Columbus Ohio's Best Dog Obedience Training

Professional Positive E Collar Dog Training with over 30 years of training experience

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Our Dog Training Services

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Board and Train

Our intensive professional obedience training program introduces your dog to basic commands. This reduces unwanted behaviors like jumping, leash-pulling, and running through open doors


Private Lessons

Our private lesson package is designed to make you feel like an expert dog handler. After 6 private lessons with a dedicated trainer, you and your dog will be confident in basic obedience.

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Public Access Training

Public Access Training starts with a dog’s mastery of the basic obedience program and builds on that to make the dog an expert in navigating public places. During this program your pup spends time daily with his or her dog trainer in public to practice their work.

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Training for Separation Anxiety

Basic obedience behavioral training can reduce your dog's separation anxiety, building their confidence and giving them structure when you aren't around. Our trainers support your new habits for the life of your dog.

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Dog Obedience Training FAQs

While dogs can learn a lot of new commands and expectations in just a short period of time, there's no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to your dogs training. It takes any dog about 90 days to consistently establish new expectations as routine "muscle memory." 

In as little as one week using Canine Academy's proprietary Positive E Collar Training method, you will see improved behavior, no matter which program you choose. Our board and train program promises off-leash results in just 8 days. Additionally, all of our programs include built-in support from your dedicated dog behaviorist during the full 90 day adoption period. It's no wonder we're considered the best dog trainers Ohio has to offer! 

Yes! But it depends on how you use them. An intense static shock is obviously an unpleasant experience for any dog. However, our positive E Collar training method relies on a very low level stimulus to act as a signal for communication between owner and dog. Because the level is just enough for the dog to notice the new stimulus, the dog feels no pain or discomfort. Our dog obedience training teaches the dog that the stimulus means good things - not bad. Like Pavlov's bell, an E Collar paired with a treat can have pup's mouth watering in just a  few days. 

Canine Academy offers dog obedience training in the greater Columbus, Ohio area. Our campus is located in Lancaster Ohio, a short drive from Central Ohio and the Hocking Hills region. Our dog trainers can also provide in-home lessons in Columbus, Ohio and Lancaster, Ohio. 

A well-mannered dog makes for a fulfilling life for both pet and owner. As few as seven commands, well-learned and practiced, can help you navigate almost any situation with your dog. The structure that basic obedience provides offers off-leash freedom that most leashed dogs will never experience, creating a stronger bond between dog and owner. 

Basic obedience can also offer confidence and structure to help you manage dog reactivity and separation anxiety. 

Our dog trainers are well versed in working with a variety of dispositions. Our behavioral assessment helps us better understand your dogs current behavior so we can create a customized training program to address your specific areas of concern. 

Any dog can benefit from basic obedience training - there's no such thing as a dog who's too old, too energetic, or too stubborn to learn. As your dog becomes more predictable, gains an outlet for excess mental energy, and deepens its bond with you, you can benefit from the peace of mind of a good boy or girl. 

The most important thing to consider when choosing a program at Canine Academy is how involved in the training process you want to be. Private lesson packages involve you every step of the way - teaching you to be a master dog trainer, but also requiring more time. Board and train packages bring your dog's obedience training to the off-leash stage; all that's left for you to do is practice and maintain your dog's new obedience skills. 

Every dog must pass our strict graduation standards prior to completing our intensive dog obedience training. These standards include sit, down, place, off, off-leash walk, come, and waiting at the door, all under high level of distraction. But passing our standards is not enough; our dog trainers also support you over the course of 90 days to continue to improve your skills. Most of our customers say that they get regular compliments on their dog's obedience when out and about in Columbus, Ohio. 

Our Dog Training Process

Program Selection

Our team works directly with you to understand any current behavioral challenges you are experiencing with your pup. Then, we help you select the right package to meet your goals.

Dog & Owner Training

Once you are enrolled in a program, the training begins! We set aside dedicated time for both dog and owner training. This ensures that each owner is able to replicate our training methodology at home. 

Maintain Your Training

Once you have the tools to be successful with your dog’s training, consistency is key. Graduates have access to resources including trainer follow-ups and free group-classes to keep your pup’s new skills sharp.

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About Canine Academy Dog Training

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Canine Academy offers our basic dog obedience program with three ways to partner with us. We have options ranging from a full “board and train program” to independent study through private lessons with a dedicated trainer. Which product is right for you is usually a factor of your desired level of involvement during the first phase of training, your dog’s personality, your training goals and your budget.  

Canine Academy provides functional obedience skills with off-leash control. Our proprietary Positive E Collar methodology uses an e collar in a nontraditional way, to enhance the communication between dog and owner. This approach improves the dog/human bond and produces better training outcomes that are life-long.

Our system relies on positive reinforcement, where the desired results elicit a reward (affection) for the dog. We believe that you can train a dog for obedience without causing the dog any physical pain through an e collar. Instead, by using low level stimulus you can communicate with your dog. This new stimulus allows you to communicate at distances that your voice alone cannot achieve.

About Terry Cook

Canine Academy, formerly Top Dog Training by Terry Cook, has an expansive history of dog training experience in Columbus, Ohio. Our methods were first developed and refined over 30 years by the previous owner and dog trainer Terry Cook with Top Dog Training. Terry Cook is a world-renowned dog trainer who dedicated his life to developing dog obedience training methods that are safe and effective. Importantly, his e collar method produces consistent results regardless of a dog’s age, breed, or disposition. Terry Cook’s proven dog training techniques came to life at his former company, Top Dog Training Columbus, and have since been passed down to the current Canine Academy Trainers. Our staff has over 10 years and 1000 dogs of combined experience apprenticing with Terry Cook to learn his dog training methodology while honing their own problem-solving approaches. This time-tested technique has evolved into the Canine Academy Positive E Collar methodology.  

In late 2021, Terry Cook partnered with three new owners, Emily Saving, Beth Britt and Nikki Cupp. to combine the best of both worlds. Terry’s safe and effective dog training techniques are now delivered from operational executives with the highest standards for delivering our products – including standards for kennel care, customer communication, and customer education and satisfaction.  

The next generation of Canine Academy leadership is eager to continue Terry Cook’s tradition as the best dog training in Columbus, Ohio. 

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