Many people would find being called the “dog lady” a dubious honor, but Beth Mann considers it a compliment. Her friends and neighbors know who to ask for advice about training, kenneling, and pet care. After years of working at boarding kennels, breeders, and taking classes; Beth decided to become a dog trainer. She loves dogs and the human-animal bond that exists between owners and their pets.
Beth Mann is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, a Certified Nose Work Instructor, and a licensed Pet Partners Evaluator and Instructor, as well as a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, The Pet Professional Guild and Western Reserve Poodle Club (Poodle rescue committee). Among her six dogs, Beth has three therapy dogs and maintains an active visitation schedule at both medical facilities and assisted living centers.
Cold Nose Companions is founded on the belief that Positive Methods yield Positive Results. You don't need to establish "dominance" over your dog or use aversive methods to "show him who's boss." In fact, you develop a deeper bond and mutual trust when you reward the behavior you want. Being opportunists, dogs will repeat the behavior that gets them the good stuff. And everyone has fun!
That's the basis of our approach.
Meet the Trainers:
Carol Peter, principle trainer and owner of Cold Nose Companions, LLC has always loved dogs, but discovered her passion for training dogs as a shelter volunteer. There, she saw countless dogs surrendered by their humans due to behavioral issues that could have been addressed through proactive training and positive reinforcement techniques. Carol became one of the inaugural trainers in a local shelter volunteer trainer program 15 years ago, which helped thousands of dogs find -- and stay in -- loving new forever homes by modifying problem behaviors.
Her commitment to compassionate, positive training methods led her to achieve accreditation as Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. She has honed her skills through continuing education and practical hands-on work with dogs that have complex behavioral issues such as separation anxiety, fear, reactivity, aggression and destructive behaviors. In 2016, Carol achieved her Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) credentials from Malena DeMartini.
Carol adheres to the highest standards of the dog training profession and maintains professional membership in the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The Pet Professional Guild. She is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program, as well as the Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program, and is a Mentor Trainer for the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.
Carol shares her life and her home with her dog Maddie, three cats, and her husband of 40 years. She satisfies her passion for animal welfare by supporting PetFix Northeast Ohio, the Geauga County Dog Shelter and several rescue groups.
Holly Krueger teaches Rally Fit, a fun team sport for dogs and their handlers that emphasizes canine fitness. Dog and handler teams navigate a course with challenges and obstacles, requiring dog-handler teamwork and confidence. Holly is an accomplished Rally Obedience champion.
Holly has had a love of animals as long as she can remember -- especially dogs. Moses and Grace, CGC-Pet Partners therapy dogs, visited children with Autism and other special needs, as well as local nursing homes. While working on Canine Good Citizen and therapy dog certification, she began looking into other dog and handler activities. That was the beginning of her involvement in Rally Obedience. She enjoys the emphasis on positive reinforcement, communication, and interaction between handler and their dog. She participates in Rally with her two Brussels Griffons, Moses and Twizzler. Moses and Twizzler are the top winning Brussels Griffons in World Cynosport Rally.
Holly considers her greatest training accomplishment to be helping Twizzler to overcome her, at times, paralyzing fearfulness. She is now able enjoy life with her little tail wagging and joyful gait.
Holly's home includes her Jaden Kitty and three dogs -- Grace, Moses and Twizzler. She is deeply committed to and loves her furry family members and chauffeurs them to Rally Obedience trials and other dog events.
She enjoys sharing her experience by helping teams learn Rally and enjoy the bonding and fun.
John Swaney has come to dog training after a full career in engineering -- a change he delights in. John started his dog training pursuits when he adopted a German Shepherd, named Ginger, and realized he had a dog that needed a job to do as an outlet for her rambunctious behavior. In 2010, he became a member of a local volunteer K9 search and rescue team. Until Ginger's retirement in January 2016, John and Ginger assisted statewide police and fire departments, as well as those in adjoining states, in locating missing persons. John and Ginger had multiple national certifications specializing in area search for finding live people that are missing. Ginger loved the work and John found this volunteer career very rewarding, so much so that he adopted his second German Shepherd, Hogan. John and Hogan recently achieved their live find area search certification, as well as a Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) BA certification.
John is a 2016 graduate of the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The Pet Professional Guild. He mans the Training Center and teaches classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as assisting with our Tuesday Puppy PLUS class.
Jennifer Robak graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. Having achieved this highly respected designation, Jennifer continues to seek professional development through regular attendance of training seminars and avid reading in the field of training and behavior.
Jennifer is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and of The Pet Professional Guild, and a current subscription member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (2015-2016). Jennifer strives for creative problem solving that truly addresses clients’ needs within the reality of their busy lives. Jennifer is dedicated to her clients’ success and aims to make the learning process fun and engaging for humans and dogs alike. When not helping clients with their canine companions, Jennifer enjoys hiking with her own two dogs and teaching them tricks, husbandry behaviors, and scent games to nurture their enthusiasm and joy of learning.
Susan Browdy has a deep love of dogs that she has nurtured into becoming a dog trainer after working for almost 30 years as a film editor. Susan is a 2014 graduate of the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The Pet Professional Guild. She is a familiar face to our Sunday group class and Chill! clients, as she has been teaching and assisting us with those classes for the past year.
She has also volunteered at Pawsibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron, located in Twinsburg. As a volunteer, Susan worked with other trainers to prepare shelter dogs for their forever homes by teaching them manners and obedience skills. She also volunteered in other areas of enrichment to help the dogs have a better stay at the shelter while awaiting adoption. Susan adopted Baxter, her 3-year old Beagle, as she entered the CATCH Academy. Baxter has been her training partner and the two have achieved their Canine Good Citizen certification together. They make a great team whether they are working together, hiking a favorite trail in the Metroparks or enjoying fun activities like Rally Obedience and Nose Work.