About

About | Playful Pups & Performance Training, Inc. - Virginia Beach, VA

Playful Pups & Performance Training, Inc. is owned and operated by Deborah Lankford, CPDT-KA, ABCDT. 

Deborah is a retired high school English teacher who is following her passion: teaching owners how to build a great relationship with their pets. Deborah is not just a dog-training teacher—she is an avid student of the revolution in dog training, as it moves from a compulsion-based approach to positive reinforcement. Studies that drove this revolution are ongoing, and since scientists continue to discover more about dog cognition, Deborah continues to attend numerous conferences so she can apply the proven techniques in her training classes. 

Deborah’s dogs—Bonnie, an Australian Shepherd, Einstein, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and Stella, a Papillon—are more than just beloved family members: they have numerous AKC titles in Agility, Rally, Obedience and Therapy work. Talk to Deborah for just a few moments and you will understand her incredible passion for dog training that respects a dog’s ability to learn without punishment! 

Whether you are a first-time puppy owner or have had dogs all of your life, you will find there is much to learn about training your family pet, and Deborah is just the person to teach you—and your dog! 

Email us today for more information and class schedules!