Pat Sampsel

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed.

Pat Sampsel

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed.

About Me

Retiring after 20 years with NASA at the Johnson Space Center, I went to the dogs. I decided I wanted to do something with my free time so I started volunteering at a local no-kill shelter.

After 5 years of volunteering to help train and socialize the dogs at Bay Area Adoptions in San Leon, Texas, I was offered the opportunity to start training and teaching classes with a highly respected local trainer.

In 2014,  I began teaching exclusively at Canine Connection Training in League City, Texas.

My classes included:

  • Puppy skills and socialization
  • Basic pet manners
  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
  • Therapy dog prep classes
  • Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) 
  • Canine fitness

I maintain my Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) Knowledge Assessed certification through countless hours of continuing education and hands-on training.

I am a Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a Canine Life And Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) Evaluator and an AKC approved CGC Evaluator.

My Dogs

I have always had dogs in my life. They have either been found or rescued. To my father’s dismay, my first rescue was when I was 8 years old. I learned a lot caring for that dog. However, my last three dogs have taught me the most. Each of these dogs have enhanced my training and given me new skills to pass on to you and your four-legged friend. 


My senior male, Max, was responsible for my interest and ongoing education in canine fitness. He was 12 years old, arthritic and losing his eyesight but still engaged and active. I was very interested in learning the best activities for an aging dog. I wanted him to participate in activities that would keep his mind and body active. After a year of courses in body mechanics, exercise and physiology I began incorporating some of these activities in my regular classes.


In June of 2014, I found a 6-month-old lab mix who had been sitting in a local kill shelter for weeks among hundreds of other dogs. He was stressed but gentle in nature. He is Gus. Gus opened another chapter of learning how to train dogs.

Gus had a difficult time focusing in a room with other dogs. He became over- stimulated, barked and bounced around a lot. I had to work really hard to get and keep his attention. I wanted a focused dog, one that could be calm in most situations. Gus showed me what helped him learn.

Training with toys and games created an amazing dog whose focus and engagement with me exceeded any dog I had ever had in my life. Toys and games were his positive motivators.

Gus & Jessie


Gus now has a sister named Jessie. Yes, she too is a rescue. She is still very much a puppy. Jessie is amazing in her capabilities and has demonstrated that she has a very special nose. Jessie has encouraged me to pursue scent training and greatly benefited from 6 months of scent classes taken while still a puppy.

Living in a small house with two large dogs in the heat of the Texas summer requires a lot of exercise. Exercise doesn’t always have to be physical. Mental exercise is just as good for a young dog. Gus and Jessie both continue to encourage me to learn, practice and teach scent games. I am now teaching clients how to start their own dogs on scent so that they can have stimulating and enriching adventures in their homes and yards.

Gus now has his American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC), is a certified therapy dog and has his AKC Advanced Trick Dog title (TKA). Jessie continues to amaze with her tracking and scent abilities and has her AKC Intermediate Trick Dog title (TKI).

In 2016, I moved to Wimberley Texas. I love the area and all it has to offer. I am an active volunteer with Wimberley Adoption Group and Rescue and enjoy hiking in the area with my dogs as well as taking in as much of the local music and art as possible.

My Philosophy

To help you develop and maintain a quality relationship with your dog, as a dog is a companion for life. It really is about both ends of the leash.

Training Methods

At Both Ends of the Leash,  our training methods will enrich your relationship with your dog. Training with Pat Sampsel means you will be training with an experienced positive trainer who never stops learning and keeps up to date on scientific and humane training methods.

I believe that teaching strong foundation skills will benefit your new puppy or long time four-legged family member. It’s simple, a well-trained adult dog or puppy is more than a pet. They become a welcomed family member who can go more places, meet more people and have more fun in life.

Everyone can learn. Puppies, newly adopted adults, even the dog who sits around the house waiting for something to do, will love learning something new.

How Can I Help?

My Philosophy

To help you develop and maintain a quality relationship with your dog, as a dog is a companion for life.
It really is about both ends of the leash.

Ready to start training?  Have a question about behavior issues?  Call  or use the form to send me a message and I'll get back to you shortly. 



Pat Sampsel
Certified Professional Dog Trainer




Private dog training, in your home. I serve Wimberley, Blanco, Dripping Springs, San Marcos, Kyle and Buda areas.

Ready to start training?  Have a question about behavior issues?  Call  or use the form to send me a message and I'll get back to you shortly. 


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Happy Clients & Pups!

My pup Rocky and I are both learning so much from Pat! I am amazed at how much information and instruction is given with each lesson including follow-up emails, handouts, and the how-to videos. The videos are especially helpful, and it's so reassuring to know you can text, call or email if you get stuck or have questions. Thank you for teaching us both!

Kathy H.

Pat is a Positive Reward trainer and I would give her a 10 Star, 5 Diamond rating. I found Pat via the internet looking for Dog Trainers in the Wimberley area. I was drawn to her company name: Both Ends of the Leash because I knew that she would be helping me as well as the pups. I was not disappointed, Pat and her training expertise are amazing!

She’s kind, calm, prepared, dependable, and intuitive. I have 2 rescue small dogs and recently added a rescue young Lab Mix to the mix. I needed help bringing the pack together and providing basic training for the young Lab Mix.

Celia C.

My 6 month old Weimaraner & I had our first lesson today with Pat. What a great experience for us both! Pat was very kind, patient & sharp. Great resource materials for home too!

Lori H.

We are already practicing and appreciate the extra tips and reminders in your email. It sure seems like we are off to a great start! I understand there are no guarantees, but am already seeing improvement in Clifford’s behavior and feel we are starting off on the right foot with Blanco. Grendel seems to be enjoying the individual time and extra training too! Loren and I both feel lucky to have the opportunity to work with you!
Laura S.

Great trainer. She has been working with me and my dog Remy about thinking through situations. I feel like this training method have having a dog be able to think for themselves is the key for long term benefits. Remy came in as a highly energetic dog that would be triggered with excitement over anything. Now after only two sessions Remy is thinking about what she is doing. 

Patricia comes with my recommendation for any dog training needs.

Jeff M.

I have watched Pat work with our WAG rescue dogs as a dedicated volunteer, and she’s amazing. She’s patient, practical, and teaches all those around her.