Member Profile


Member (Public)

First Name Brian
Last Name Bergford IACP-CDT
Business Name Altitude Dog Training
Position Owner
Title or Position Owner/Behavior Specialist
Years In Operation 7.0
Email brian@altitudedogtraining.com
Website (www.company.com) http://www.altitudedogtraining.com
Phone (Preferred) 720-480-7920



Behavior Modification True
Boarding False
Breeder False
Daycare/Dog Walker False
Dog Sports - Bitesports (IGP, Mondio, PSA, etc) False
Dog Sports - General (Agility, Obedience, Comformation, etc) False
Dog Sports - Specialized (LureCoursing, Hunt, Barnhunt, etc) False
Groomer False
Protection Dogs * False
SAR * False
Scent Detection/Nosework False
Service Dog Trainer False
Shelter & Rescue Evaluation and Management False
Therapy Dog Trainer False
Trainer True
Veterinary * False
Working Dog (LE/MIL) * False
Skills Keywords Trainer, Behavior Modification

Professional Bio

Education Brian Bergford is a Certified Dog Trainer (IACP-CDT) with extensive experience as a practicing dog behavior specialist. He’s a former Vice President and member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Canine Professionals and is the owner of Altitude Dog Training and Uptown Dog in Longmont, Colorado. His expertise is the interplay between dog behavior and human psychology, and his first book, Transformational Dog Training: Bring Out the Best in Your Dog by Bringing Out the Best in Yourself, emphasized the critical relationship between personal development and the behavioral stability of companion animals. Brian has written articles published in professional journals in addition to presenting as a featured speaker at international conferences on dog training and personal performance and development. Brian earned his degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, taking particular interest in neuroscience, psychopathology, clinical psychology, and the principles of peak human performance. He founded Bergford Performance Systems which offers services related to his expertise in personal performance optimization and sport psychology. Through Bergford Performance Systems, Brian coaches and develops customized performance systems for athletes, as well as athletic professionals, business owners, and other top-performers for whom having an optimized psychological architecture is of critical importance. He has a knack for helping his coaching clients get unstuck through removing pesky personal barriers that inhibit expression of their greater potential. Back in college, his passion for helping people, and his love of dogs, drove him to expand his knowledge base by studying the principles of Canine Psychology and Behavior – a journey that helped him understand not only the human-canine bond but how each of us can maximize the peace and potential of our lives and share these benefits with our dogs. Brian has been working with dogs since 2002. His ability to interpret canine energy, body language, and cognitive processes has enabled him to develop effective communication strategies to accomplish not only advanced obedience work with dogs, but effective behavior modification as well. Drawing on his psychology background, he develops specialized training and development programs for people. The overall aim is to empower and equip them with the knowledge and tools they need to maximize their personal potential, while gaining a greater understanding of their dogs and how to thoughtfully communicate with them. Brian firmly believes that the way we live with our dogs has every bit as much to do with their quality of life as the way we train and educate them. Having studied a wide spectrum of training applications, his experience working with many different training methodologies allows him to develop creative training solutions – solutions most appropriately suited to meet the needs of the individual dog and family. Brian was also a Volhard Dog Nutrition consultant for years under Wendy Volhard’s original ownership, and this additional specialization in nutrition and holistic health modalities added greater depth and sophistication to his insight about canine behavior. He is a firm believer that all facets of a dog’s life – spiritual, physical, and psychological – are interconnected, and that creating positive change in one area of a dog’s life will inevitably cause a ripple effect, benefiting all other areas as well. Brian particularly enjoys working with packs of dogs and helping rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues. It has been a great joy and honor for Brian to do advanced volunteering work with Longmont Humane Society’s Behavior Department for a number of years. As a 4th level volunteer, Brian worked among a select handful of top-tier volunteers to help rehabilitate dogs that exhibited the most severe behavior challenges, including issues such as extreme aggression, fear, and reactivity. Brian is tremendously grateful for the opportunity to work with Aimee Sadler – founder of Dogs Playing for Life – and periodically traveled with her as well as other members of the DPFL team to different parts of the country as an Instructor, assisting shelters with the implementation of off leash play groups. Aimee’s expertise is highly sought after and her cutting edge work, which includes utilizing play groups in shelters to help successfully rehabilitate under-socialized dogs, has received national recognition. She specializes in behavioral problems, presenting regularly at international animal welfare and professional dog training conferences, and is one of the proud recipients of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award for 2012. Aimee was also presented with another prestigious award in 2013, being inducted into the International Association of Canine Professionals’ Hall of Fame. Aimee has inspired Brian – and a great many others – with her masterful training, infectiously positive attitude, wisdom, and love of dogs and people. The value of Aimee’s mentorship cannot be overstated and Brian is honored to know her and call her a friend.
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Types of Volunteerism

Shelter Dogs False
Rescue Dogs False
Therapy Dogs False
Other False

IACP Involvement


President False
Officer False
Board of Directors False
Director Oversight False
Committee Chair False
Committee Member False
Workgroup False


Certification Committee False
Education False
European False
Legislative & Research False
Marketing False
Membership & Retention False
Service Dog False
Social Media False
Therapy Dog False
International Service Dog Workgroup