We are a professional dog training facility located in both Hubbard & Boardman Ohio. Our goal is to enhance the human-animal bond through training and holistic wellness. We have a combined 131 years of experience working with animals in the fields of training, rescue, animal behavior, and veterinary work. We are devoted to helping dogs live their best life possible.
The Canine Campus was founded by Katie Costello. Katie is unique in that — in addition to an amazing career as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who works mostly with behavior issues — she also has over 15 years of experience as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She's worked on behavior issues with several different species and is an accredited, published, and sought-after member of the dog behavior world. In short, Katie understands dogs deeply in a multitude of ways.
We are honored that you’re here, and can’t wait to meet your dog and have you become part of our family. We are dedicated to making your experience with us a wonderful one. Building the human-animal bond is why we exist.
Ours is a place that all dogs are welcome. We strongly believe that reactive, fearful, aggressive and mainstreamed dogs can all exist in the same space with the right education. Understanding and accepting all dogs and what shapes them is important. Many people with reactive and aggressive dogs are made to feel that they are horrible owners by society, and they are driven in to an isolated life that keeps their Dog stuck in an unhappy place. Many people believe that they somehow did something to contribute to their dogs behavior, and this is a common myth that we will debunk. There are truly special needs dogs that deserve as much love and understanding as any mainstream dog.
As part of our Fear Free initiative, we want to help ensure that your dog is living Fear Free in everything he/she does. Which includes going to the vet! Most dogs don't "love" the vet, but some are absolutely terrified at the vet's office. We're here to help!
We offer a 2-week class called "Vet Prep", it's only $50, and it is a great class to help preparet a new puppy for his/her first vet visit or to help ease an older dog's anxiety about vet visits.
In addition to this class we have trainers willing to accompany you TO YOUR VET appointment to help your fearful dog at the vet's office! (must take Vet Prep, Panicked Pup, or a Private session for this service).
Next Vet Prep class starts Saturday 9/22 @11am in BOARDMAN with Katie.
We pride ourselves in being the best in the area to help people with extreme behavior issues. If your dog is reactive towards other dogs, people, or both, WE CAN HELP. If your dog has BIT someone, WE CAN HELP. If you are experiencing legal issues due to your dog's behavior, WE CAN HELP. Even if your dog is attacking YOU, WE CAN HELP. We will NOT turn you away due to a behavior problem, no matter what breed your dog is. We love dogs of ALL breeds. Purebreds, mixed breeds, "mutts", and that includes pit bulls, staffies, & mixes. Whether you rescued your dog, purchased your dog, or got a puppy from a friend, we will treat you & your dog the same as everyone else.
"Dear Canine Campus and Katie,
I just wanted to say thank you for the help and training we received at our 2 rounds of Raging Rover in 2017/18. Our black lab/pit named Dorothy was very reactive and couldn't even see another dog without peanut butter to calm her down. Today, with the training and tips we have learned we are happy to say we have brought a second dog into our home. Here is a picture of Dorothy and her new friend Teddy. Thank you again and well wishes from our furry family."
-Brett & Brittany Sandy
For questions about classes or to book a class, please contact the Hubbard office for the quickest response time.
6041 West Liberty Street
Hubbard, Ohio 44425
5944 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Phone: (330) 716-3051
Fax: (330) 423-4559
*Classes & Private sessions are scheduled at all times, including when the office is closed.
SAT, SUN: AS NEEDED
What Do the Experts Say?
Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly- shaped thyroid gland that sits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”
Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: "These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”
According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: "Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ -- I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”
"My two border collies are rescues that were re-homed due to behavioral issues. We’ve been attending classes at TCC on a regular basis after starting with basic obedience. Bishop started in Raging Rover because he barked and lunged non-stop at every dog he saw…even if it appeared as just a speck on the horizon. We continued with Impulse Control, sports, and tricks classes trying to find something he really enjoyed. I cherish a year’s worth of crumpled diplomas that were created walking from the front door to the car, but we soon began exiting the campus with a minimum of craziness. I can’t pinpoint exactly when the behavior disappeared, but students who share classes with us now have a hard time believing he had this issue. Pip had a history of aggression to his owners and growled if anyone got between him and his food/water dish. Both behaviors continued after I adopted him. After multiple desensitization classes (and practice), I’m now able to brush Pip; he even solicits butt scratches and waves goodbye! We’ve made huge progress eliminating his triggers for aggression and he does much better whenever I have him in classes. The sports and tricks classes (in particular), have been a critical part of our success as they help create and maintain the bond between us while we work on the more difficult behavior issues. Thanks, Canine Campus for having such a variety of classes for us to take – just when we were getting bored with obedience, we found your facility and now the sky’s the limit!"
What we’re all about:
Celebrating all dogs
We are dedicated to you and your dog, and we recognize that all too often there aren’t many places to go with your dog, and socialization with your dog is important! We host playdates to complete the “whole dog” concept that we promote above all things.
BEST-IN-CLASS DOG TRAINING
We offer puppy classes and different levels of obedience training all aimed at building a foundation. Then we start adding in the 3 D’s of dog training: Distance, Distraction and Duration. By adding these 3 D’s we can expect more out of your dog in all situations! We also have fun classes that are aimed at building the human-animal bond such as tricks and games, targeting, and more.
Understanding dogs with special needs
We specialize in behavior issues with dogs, including aggression of all types (or perceived aggression), fear, anxieties of all types (separation, storm, etc.), housebreaking, nipping, chewing, all of the “normal dog” behaviors. Often with these types of behaviors we recommend private lessons either at our facility, in your home, or drop-off and train.
Dog Sports + Agility
We offer dog sports classes for fun! These classes allow you to build a good foundation to compete, provide good exercise for your dog, and are also a TON of FUN for both you and your dog! We offer different levels of agility, flyball and also treiball.
Rescue + Shelter Support
We remain dedicated to rescue and shelters — Katie has always provided free help to many of our local shelters and rescues and The Canine Campus will be no different. Most of our Trainers are actively involved in animal rescue (including 3 trainers who founded the dog rescue Paw Platoon) and pull from a wide array of experiences.
Therapy + Service Dog Training
We also have classes aimed at therapy animals. Our owner, Katie Costello, RVT; CPDT-KA, is the founder of K-9’s for Compassion, a therapy animal group in the valley. This group has been around for nearly 20 years, and is now housed in The Canine Campus.
Service dogs are our newest addition to The Canine Campus. We are training service dogs for nearly every disability. Katie is also the founder of the non-profit group The Together Journey that is dedicated to raising money to defer the cost of the service dogs. This business is also now housed in The Canine Campus.