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The Best Dog Trainers in Ohio of 2023

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Merlin Noble

March 29, 2022

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Welcome to the Ohio Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Ohio based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 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. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

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 2023

Christine Good

I started my career as an animal trainer in 2005 at a wildlife center. There I used clicker training to teach raccoons to patiently wait on their stations for food rather than climbing up on the keeper's legs. I became hooked on dog training when I used the clicker working with my reactive dog, Marvin, who needed me to step up my game.

I am a registered veterinary technician (RVT) with over 16 years of experience in the veterinary field. I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) in 2012. I joined Cold Nose Companions several years ago and finally took over leadership of the company in 2021.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, RVT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: We provide group classes for basic household manners as well as reactivity on leash, and special skills classes. Private sessions can be scheduled in our training center or in home or even in parks for anything from household manners to reactivity, to aggressive displays. We help families prepare for life with dog and baby and offer support for young families with dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: We work a lot with reactivity on leash towards people or other dogs. We also help with aggressive displays towards strangers, resource guarding, difficulties handling at the vet or groomer, and mouthing puppies.

Training methods: We exclusively use reward based training without physical corrections or confrontations. For behavioral challenges we always set up a plan including three layers: management of the behavior to prevent practicing "bad" behavior, teaching specific behaviors that can be performed on cue, and behavior modification to address the dogs' underlying emotions that make them act out to begin with. We provide handouts, links, and videos as needed to support the process.

Why I became a dog trainer: Working in the veterinary field I realized that there was a huge need for more education and training without force. So many animals were surrendered, rehomed, or even euthanized for behavioral challenges that could have been prevented or avoided if clients had received better advice from the beginning on the relationship with their pet. I think, animal behavior is absolutely fascinating and teaches us a lot about ourselves. I love creating a stronger bond that goes both ways between dogs and their families.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love people. I love dogs. I love kids. This job allows me to work with all three. I love that I can help develop understanding, compassion, and joy in families and help dog/human families grow closer together.

My #1 dog training tip: I think, we could solve half our dog problems by picking dogs that fit our lifestyle better. For example -puppies may look adorable with their big eyes but they are really Velociraptors on steroids! They bite, and have accidents, and bite some more. It is also a misconception that puppies are blank slates and won't develop problems. Puberty is awful no matter the species. Dogs two and over have fully formed personalities. What you see is usually what you get - if you know how to look. Also, although we may fantasize about driving a racecar and may enjoy watching them, most of us are much better served in real life with an SUV or sedan. There are breeds out there that appear in movies or online videos showing off fantastic skills - but they are not made to be living in suburbia around families. They are not happy - and you won't be either.

Service areas: Geauga, Lake, Cuyahoga, Ashtabula county, Chardon, Mentor, Willoughby, Eastlake, Middlefield, Painesville, Chesterland, Kirtland, Chagrin Falls, and surrounding areas

Website: https://www.coldnosecompanions.com/

Sarah Dugger

I first realized the power and impact of training in 2012. At the time, I was working at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio, observing Wouter Stellaard, a world-renowned animal trainer, train rats to complete an obstacle course. The five rats all named after different types of cheese took the stage together. Four scurried around a pool, while one swam across, using the shortcut to get to the end faster.

Watching the training process, and listening to the dialogue that occurred after every session, sparked a lifelong passion for the science of behavior. It was my lightbulb moment.

Hi, my name is Sarah Duggar, owner of Good Dog & Co.,an animal trainer that applies the art and science of positive reinforcement to improve animal welfare, teach confidence in a variety of conditions, reinforce your bond with your pet, and equip your pet with the necessary skills for achieving a well-adjusted relationship with you, their human, and the world around them.

I have more than a decade of experience studying the behavior of animals, and applying science-backed methods to most effectively and compassionately train them. Some highlights of my career which has taken me from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to the Denver Zoo to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs include working with tigers (my favorite animal), starting programs for animals with no history of positive-reinforcement training, being chosen to present at The Animal Behavior Management Alliance conference, and continuing to learn from experts in the field, like Stellaard, Steve Martin, and Dr. Susan Friedman.

