The Best Dog Trainers in Ohio of 2022

Welcome to the Ohio Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Ohio based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 45,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used

Dog training is one of the most important activities someone can do with their dog. Many come to dog training through a specific issue they want addressed, anything from barking to separation anxiety. Some have adopted dogs from animal shelters with an abusive experience and some just have happy puppies looking for everyday life skills. Trainers can help with all kinds of specific skills and issues, from leash manners to territorial aggression to anxiety around skateboards to common puppy challenges. However, what many discover is that working with a trainer is actually a way for a pet owner to deepen their relationship with their dog. The enhanced communication skills that result can increase quality of life, be a rewarding experience, be a social experience and lead to more harmonious relationships. Knowing that one’s dog is having a happier life can dramatically improve peace of mind. As the saying goes: happy dog, happy life. And it extends further than just the dog, to the pet owners. Owner empowerment can actually improve the relationship between owners. And finding the right trainer can make all the difference in the experience.

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The Best Ohio Dog Trainers in 2022

Linda Randall

At One Smart Dog, we believe a well-behaved dog is a pleasure to live with and easy to love. As a veterinarian and companion animal specialist, I am intensely dedicated to the well-being of animals. As a Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Professional Trainer (KPA-CPT), I am a graduate of one of the most rigorous, skilled training programs in the United States and around the world.

What can I, and my training facility, One Smart Dog, do for you? Quite a lot! New puppy‚ naughty puppy? Start your new pup off right with our foundation puppy classes. Small class size, quick sign up, and easy access to instructors who care. Who's a good dog? (When he wants to be??) We can help! Our positive methods help your dog make the "right" decision more often. Enjoy every day with your dog. Want to learn to train your dog? We have classes: small size, easy enrollment. We also offer one on one Personal Training to suit your needs and schedule.Want us to train your dog? We offer individual training built around your goals with one of our certified, positive trainers. Reactive or aggression concerns with your new dog? You are not alone, and we can help.

Walking in the park or hiking on trails with your dog can be as much fun as you dreamt it would be. Join our Trek and Train, Out and About, and Reactive Rover walks to encourage good outdoor dog citizenship. Love sports, and want to participate with your dog? We've got you covered with agility, scent classes, tracking, rally obedience, trick classes, and more

Certifications: DVM, ABVP, KPA, LLA

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
Behavioral issue focus:

We work with dogs that have problem behaviors such as pulling on the leash, jumping up on people, barking, counter surfing, food/toy guarding, and potty training concerns. We also work closely with dogs who are reactive to people, other dogs, or objects in the environment. We can help dogs who have serious resource guarding issues (including people, food, toys, home, and more). We take mild to moderate aggression cases after an in-depth assessment period and evaluation. We see mild to moderate separation anxiety concerns.

We have a veterinarian on staff who works with you, your dog, and your family veterinarian to provide medical advice or medication related to the above behaviors.

Training methods:

We are a positive reinforcement training center...for dogs and their people.
Training and behavior consultations are always available, and we can design specific, focused training plans for you and your dog.

Service area:

We are located in Seville, OH, convenient to Interstates 71 and 76. We serve Medina, Summit, Cuyahoga, Wayne, Ashland and Lorain counties in northeast Ohio.

Website: https://www.1smartdog.com


Jane Miller

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Jane Miller, LISW, IAABC-CDBC & AABP-CDBT, Pet CPR & First Aid Certified, works in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist/clinical social worker, with a particular interest in holistic modalities of healing. She currently focuses on educating others about the legal, ethical, and practical criteria of working with Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs).

Miller has lectured about PSDs in a variety of settings, ranging from The Cleveland Clinic & Metro Health Medical Centers - Departments of Psychiatry & Psychology, The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference (IAABC), The Cleveland Natural History Museum, The Psychology of Health, Immunity & Disease Conference (NICABM), The National Association of Social Workers Conference and many other national and local organizations, schools, and dog-training facilities.She appeared in the PBS program "Health Visions - Animals As Healers" on the healing power of animals and joined world-renowned veterinarian/author Dr. Allen Schoen to present a workshop on the topic of animals as healers at a national conference for medical professionals (See NICABM). She is also a practitioner of QiGong and Reiki and teaches stress reduction techniques to her clients and their service dogs.

