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:
Christine Good, lead trainer and owner of Cold Nose Companions, started her career as an animal trainer in 2005 at a wildlife center. There she used clicker training to teach raccoons to patiently wait on their stations for food rather than climbing up on and biting the keeper’s legs. She became hooked on dog training when she used the clicker working with her reactive dog Marvin who needed her to step up her game. Christine is a registered veterinary technician (RVT) with over 12 years of experience in the veterinary field. She worked for 11 years at a clinic in Lyndhurst where she often assisted dog and cat owners with behavioral concerns through consults and a puppy socialization class. Christine became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) in 2012. She had a long-standing professional relationship with Cold Nose Companions and finally joined the team. She especially enjoys working with puppies and families. She loves answering questions about husbandry, preventing miscommunication, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Christine shares a home with her family and her City Dog Willie.
Susan Browdy, group class trainer, 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 Chill! clients, as she has been assisting us with those classes for the past several years.
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 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. Susan achieved Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) certification in 2019.
Hanna Fabian, our office assistant, is a college student at Kent State University who has always had a love for all things related to dogs. She got introduced into the world of dog training after working with her reactive dog, Delta, and helping her become comfortable around people and dogs again.
Holly Krueger teaches Rally Fit for Fun, 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.
Carol Peter, founder 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 more than 18 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 (CPDT-KA). 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.
Carol adheres to the highest standards of the dog training profession and maintains professional membership in the The Pet Professional Guild. She is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program, and is a Mentor Trainer for the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.
Carol shares her life and her home with her dog Chipper, cat Vince, and Steve, her husband of 45 years.
Bryana (Bry) Polen, group class trainer, joined the Cold Nose Companions team in May of 2021. Her first dog adoption ignited a passion for animal welfare. Since then she has compiled a broad spectrum of experience in the shelter environment. She’s been volunteering at CITY DOGS Cleveland (Cleveland Animal Care and Control) since 2015 and created a running and hiking program for the dogs. These programs provide enrichment, training opportunities, and reduce stress for the dogs. In 2018 she became a staff member for Lake Humane Society. Through her experience with CITY DOGS Cleveland and Lake Humane Society she developed a relationship with Cold Nose Companions because she believes the key component for dogs to stay in their homes is training and socialization.
Bry, her husband Keith, and their resident enthusiastic Pittie, Summit, have opened their home to more than 60 foster dogs. In her spare time, Bry enjoys taking Summit on pack walks to help Cleveland area dogs work on their socialization.
Bini Shanley, group class trainer, has always shared her house with an assortment of animals. She got her first dog, a miniature pinscher named Keebler, when she was 9 years old who she was largely responsible for helping to care for. He was the dog that really solidified her love of dogs. Her first Australian Cattle Dog was a rescue named Gibber and he was the one that launched her into the vast and wonderful world of training and dog sports. Being a rescue he came with his challenges and that is where they got started on the path of herding. She then got her next dog, Spackle, specifically with competing in herding and obedience in mind. He has helped her with those goals and taught her so much more than she would have ever guessed.
However, it was really her horse who got her started into clicker training. She wanted to teach him some tricks for fun. That’s where clicker training came in and with the way that he blossomed she knew that she had found the way that she was going to train all her animals from then on. Since then she has also clicker trained not only her dogs, but also goats, sheep, and rabbits. Bini also has a love of learning about learning and behavior since joining the amazing positive reinforcement training community. She is constantly seeking out new learning opportunities so that she can better use her knowledge and skills to help her learners. Bini still enjoys dog sports and has earned titles with 4 of her dogs in herding, rally, obedience, and tricks.
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 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 a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). He 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.
Megan Wessels, trainer, says there has never been a shortage of animals in her life. She fostered her love for working with animals early on as a “puppy raiser” for Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan. But, her passion for animals doesn’t just include dogs. Megan is the president of Impact Equine, a non-profit organization that specializes in equine rescue, transition, and rehabilitation. She currently shares her home, life, and bank account with 2 pups, Stryker (5) and Lucy (2), along with her horse, Calvin.
She decided to formally start her dog training endeavors after she and her Golden Retriever, Lucy (who suffers from too much joy), began exploring the world of Nose Work! Professionally working with dogs has always been Megan’s dream, and after serving the US Army and establishing her career as a high school math teacher she is finally able to turn that dream into a reality.
Megan is graduate of the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, working towards becoming a Certified Dog Trainer. Being a veteran herself, who knows the healing power of animals, her ultimate goal is to help other veterans benefit from therapy and service dogs.