Over the years, I've trained loose-leash walking with warthogs, targeted a serval to jump 12 feet in the air, crate-trained a groundhog, and taught penguins to heel seriously. I've become fluent in the language of all animals (just call me a modern-day Dr. Dolittle), and now I bring that education and experience to train the animals we interact with most on a daily basis: our family pets. Whether you want to walk your dog without being pulled, stop your cat from urinating outside the litter box, or teach your parrot to step on your hand without biting, I work with you and your pet to meet your behavioral goals.

When an animal realizes their behavior matters and they're happy about it the best, most heartwarming part about being an animal trainer, in my opinion that's where change happens. Through our training sessions, you'll get an up-close look at how small wins stack up to a lifetime of success and a fulfilling relationship with your furry (or feathery or scaly!) best friend.

Education, Certifications, and Achievements:

 Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Ohio State University, 2014

 Certificate of Excellence, Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals: The Fundamental Principles and Procedures of Teaching and Learning, 2015

 Presenter, 'Choice-Based Training Improves Animal Welfare and Program Participation in Ambassador Animals,' The Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, 2017

 Certified Training Partner, Karen Pryor Academy's Professional Dog Training Program, 2021

 Featured on The Animal Behavior Management Alliance's Facebook page for Behavior Month Cooperative Care Week

 Continuing education with experts in the field through Clicker Expo, Living and Learning with Animals Auditor, NEI Tec Talks, and more.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Day Training, Coaching (Virtual and In-Home), & Pet Au Pair Service (Pet sitting + Training combo): Confidence building, establishing and strengthening cues, cooperative care (vet, groomer, nail trims, bathing, crate training, etc.), replacing problem behaviors with alternate behaviors, bond strengthening between pet parent and pet, introducing new pets to the home, and more.

Behavioral issue focus: Pulling on the leash, barking, avoidance behaviors, separation distress, issues between pets in multi-pet households, biting, scratching, anxiety during handling, ignoring cues, urinating or defecating in inappropriate spaces

Training methods: Begin with a consultation to assess medical history, learning history, and the conditions surrounding behaviors through a Behavior Analysis lens. Establish short term and longterm goals before creating a training plan for the individual animal. With an individualized training package, we will practice two-way communication with the animal during positive reinforcement training sessions to shape skills and cues. In addition to training, we will incorporate thoughtful environment arrangement to manage behavior problems.

Why I became a dog trainer: I recognized a need in the pet owner community for ethical, positive, and skillful trainers. In my "zoo bubble" I was surrounded by the best of the best trainers, but in our everyday society, there is an overwhelming amount of traditional and behavior-suppressing methods. I feel motivated to show people that there is a better way, and that we can get results that leave both the pet parent and the pet happier and more bonded.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Witnessing my clients have success with their pet

My #1 dog training tip: In order to be a dog trainer, you must also be a dog listener. Learn how to speak their language by observing their body language, and then you can build towards two-way communication.

Service areas: Dublin, Worthington, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Grove City, Westerville, Gahanna, New Albany

Website: https://www.gooddogandcompany.com

Hannah Burke Garbett

I came to dog training after having the incredible experience of working in several zoos and aquariums with a variety of species including elephants, cheetahs and penguins. Learning about training through an exotic animal lens gave me an understanding and appreciation of ethology and natural history and their role in analyzing animal behavior.

I have been professionally training dogs since 2011 and have always prioritized continuing education and certification through training and behavior courses, seminars and workshops.
As an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through IAABC I use my experience with reactivity and separation anxiety to help dog guardians modify problematic behavior and prevent future behavior problems in puppies.

As a Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer I am experienced in teaching owners how to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress along with building confidence and resilience for lasting behavior change. My passion is helping families, especially children, enjoy their dogs and build mutually rewarding relationships. I want training to be the highlight of my student's day and something even the humans look forward to each week!

Certifications: Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, IAABC. Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer. American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I provide private in-home training programs designed to foster rewarding relationships between dogs and their people. My flagship puppy program, Puppy Prep School, is an in-home training and socialization program designed for busy families who want to give their puppies the best possible start. We combine skill building with field trips and social experiences in a three session per week format that maximizes critical socialization periods and sets your puppy up for a lifetime of success. For adult dogs, I offer in-home training programs that focus on developing a deeper understanding of your dog's behavior and teaching the skills they need to successfully navigate the world at your side. From hiking off leash to sitting quietly at a cafe, a well trained dog is a joy to have around!

