Out of This World Dog Training
Results That Last
Rated a Top 10 Dog Trainer in Columbus, OH, 2018 by Expertise
2019 Best of Columbus Award: Dog Training
2020 Best of Columbus Award: Dog Training
2021 Best of Columbus Award: Dog Training
2022 Best of Columbus Award: Dog Training
Meet Your New Favorite Dog Trainer
Passionate. Patient. Persistent. Animal-lover. These are just a few of the characteristics that describe me. I know each animal is different, and I’ll work with yours to give them the specific guidance they need. Whether you’re thinking about getting a dog, have a new dog, or already own a dog with behavioral problems, I am here to help.
My name is Alex Eaton and I started Out of This World Dog Training to offer the people and pets of Central Ohio an exciting and effective method of training. I am a certified professional dog trainer. I received my certification through Animal Behavior College and graduated with honors. I have also helped train service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence. I have spent time volunteering at Franklin County Dog Shelter as well as being a consultant for other dog trainers in the area. When necessary I consult with local veterinarians to make sure that my methods, nutritional information and medical advice are 100% up to date and correct. I take your pet’s health and well-being as seriously as humanly possible!
I believe that owning a pet is an amazing and rewarding experience, but also a responsibility, not a luxury. Training your dog properly will lead you to a greater understanding of the animal and I firmly believe in the owner-pet relationship being one of mutual understanding and respect. I immerse you fully in the training process and use dog psychology to more effectively teach your dog. I find that owners end up learning as much, if not more, than their pets. Contact me to find out more about my unique approach to training.
Limited Time Special Offer
When signing up for lessons with Kourtney, Allison, Tiarra or Sierra you will receive a $50 credit towards any future training!
"I absolutely love helping dogs and owners learn how to have the best relationship possible. I have been working with dogs in a daycare and in training settings for 3 years. My favorite things to work on are "party tricks" and socialization, but above all I just love watching dogs learn and engage with their people! I have two rescues pups! Hunter is a 3 year old Pittie Hound mix, Roscoe is an 8 year old Beagle, Cattle Dog mix. In my free time time we do a lot of hiking. We have hiked parts of New Mexico, Texas, Maryland, Washington, and of course Ohio!"
Sarah has trained alongside me for over 100 hours in addition to her prior experience. Sarah is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She received her certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Sarah is incredibly affectionate towards the dogs she works with and makes quick connections with both her canine and human students. In Sarah's time working with me she has exceeded all my expectations and I am sure she will do the same for you!
Kourtney Van Wagner
"My favorite thing about being a dog trainer is helping dogs and owners have a better relationship and seeing them both learn and grow together. My favorite skills to teach are obedience and leash walking manners! I have been working with dogs in a training and daycare setting for 2 years and have always had dogs growing up. Helping a dog work through a problem is the most rewarding part of training for me. I have one Rottweiler named Killian who is almost one and I grew up with four other Rotties at home. I also am pursuing a degree at The Ohio State University in Environmental Science and in my free time love to run, climb, and hike with Killian!"
Kourtney has trained alongside me for over 100 hours in addition to her prior experience. Kourtney is well versed in a wide variety of training skills and excels at facilitating positive social interactions between dogs. Her confidence as a trainer helps her make quick progress with the dogs she works with. I am so excited to have Kourtney as part of the Out of this World Dog Training family!
"When I was young I dreamed of being a dog trainer. Life happened and overtime I forgot about that dream. I just knew I wanted to work with animals. November of 2019 is when it all changed for my fiancé and I. We rescued our dog Nova from Virginia. She is now a 3year old Australian Shepherd and Corgi mix, also known as Auggies! Herding breeds need a ton of mental and physical stimulation because of the jobs they were bred to do. Nova challenged me to work a little harder each day and to find patience in the process. I have learned so much from her. She inspired me to get my certification and I graduated from Animal Behavior College as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. I have also volunteered at the Franklin County Dog Shelter to observe dog behavior in play groups. My favorite thing I have learned in training and working with dogs is body language! Dogs are always speaking to us and each other, we just have to learn to translate what they’re saying through their behavior. Developing clear communication with your dog is the key to training. Once I understood the importance of having clear communication with my dog, our relationship improved immensely. I’m excited to help people build a better relationship with their dog with patience & understanding. I love working with dogs and people! Eventually I would love to train dogs to do agility. One of my favorite things to do is to go hiking with my dog Nova. I can’t wait to see where her paws lead me next!"
