Welcome to

Whole Dog Institute

We help people and their dogs build meaningful, lifelong relationships based on mutual trust and understanding.


We are human coaches as well as dog trainers. Our goal is to help people train calm, well-behaved family pets that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. We offer private lessons in your home or at our facility and fun, upbeat group classes.


Sue McKinney, owner of Whole Dog Institute, has a natural gift for teaching. She helps people understand how to communicate effectively with their dogs and how to solve basic behavioral challenges. And she teaches dogs what we want from them. Sue is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI).



We have loved your classes and instructors. Josie can be a challenge, and you all have allowed her the space that she needs to flourish in ways that she has trouble with in other places.

Tanya, student in Agility 1 By 1 (for reactive dogs)


My pup has increased her confidence and attentiveness. I have learned that training is a long-­term practice and discipline that strengthens the relationship between handler and dog.

Heather K. | Durham, NC


Training facility
5922 US Hwy 70 BUS, Durham, NC
P.O. Box 51081, Durham NC 27717