Dog training is a team effort at Acme Canine

Sessions are available on a very limited basis.  You will learn what you need to know to have a balanced, fulfilled dog and to have the best relationship with your dog.  Laura will combine her years of knowledge with your goals to create a training approach that is customized to fit you and your dog. All of our programs are based on Laura’s unique gifts and insights into dog behavior and psychology.  They are designed not only to help the Columbus area dog overcome his/her behavior issues, but to enhance the bond between the dog and his/her owner in the process.

here’s the deal:

We believe that dogs are capable of being the well behaved pet and companion that most pet owners dream of having. By providing our dogs with leadership, rules to abide by, and a clear and effective method of communication, we establish ourselves as the pack leaders and gain our dog’s respect and trust.

It is our goal from the minute we start training with you to have your dog responding reliably off leash to your hand and verbal signals.

Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows of the tremendous love and acceptance they bring. Dogs don’t care how we look or even how we act. They love us unconditionally.

From selecting the right puppy to teaching hand signals to an older dog who has lost his hearing, Acme Canine recognizes the various stages of a dog’s development and how training has to be adapted to focus on the puppy, the adolescent, and the adult or senior dog. Training methods are based on your dog’s personality as well as your goals, wants and needs. Using a combination of canine learning theory, canine psychology and canine behavior modification, we humanely and gently teach dogs.

the best part?

We are committed to making your relationship with your dog the best it can be. Dog obedience is only a part of our training. We assist you in diminishing unwanted behaviors while establishing and strengthening the bond between you and your dog. We GUARANTEE you will see improvement in your dog in just one session!

In addition to the services below, Acme Canine offers a variety of dog training materials, specialty equipment and membership into the Acme Canine family.

Canine Consultation

The Canine Consultation is a one-hour session during which certified trainer and founder, Laura Pakis, asks a number of questions in order to obtain background on your dog as well as learn what your goals and needs are. In addition they will observe the dynamics of your dog in its home setting and its interactions between family members and pets. They will also determine your dog’s personality and temperament. With this information your trainer will give you tips and advice as well as design a specific training plan. Just as you would meet with your physician before receiving any medical care, this required first session is essential in order to successfully coach you in obtaining the well-mannered dog you desire. We’ll do the research and share our canine knowledge and experience to help you solve the state of affairs.

Cost: $75


Puppy Training

Group classes are great. They are not, however, designed to be effective with all dog owners or puppies. Preparing puppies for life is much more than dog on dog inte


ractions. It means providing them with a positive exposure to a wide range of experiences which includes all 5 senses; smell, sight, sound, touch, taste.

If you’re a first time dog owner, have a more difficult puppy or truly want to acquire the tools necessary to nurture a well socialized dog then Acme Canine’s Puppy Preschool is for you.

After years of teaching thousands of Franklin and Delaware Counties’ dogs and puppies, certified Columbus, Ohio dog trainer and professional blogger, Laura Pakis, cultivated a 5-week puppy preparation program which gives owners the tools to assist with puppy development using real life distractions and experiences.

These individualized sessions are arranged to your schedule, on the date and time you want. We bring everything to your home in an atmosphere where you and your puppy are most comfortable. Each session covers housetraining, socialization, playbiting, and handling for an examination or grooming. Throughout the program Laura provides hands on coaching on topics such as giving freedoms and setting boundaries, crate training, first aid, nutrition, confidence building, and puppy commands.

When you look at training as part of life and not so much as something we do to dogs, you can see beyond obedience and find these skills are not only beneficial for your puppy, but also give them mental exercise they need as well. The result is a well-socialized puppy ready and willing to learn obedience and have the best relationship possible with its owners.
Age restrictions: Puppies may be up to 16 weeks of age.
Vaccination policy: The puppy must be as current as he can be for the puppy’s age. Owner must provide vaccination record.

Cost: $70/session $325/entire 5-week program

Breed Selection – Choosing the right dog

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. With more than 400 breeds developed for specific purposes and with a wide variety of personalities, it can be difficult to choose which dog best suits your family’s needs. Acme Canine can advise you about breeds and groups of dogs as well as assist you with selecting the perfect match for you. After completing and returning our questionnaire a certified trainer will meet with you to discuss the breed options best suited for your family and answer any dog-related questions you may have. You will receive a written report describing the breeds specifically chosen for your family which includes information about the breed including appearance, personality, health issues, and more.

Cost: $85


Litter Temperament Testing

Puppies are adorable but each has its own personality and temperament. Many times breeders as well as prospective dog owners would like a fairly reliable predictor of a puppy’s personality, sociability and potential trainability at maturity. Acme Canine can evaluate a litter or individual puppy at 7 weeks of age, analyze the results and provide a useful indicator of personality and temperament that’s right for our client.

Cost: $50/puppy $100 for litter.



Private Individualized One on One Dog Training

These sessions are on a very limited basis.  If your dog is selected, our certified dog obedience instructor, Laura Pakis, will help you train your dog in its environment (at your home or at a location where you’re having problems). Each session includes verbal instruction, hands-on demonstration and printed handouts. You will learn how to improve your dog’s manners and eliminate bad behaviors using real-life distractions and gain knowledge on incorporating training into your lifestyle. Included in the first session is our Acme Canine folder individualized to your dog and brimming with dog training tidbits. An average training program would last four sessions.

On-location behavior training allows you to learn the proper methods to train your dog for the real world in the privacy of your own home or where your dog is acting out. Great for dogs who would not do well in a group setting or for owners whose schedules are hectic. Clients can define their own training program based on Acme Canine’s recommendations at the canine consultation. We offer appointments during the day, evening, or weekend. We come to YOU one day a week, four days per month, or another combination, depending on your needs and those of your dog.

Cost: $125 Approximately one hour.

TWO DOG SPECIAL! Add a second dog or more to any private training for an additional $50.00/session.