Serving
Charlotte, North Carolina

& Surrounding Areas

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does your dog get the discipline and honor needed not just for coffee mug photos or mouse pad rights, but for your lasting and respectful companionship?

Why choose Canine Scholars of Charlotte NC?

We are members of The International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP), The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator certified. Our trainers have years experience training pets. We consistently achieve 5-star reviews, and our clients consistently recommend us to their friends and neighbors here, which we think is the best review there is!

From our first lesson with Jason we knew that his training was going to make a difference for our dog. Our 2 year old French... Spaniel was well-behaved but lacked proper social exposure and etiquette, reliability, and would only listen to commands when she felt like it. Right away, we saw a difference in our pup! We weren’t sure how we felt about using the e-collar, but we’re 2 months in and hardly using it now— it’s more of a back-up in case of worst case scenario. Which is exactly what Jason told us to expect! We also really appreciated how hands-on the training was for us owners. We learned along with her! We could not recommend Canine Scholars more highly. It is completely worth every single penny to have such a well mannered pup!read more
Maddie Suomala
Maddie Suomala
From our first lesson with Jason we knew that his training was going to make a difference for our dog. Our 2 year old French... Spaniel was well-behaved but lacked proper social exposure and etiquette, reliability, and would only listen to commands when she felt like it. Right away, we saw a difference in our pup! We weren’t sure how we felt about using the e-collar, but we’re 2 months in and hardly using it now— it’s more of a back-up in case of worst case scenario. Which is exactly what Jason told us to expect! We also really appreciated how hands-on the training was for us owners. We learned along with her! We could not recommend Canine Scholars more highly. It is completely worth every single penny to have such a well mannered pup!read more
Jeff Toy
Jeff Toy
Jason and his team helped train our “stubborn” French bulldog. My wife alway ls wanted one and what we did not know is how... stubborn they can be. Their team has boarded and trained many frenchies and were very knowledgeable on their tendencies and what to do. Fast forward 3 years - our dog uses his doggie doorbell to go to the bathroom daily, has never had an accident in the house and has never chewed or eaten anything in our house. The puppy training we did has made having our dog super easy!read more
Cynthia Clark
Cynthia Clark
Tony Martina
Tony Martina
Jason and crew did an amazing job with our two high energy pups, couldn't be happier with their training.
Jason Toy
Jason Toy
Rasu Shrestha
Rasu Shrestha
It’s been 4 months since our pandemic puppy graduated from Canine Scholars, and she’s been amazing. Jason Toy should record... a Masterclass series and he’ll be a huge hit. If it’s results you’re after, with empathy based supervision and direction, then you’ve found your trainer!! I’d highly recommend Canine Scholars.read more
Barbara Platenberg
Barbara Platenberg
Chris, Sky, and Jason were awesome! My 2 yr old GWP did a two week board and train program and the results are amazing!... Highly recommendread more
Kevin Walsh Jr
Kevin Walsh Jr
Sky was amazing! We have a young Aussie and he was restricted in terms of space he could run the first few months. We moved... to a home and also had a baby on the way and knew we needed to get him trained. Sky was able to completely turn him into a fun loving well behaved dog. He now comes with us everywhere and is extremely disciplined. Thank you Sky and Canine Scholars, it was well worth the money!read more
We have 3.5yr old mutt that had very LOW self-confidence, super skiddish, and didnt like to walk. We thought we were too... late since he isnt a puppy anymore,...read more
Katie Roche
Katie Roche
Jason with Canine Scholars is incredibly impressive. We cannot thank Jason enough for training our 7 month old golden Sully... for 2 weeks. He helped transform Sully into a good listener, obedient on the leash, and really worked on his recall skills. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Jason and it is definitely worth every dime. Canine Scholars is the way to go as far as dog training!!read more
Maddie
Maddie
Kariann Ellis
Kariann Ellis
We sent our 10 month old GSP to stay with Chris for a 2 week board and train. Worth every penny! Our dog now walks without... pulling, listens and follows through with commands even from our 3 year old, and we can actually enjoy him without having to constantly correct his misbehaviors. Can't recommend Canine Scholars and Chris enough!read more
Met with Jason today for initial meeting. He was excellent and we are looking forward to him training Sasha and... US!!

