Our Instructors

Diane Livoti

The Metro Dog Training Academy is directed by Diane Livoti, owner and co-founder of Metro Dog. Diane is a lifelong animal lover, guardian to two dogs, a horse, snake and tarantula. Prior to opening Metro Dog in 2006, Diane ran the successful DogTired! pet-care company, which provided dog-walking, pet-sitting and training services throughout the East Bay. Diane has nearly two decades of experience in the family-dog industry.

Diane first trained in positive reinforcement dog behavior management and modification under Trish King at the Marin Humane Society’s Canine Behavior Consultant Program in 2001. She has continued to study and attend classes and workshops since, and specializes in puppies and off-leash recall. Diane is a local activist, working with groups supporting the continued availability of off-leash open spaces for dogs. She developed a pioneering off-leash recall safety class for the East Bay Regional Park District, is a newly minted board member of Pido (Point Isabel Dog Owners  group), and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She currently manages a team of 20-plus employees delivering Metro Dog’s innovative programs to its day care, boarding, and training clients.

Alison Smith

Alison Smith, CTC, is the former Director of Training and Behavior and Co- Owner of Metro Dog. Graduated with Honors from SFSPCA Dog Training Academy with a Certificate in Training & Counseling (2000). For many years Alison working with people and their dogs through her business Canine Culture, and now she has brought her expertise to found the Metro Dog Academy. She has worked with the Alameda Shelter to develop assessment and socialization programs for their dogs, served on the board of Smiley Dog Rescue, and frequently provided training advice and support to other local rescues.

Through the development of the Metro Dog Academy, she has been able to create a diverse and comprehensive program to mentor and develop new trainers. She is dedicated to healthy relationships between people and the dogs who share their lives.



3117 Pierce Street, Richmond, CA, 94804 • 510.524.DOGS (3647) • info@metrodog.com