Miller earned her BA in psychology and biology from Oberlin College, and her MSSA in Clinical Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. She has received the Irene Sogg Gross Award for Humanitarian Services and has contributed scholarly essays for professional journals and anthologies in the field of clinical social work. Her professional experience includes serving as a counselor at a battered women's shelter and at a group home supervisor for the developmentally disabled, and as a research assistant in microbiology/immunology at Temple University Medical School.

Jane Miller uses positive reward- based training that includes play and allows the handlers to get to know their dogs more fully building a bond. We focus on building a two-way communication between human and dog as they both learn body language. They also learn stress reduction/relaxation techniques for human and their dog.Jane Miller's lifelong passion for healing has emphasized the human-animal connection, culminating in her certification as a Canine Massotherapist and as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC-CDBC) and the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals ( AABP-CDBT). She is also a member of NASW, Pet Industry Advocacy International, AABP, The IAABC Foundation, The Pet Professional Guild and ISCP.

Certifications: CDBC, CDBT, LISW

Services include:
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
Behavioral issue focus:

Anxious stressed dogs, fears, basic behavioral issues, lunging pulling etc.

Training methods:

All positive reward based training based on a 2 way communication between human and animal. Understanding body language.

Service area:

Northeast ohio

Website: https://www.healing-companions.org


Jenna Strayer

Jenna StrayerOwner/Head Trainer (she, her)Jenna has nearly ten years' experience training and living with sport, working, therapy and service dogs. She is a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Canine Training Professional through the Pet Professional Guild and is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She also regularly attends seminars and workshops to stay up to date with the most current training practices. She shares her home with Border Collies Karmen and Keen and a Pomeranian named Oopsie and they compete across the United States in agility, obedience, rally, scent work, dock diving and disc.

Jenna and her dogs have been nationally ranked in several of these venues.In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading and cooking, and she considers herself a bourbon enthusiast and a Croc connoisseur. She especially enjoys helping her clients communicate better with their canine companions and watching their bond grow with their pet.

Certifications: Member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Canine Training Professional through the Pet Professional Guild and is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training

Website: https://www.goodkarmacaninetraining.com/


Elissa Cline

I have worked as a full time professional trainer since 2000 specializing for the past 10 years in behavior problems. I was one of the few trainers in the Bay area in California that specialized in aggression and severe behavior problems and was referred to clients by fellow trainers in the area because of my expertise.

I graduated from the SFSPCA Dog Training Academy (Certificate in Training & Counseling-2004) and did continuing education in Stranger Aggression & Social Fear (2005), and Dog/Dog Aggression (2006) with Jean Donaldson & Janice Bradley.I then went on to attend the Bob Bailey - Chicken Camps (Discrimination, Criteria & Cueing, and Chaining) and remain strongly influenced by Michael Ellis - Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers more recently.

If you are looking for competition obedience and agility training, I teach group classes at Queen City Dog Training Club in Sharonville, Ohio. I continue to educate myself and compete in Agility, AKC Obedience, and Mondio Ring. I currently compete and coach in these sports and provide high level support to meet competition goals. See the section on My Dogs to learn more about success in the ring! I discovered that coaching people is my favorite activity.

Learning comes personally slow to me and I appreciate it when my clients want to pick up new skills. Frustration is normal and I like to slow down and help you achieve your goals!

Certifications: SFSPCA Dog Training Academy (Certificate in Training & Counseling-2004) and did continuing education in Stranger Aggression & Social Fear (2005), and Dog/Dog Aggression (2006) with Jean Donaldson & Janice Bradley

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Stranger Fear / Leash Reactivity / Aggression in house towards humans, other dogs, or animals / guarding / compulsive disorders / idiopathic aggression

Training methods:

Behavioral: consult incorporates the entire family at the home / split between management plan and training / family abilities determine methods / use of food and toys and motivation / seek the happiness of both client and dog ultimately so method options based on this goal

Service area:

Cincinnati / Dayton / Clinton County / Washington CH

Website: http://www.elissaclinedogtraining.com/


Nick Hof

I have been offering training help in Cincinnati OH for over ten years to local dog owners and parents. I am certified through multiple organizations and active in the professional dog training community worldwide.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CCBC-KA, KPA-CTP, CSAT, ACDBC

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Anxiety, aggression/reactivity, dog and baby support, separation anxiety, excitability, potty training, guest manners, and more.