Allison is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and has spent time shadowing myself and Sarah in addition to her previous experience!
"I've known I wanted to be a dog trainer since a career project in high school, and followed through with my passion after graduation. Despite never owning a dog growing up, I loved being around friend's dogs and always felt a special connection with them. I've worked with all breeds, all ages, and many temperaments. I've worked with police dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs. My specialty is working with anxious and fearful dogs - being able to boost their confidence and trust is a truly rewarding experience. I also enjoy working with owners and their puppies to raise them to be confident, well rounded adults. I have one dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Beemo, and one cat named Buffy. In our downtime I love to take Beemo out for swimming and park walks."
Sierra is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with 7 years of professional experience. She has a kind confidence that dogs gravitate to. She has seen practically any problem a dog or family may face so she will be a very capable teacher!
“When I adopted my pup, North, he was reactive and generally disinterested in what I would ask of him. Watching him grow, learn, and become such an amazing companion really pushed me to want to help others achieve the same outcome! Dog training can create such an amazing bond between animal and owner, and it’s such a rewarding thing to be brought along on that journey. I really enjoy working on basic/intermediate obedience and general manners. I also really love to help owners push through any anxieties they have surrounding their pup. I attended Animal Behavior College pursing my professional certification in dog training and have also volunteered hours at CHA Animal Shelter training rescues in hopes of getting them a good home as soon as possible. In our free time, North and I really enjoy hiking, but I think our favorite thing is cuddling on the couch. I cannot wait to start this journey with you and I am excited to see the progress we can make together!”
Tiarra has completely absorbed herself in the training lifestyle from the moment she set her mind to becoming a professional trainer. Tiarra has spent time working alongside Sarah and myself in addition to her time pursuing her professional certification. Tiarra's positive outlook and experience helps the families she works with make quick progress through all issues.
Helping You Help Your Pet
It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, and I believe it’s never too late to train any pet. My services are designed with you and your pet in mind and I believe in working as much with you as with your dog. I’m proud of my high success rate and the level of satisfaction with my clients as well as their pets.
I'm Here to Help
If your dog needs help with a specific behavioral issue, Behavior Consulting may be a great option for you. The earlier undesirable behaviors are addressed, the more quickly they can be changed. Sessions can be done in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience, with personalized plans to fit your pet’s needs and your lifestyle. No problem is too big or too small.
Time for You and Your Pet
The reality for many dog owners is that they find themselves dragged behind their dog instead of sharing a relaxing walk together. If this situation sounds familiar, dog walking training may be just what you need. Proper instruction on how to walk your dog will make the daily routine of walking your dog much more relaxing and will serve to strengthen the bond you share.
Trust Your Dog at a Distance
Off-leash training is a very advanced skill for both dogs and handlers but also one of the most fun training related activities to share with your dog. Dogs love being able to play fetch in an open field or go on a hike without a leash! Typically the main issue in these situations is trusting a dog's responses at a distance when compliance feels optional. We will teach you and your dog how to perfect these skills so that even the most compelling distractions can be ignored.
Learn How to Communicate With Your Dog
Your dog has plenty of potential to learn and understand commands, regardless of age, and my techniques will lay a foundation for you to build upon. My instruction on obedience skills, basic to advanced, as well as general house manners will help your canine companion be his or her best self.
Build Good Habits Early
A new addition to the family can be a lot of fun but also a lot of work! Starting your puppy early with basic obedience, house manners, house breaking and crate training can make a world of difference as your dog matures. Puppies as young as eight weeks old can learn a great deal through training. Get your puppy started on the right track today!
Group Obedience Classes
Build On Your Basic Skills
Group classes are a great way to practice your dog's obedience skills around distractions (particularly other dogs) in a novel environment. I recommend you and your dog have had some training experience before participating in a group obedience class. Group classes are held at Dogtopia Columbus-Dublin.
Group Puppy Socialization and Desensitization Classes
Where Dogs Learn to Be Friendly and Confident
Early Socialization is one of the most important components of raising a happy and friendly dog. The majority of socialization should occur by the time a dog is six months old. By having these experiences in a controlled environment your dog is much more likely to learn to love socializing. Secondarily, dogs can easily become unsure of novel objects (vacuums, hats, crutches, etc.) without proper exposure at an early age. Our puppy class will show you and your dog the best way to handle these situations now and into the future!