Behavioral issue focus: Puppy Training, Puppy Socialization, Potty Training, Adult Dog Obedience Training, Behavior Modification for Fear and Anxiety, Cooperative Care

Training methods: I believe everyone deserves a safe and supportive learning environment. I use positive reinforcement and marker training with both dogs and humans to teach new skills in a way that is both effective and fun. I utilize evidence-based training methods rooted in applied behavior science and follow a Humane Hierarchy approach for all behavior modification plans. All new students start out with an in-home consultation to discuss the dog's history, evaluate the dog's behavior and get started on a management and training plan. After the initial consultation we offer several training program options and can work together to determine which would best suit the needs of individual dog and family.

Why I became a dog trainer: I understand the struggle of raising an exuberant puppy or the stress that comes from experiencing behavior problems with an older dog. One of my goals as a trainer is not just to help humans have "better dogs" but also to help dogs have "better humans." To me that means reading canine body language, knowing how to meet the needs of your individual dog and learning how to teach new skills with kindness and compassion. I love helping families understand and enjoy their dogs, building bonds and connection that lasts a lifetime.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: When I first meet new clients their dog is usually exhibiting behaviors that are causing stress and conflict in the family and it can often feel like "dog vs. humans." For me the really rewarding part about being a dog trainer is seeing that moment when the dog and the humans are back on the same team. I know I've done my job well when everyone is working together in a kind and supportive way towards solutuions that benefit the whole family.

My #1 dog training tip: It's easy to focus on the behaviors you don't like and want to change. Instead, try to notice all the little things your dog does well each day and positively reinforce those behaviors as often as you can. This not only increases the likelihood of those "good" behaviors occurring more often, it also allows us humans to practice gratitude for all the little things we enjoy about our canine companions.

Service areas: I provide in-home dog training services in the greater Cincinnati area.

Website: https://theproperpuppy.net

Jackie Pekar

I'm the owner of SouthPaw Petting and have been serving the pets of Akron since 2005. I love helping clients with their puppies and dogs, it's a very rewarding experience! I'm a bit of an education junkie, and travel frequently for conferences and for my own pleasure.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Fear Free Certified Professional, Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, Certified Veterinary Assistant

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Specializing in puppy foundation behaviors, separation anxiety, and behavior modification

Behavioral issue focus: Separation anxiety, reactivity

Training methods: Force free training & positive reinforcement

Why I became a dog trainer: I've always been fascinated by behavior, and to be able to strengthen that human-animal bond is so fulfilling.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Those 'ah-ha!' moments!

My #1 dog training tip: Work with the dog you've got

Service areas: Akron, OH

Website: https://www.jackiethedogtrainer.com

Jenna Huffman

Helping people and their dogs connect is the absolute best part of my job. I've been working with dogs for 15 years and I've loved every second of it. I received my dog training certification in 2010 and have been focused on dogs and dog behavior ever since.

I am a certified trainer through the Animal Behavior College and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. I spent 5 years working in shelters with all different breeds, sizes, and behavior issues. I am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, an Animal Behavior College Mentor, and I am a Fear Free Certified Professional through Fear Free Pets.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, FFCP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer personalized, one-on-one training tailored to meet the unique needs of your furry friend. With my in-home training, I work with your dog in their natural environment, allowing me to better understand their behavior and develop a training program to suit their individual needs. My specialized training for reactive dogs helps your furry friend cope with triggers and overcome fears in a positive and supportive environment. And with my puppy training and basic manners training, we can help your dog learn important socialization skills and good behavior for a happy and well-behaved life.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with a number of behavior issues including dog and human reactivity, resource guarding, fear, and anxiety. I use a personalized approach to training that is tailored to meet the unique needs of your dog, helping them learn coping strategies and positive behaviors that will improve their overall well-being.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement methods that are as effective as they are kind. I start clients with a consultation and create a plan that is specific to them and their dog's needs. Starting with a management plan, training techniques, and follow up maintenance, I make sure your dog is set up for success from day one and continues to succeed through day one hundred.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I stumbled upon my beloved pup, Ares, as a sweet, innocent puppy wandering the streets of San Antonio. However, as she grew up, I soon discovered that she had severe anxiety and reactivity issues. Despite my best efforts to seek help and guidance, every piece of advice I received seemed to worsen her condition. From being instructed to yank her collar whenever she noticed another dog, to rolling her onto her back whenever she barked, and even squirting her in the face when she growled - none of these coercive techniques felt right to me.

