Recommended Dog Trainers and Behavior Consultants

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to if you are having behavioral issues with your adopted PAWS dog. We strongly recommend avoiding dominance-based trainers and selecting a trainer who uses positive reinforcement, as dominance-based training is not backed by scientific research and does not address the dog’s underlying emotional state. Below are a few positive reinforcement trainer options. If your dog has exhibited severe or dangerous behaviors, a veterinary behaviorist at OSU or Gigi’s will be best.

If choosing a trainer who is not on this list, read this article for more info on how to tell if you are selecting an appropriate trainer and what red flags to look out for:

If the trainer mentions shock collars, dominance, or being the alpha or pack leader, they are using outdated methods that are not supported by veterinary behaviorists.

We primarily use Gigi’s Behavior Services and Canine Insights LLC for our foster dogs.

Gigi’s Behavior Services

Heather Luedecke
(614) 721-3382

Leash aggression, fearful interactions with people or dogs, aggressive behavior at people or dogs, protective/guarding behavior, separation/isolation related problems, handling concerns, inappropriate play, unable to focus, repetitive behavior, hyper vigilant, house training, how to train, reading body language.

Canine Insights, LLC
(207) 487-1361

Remote dog training and behavior consulting services. Canine Insights, LLC can assist with puppy classes and manners, destructive behaviors, excessive barking, leash walking skills, recall, fear, anxiety, reactivity, cat chasing, dog to dog issues, door greetings, dogs with kids, and newly adopted dogs.

OSU Veterinary Medical Center Behavioral Medicine

(Board certified veterinarians, can prescribe medications and have the highest level of academic training in animal behavior)
(614) 292-4655
Behavioral issues, including human-directed aggression, inter-pet aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate elimination, phobias, compulsive behaviors, and cognitive dysfunction.

Adventure Unleashed
(614) 398-2267
Puppy training, board & train, private lessons, & group classes.

All About Pet Services
(614) 288-5520
Dog walking, pet sitting, private training, pet taxi, etc.

PosiDog Canine Learning Center

Sarah Keegans
(614) 859-5238

Puppy and dog classes including scent work, agility, rally, addressing dog and leash reactivity; private sessions also available.