Welcome to Gardner Dog Training

​Our Training Method

Our unique method of dog training blends traditional reward training with a very successful behavior modification program that develops a deeper, stronger bond between you and your dog.


We can come to you for a home visit to help you resolve a behavior problem. Or you can learn with other dog owners in one of our small classes and practice at home. Either way, we guarantee your best friend will have the best possible chance to meet your expectations.

Our Clients Speak

"Having been to several other dog trainers over the past 30 years, you are unequivocally the most knowledgeable and skilled trainer I have had.


Your communication skills are unprecedented!"

Sincerely, Jonathon Shapiro



A refreshingly fun way for you and your dog to learn each other's language!


"Riptide and I enjoyed every minute of puppy class. It's amazing how quickly and enthusiastically we learned, yes, puppies and owners alike!"
                                                                                     Susie and Riptide
Karla (Gardner) Hamlin

More than 5,000 people have come to Karla to train their dogs since 1972. A licensed veterinary technician since 1976, Karla managed the Lucas County Dog Warden operations for 28 years. 

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Terry Hamlin

Terry completed the Purdue Animal Behavior Clinic course “Dog! Principles of Behavior Modification.” He not only conducts our puppy classes, he also provides private lessons and in-home training. 

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For puppies up to four months old.

If your puppy is younger than four months old, you’re going to want this class. Pups who go through this class become much more stable adults. Learn more


Home Obedience

Endorsed by NADOI

For dogs four months and older.

This is a very positive and upbeat class, taught in a logical progression of steps. You’ll learn how to make good dogs great by building confidence in shy dogs and leading/controlling dominant dogs. Learn more

Advanced Novice

Prerequisite: Home Obedience

During this class, you and your dog will perfect heel and stay commands and recalls. You’ll also begin off-leash heel and stand commands and some hand (nonverbal) signals. Learn more 

Beginning and Advanced Open

Prerequsite: Advanced Novice

Now you’re ready to teach your dog to retrieve, jump, and down from a distance. By now you and your dog have a very deep and trusting bond, and you can begin teaching your dog to stay even though the dog cannot see you. 

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Intermediate, and
Advanced Utility

Prerequsite: Beginning

and Advanced Open

This is the “master’s degree”

in obedience – the ultimate in

communication and rapport

with your dog. By the end of this class, you’ll meet the requirements for the highest level of obedience competition at AKC trials. Learn more


In-Home/Private Lessons with Terry

For owners and dogs dealing with behavior issues

Have Terry assess the problem in your home with the entire family present. Terry's knowledge of dog behavior issues in the home is unsurpassed in northwest Ohio.  Learn more 

Classes are limited in size to 10-12 dogs. In Puppy Kindergarden and Home Obedience, the instructor is accompanied by very qualified assistants.