You will learn with your dog, more about your dog, and start to understand the reasons behind your dog’s behavior.


Okami Canine uses a balanced approach to training, focusing on your relationship with your dog and an understanding of canine communication and behavior. There is no single method or tool that will be successful with all issues so we will always cater training to your dogs individual needs instead of relying on one-note methods. Not all dogs share the same motivations, and forcing certain training methods can cause problems instead of helping the existing ones. Not all dogs respond to treats, not all dogs learn quickly. We believe training should be a fun and enjoyable experience for you and your dog. Along with producing well trained, happy dogs, our goal is to reinforce the bond between owner and dog to create a clear form of communication between the two. Our relationship-first approach teaches your dog to trust you in navigating the human world. We use advanced obedience methods and relationship building to ensure the communication your dog is getting is clear and logical to them. More specifically, the two main components that make up Okami Canines methods include a foundation in ethology, the objective study of animal behavior under natural conditions, and advanced obedience techniques commonly employed by the worlds top working and sport dog trainers. These two worlds often exist independently but we’ve learned from some of the worlds best dog trainers and behaviorists that the greatest results come from merging the two in a way that becomes logical to your dog.

Canine Education

The NePoPo® School: Gold Graduate (Class of April 2022) - The NePoPo® School: Silver Graduate (Class of November 2021) - Learn to Lead 3-day workshop hosted by Cheri Wulff Lucas (2021) - Michael Ellis 3-day workshop at Leerburg Headquarters -Push and Pull of Motivation: Pat StuartThe Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers (Puppy Development, Obedience Intensive, Behavior Modification, Protection) - Private (1-on-1) mentorship under Cheri Wulff Lucas - The Missing Link Workshop hosted by Brian Agnew and Cheri Lucas: Raw Intuitive Talent

Cheri Lucas

Learn to Lead

Bart and Michael Bellon

Founders of NePoPo®

Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

Ed Frawley

Founder of Leerburg

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