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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.