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.


Liz Turpin and Beth Grooms are the owners of Whole Dog Institute.  They both are Certified Professional Dog Trainers Knowledge Assessed as well as Pat Miller Certified Trainers. The enjoy working with both ends of the leash to build a stronger relationship based on mutual understanding and trust.  They believe the best way to strengthen a bond is through effective communication.



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