Thank you so much Jason!!
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Juan Gonzalez
Juan Gonzalez
Jason and team were incredible with our 8 month German Shepherd. Team was always available to answer questions and very... flexible with timing and sessions. Our pup is the talk of the neighborhood for how well behaved and trained she is. If you are thinking about calling Jason and team don’t hesitate.read more
Katrina George
Katrina George
We are so grateful for the amazing trainers at Canine Scholars! Our GSP pup is a completely different dog. We are able to... enjoy spending more time with her and having her more involved with the rest of the family. The trainers are responsive, professional, timely, and knowledgeable. We would definitely recommend them to all of our friends and family!read more
Mary Scott
Mary Scott
Canine scholars is professional and effective. We had a young stray we took in, that was very difficult to walk with our... older dog and had no attention span. Jason knew immediately what he needed and it’s so much more enjoyable to walk Dale without him pulling and going crazy! Thanks Jason for your knowledge and reasonable request of a dog owner to help everyone have less anxiety and better walks!read more
I can't believe the shift in my dogs behavior. Jason took a dog with some aggression issues and completely redirected his... behavior for the benefit of me...read more
Aleksandra Petkova
Aleksandra Petkova
Working with Jason on puppy training for our lab has been fantastic! Jason is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and... results-driven. Our pup is good at basic obedience and leash walking. Jason has also helped us manage jumping, barking, car behavior, and sitting still for grooming. Excited to keep working with him as our dog grows. Well-worth the investment!read more
Jason is amazing and have seen very quick
progress with our two rescue dogs. Thanks Jason. You knowledge and extensive... expertise is so appreciated!read more
I wish there were more than 5 stars. We have a rambunctious and energetic large dog. As much fun as he was, walks and home... life were often challenging....read more
Mark Satterthwaite
Mark Satterthwaite
I have had Canine Scholars train 2 of my dogs and I couldn’t be happier. They impressed me with their professionalism and... ability to take a completely untrained dog and make it possible for me to take them in public and not have to worry about anything. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a dog trainer.read more
I have had Canine Scholars train 2 of my dogs and I couldn't be happier. They impressed me with their professionalism and... ability to take a completely...read more
Laurie Gersh
Laurie Gersh
I am so amazed and thrilled with the training that Charlie, my dog has received. I never expected such amazing results.... Sklyar was wonderful in explaining to us how to work with him. She trained us as well as him!!!Thank you Canine Scholars!!!!read more
beverly east
beverly east
I can't express how wonderful if it to be able to walk our 110 LB dog in public and not struggle. Jason is amazing! We... have owned several large breed dogs over the years and this is the first time I've felt comfortable in public with our dog on a leash and at home off leash. Well worth the investment!read more
Wow! Really pleased with our experience with Canine Scholars. Our puppy Pepper came back to us a brand new dog (in the best... way). After we got her back, I...read more
Jason Toy
Jason Toy
Becca Brinkley
Becca Brinkley
Jason and the team at Canine Scholars worked wonders on our scared, shy and sweet rescue dog. We had trouble from simple... potty training to on-leash dog aggression given her nervous nature, but after the board and train program, she is a new dog. Confident, happy, well-trained and ready to please - our girl is better than we could have imaged! We are so happy with the results and absolutely would recommend! Thank you CS!read more
BIll Waltz
BIll Waltz
Over the course of more than 30 years, my wife and I raised five Weimaraners and one Bassett Hound. Despite deeply loving... the dogs, the one thing I personally did not enjoy with any of them was taking them for a walk. Actually, they used to take me for a walk. Forward, backward, side-to-side. It was utter chaos most of the time. We recently rescued a dog and decided to work with Jason to help train her. After a few short weeks the results have been truly transformational. For the first time, it has become a real pleasure to walk the dog. We're continuing to work with Jason as he helps us with general obedience training, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Canine Scholars for anyone looking to have a more rewarding relationship with their dog.read more
Matthew Frisch
Matthew Frisch
Jason came by today to help train our 16 week old golden - Max. It was fantastic! He was very informative in setting a... proper foundation for Max to learn and thrive in obeying our commands moving forward. I wish we would have called sooner! Thanks again Jason! 10 out of 10!read more
Donald Rizer
Donald Rizer
Jason and Canine Scholars are great and we are beyond impressed!! He helped us transform our golden Finn into a good... listener. Finn constantly pulled on walks and would not listen when other dogs were around. Now we don’t even need the leash on our walks and can take Finn anywhere with confidence knowing he will listen. Worth every penny and we can’t thank Jason enough!read more
