Canine Academy is Central Ohio’s best dog trainer, serving all areas around Columbus, including Athens, OH.
We specialize in positive experience training methodologies and our programs are designed to improve communication between dog and owner, leading to a happier life for both.
Canine Academy offers Puppy Foundations Training and Basic Obedience Training, which provides your doggo with structure and creates an outlet for excessive energy. Our programs are designed to meet your dog’s needs and match your lifestyle.
Training is a great step in you and your family’s journey to achieve the dog of your dreams, regardless of their age, breed or disposition!
Canine Academy Named World’s Greatest Dog Trainer
Don’t miss the opportunity to work with a world-class trainer right around the corner.
Located in Lancaster, OH, Canine Academy is a premier dog training facility located 48 minutes from Athens. We are situated on 7 acres of green landscape. We believe that a core input to an effective training strategy for your dog is regular exercise. With our large, fenced-in play field combined with hiking trails for stimulating walks, our property is the perfect place for your dog to have access to fresh air and exercise while not in training!
Looking for training in Columbus, instead? Our nearest local Columbus partner, Barks and Rec, is a 1.25 hour drive from Athens.
Our Training Packages
We have programs designed for every dog and to meet your family’s goals. From puppy classes and small group obedience work, to board and train programs with lifetime support, and anything in between – Canine Academy has a program that’s right for your pet. Check out our full service offering here, or view some highlights below.
- Board and Train – An intensive program that includes daily time with a dedicated trainer, intentional leisure and socialization with our talented care team, and 90-days of follow-up support to ensure a smooth transition home. We achieve better results than other trainers in a shorter time, because we use all 24 hours in your pet’s day to the fullest. Graduates of the board and train program receive our lifetime commitment of support.
- Small Group Basic Obedience – Over the course of 5 weeks, you and your dog will master basic obedience under distraction. We optimize the training group size to ensure 1:1 attention from your trainer, and distractions in a controlled environment to build reliability. Canine Academy offers this service at our main campus, and at select doggy daycare locations in Columbus.
- Build Your Own Program – Your dog and goals are unique, and our team of dedicated trainers is standing by to help you master basic obedience together and eliminate nuisance behaviors in the format that makes the most sense to you. We’ll help you design a program that ensures you’ll have a usable set of skills to communicate with your canine companion for life.
- Puppy Training – It’s never too early to start building the habits and relationship you want with your puppy! We are focused on developmentally appropriate training. For puppies under 5 months that means focusing on socialization, treat training, avoiding bad habits, managing excess energy, housebreaking and crate training. With options from stay and train programs to small group learning, you’ll get started on the right paw with Canine Academy.
Canine Academy’s Results:
Even the most energetic, distracted, or stubborn dog can show a dramatic improvement in behavior in as little as one week with professional obedience training. Following your pup’s training with us, our dedicated team of trainers will work with you to ensure that your results stick. Canine Academy graduates stand out in a crowd based on their patience, attentiveness to owner, reliable off-leash behavior, and eagerness to follow commands. During training, our trainers consistently seek out distractions for your dog, so that you get a reliable, obedient dog no matter where you go.
We focus on functional obedience, so you and your dog will be able to navigate life together with a few simple cues: sit, down, place, come, walk, off, and release. All of our cues include a stay, so sit means sit…and stay!
Our Dog Training Methods:
Our dog behaviorist trainers spend a lot of time getting to know what makes your dog tick. Positive experience dog training is about providing consistent reward. Without treats in your pocket, motivating your dog by play and praise – issued the way your dog wants it – makes dog obedience training stick for life.
Beyond identifying the most effective reward for positive reinforcement, our dog trainers also use e collars to provide a very low level stimulus during both commands and praise. Our proprietary Positive E Collar methodology enhances the communication between dog and owner. This enhanced communication builds trust and produces effective training outcomes. We believe that you can teach a dog obedience training without causing the dog any physical pain through an e collar.
Along with your leash, your voice and your nonverbal cues, your e collar is just another tool in your toolbox. But your e collar allows you to communicate with your dog at even longer distances. With your new tool and our dog obedience training methods, you’ll access a level of freedom in nature and in public access.