The Best Dog Trainers in Cincinnati, OH of 2022

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Welcome to the Cincinnati, OH Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Cincinnati based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 45,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in Ohio list.

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The Best Cincinnati, OH Dog Trainers in 2022

Elissa Cline

I have worked as a full time professional trainer since 2000 specializing for the past 10 years in behavior problems. I was one of the few trainers in the Bay area in California that specialized in aggression and severe behavior problems and was referred to clients by fellow trainers in the area because of my expertise.

I graduated from the SFSPCA Dog Training Academy (Certificate in Training & Counseling-2004) and did continuing education in Stranger Aggression & Social Fear (2005), and Dog/Dog Aggression (2006) with Jean Donaldson & Janice Bradley.I then went on to attend the Bob Bailey – Chicken Camps (Discrimination, Criteria & Cueing, and Chaining) and remain strongly influenced by Michael Ellis – Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers more recently.

If you are looking for competition obedience and agility training, I teach group classes at Queen City Dog Training Club in Sharonville, Ohio. I continue to educate myself and compete in Agility, AKC Obedience, and Mondio Ring. I currently compete and coach in these sports and provide high level support to meet competition goals.See the section on My Dogs to learn more about success in the ring!I discovered that coaching people is my favorite activity. Learning comes personally slow to me and I appreciate it when my clients want to pick up new skills. Frustration is normal and I like to slow down and help you achieve your goals!

Certifications: SFSPCA Dog Training Academy (Certificate in Training & Counseling-2004) and did continuing education in Stranger Aggression & Social Fear (2005), and Dog/Dog Aggression (2006) with Jean Donaldson & Janice Bradley

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Stranger Fear / Leash Reactivity / Aggression in house towards humans, other dogs, or animals / guarding / compulsive disorders / idiopathic aggression

Training methods:

Behavioral: consult incorporates the entire family at the home / split between management plan and training / family abilities determine methods / use of food and toys and motivation / seek the happiness of both client and dog ultimately so method options based on this goal

Service area:

Cincinnati / Dayton / Clinton County / Washington CH


Nick Hof

I have been offering training help in Cincinnati OH for over ten years to local dog owners and parents. I am certified through multiple organizations and active in the professional dog training community worldwide.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CCBC-KA, KPA-CTP, CSAT and ACDBC

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Anxiety, aggression/reactivity, dog and baby support, separation anxiety, excitability, potty training, guest manners, and more.

Training methods:

I utilize a positive reinforcement based approach that emphasizes setting the dog up for success and teaching that what we want. This usually includes teaching foundational skills in comfortable environments using treats to both reinforce behaviors as well as embed good feelings throughout the process for your dog.

We begin with a consultation at your home to review goals and issues. From there we can move forward with a training plan using either a coaching based support program or multi-sessions per week easy way program with me doing more of the work.

Service area:

I service the greater Cincinnati area. This includes all areas within the 275 loop and some beyond. Remote options also available.


Sniffspot Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get in touch with these dog trainers?

Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.

Are these dog trainers certified professionals?

Each dog trainers certifications are listed in their profile. Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification. However, many private institutions offer certifications. Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy – KPA certification, Jean Donaldson’s Academy – CTC certification and Fear Free Certification.

What methods do these dog trainers teach?

There are many methods for teaching dogs. All of the trainers included on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. You can see more information in each trainer’s profile regarding their training specialties.

How much do these dog trainers cost?

Dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services. We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.

Is training a dog good for the dog?

Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Going through a training process with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the confidence of a dog; it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog and for you. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog.

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training. Aggression is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. If you believe you have an aggressive dog, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a trainer. How can I get listed here?

We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.

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