Alyssa Moore
Alyssa Moore
Jason and canine scholars was AMAZING! We had training scheduled but when COVID happened we had to delay it. He worked great... with us and our dog ended up boarding and staying with him for a week. Our pup came back fully trained and practically no longer needs a leash! We didn’t expect such an immediate change but it’s amazing. We couldn’t thank canine scholars enough!read more
Jason and canine scholars was AMAZING! We had training scheduled but when COVID happened we had to delay it. He worked great... with us and our dog ended up...read more
Robin Polcari
Robin Polcari
What a transformation in our beloved Yorkiepoo! We tried two trainers prior to reaching out to Jason. I truly wish we had... contacted him first. Our furbaby was transformed from a nervous, biting, non-stop barking, disobedient dog to a well-behaved obedient dog. We could barely take her outside and many days could not even make it to the end of our driveway before she would see something or sense something and begin barking incessantly. After working with Jason for 2 weeks, we can now enjoyably walk around our entire neighborhood and encounter people, dogs, cars, deliveries and lawn equipment. Our dog is focused on us and her "job" or command and not hyper focused on her surroundings. She is building trust and focusing on us and not stressing out at every sound and sight. Choosing Canine Scholars is one of the best decisions our family ever made.read more
What a transformation in our beloved Yorkiepoo! We tried two trainers prior to reaching out to Jason. I truly wish we had... contacted him first. Our furbaby...read more
Jordan Dabestani
Jordan Dabestani
The best investment I have ever made. I would highly recommend Jason and Canine Scholars to anyone with an animal, period.... The results we have seen are outstanding, and their techniques and methods are easy to understand and implement. I cannot give enough praise for their services and we are very thankful to have had our dog shaped into a well mannered gentleman thanks to them!read more
Doug F
Doug F
I am super impressed with Jason and his training. Other trainers I tried in the past were no better than YouTube or online... articles. Jason has very specific tips and methods which are not covered anywhere else but really make alot of sense.I'm only 2 lessons into my puppy sessions but so far I am really impressed. (and seriously I have raised another dog read alot of books and articles and have had other trainers so I am not easily impressed).read more
It all started 2 years ago when we adopted a German Shepard puppy which we named Beckham. Things were great.. until they... weren't. With two toddlers running...read more
Samantha Meighan
Samantha Meighan
Christine Halstead
Christine Halstead
We absolutely loved our experience training with Jason and we are so happy with the results! Before we went through... training, walks were stressful as our pup loved to pull, pick up everything she found on the ground, jump, and play tug of war with the leash. After working with Jason for a few sessions, she walks right at our side, is less distracted, and can even play off leash! We've received several compliments from our neighbors about how well behaved she is now! Jason was flexible with scheduling and answered all of our training-related questions. We're so glad we used Canine Scholars!read more
Zach
Zach
Spoke to Ed, very helpful and took very good care of me, called him back when I received new transmitter and he helped me... link it immediately.read more
Alexandra
Alexandra
john miller
john miller
Our experience with Canine Scholars and Jason was excellent and I highly recommend them for any training services. Jason is... very patient and knowledgeable. We wanted our golden doodle, Whiskey, to be trained off leash. Jason did an excellent job in a short time. Whiskey is fully trained and we really enjoyed our sessions with Jason.read more
We had a rescue that needed a reset to fit into our pack. Well intended dog but was not trained. Jason and Chris did a great... job humanly gaining his trust and build some foundations of behavior that we have enjoyed since we got him home. Great experience.read more
stan herman
stan herman
We had a rescue that needed a reset to fit into our pack. Well intended dog but was not trained. Jason and Chris did a great... job humanly gaining his trust and build some foundations of behavior that we have enjoyed since we got him home. Great experience.read more
We had a rescue that needed a reset to fit into our pack. Well intended dog but was not trained. Jason and Chris did a great... job humanly gaining his trust...read more
Ali Robbins
Ali Robbins
Where do I even begin?! I never knew how much my dog controlled me until after the two week training program with Chris. I... was at a loss with my dog. He was overly hyper, jumped on everyone, pulled the leash, nervous biting, and of course would run away at any chance he got. After two weeks with Chris, ALL of those nasty habits were gone! My golden retriever now comes when he’s called, we have the most enjoyable walks now, he will place and stay on things. I’m truly blown away. And so so thankful! Now instead of worrying about my dog 24/7 we have fun together and I don’t have that stress that I constantly had before. The only problem I have is WHY I didn’t do this sooner?! We were lucky enough to work with Chris and have never been so pleased to work with someone. He’s knowledgeable, understanding, and very talented in what he does. I’m so thankful for canine scholars!!!read more
