About Us

The Calm Companion started when I found a love for dogs at the early age of 3. I was found in the garage with a neighbor puppy, sound asleep on the floor. This was only the beginning of my lifelong interest in learning about and working with animals. I retired from teaching children with special needs after 25 years, to begin my new careers working with dogs. I graduated from Training Cesar’s Way after training with Cesar Milan (the dog whisperer) with my dog Henry. This renewed my commitment to myself, which was to follow my passion and find a way to begin a career with dogs. I have finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of opening my own boarding and training facility. My love and care for dogs goes further than my own home, and is something that I want to share with other people. Our philosophy is that a calm companion makes for a happy home, and happy dog. We pride ourselves on teaching owners how to understand, teach, and communicate with their dogs. We take patience, understanding of canine communication, and human behavioral patterns to make for a well-balanced owner-dog relationship. . Let us help you understand your dog and train your dog to be a better member of your family!

Our Staff

Rosanne Eigel – Owner & Professional Dog Trainer

In October of 2014, I graduated from Training Cesars Way, after spending 5 days with our dog Henry and Cesar Millan. This renewed my commitment to my self, to follow my passion and find a way to begin a career with dogs. In July 2015 I graduated from K9 Lifeline’s Shadow Program with Heather Beck (a top trainer with Cesar Millan). Most recently, I attended a 3 day TrainSmart Workshop in Delaware, Ohio with Heather Beck (K9 Lifeline), George Cockrell (Companions Dog Training) and Scottie MacConachie (K9 Ponderosa). In March of 2016, I attended the 3D Difficult Dogs workshop at K9 Lifeline with Heather Beck and guest Jason Vasconi (Transform My Dog in Dickinson, Texas). I was extremely fortunate to meet and learn from a real class act in the dog world, Wendy Volhard. I attended the Healthy Dog Conference at K9 Ponderosa in Delaware, Ohio. As a result of this wonderful conference, I now recommend and feed my own dogs, fantastic product line. Wendy has been researching and developing supplemental feeding formulas for over the past 35 years, and I feel fortunate to be a part of this wonderful company! In June, I attended and graduated from National K9 in Columbus, OH as a Certified Professional Trainer, in Basic Obedience, breed identification, puppy temperament testing, development and preschool, behavior modification, and utility. This experience allowed me to increase and use theory and development to change behavior and increase compliance through obedience. In August of 2016, I attended a Daycare Shadow Program with Heather Beck, at K9Lifeline in Utah, provided hands-on experience for introducing new dogs, creating and overseeing calm-play, and using the dog daycare environment to train other dogs. Following my trip to Utah, I attended a Puppy Primer Workshop with Linda Kaim (Lionheart K9), covering everything about raising a happy, healthy puppy. In September 2017. I attended the International Association of Canine Professionals Conference in MO, where we heard from many professionals about the industry and best practices. November 2017, I attended the Raw and Natural Dog Summit in Chicago, IL. This was an amazing conference about what is the best food for our dogs. Most recently, I hosted Ian Grant of Vermont Dog Trainer for a 3 day Daycare workshop, here at our facility. It was AMAZING, and the staff all were able to learn together. Finally, I attended the Training Between The Ears with Stephanie and Mark McCabe in Streetsboro, OH. So much great info….sooo little time ! I look forward to attending more clinics and seminars, and utilizing more knowledge to be the best trainer I can be.

Kris Kroner – Professional Dog Trainer

Hailey Edwards –Office Manager

I didn’t grow up with dogs and honestly didn’t think I would ever be a dog person. But not long after I started at The Calm Companion, I knew that this company was unique and did amazing things. I am amazed at how much a dog can change after being here for a short time! I love being able to see that and hear from our clients first hand how happy they are with what we do and the benefit it has been to them and their dog. I cannot wait to get a dog of my own!

Kelli Wolfe – Professional Dog Groomer

I grew up in south, eastern Ohio and have had a dog my entire life. I don’t remember a time in my life where a dog didn’t play an integral part of who I am. But to be honest, I am an equal opportunity animal lover and have always had a whole host of animals like: cats, horses, rabbits, and a slew of other small animals. I am a firm believer in taking my time and allowing your dog to become comfortable with the entire grooming process. I look forward to pampering your pets!

Oliver Steelman – Kennel Assistant

I’m an art student from Glouster, and an avid lover of animals. Growing up, my pets were an integral part of my childhood. I’ve spent the last twenty years of my life caring for animals of all shapes and sizes, and I consider my own dog, Jojo, to be one of my dearest companions. I’m very excited to meet and care for all of your furry friends!

Karla Lowrey – Kennel Assistant

I’m from Wellington, OH and didn’t grow up with dogs, but I currently have a Maltese/Havanese Mix named Muffin. I spent a summer in Boston, walking dogs for a Luxury Pet Concierge Service before moving onto a Dog Daycare & Lodging Facility, giving me plenty of experience with dogs. I am looking forward implementing that experience in this new position and can’t wait to meet your pets and help them grow!

Katie Robinson – Kennel Assistant

My name is Katie Robinson and I’m a student at Ohio University studying Wildlife and Conservation Biology. I have been around animals for as long as I can remember and I love to work with them. I’ve worked with dogs at a dog groomer, washing and drying them along with assisting in grooming. I hope to one day work with big cats either in a zoo or a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Kait Runevitch – Kennel Assistant

I am a native to Athens and love it here. I have been a dog owner and lover since the age of 6.  Two of my dogs went through training with Rosanne before I started working with her and it has made all the difference.  I now own 3 dogs and  we all enjoy hiking the many parks around Athens and snuggling. We also enjoy live music and gardening.

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

Josh Billings