It wasn't until I delved deeper into the world of positive reinforcement training that I finally discovered the true cause of her reactivity - fear. This realization allowed me to approach her with a newfound empathy, helping her to feel safe and secure in her surroundings, and finally make progress. Ares was my heart dog, and after a long life of sixteen years, she left an indelible mark on my life. Through her, I discovered my true passion - to guide owners and their beloved pups towards a brighter future. If you're feeling lost, scared, or confused, let me help guide you towards the path of positive reinforcement training - the same path that helped me and my Ares.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: What I love most about being a trainer is witnessing the "ah-ha" moment when owners finally comprehend their dog's behavior and what their furry companion is trying to communicate. It's a moment when everything clicks, and the owner realizes how to make the necessary changes to help their dog. At the same time, the dog also experiences an "ah-ha" moment, finally understanding what their owner has been trying to convey all along. It's a beautiful moment that signifies a stronger bond and mutual understanding between the owner and their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: My number one training tip is to enjoy the journey with your dog. Training is not just about reaching the end goal of having a well-behaved dog; it's about the process of building a stronger bond with your furry friend. So, instead of getting caught up in the outcome, try to appreciate every step of the journey with your dog. Celebrate the small successes along the way, and don't get discouraged by setbacks or challenges. Enjoying the journey with your dog will not only make training more enjoyable for both you and your pup, but it will also strengthen your bond and deepen your relationship.

Service areas:

Centerville, Ohio
Bellbrook, Ohio
Five Points, Ohio
Miamisburg, Ohio

Website: https://www.barkademics.com/

Alex Eaton

My name is Alex Eaton and I started Out of This World Dog Training to offer the people and pets of Central Ohio an exciting and effective method of training. I am a certified professional dog trainer. I received my certification through Animal Behavior College and graduated with honors. I have also helped train service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence. I have spent time volunteering at Franklin County Dog Shelter as well as being a consultant for other dog trainers in the area. When necessary I consult with local veterinarians to make sure that my methods, nutritional information and medical advice are 100% up to date and correct. I take your pet’s health and well-being as seriously as humanly possible!

I believe that owning a pet is an amazing and rewarding experience, but also a responsibility, not a luxury. Training your dog properly will lead you to a greater understanding of the animal and I firmly believe in the owner-pet relationship being one of mutual understanding and respect. I immerse you fully in the training process and use dog psychology to more effectively teach your dog. I find that owners end up learning as much, if not more, than their pets. Contact me to find out more about my unique approach to training.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT)

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Basic-Advanced obedience training, group obedience, group walking, puppy socialization and obedience training, in home training, aggressive/reactivity training, off leash training, house breaking, crate training, leash walking, canine good citizen, star puppy, therapy dog classes, day training, board and train

Behavioral issue focus: We use positive reinforcement to address behaviors ranging from puppy nipping to adult dog aggression.

Training methods: We do a short in home evaluation at the beginning of the first lesson to develop a training plan. We then use reward based training to improve communication and focus skills. We continue from there by increasing distractions until the behavior has improved/resolved.

Why I became a dog trainer: I always feel my most invigorated when working with dogs. It is such a great feeling to see a human and their dog truly connect.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the joy a well behaved dog can bring to a family

My #1 dog training tip: Communication is key! Your dog doesn't know English so you will need to teach them!

Service areas: Columbus, Worthington, Dublin, New Albany, Westerville, Upper Arlington, Hilliard, Lewis Center

Website: https://ootwdogtraining.com

Valarie Ross

Hello! I am Valarie, the owner of Sits n Wiggles Dog Training. I started SnW in 2015 when I had the opportunity to move from dogs being just my passion but my career. I have been involved in dog and cat rescue since I was in college. In early 2015 I started taking classes with Catch Canine Trainers Academy with the intention to offer volunteer training services to shelters and rescues. However, life had different plans and I was laid off from my software job. I took that time to finish my training classes and start Sits n Wiggles.

Since that time in 2015, I have focused my education and practice on dogs struggling with fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression issues.

