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 gained valuable hands on training. Most recently, I attended Training Between The Ears with Stephanie and Mark McCabe in Streetsboro, OH. I look forward to attending more clinics and seminars, and implementing that knowledge to be the best trainer I can be.
Kris Kroner – Professional Dog Trainer
Born and raised in Athens, I moved out to California for a number of years and worked at a facility training guide dogs for the blind. After doing that for over 15 years, it came time for me to move back to my home town. I met Rosanne and knew that her dream of owning her own dog training & boarding facility was something I wanted to be apart of. I’ve had 12 Newfoundlands throughout the course of my life and am absolutely biased towards that breed of dog- they are the best! I love working with dogs and using my years of knowledge to improve their temperament and behavior, and through that process teaching the owners how to better understand their dog to make it a better addition to their home and family.
Karla Lowrey – Assistant Trainer
I’m from North East Ohio and have a dog named Cider! My first experience in the industry was in Boston, walking dogs for a Luxury Pet Concierge Service before moving onto a Dog Daycare & Lodging Facility in North Carolina. I have greatly enjoyed gaining training experience here over the last two years and meeting so many wonderful pups!
Robert Tegtman – Office Manager
I grew up in Northeast Ohio and have been working my way back north, living for years in Georgia, North Carolina, and now Athens. I’ve worked in various office environments, from academia to mortgage, and have enjoyed learning some of the ins and outs of this industry. My goldendoodle, Cider, was my personal introduction to dog training. It’s been a pleasure getting to know our customers and their pups!
Kylee Minick- Daycare Assistant
I’m from Middlefield, Ohio and I moved to Athens in 2019. Before I moved I worked at a veterinary hospital for 2 years gaining experience handling all kinds of pets and rehabilitating wildlife. I’ve grown up with dogs and recently adopted a great dog from the Athens Shelter. I’m super happy to be here and to love on each of your dogs.
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 care for all of your furry friends!
Lindsey Lemen – Kennel Assistant
I’m from Indianapolis, IN and am currently studying Music Production at Ohio University. I’ve had dogs my entire life, and currently have a golden retriever & a golden doodle. Growing up I was always with animals, and up until college I worked on a farm taking care of donkeys, goats, chickens, and dogs. I’m ready to tire out your dog!
Hannah Cline – Kennel Assistant
My name is Hannah, and working with animals has always been a passion of mine. I grew up on a farm, worked with a variety of large and small animals, was raised in 4-H, and showed goats, hogs, and dogs for as long as I can remember. I have never not had dogs in my life, and now I’m going to college to pursue a degree in animal-assisted therapy. The Calm Companion has given me the opportunity to get my foot in the dog training world, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Matt Kitts – Kennel Assistant
Gabrielle Vilela – Kennel Assistant
Bryce Baxstrom – Kennel Assistant
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.