The neighborhood is astonished at the transformation they have seen in my dog, Huck! Chris trained me and Huck together,... and in about five lessons turned him into an amazing, well-trained dog. We get so many compliments everywhere we go now about Huck’s excellent behavior. He can walk off leash through the neighborhood and on the Greenway and always stays by my side. He comes enthusiastically when called without fail. I truly believe he has a much happier life now that he can run free and play without being in danger. Thank you, Chris!read more
Ashley Micsky
Ashley Micsky
Since working with Jason at Canine Scholars, our one year old labradoodle has been a dream! We worked with dog trainers in... the past, but never got the long-lasting results we were looking for. Jason spent time training us and our dog and the results have been amazing. We have the easiest time walking our dog around busy places with no pulling or jumping. We can also let our dog play off-leash with the confidence she won't run off. With only eight lessons, we couldn't be more pleased with the results. Hands down, we recommend Canine Scholars and will definitely use Jason again in the future!read more
Crystal Gibson
Crystal Gibson
We adopted Fritz, a 115+ lbs cane corso mix, and started working with Chris at Canine Scholars when Fritz was almost a year... and a half old. Chris was great with Fritz and without hesitation I can now walk or take him out in public by myself.read more
Karin Goepp
Karin Goepp
Our 8 month old Lab is amazing and so much easier to handle, thanks to her time at camp with Jason. She knows how to walk... off leash,come sit and place. No more pulling and jumping. Thank you Jason for all your help with training her. Canine Scholars is the best!read more
Stephanie Morgan
Stephanie Morgan
We had our German shorthaired puppy, Molly, got to camp to be trained with Chris. GSPs can be challenging dogs given their... high intelligence and energy level, and Molly was no exception. She went from being destructive and all over the place on our walks to obedient and able to walk off leash. I was also able to use the ecollar to correct several undesirable habits at home...think sleeping on our bed our trying to hunt our outdoor kitties. Chris was great with her and I would definitely recommend Canine scholars. Chris happens to own a GSP who is Molly's age. The two of them are great friends and still love playing together to this day!read more
Matthew M.
Matthew M.
Jason truly has a passion for what he does and you can tell immediately. He provided tools for us to use with our pup that... will be useful for the long haul. His puppy classes were a great investment as we will now have a well behaved dog for years to come.read more
Jason helped me get my goldendoodle off to a good start as a puppy. Then also walked me through the late puppy stages.... Everyone who meets Wrigley says for a puppy he is so well behaved. They Can’t believe he’s only 1. Thanks to Jason. !read more
Warpotato 123
Warpotato 123
My dog's always listen
Lauren McNally
Lauren McNally
Cannot say enough good things about Jason & Canine Scholars... Our lab/border collie is an all-star after working with Jason... - everyone we meet is so impressed! You will not regret using Canine Scholars for your dog training needs!read more
Megan Sharp
Megan Sharp
We signed up for the 1 week board and train with Jason for our 1.5 year old GSP pup. She is Super friendly so we were... looking for jumping on people and other small obedience training, help on walk pulls, and the biggest of all-off the leash training. We were skeptical of the short time and the cost at times when choosing between companies, but Jason is hard not to trust and like. When we picked her up at a public park on Sunday afternoon we were super impressed. She was all we hoped for and it just got better when we took her to our property up north and could trust her off leash running through woods, lakes and to free roam! We could really enjoy her there and since then while hiking locally and running her on bikes, and I swear everyone kept saying what an amazing dog she was! Which trust me, 2 weeks earlier was not something we heard a lot. Thanks Jason! Very much recommend.read more
Mary Smith
Mary Smith
My highest recommendation! Canine Scholars has been life changing! Our 1 year old and 100-pound black lab was a loving dog... but also a pain in the neck. He jumped on and scratched our guests, yanked us down the street during walks, and demanded attention. Each lesson brings us a better-behaved dog. Our friends have marveled at how he greets them without unwanted heavy and scratchy affection. He’s even stopped peeing when greeting new guests! We can now walk down the street with him walking beside us and matching our speed. Our 100 pounds of terror has turned into a valued member of the family!read more
Danielle Silberman
Danielle Silberman
