Our goal is for you to have the well mannered dog of your dreams.
Laura Pakis is an experienced certified professional trainer, and owner/founder of Acme Canine. Having trained over 5,000 in the past 12 years, Laura feels responsible ownership is an important part of having a dog and guides her business toward providing dog owners with not only training knowledge but also care and understanding of dogs. Laura is a certified in Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross and PetSaver, is AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine Evaluator, and AKC PuppySTAR evaluator. She is certified in breed selection, puppy development, assistance dog training, basic and advanced obedience, Police K-9 and protection training, tracking, E-touch training, and Pack to Basics.
Laura is well known throughout the canine community for quality training, high standards, and professionalism. Published author in several national and local magazines, invited speaker by the media and pet equipment companies for canine expertise, Laura assist dog trainers worldwide with improving their training techniques, people skills, and business knowledge. She has been nominated for the Woman of the Year in the Pet Industry Award, Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Award and Worthington Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year Award. Recently her business was singled out from among several thousand businesses to receive The Silver award for the 2014 Pet Age boarding facility of the year; reflecting the skills, talents and professional reputation Laura has and continues to build in her growing business.
Laura has volunteered as a Service Dog trainer, taught puppy development through Franklin County’s prison program and Tricks for Treats at Bark Til Dark Dog Park, child/dog safety at Powell’s safety town, dog care workshops at Delaware County preservation parks, local libraries and schools. In addition Laura and her team of Acme Reading Dogs have worked with children to improve their reading comprehension.
An animal lover at heart, Laura lives with Autumn (a rescued Boxer/Labrador mix) and her new dog, Miss Moneypenny (a Bluetick Coon Hound). Laura also has two goldfish, Flipper and Lassie, who she has trained to go through a hoop in their tank.
Phil Davis has been assisting Acme Canine almost 5 years now. He works behind the scenes creating and programming a plethora of apps to make your experience with Acme Canine, well, wonderful! Now retired, Phil was a data processing consultant for Unisys Corporation for 19 years and then an Information Technology manager for two State of Ohio agencies for 16 years. He enjoys getting back to his programming and analysis roots with Acme.
Phil is a dog lover at heart having had a dog in his life since he was a young child living in Elyria. Currently Phil has Autumn, a boxer/lab mix, who happens to be Acme Canine’s Guest Dog Blogger.
Spike (now deceased) was a French Bulldog/Dachshund rescue. He was trained in basic and advanced obedience, had his CGC certification and became a reading therapy dog later in life. Spike loved everyone he met and anxiously awaited the signal to be petted if allowed. He appeared on ONN and NBC television and in 2013 created his own blog! Spike was a valuable member of the Acme Canine staff. As a blog dog, Spike wrote about dog related subjects promoting dog etiquette and improving canine relationships.
Although he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2015, his tips and advice live on through his humorous blogs.
Miss Moneypenny (affectionately known as Penny) is a 2 year old Bluetick Coonhound. You most likely will hear her before you see her if she is enjoying a game of chase in the yard. She has been taught to perform advanced obedience, scentwork, retrieval, tricks and therapy work. Penny also assists Laura with training client’s dogs. She is a Guest Dog Blogger, giving her point of view on Spike’s Dog blog when the mood strikes.
Autumn recently joined Acme Canine’s staff. She was a rescue who Phil adopted a couple of years ago. Autumn has a personality all her own. She is sweet to those close to her, but doesn’t have much tolerance for anyone else. Currently in rehab to become a well mannered dog, Autum has no problem speaking her mind. In fact she is a pretty decent writer as well. Hear more from Autumn on Spike’s Blog where she’ll tell it like it is from a dog’s perspective.