Dog Obedience Training Hilliard Ohio

Canine Academy, your Columbus Ohio Dog Trainer, services all surrounding areas of Delaware, OH. We believe in empowering dog owners with the knowledge and skills to guide their dogs more effectively, fostering a stronger and longer-lasting bond. Beyond training, every dog that steps onto our 7-acre campus is treated to plenty of exercise and belly rubs while not actively in training. Ensuring your dog’s stay with us is not just educational, but also filled with fun and relaxation is the key combination to achieving training success. 

We have over 30 years of experience using positive experience training methodologies to achieve lifelong results. This method is designed to improve communication between the dog and owner, leading to a happier life for both. We recognize that every dog is different, and our trainers uniquely adapt their approaches to every dog they work with, regardless of age, breed, or disposition (check out our before and after results!). 

Comprehensive Training Programs

Every dog in our training programs must meet or exceed our training standards. Before, during and after training, we work closely with you to ensure we meet your goals.

Our Training Packages Include:


At the end of the training, your dog will have learned basic obedience commands including: 

  • Sit, down, and place (with implied stay) 
  • Come to heel when called 
  • Walking on leash 
  • Walking off-leash with defined radius 
  • “All Done!” (release command) 
  • “Off” with redirect (command to stop unwanted behavior) 
  • Stay in a spot until released 

Dog Training Commitment and Support:

Every dog leaving our board and train, hybrid, or private dog training classes program must achieve a “good” or “excellent” result against our training standards. After the first phase of training is over, you can expect a progress report. During the next 90 days, your trainer will guide you through even more improvement.

Further, our dog behaviorists commit to supporting your dog’s long-term obedience training success. Tuition includes scheduled follow-up appointments to make sure that your new dog training skills transition well to your home life. Finally, our trainers are available for support during scheduled office hours, and welcome all graduates back for free group dog training classes. Your skills will never go stale.

Our Dog Training Methods:

Our dog behaviorist trainers spend a lot of time getting to know what makes your dog tick. Positive reinforcement 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.


“They boarded and trained our dog, Ayden, for public access. Their training was highly effective and their staff is truly amazing. Will be returning once we have the funds to train our other dog.”

– Matthew Shumway

“We took our Golden Retriever puppy for 3 private lessons. Before taking him, he was out of control. We couldn’t walk him because he would pull to hard, he would jump on everyone, etc. Now he will sit, come, knows place and off. I take him on daily long walks and it is so enjoyable! He is still ornery and his personality is the same but he knows how to listen and control himself. Terry and Shannon were great to work with and the lessons were worth every penny!”

Lisa Graf

Dog Training in Hilliard, Ohio: Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Canine Academy for your dog's training?

Here are the top reasons why Canine Academy stands out among other dog trainers:

  1. Experienced Trainers: Our trainers have a variety of backgrounds and have trained over 1000 dogs, ensuring your canine is in capable hands.

  2. Positive E Collar Methodology: We use a proprietary Positive E Collar methodology that enhances communication between the dog and the owner, improving the bond and producing better training outcomes.

  3. Customized Training Programs: We understand that every dog is unique. That’s why we offer a Behavioral Assessment to tailor our training approach to your dog’s specific needs.

  4. Post-Training Support: We offer ongoing support to ensure your dog’s new skills remain sharp. This includes trainer follow-ups and free group classes.

  5. Proven Results: Our training programs have a high success rate. Every dog must pass our strict graduation standards before completing our intensive dog obedience training.

  6. Satisfied Customers: We have numerous testimonials from happy customers who have seen significant improvements in their dogs’ behavior after attending our training programs.

For the best dog training in Delaware, Ohio, choose Canine Academy. We’re committed to helping you and your dog enjoy a happier, more harmonious life together. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help your dog become the best they can be.

What is positive experience dog training

Positive experience dog training leverages high-value incentives to promote high-value actions. Anything your dog finds appealing can serve as a reward: treats, playtime, affection, or verbal praise. By associating these rewards with the acquisition of basic obedience skills, the likelihood of these skills being repeated increases.

Positive experience dog training doesn’t overlook unwanted behaviors. Instead, we employ basic obedience commands to divert attention from these behaviors, rewarding successful redirection with commendation. For instance, if your dog is barking at the front door, you might use the “come” command; this removes the dog from the sight of the front door and the temptation to bark, earning them praise for successfully following a command amidst distraction.

With enough repetition, these commands become ingrained in the dog’s muscle memory, lasting a lifetime. This is the essence of positive experience dog training.

Do you need to meet my dog prior to recommending a program?

It isn’t always a prerequisite for us to meet your dog before enrolling them in a training program. We invest considerable time understanding our potential clients’ dogs before suggesting a suitable program. If your dog is suitable for our basic obedience program, we can confidently recommend a program trainer, duration, and cost without an initial meeting.

However, if your main challenges revolve around anxiety or reactivity, we might request you to visit our campus for a consultation with a trainer. This allows us to familiarize ourselves better with you and your dog, enabling us to recommend a training approach more confidently that aligns with your objectives.