I adopted an adorable 3.5 year old Husky/Black Lab mix in July. He is a sweet and playful pup, but his size and strength was... too much for me to handle. He would jump on people, lunge at other dogs as we walked by and bark constantly. He was training me, rather than the other way around. I was nervous to take him anywhere in public, because I didn't know how he would react. After trying a few other training programs, with no luck, I found Canine Scholars. Jason and Chris helped transform him into such well behaved pup, with only a few sessions! I feel comfortable taking him out in public because I know I can control him. Thank you for giving me the tools to continue training my dog so we can have a wonderful life together!Danielle and Woodsonread more
Megan Reed
Megan Reed
We have an almost 10 month golden retriever pup who is a sweetheart but was getting completely out of control. He weighs 65... pounds and would pull me down the stairs to the point that I would almost fall, yank me around the block, lunge at other dogs to play, jump all over people that walked into the door and run around our house with our belongings like a maniac. We weren't sure what, if anything could fix it. We've had four lessons now and the difference is hard to believe. He doesn't pull the leash and will sit on his bed (or any assigned place) until I give him permission to leave, even when new people walk through the door. He comes when he's called and we're even working on being off-leash in crowded places. It makes every experience more enjoyable for us and our pup! Jason and Chris taught our pup so much but most importantly he taught us the concepts and gave us the tools we need to understand the way our dog thinks and how to act accordingly. We can't thank them enough 🙂 - Mac, Megan & Mattread more
In less than two weeks Jason had me walking both of my Goldens on loose leads! Nothing short of amazing! I wish I had known... about him two years ago. He is extremely knowledgeable, patient, organized, thorough, and punctual. Jason helps you get immediate results. Instead of boring you with a lot of useless information, he just helps you train your dog.read more
Jason has made our lives with two active Vizslas so pleasant and rewarding. We constantly receive compliments on our dogs'... behavior and our ability to manage them without being on leashes. Jason absolutely knows dogs and is super to work with. I have recommended him to several friends who are equally pleased. The ultimate training is worth every cent.read more
Samantha Wood
Samantha Wood
Jason was awesome! He not only helped correct my dogs behavior almost instantly in 1 session, but he also taught me how to... reinforce the training correctly to ensure continuation of good behavior.read more
Beth Graham
Beth Graham
Canine Scholars has made such a HUGE difference in our family. We had tried a few other dog training courses around... Charlotte but couldn't find the results we were looking for. Canine Scholars stepped right in and made an immediate impact. During our first interaction with Jason I could tell that we had found the trainer we were looking for. My 2 dogs were notorious leash pullers, barked at everything that moved and were just a handful. Today I am proud to say that we can enjoy off leash walks, sitting in the yard, and having guests over without having to fear what our dogs may do wrong. Not only has he helped them become more obedient, but he has also increased their confidence in knowing how great they really are. Don't make the same mistake I did and wait too long to call Jason. Not only did he train our dogs , he also trained us. I never realized the mistakes we were making had such great impact on our dogs, but after a few sessions I realized that the potential was there the whole time. He is worth every penny, and if I had the chance to choose to do it all over again then I would in a heartbeat. Thanks Jason!!!read more
Jason is awesome. . He has taught me so much and Zoey is doing great. .
My dog, Grace loved Jason the first time he came out to our house. Jason took Grace for a week's worth of intense training... at his house. Grace always runs...read more
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What is the cost of your evaluation?

Nada, Nothing, Zilch. Who doesn’t like showing off their work? We would love to come out and show you our dogs, so you can see the quality of our training program with your own eyes. And while we’re there, we’ll also talk through your goals and give you a free evaluation of your dog.

Do you own a dog?

I do! A dog trainer without a dog is like a handyman without any tools. We train dogs because we love dogs and because we want other pet parents to get the most out of their pet-human relationship. Think of us as the nauseatingly happy married couple who’s always trying to fix you up.

I don’t need my dog to be off leash, why should I care?

That’s like saying, “I’m homeschooling my child. Why does he need discipline?” Getting your dog to the next level is our highest priority. Our goal is for you and your dog to be confident in every situation, and prepared for the unexpected, even inside your home.

When is training and how long?

Training sessions are scheduled at your convenience. Typically, sessions are done weekly and last approximately one hour. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but like most things, there’s value in quality over quantity.

I don’t really need all those tricks!

Tricks and tasks are two sides of the same coin. Your dog may not need to know how to shake hands, but he needs to know how to stop and stay and drop. The more commands he masters, the more confident you’ll both be in any situation.

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