Training methods:

I utilize a positive reinforcement based approach that emphasizes setting the dog up for success and teaching that what we want. This usually includes teaching foundational skills in comfortable environments using treats to both reinforce behaviors as well as embed good feelings throughout the process for your dog.

We begin with a consultation at your home to review goals and issues. From there we can move forward with a training plan using either a coaching based support program or multi-sessions per week easy way program with me doing more of the work.

Service area:

I service the greater Cincinnati area. This includes all areas within the 275 loop and some beyond. Remote options also available.

Website: https://www.pawslooklisten.com


Sniffspot Ohio Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Ohio dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Ohio as selected by broad voting from the Sniffspot community and the general public. These trainers are expert dog trainers, who received votes from their delighted customers, due to their excellent dedication to customer service, excellent results and general care they exhibit for their clients. Many have worked with thousands of dogs and are highly experienced trainers.

How can I get in touch with dog trainers?

Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.

Are these Ohio dog trainers certified professionals?

Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification and professional trainers are not required to be certified. However, certifications are important to show that a professional dog trainer has a standard of expertise to help train your dog. Each trainer’s certifications are listed on their profile.

What are the top certifications for Dog Trainers in Ohio?

Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy - KPA certification, Jean Donaldson's Academy - CTC certification and Fear Free Certification. You can review the dog trainer certifications for each specific dog trainer on their profile on this page.

What methods are used in the dog training sessions?

There are many methods for teaching dogs and a lot of disagreement about the correct training approach. All of the Ohio trainers included on this list use positive reinforcement training only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This includes not using any specifically aversive approach to training or training aid, such as a prong or electronic dog training collar (also called remote dog training collar or shock collars). As for specific training programs and specialties, such as day training / doggie daycare or obedience training, you can see more information in each trainer’s profile.

Are dog training lessons in a training facility or are virtual options available?

Some dog trainers operate exclusively from a training facility, some do house calls and some offer video calls or other virtual options. There are pros and cons to each option and the most efficient behavioral training option depends on specific circumstances, for instance, what hours work best for you. A training center or training ranch can be a good option if your training plan requires facilities, training equipment or dedicated space. We recommend reaching out to the specific trainer you are interested in or browsing their website for more information.

Are dog training lessons private or in a group setting?

Every different circumstance of dog and owners may require a different setting, whether it’s housebreaking issues, anxiety issues, lack of proper socialization, food aggression or just bad habits. Each trainer has different offerings as far as whether they can offer clients a private training session or a group class. Trainers provide information about their private class and group class offerings in their profiles and you can browse their website for more information as well. It may make sense for your specific circumstance to reach out to the trainer to ask if they recommend group or private dog training classes. Some trainers also have a team of specialists that can provide even higher levels of service, or provide specialized sessions, such as pack walks.

How much does dog training in Ohio cost?

Ohio dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services and phases of training. For instance behavioral modification that involves boarding is often more expensive than day training, and private lessons are generally more expensive than group lessons. Prices can also vary depending on specific behavioral issues. Lastly, some trainers have more overhead than others, We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.

Is training a dog good for the dog?

Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Whether with basic training skills or complex training techniques, going through behavior training with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the level of confidence enabling of a dog (and it can also help with building customer confidence!). Rather than being about exerting maximum control over them, it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. For instance, crate training can help a dog feel safe and at home in a crate vs fearful and uncertain. Dog training can teach important skills, such as leash control, potty training or a general level of obedience skills. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog to learn life skills and for their family. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog and serve them throughout their entire healthy life!

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training and coaching. Aggression in dogs is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. A trainer can help you interpret signs of aggression, such as excessive barking, fear aggression and leash aggression, and type of aggression. If you believe you have a dog with aggressive behaviors, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a Ohio dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in Ohio you can be considered for this list. We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.

How much do dog trainers make in Ohio?

Dog trainer earnings vary widely depending on many factors, such as whether a dog trainer is an employee or owns their own full-service professional dog training business. According to ZipRecruiter, the average dog trainer salary in Ohio was $29,660 per year and $14.26 per hour. It is impossible to say how much a dog trainer can earn with a full-service professional dog training company, because the size and profitability of companies can vary widely.


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