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Growl, Snap, Bite!

Seem all too familiar? Wondering how or if it can stop?

You've come to the right place!

Whether your dog is aggressive, fearful or just a puppy, I can help you unleash their full pawtential!

Through private coaching, I'll teach you and your dog how to communicate and end the terrifying incidents.

In-home training in the greater Canton, Ohio region

Virtual training via Zoom for clients anywhere in the US

Dog Training Services

Positive, force-free & fear-free

Aggressive Dogs

dog appearing aggressive

Some dogs have more bark than bite. Others have a lot more bite. Regardless of the cause, I'm here to help you and your dog both feel safe.

Fearful Dogs

dog looking scared

Dogs can be fearful for many reasons. Whether they had a bad experience or just lack confidence, I can help your dog feel comfortable in and out of the home.


dog looking scared

Puppies are adorable but a lot of work! Set your puppy up for success with private training that prioritizes healthy development alongside learning manners.

Client Testimonials

Great experience with Erin! Patient and kind and trustworthy. Knowledgeable trainer who could work with our crazy schedule and high energy labradoodle. Highly recommend!

Samantha B. + dewey

Erin's approach to dog training is so logical and easy to follow. She helped us so much with our bundle of energy, and helped us set up our girl for success. She's so knowledgeable about dogs!

Beth H. + Sophie

Erin is very friendly and caring! She answers any questions I may have. She is very knowledgeable and gives different alternatives to help make a perfect fit to get your desired training outcome. She responds in a timely manner and is the first person I think to contact when I need help with my dog.

syhann T. + loki

Greetings from Erin

Wondering if Raising Pawtential is the right fit for you and your dog? Read our FAQs before filling out the contact form below.


What methods do you use while training?

I use reward-based, positive-reinforcement training with the aim to be force-free, fear-free and improve dog welfare. I primarily use food in training, but will use toys and environmental reinforcers for certain training exercises if appropriate for that dog. I do not use any "training collars" or techniques that utilize pain, fear or coercion to control dogs.

Do you come to my home for training?

All training is done in your home either in-person or via Zoom. Most human-aggression cases start on Zoom and we will move to in-person when your dog is ready. I travel within Stark, Summit and Portage counties between I-76 and Rt.30 from Alliance to Massillon, Ohio. Clients outside of this region will train virtually viz Zoom.

How much does training cost?

Fear and Aggression clients start with a 6-session training package for $950. Puppy clients start with a 10-session package for $1,550. Single-session consultations are only offered for those considering rehoming or behavioral euthanasia.

My dog is barking and lunging/reactive on leash. Can you help?

Yes! Dogs that bark and lunge are one of my specialties!

My dog is fearful, but not aggressive. Can you help us?

Yes! I love working with shy, nervous and fearful dogs! Check out my Fearful Dogs page for more information.

My dog is attacking my other dog, can you help?

Yes! I'm very knowledgeable in dog-dog issues.

Do you train puppies?

Yes. Please see my Puppy page for details.

Do you do board and train?

No. Please reach out to Amy Hunt at MBR Farm, Jennifer Topalian at The Grateful Dog or Stacy Totten at Meadow Run.

My dog is not fearful or aggressive, but needs to learn to behave. Would you work with us?

I take manners/obedience clients on a case-by-case basis as my schedule allows. Please fill out my contact form and I will email you to book or with contact info for another trainer I recommend.

How can you train my dog if they won't let people in the house?

I'll use an incremental training plan so that your dog is comfortable throughout our training journey. In some cases we will start training online via Zoom.

Ready to start training?

Have questions before we get started?

Book a discovery call with Erin

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Serving the greater Canton, Ohio region

Canton, North Canton, Louisville, Alliance, Hartville, East Canton Marlboro, Randolph, Suffield, Mogadore, Tallmadge, Uniontown, Green, Massillon,