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!

Alana Craycraft
Alana Craycraft
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 really appreciate how Chris and Skye took the time to go over everything they taught our pup and made sure we really understood how to further let the training sink in... nothing like a little human training!! ☺️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
Evelyn Olivares
Evelyn Olivares
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 Capecci
Alexandra Capecci
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
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
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. .
Terri Hintz
Terri Hintz
Our chocolate lab Alice is now a certified therapy dog! Jason helped us fine tune obedience skills to the point that this... food obsessed girl completely bypassed 4 square feet of floor smeared with hamburger meat during her testing session. Thanks Jason!read more
Natalie Luttrell
Natalie Luttrell
We hired Canine Scholars because we felt that our two young male dogs were completely out of control. They would run from us... at any chance given, jump on our guests, and would not obey commands with any distractions present.After just ONE visit with Jason from Canine Scholars, we saw an immediate change in both our dogs and our interaction with our dogs. In only FOUR visits, our dogs were already obeying us off-leash. I appreciate and learned quickly that CS wasn't just training out dogs, but was actually training US as well - specifically, how to interact with our dogs to keep their attention and control.Today, our dogs are completely off-leash. We can take them walking for miles around the neighborhood or to public places without worry of them running off. They, by command, are completely aware of the times they are allowed to run free, but respond immediately to return or stay commands.We absolutely recommend CS!!!!!! Thank you!read more
Stacey Barto
Stacey Barto
Canine Scholars has been a lifesaver for us and our three dogs! Each dog has a strong personality and a strong will and... Canine Scholars has taught me and the dogs how to work together and stay in control. They are still a work in progress and I look forward to continuing to train the dogs with Canine Scholars and learn more myself. Canine Scholars has helped me through a few very tough situations and I don't know what I would have done without their help. Thank you sooooo much!!!!:))read more
Allison Muedder
Allison Muedder
Wonderful experience! Our 70 lb labradoodle had gone through puppy school and e-collar training in our previous city. ... After our daughter came along 18 months ago, we became too slack with our obedience/consistency with him. Jason was super helpful over the phone and even gave me suggestions to try before he came out for the first visit. He set us up with a single session to start and to call him back as needed. I really appreciated the honesty and that he wasn't trying to get us to sign on for 10 sessions or something like that front. We would absolutely recommend Canine Scholars to anyone looking for a trainer!!!read more
Dennis Killebrew
Dennis Killebrew
From Dennis’ Wife: I needed my 2.5 year old black lab, Grace, trained as an Emotional Support Dog to assist me in upcoming... travels. I found Jason’s web site and contacted him. He came to our house, evaluated her and laid out a plan of action. Grace began training with a crash course by staying with Jason 24/7 for 8 days. He taught her how to behave in crowds (Grace loves everyone, especially children, so this was no small feat), even how to ride an escalator! Next, he trained me to handle her. We went to the airport repeatedly, to the mall a couple of times – until I was confident. Jason did whatever it took and made me comfortable every step of the way. The payoff came when Grace sat at my feet in the airplane, for two flights, totaling over 1,700 miles to the Republic of Panama! Then came Customs, a stay in a Panama City hotel that normally refuses dogs, and Grace was able to do her job at every step along the way. Thanks Jason!read more
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
Whitney Bartlett
Whitney Bartlett
We called every trainer in town for help with our dogs. What was nice is Canine Scholars showed up with an actual dog to... give us the whole dog and poney show. Most trainers we had come out either didn't show up with a dog or their dogs weren't impressive. We signed up and 3 weeks later I wish I would've called them years ago. My 3 year old was an absolute terror. I figured he would just grow out of the problems...yeah that never happened. Thank you sooooooo much, a little professional help makes all the difference.read more
Christi Fronczkiewicz
Christi Fronczkiewicz
Canine Scholars has simply changed my life. I rescued a 180 pound, aggressive, anxious, terrified Great Dane on May 20,... 2010. I fell in love with him immediately. And almost just as quickly, he bit one of my neighbors. I called dozens of trainers who offered different packages,different training styles, and different results. Jason was the ONLY one who was honest, confident, and genuinely cared about both me and Guinness. We had a total of 4 training sessions. And my dog is absolutely a different animal. He is well behaved on and off of a leash. He instinctively knows what is expected of him in any circumstance and enjoys having me as his master. I recommend Jason to everyone. He has changed my life. He has given my dog a second chance. And I know that any pet that I ever have in the future will work with Jason. I could never thank him enough for bringing me such peace of mind and such happiness. I would recommend that anyone who wants a well behaved, trained companion call Canine Scholars immediately!!!read more
kerry barbera
kerry barbera
Jason has been a godsend in helping us train our two dogs. Carley who we got from the shelter was a very hyper dog who... jumped on everybody! Whose previous owners returned her to the shelter because they could not handle her. After our training sessions she is such a different dog. She is calm, listens to commands and has become such a happier dog! Our vet even commented on what a difference our training has made! All thanks to Jason. We have begun training our puppy Simon and he is following all command walking on the leash has improved tremendously and I cant wait to see how he does on our next visit!. Not only had Jason done a fantastic job with our dogs he has also done such a great job in training both myself and my husband!I would highly recommend Canine Scholars!read more
Erin Toy
Erin Toy
Canine Scholars has made a lasting impression on my puppy. Jason went above and beyond to not only train my puppy but to... train me as well. He had a lot of patience when teaching me how to set expectations for my puppy. The training sessions were informative but also a lot of fun. My puppy now knows all the basic commands and we are eager and excited to go the next step with the off leash focused based training! I would highly recommend Jason to anyone looking for either puppy or older dog training. You will be absolutely amazed at the long term results of your dog's skills!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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