Our goal is for you to have the well-mannered dog of your dreams.
About Our Founder, Great Dog Trainer and Cynologist
Having trained thousands of dogs, written articles on dogs, presented at canine conferences, and ran a boarding and daycare facility for 13 years, Laura currently focuses on her blog, Spike’s Dog Blog by Acme Canine, sharing her experience and knowledge of canine business, dog training, and the care and understanding of dogs. In 2022, Acme Canine’s assets were acquired by Inference Brands, LLC, and the site was refocused on bringing great things to dogs & their pawrents digitally.
A member of the Dog Writer’s Association, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, All Pet Voices, and the International Association of Canine Professionals, Laura shares her experience through various social media and national and local magazines. She is an industry expert to the media and assists dog trainers worldwide with improving their training techniques, people skills, and business knowledge.
She is 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.
Well known throughout the canine community for quality training, high standards, and professionalism, Laura was nominated for the Woman of the Year in the Pet Industry, the BBB’s Integrity Award, and Worthington, Ohio Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year. Acme Canine received The Silver award for the 2014 Pet Age Boarding Facility of the year.
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. Also, Laura and her Acme Reading Dogs team have worked with children to improve their reading comprehension and reduce stress among Ohio State University students during their Reading Days.
Laura can be heard on KSCO radio at 1080 AM in Santa Cruz, California, every Sunday at noon Pacific time, sharing her canine knowledge. She was a guest speaker at the 2018 Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West. She presented workshops on canine body language and performing Intake Examinations and was a reporter for the 2019 Westminster dog Show.
An animal lover at heart, Laura lives with Autumn (a rescued Boxer/Labrador mix) and her demo dog, Miss Moneypenny (a Bluetick Coon Hound). Laura also has an aquarium of happy fish trained to follow her finger along the tank.
About Our Namesake
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 humorous blogs.
About Our Demo Dog
Miss Moneypenny (affectionately known as Penny) is a 6-year-old Bluetick Coonhound. You most likely will hear her before you see her if she enjoys a game of chase in the yard. She has been taught to perform advanced obedience, scent work, retrieval, tricks, and therapy work. Penny is a member of the Acme Canine Comfort Dogs. She also assists Laura with training the client’s dogs. She is a Guest Dog Blogger, giving her perspective on Spike’s Dog blog when the mood strikes.
About Our Guest Dog Blogger
Autumn recently joined Acme Canine’s staff. She was a rescue who Phil adopted in 2008. 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 enjoying her golden years, Autumn has no problem speaking her mind when asked. 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.
Our Team of Product Testers
From time to time, Acme Canine is approached by pet product companies to test a product. That’s when we call upon our wonderful team of product testers. These dogs (and cats) chew, jump and play with the product for one month and then report back to our bloggers on what they discovered. For a product to receive the “acme approved” label, the company needs to have integrity, produce a quality product, and, of course, our product testers need to have enjoyed the product.