympic athlete and many times Olympic coach, with 35 years of medal winning athletes.

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Rhonda Smith Sanchez Co-owner/ Trainer

Rhonda Smith-Sanchez thrives with all breeds of dogs from the lovable pit bulls, to all the small and medium dogs in between. Rhonda is also a professional athlete, 5 times Overall World Windsurfing Champion and Personal Trainer. Scott and Rhonda are goal and results oriented in both their personal lives as well as their work with dogs. This is exactly why you can count on Sit Means Sit Hawaii dog training to help your dreams come true with you and your dog. We boldly show the results of Sit Means Sit Hawaii dog training daily online with our client’s videos. As former professional athletes, Scott and Rhonda are driven by the challenge of creating positive results. Sit Means Sit Dog Training Hawaii sets a fresh standard of results for dog obedience and fun that is attainable for families and their dogs.

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Michele Cabatingan Kennel Master/ Handler

Michelle began her relationship with Sit Means Sit Hawaii as a client. She is now a highly valued member of the team, responsible for the safety and well being off all the dogs in our care at the Maui facility. Michele oversees and ensures that every dog receives individual love and attention daily. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an individual who is as attentive and loves dogs like Michele.

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Kimo Malabon Assistant Trainer

Kimo, born and raised on Maui, has always had dogs in his life and has been an avid competitor on the Hawaiian Dog Show circuit for many years. He shares his dog handling skills with a contagious smile and enthusiasm with every dog with whom he engages. His dedication to detail when teaching the dog is exactly what we strive for with all our SMS Hawaii Team Members. His dogs Strawberry, Maui and Moana are great teaching assistants and help out daily with other dogs.

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Tracey Harrap Trainer

Tracey is a  Certified Sit Means Sit trainer and life long dog owner. She is empathetic to all our families as she has rescued and looked after dogs all her life. You will find this New Zealand native to be both pleasant and direct in helping you achieve the lifestyle you are looking for with your dog. she found her current dog Koi starving on the side of the road and brought him back to health and trained him with Sit Means Sit, you will find his smile in a number our Pit Bull videos.

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Kennel Techs


Kia has a demeanor unmatched here at Sit Means Sit, his calm disposition and ease with dogs allows our most challenging dogs, to “come out of their shell.” He is meticulous in his touch and loved by all the dogs.

Leann Campbell KENNEL TECH

Leann is a Veteran with a passion and drive to help other Vets by working with dogs. She is highly qualified in a wide variety of areas from teaching children with special needs to IT. Leann is acquiring dog training skills with the single purpose to one day actively serve our Veteran Community on a fulltime basis through developing a Service Dogs for Veterans program.


As the youngest member of our Team Celia has been handling and training dogs for 10 years. You’ll find Celia in numerous instructional youtube videos in our archives from “how to meet a new dog” to “bringing a happy attitude out of your dog.”

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We love our customers. Our customers and their dogs love us. See what they have to say below.

Scott is amazing. We used sit means sit in Texas for one of our Huskies Maverick. He lost his way a bit, and Scott came out to give us a demonstration and homework on how to correct his behavior. Sit means sit is a great training program, and it’s extra great in Hawaii because you have a great dog trainer like Scott. Would use in a heartbeat again. Well worth the money.

I’m a believer! We have a 7 month old golden retriever puppy.  At three months of age he went through the Sit Means Sit puppy training.  That was a big help.  We had been in a very negative cycle with the pup.  Our training just consisted of “No”!  Scott Sanchez taught us how to train through positive reinforcement.  It really changed the whole dynamic of our relationship with our dog.  Unfortunately, as he entered “adolescence” he regressed and became a bit of rascal, not following our commands.  Recently we completed the 10 day course, and the results have been dramatic.  Our dog is very obedient now, and follows all of the major commands right away.  I feel like we just got a new dog.  It’s been amazing to see.  He’s happy and we’re enjoying him even more.  Also, I can’t say enough good things about the staff.  Scott, Kim, and the rest of the crew have been a real pleasure to work with.  The program really works and we can recommend it enthusiastically!

We highly recommend Sit Means Sit. Our 7 month old Labrador just finished the 10 day training with Scott and his staff and we are delighted with the results. Our high energy, strong willed Lab was jumping up on people, tackling the grand kids, running out the gate and “come” was a game of you can’t get me… Normal puppy behavior but it was getting to be too much. At first we felt 10 days was a lot of time to be away from our dog, but in receiving Scott’s videos of the trainings we had continued assurance and confidence that our pup was having fun( lots of tail wagging) and on a good path. We are home now doing our “homework”  to reinforce the training. Our lab is still his fun loving, playful self and better behaved. We were hesitant about using the collar but understand it value as one of our training tools and love it now. It is a gentle reminder…a tap tap tap for our 76 lb Lab to come, not jump up on arriving guests and “place”( sit in a marked place) as we drive out the gate. This morning we practiced come, sit, “place” as the gate opened…he did great!…..then I realized I hadn’t turned on the collar. LOL…guess the training is working.

So thankful for this transformation Scott! What an amazing difference in our Miss Moji. Hooray! You guys are PAWSOME!!

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