Weekend Pack Walks
Face Real Life Scenarios
For existing clients only we offer this special class. After building your dog's training skills, as well as your own, you are ready to attend our weekend Pack Walks! This class typically has 6-10 participants and we meet at various parks around the city. Due to the fact that dogs are very social learners, this class is a great opportunity for dogs of all ages to learn from one another as well as gain additional social skills in a public setting. It can be hard to develop leash skills with unfamiliar dogs in passing so we have designed this class to give your dog ample opportunities to be their best.
Board and Train
Specialized Training for All Ages
Boarding and Training is a unique opportunity for your dog to live within our training structure 24 hours a day. During the boarding we will focus training on any goals you have in mind prior to the boarding and will address anything noteworthy we notice during the stay. Your dog would accompany us to various training activities as well as having multiple training sessions each day. Your dog would live in the respective trainer's home and be within the structure of that environment. For dogs with advanced skills, we can teach off-leash during a boarding. We also encourage boarding for families traveling to keep up with good habits. Contact us for more information!
Basic Obedience Command Video Walk-through
We are now happy to offer downloadable video walk-throughs of our basic commands. This content is great for those who are visual learners or individuals who like to have reference material when practicing at home. This video can be accessed when scheduling any private lessons or group classes.
Satisfied Owners. Happier Pets.
I would recommend Alex to anyone and everyone. From the moment I reached out through Yelp, Alex was quick to respond and informative of his services. He helped us train two mixed breed dogs. From basic obedience to advanced training Alex was well versed on his custom training plans he created for each of our dogs based on their differing progress. One of my dogs that I rescued would resource guard. Alex was able to make huge strides in his development within the first hour of training. He left us with a training plan at the end of the session that we could work on which was a great help as we worked on our own. He would continually check up as needed to check on our progress and would offer and tips he had for us. He is a large part of why our dogs are extremely obedient and well trained. If you are looking for a personalized experience with a trainer who is extremely well versed, I cannot say enough how happy you will be with Alex at Out of This World Dog Training.
Paul and Julia
We have 3 standard poodles 2 years old and younger. Lots of dog energy and intensity! We had tried other trainers with minimal success. We needed a trainer that would work closely with us, help us stay consistent and committed until we reached our goals. Alex was that person. He immediately connected with each dog. Recognizing their singular personalities, strengths, and challenges. He was warm, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and creative. Alex taught us so much about basic obedience, offering innovative ideas and different approaches. He worked with us on politely greeting visitors at the door, walking calmly on the leash, and so much more. Most importantly, he came regularly as we needed him to. First twice a week. Then once a week. And finally once a month. He helped us completely transform our dog family and increase the happiness they already bring to us. I can't say enough about his skills and insight. The real Dog Whisperer.
Suzanne and Brian
Sarah is a great trainer. I strongly recommend hiring her services. I literally watched her teach my puppy, Ruby, a new trick in 1 minute. That is faster than fast food. I felt like Tom Hanks in Castaway. I watched Sarah create fire. David Blaine or Sarah? You decide who performs real magic. Woof! I have had many dogs throughout my life, but this is the first time I have used the services of a dog trainer and I couldn't be happier. Sarah taught me so much! Out of This World Dog Training is highly recommended by me and Ruby. Go Sarah!
Alex was AWESOME!! Our dog Sadie is very intense, always charging the door when someone comes, walks us on the leash and tells us where the treats are and when to give them. She is a terrier of some sort but my sister always called her a "terrorist"! Just after our first lesson, Alex was able to teach her not to charge the door, proper way to greet people and most importantly how to walk on a leash without pulling my arm out of socket. Definitely recommend "Out of This World Dog Training"! I'm looking forward to practicing those exercises and our next lesson!
My dog, Remi, was fearful and became aggressive with some dogs. I contacted Alex and he responded promptly. Within just one hour during our first session, I noticed such a difference. Remi was already behaving better on a leash and with other dogs in the neighborhood. Alex was able to answer every question I had and was very knowledgeable about every situation we encountered with Remi. I feel more confident as a dog owner because of the training, and I know Remi does as well. If you are looking for an honest, kind, and passionate dog trainer, I would highly recommend Alex.
Alex is an extremely knowledgeable dog trainer who can work on a variety of dog issues. It’s clear from his detailed answers and proven methods that he has an in-depth understanding of dog behavior. Alex is working on much more than basic obedience with our dog. We have a rescue that has nervous tendencies from his past so he reacts to people coming in the house by nipping and barking. He also has severe separation anxiety. Alex has so much patience working with him and so far after just 2 sessions we’re already starting to see improvements. Highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a reliable, knowledgeable and effective trainer!
