Meet the Trainer
Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Erin Taggart, B.A., CPT
Hi there! My name is Erin Taggart and I'm a dog trainer in Lakewood, Ohio. I have one dog, my happy and excitable German Spitz rescue, Queequeg.
I have a B.A. in psychology from Cleveland State University and I earned the title Certified Professional Trainer from the Master Dog Trainer course at National K-9 School for Dog Trainers. I continue my education with seminars and workshops, online courses, books, video, learning from other trainers, as well as from every new dog I work with. Dogs are individuals and will always bring something unique to training!
The typical type of dog I train is your average family dog whose behavior has become frustrating, annoying, or even embarrassing. I fix issues like leash pulling, not coming when called, hyperactivity, acting up or brattiness, as well as training for particular goals such as puppy training, getting your dog to be more responsive to you around the house and to behave well in public places, preparing for a new baby, or integrating a newly adopted dog into your family.
My goal in training is to not only resolve issues, but to give you the peace of mind of a good-mannered dog you can enjoy more. You'll get lasting results and a well-behaved dog who reliably listens to you. We will do this through positive reinforcement methods that are based in science and compassion. When you understand behavior there's no need for harsh tools and techniques! The best results occur when a dog is taught what we want from them and rewarded for good choices, much like a parent teaching a child. But positive doesn't mean permissive. We will humanely interrupt bad habits and redirect the dog to an appropriate behavior, guiding them to make better choices.
I do more than fix a few issues, I give you an easier life with your dog!
Besides my love for training the family dog, I also have an interest in service dogs. In my free time I've volunteered for fundraising events with Canine Companions for Independence, who provides highly trained service dogs for people with disabilities. I've also been an advocate for animal rights, wildlife, and environmental causes for 15 years and am a member of Sierra Club and The Humane Society of the United States. As an animal rights supporter I've been a long-term vegetarian since 2002 and went completely vegan in 2020. I bring this compassion for animals to every dog I meet and fully enjoy working with clients who want the best life for their dog. Your goal is my goal!
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cleveland State University
Master's student in Animal Science and Behavior, Canine and Feline Health and Care track, Unity College
March 2013 graduate of the Master Trainer Course at National K-9 School for Dog Trainers with certifications in: Basic Obedience; Advanced Obedience; Behavior Modification; Puppy Development; Breed Identification; Utility; Tracking; Scent Detection; Personal Protection; Police K9; Retrieval; Assistance Dog Training
Pit Bull Zen Dog Body Language Seminar, February 2016
Pack to Basics Dogmanship Workshop with Chad Mackin, May 2016
Training Between the Ears Resolving Conflict in Human/Canine Relationships Seminar with Mark McCabe, May 2017
Dr. Ian Dunbar's SIRIUS Dog Trainer Academy (4-day online seminar), November 2020
ClickerExpo LIVE (3-day virtual conference), January 2021, January 2022
APDT/CAPDT Virtual Conference, September 2021
Erin trained my parents' Great Dane, Zaccara. They own a breeding kennel in Cleveland and have a minimum of five dogs in the house at any given time. Zaccara was the wild child of the bunch, but since her training she is the calmest and best behaved. It'd be great to get the rest of the beasts tamed! Thanks Erin!