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Shannon Busher

Shannon has been a certified Canine Academy trainer for the last 3 years, working directly with Terry Cook to train over 275 dogs with positive experience techniques, and has since trained nearly 100 additional dogs!  Before finding her true passion as a dog trainer, Shannon was educated in Equine Studies. Shannon began her dog training career as an agility handler where she competed in CPE trials with her dog. 

Shannon believes that dog training is important because dogs require leadership and guidance in order to maintain healthy relationships with humans and other dogs they may interact with. Shannon’s favorite part of being a dog training is helping families create stronger bonds with their dogs. She has had clients tell her they have never been able to cuddle or pet their dogs because they weren’t able to achieve a calm or relaxed state prior to obedience training. Shannon is most proud of the work she did with a dog that was 100% deaf. The owners didn’t know how to communicate with him until Shannon stepped in to help bridge the gap. At the end of the training, the owners and the dog were able to communicate more effectively and the dog’s behavior did a 180. 

In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time outdoors, especially gardening or hiking. Shannon has two pups of her own Heidi and Maple. 

Jacey Wentz

Jacey is our second successful graduate from the Canine Academy Training Apprenticeship Program. She has trained over 100 dogs!  Before becoming a trainer, Jacey worked as a Kennel Technician on our Care Team where she worked diligently to ensure every dog on our property was cared for while not in training. 

Jacey’s passion for dogs originated from her childhood pup, Milo,  and while she might try to convince you her favorite animal is a dog, her pet snake would likely disagree. 

Jacey believes dog training is important because it provides your dog with mental stimulation while building confidence and helping both dog and owner better understand one another. Jacey’s favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing the positive change every dog and owner go through after staying on our campus. Jacey is most proud of her her experience working with a dog that was scared of new people and the kennel. Through intentional obedience training, Jacey was able to eliminate this behavior by creating confidence and building communication with the dog. At the end of the training, he enjoyed meeting new people and was no longer afraid of his kennel. 

In her free time, Jacey enjoys fishing, spending time outdoors and with her pups, Loki and Finny, or taking care of her “zoo.” 

female dog trainer with dog

Maggie Mettler

Maggie is the first graduate of the Canine Academy Training Apprenticeship Program. As part of this program, Maggie spent 6 months working as an apprentice for Terry Cook, and has since trained over 140 dogs! As a successful graduate from the program, Maggie is now certified in the Canine Academy Positive E Collar Methodology.

Maggie’s love for dog training began with her current pup, Ringo. Maggie felt passionately about having a well-trained dog and, as a result, she began leveling up her dog training education and working with Ringo. 

Maggie believes that dog training is important because it gives the dog a sense of direction while also creating a stronger bond between dog and owner. Maggie’s favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing the impact she has on each dog, training them to have proper obedience and off-leash control. Maggie prides herself in her ability to understand and respond to a dog’s body language and adapt her approach based on their behavior. 

In her free time, Maggie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, or going to the park (all with Ringo in tow!).

Emma Sines

Emma joined Canine Academy in early 2022, but her desire to become a trainer started with her grandparents’ yellow lab, Sunny. At a young age, Emma would spend time training Sunny in her grandparents backyard and attributes her love of dogs to the bond dogs created between her, her Grandfather and her uncle, Shawn. Since joining Canine Academy, Emma has trained and tutored over 100 dogs! 

Emma believes dog training is important because it truly has the ability to change a dog’s life, giving them a companion they are more bonded to and the guidance and confidence they need. Having a dog that is capable of being off leash also means giving your dog the chance to explore the world, backed by the knowledge and trust that their owner will keep them safe. Emma’s favorite part of being a trainer is having the ability to teach a dog a new way of communicating and she is most proud of the training work she did to successfully train a pup that had previously had a negative ecollar experience. 

While not in class (Emma is in her first year of grad school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist), Emma enjoys spending time with family and exploring new places with her husband and their dog, Broney. 

Kerri Shaffer

Kerri’s passion for dog training began when she got her first dog, a Siberian husky, for her 11th birthday. Throughout the years, Kerri has studied dog training as a hobby by reading books, watching videos, and attending training classes with her personal dogs. She decided to turn her hobby into a career in summer of 2022 by joining the staff at Canine Academy. Since joining the team, Kerri has trained or tutored over 50 dogs!

Kerri believes dog training is important because it increases the freedom of dog and human alike. A well-trained dog can go with its owners to more places outside the home, allowing both to have more fun life experiences while being good ambassadors for the dog’s breed and dog owners. Kerri’s favorite part of being a trainer is helping the owners figure out how to communicate with their dog effectively and strengthen their relationship. Kerri is most proud of her ability to read and adapt to each individual dog’s needs, finding what motivates them and helps them learn best.

In her free time, Kerri loves taking her two German shepherds, Jackson and Delilah, out for hikes. She also runs marathons and loves to travel.

Alex’s desire to become a trainer started in 2011 when he had an out of control German shepherd puppy named Titan. His mom gave him an ultimatum to get him trained or he had to go!  That led him to Alex seeking ecollar training with Terry Cook. Alex and Titan did so well with the training that Terry offered him a job as a trainer.

Alex is passionate about training because he loves to see the better quality of life the dog and owner enjoy when they have a well-behaved companion. Being a part of that process and helping owners alleviate stress is something Alex really values about his work. 

Alex’s favorite thing about dog training is seeing a dog “get it.” He loves it when a dog recognizes that he is a source of positivity for them and is trying to help them understand the benefits of a calm state of mind and what off-leash freedom really means. 

One of Alex’s proudest moments was with Red, a dog who started out with reactivity. Because of Alex’s successful training, Red’s parents did not have to rehome her and they are all living a more structured, confident and happy life together.

When not training dogs, Alex enjoys hanging out with his fiance Kayla! He also loves playing frisbee, gaming, and doing outdoor activities like hiking and camping! He has  three dogs of his own –  Vega, Rollo and Maggie. 

About Columbus Dog Trainer Terry Cook

Canine Academy, formerly Top Dog Training by Terry Cook, has an expansive history of dog training expertise in Columbus, Ohio. Our training methods were first developed and refined over 30 years by the previous owner and expert dog trainer Terry Cook with Top Dog Training.
 

Terry Cook is a world-renowned dog trainer who dedicated his life to developing positive experience dog obedience training methods that are safe and effective, helping to reduce unwanted behavioral issues while creating strong bonds between dog and owner. Importantly, Terry Cook’s 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 Professional Trainers. Our training 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 Experience E Collar dog training 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 to offer the best dog training in Columbus, Ohio. 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 trainer in Columbus, Ohio.