~ Certified Dog Behavior Consultant - International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (2022)
~ Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed - Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (2017)
~ Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator - The Pet Professional Guild (2018)
~ Aggression in Dogs Masterclass - 2021
~ The 2021 Virtual Dog Conference - Speaker (2021)
~ Up Your Business Game Conference - The Pet Professional Guild - Speaker (2022)
~ Family Dog Mediation (2022)


Certified Dog Behavior Consultant - IAABC
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - CCPDT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Basic manners, puppy socialization, aggression, reactivity, anxiety, global fear, day training, remote and in-person

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, reactivity, fear, anxiety, hyperactivity

Training methods: I use the least intrusive, minimally aversive training and behavior modification methods. I work to help you understand and read your dog, set them up for success, to reduce fear and anxiety, so we can reinforce better behavior.

Why I became a dog trainer: My goal in being a dog trainer is to help dogs stay in their homes or get ready for their next home.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping families understand their dogs better and rebuild relationships.

My #1 dog training tip: Respect your dog and meet them where they are. They are just trying to figure out this crazy world we created.

Service areas: All of northeast Ohio

Website: https://www.sitsnwigglescle.com

Tracy Wrobbel

Tracy has been an animal lover all of her life, even as a toddler, her favorite toy was a toy dog and she was always found petting any dog that was nearby. Family and friends agree, things have not changes much, she still needs to meet EVERY dog she comes across.

Once Tracy began fostering, she realized that she needed the help of professional dog trainers to help her make her fosters adoptable. Learning about dog behavior and seeing the success the training had on dogs inspired Tracy to pursue dog training. Tracy has become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and is working towards her CCPDT-KA.

When Tracy is not training dogs, she works as a Registered Corporate Coach and Training Manager at her Full Time job. When she has spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs Tucker, Riley, Carrie and Yoshi and her cat Louie. Her hobbies include gardening, genealogy, spending time in nature and working on crafts (Pysanky, Drawing, Embroidery, Beading).

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer and is working towards her CCPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training

Service areas: Cuyahoga, OH

Website: https://sitsnwigglescle.com/

Elissa O'Sullivan

Private practice since 1993.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: 100% force-free training from puppy class to pet basics, to high level competition obedience

Behavioral issue focus: 100% force-free behavior modification for any issues.

Training methods: Force-free, least invasive

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing progress

My #1 dog training tip: Your dog is your partner, not your slave.

Service areas: In-home visits: Columbus, Gahanna, Westerville, Upper Arlington, Dublin, Powell, Pataskala, New Albany, Worthington, Bexley, Delaware, Marysville

Website: https://www.nobaddogsohio.com

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

Website: https://www.1smartdog.com

Nick Hof

I have been training dogs and owners for more than 10 years. I am a past chair for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and hold certifications with multiple organizations. I have a newly adopted 1 year old St. Bernard named Gordon that we brought home from the shelter this past November.



Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: In home training services for puppies to adults and basic manners to anxiety or aggression

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression/reactivity, anxiety and fear-based, potty training, separation anxiety, etc.

Training methods: All training is customized towards your goals using a positive reinforcement based approach, setting the dog and owner up for success.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love helping owners and their dogs live happier together. I also find animal behavior fascinating and love learning more everyday.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Besides all the dogs and people I get to help, it keeps me active.

My #1 dog training tip: If you think you're using too many treats, you're getting close to the number of ones I would be using ;-)

Service areas: The greater Cincinnati area

Website: https://www.pawslooklisten.com

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

Website: https://www.elissaclinedogtraining.com/

Jane Miller

Jane Miller, LISW, 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'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 Technician by the Association of Animal Behavior Behavior Professionals ( AABP-CDBT).

Certifications: LISW, CDBC, PPG, AABP-CDBT

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training

More info about service provided: I provide behavior consultations, private training, service dog training, distraction training and I teach stress reduction techniques for humans and their animals.

Behavioral issue focus: anxiety, fear, over threshold, reactivity,

Training methods: Positive reward based training. Learning body language and ways dogs express emotions. No aversives, compassionate care.

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to be Jane Goodall when I was young and spent my life studying human and animal behavior, ethology and always loved sharing my life with animals and training dogs my whole life.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the human animal bond grow and seeing positive changes that enhance the lives of dogs that live with us.

My #1 dog training tip: To treat your dog with respect, love, compassion and respect. Gaining insights into the dog's body language.

Service areas: Northeast Ohio Lorain County, Ohio

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

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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