Alyssa and Daniel
We recently completed our 3rd session with Sarah and couldn't be happier with how much our 14 week old puppy- Bodhi- is catching on to obedience commands and learning to walk on a leash. Sarah is very patient and took as much time as needed to answer all our questions. Honestly, these sessions were as beneficial for us as for the puppy, as it helped us to build confidence in working with Bodhi and navigating the first few weeks of being new puppy owners!
Alex was very knowledgeable and understanding of my nervousness for training my eight year old dachshund Chihuahua mix. He didn't just train Troy, my dog, he also helped me be a better person for my dog. Troy is living a better life and is less stressed for when someone comes in the house or leaves. Thank you Alex for helping Troy!
We had such a wonderful experience with Sarah. She is attentive and very knowledgeable. After the first session my pup was able to sit in front of the wide open door without running out (she is usually an escape artist). I could not recommend Sarah and Out of This World Dog Training any more!
Our dog Finn was shy and uncomfortable around other dogs. Sarah, our trainer, recommended a board and train. After having Finn for only 1 week he is able to neutral around other dogs and won’t bark at them. Sarah did an amazing job, I highly recommend Out of this world training to anyone!
We did a board and train with Sarah for our dog Chester and cannot say enough wonderful things! She is truly a dog whisperer and Chester learned so much! I would 10/10 recommend OOTW dog training.
I reached out to OOTWDT for help with our GSD/Great Pyr mix. I could no longer walk him due to his extreme and dangerous pulling. Allison showed me how to properly walk him, get him to focus on me and not his environment, and to read his body language. She answered all my questions and gave me additional info that I incorporated into training. I had truly come to detest walking him, and now I have the confidence that we’ll soon be able to walk down the sidewalk like everyone else. If you have any dog training needs…I highly recommend contacting Allison for help! Within 3 sessions, she turned everything around!
Get In Touch Today
Please call, text or email if you have questions about any of my dog training services or if you would like to set up a session. Feel free to check out my Facebook page or Instagram via the links below to see what my canine friends and I are up to.
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What is your service area?
We service primarily Columbus and areas 5 or so minutes outside of 270. On the North end of town our cutoff is Powell/Lewis Center.
What is your training methodology?
We are all positive reinforcement trainers using food, play and praise to motivate the dogs we work with.
What is the cost for Private Training?
Lessons with Alex cost $450 for a three lesson package or $180 for a single lesson.
Lessons with other members of the training staff are $100 for a one hour lesson or you can receive a package discount of three lessons for $250.
Does my puppy need to be fully vaccinated for puppy socialization class?
We do not have vaccine requirements for class although most families start their dogs around 12 weeks old when they have had some of their initial immunizations. We do our best to make sure the environment is as clean as possible as well as keeping puppy play controlled to reduce any sharing of germs.
The main reason for the lack of vaccine requirement is - Physiologically speaking, a dog's primary socialization period is 0-8 weeks old and their secondary socialization period is 8-16 weeks old. If they have not started socialization by then they are typically fearful/unsure around new dogs/people/objects. The tough part about that fact is most dogs cannot have all vaccinations until 16 weeks old. For that reason I suggest starting earlier in a controlled environment like a class setting, vs a dog park where you have no idea about cleanliness, vaccinations, etc.
What is the cost for group classes?
Group classes cost $200 for 4 weeks of group lessons. They are held at Dogtopia Columbus-Downtown.
Our Group walking class is $25 per class and the meeting location will vary.
What is the cost for the Board and Train program?
The cost for board and train is $250 per day or $1400 per week. We ask for a minimum stay of one week although two weeks is recommended if your dog has no prior training experience. These time frames are negotiable if you are planning to board while traveling or don't have specific training goals in mind. A meet and greet prior to the boarding is required to make sure it will be a safe/productive stay. A one week stay comes with a 60-90min private lesson to communicate what was taught during the boarding. A two week stay comes with two 60min lessons. Boarding with Alex requires one private lesson prior to the boarding as his house has dogs, cats and a toddler. This lesson helps set the stage to make the boarding more productive/safe.
We will focus training on any goals you have in mind prior to the boarding and will address anything else we notice during the stay. Your dog would accompany us to various training activities as well as having multiple training sessions each day. Your dog would live in the respective trainer's home and be within the structure of that environment.