Meet the Trainers


Toms dog training experience started with his families dog who had showed aggressive behaviors towards him and his brothers. As a family they decided they needed help and found  a balanced training company for a board and train to modify his behaviors. Tom was in awe of the results, learning how they used rewards and corrections in the training process. After learning how much psychology went into dog training Tom began his journey in training dogs, asking for a job on the spot! (It was almost meant to be)


He learned multiple methods, researched theories, attended seminars, trained at different facilities, and learned from trainers who had been doing it for years. After ten years in the dog world he has an arsenal of techniques that can help any dog. Using balanced training methods Tom creates a line of communication between human and canine that both can understand. Educating owners and training them to be their own dogs trainer is his goal.


Dog training isn't a career to him its a vocation. People start as clients but become life long friends and their dogs are welcome back anytime for any reason. He is always learning new methods and expanding his knowledge. He is as much as a people person as he is a dog person, contact him to chat anytime he loves talking dog!


Chad Mackin - Dogmanship (Leash Handling)


Chad Mackin - Large Field Socialization


Jay Jack - Tug a Deeper Perspective


Tyler Muto - Mastering the Remote Collar


Tyler Muto and Blake Rodriguez - Understanding K9 Behavior


Ivan Balabanov - Posession Games


Larry Krohn and Duke Furgerson - Heart and Soul Dog Training Seminar


Pat Stuart - NePoPo Seminar 


Kay is our full time everything at Lake Erie Dogs, she cares, feeds, cleans, schedules, and loves all the Lake Erie Dogs who come through our door. She started her career in the canine industry as a dog groomer and soon realized how much she could help dogs and owners coexists and live their lives together, better. Meeting Tom and learning from him and then starting the business together, has been her biggest blessing. Running Lake Erie Dogs is truly her passion from doing the book keeping . 

Meet our top employees!


Early on in Toms career he started helping rescues rehabilitate dogs. When working with a rescue, they had a young all white and confident pittie who was gnawing  away at his kennel, making his gums bleed. Tom spent time training Snow to be adopted out. Tom would work him throughout the day, found that he loved the treadmill, and was a very sweet young dog. Tom knew the kennel life wasn't for this guy so he took him home for a night. After testing out the bed and getting to know Drax, Snow never went back, and became a new member of the pack.


Snow is very calm and helps keep dogs company while adjusting to new environments. He shows them that there is nothing to worry about because he is all cool calm and collected. 


While Tom was training dogs in Cleveland, one of his clients came upon a lonely wanderer found near the highway. He had no tags, microchip, or any information. Tom took on the responsibility of caring for him while searching for his owner. After a few months of no luck, and whole a lot of bonding time, Tom decided to make this pup his own and named him Drax!


Drax is a very well socialized dog, he is our main guy when introducing new dogs to the pack. He is also great with puppies and teaching them the ropes! He is paid very handsomely with his raw food.


Sasja has been with Kay since she was a puppy. Sasja has a whole lot of personality, loves her mom, loves company, and loves to run aimlessly and bark at things that are not there. Kay contacted Tom, to teach herself and Sasja, how to communicate on a higher level. It changed Kay's and Sasja's relationship completely.  Kay and Tom became intrigued about each others beliefs, Tom was fascinated with Kay's knowledge about feeding a species appropriate diet, as she had been feeding Sasja since she was a pup. Kay was static that Sasja could roam off-leash, thanks to remote collar training from Tom. The two, dog loving individuals, became a team who fell in love with their passions for dogs.


Sasja supports us all by being comforting and playful! She keeps the energy positive and fun getting most dogs eager to play within minutes of meeting them. 

Tom, Kayanna, Sasja, Drax, and Snow are here to educate the Sandusky community and surrounding area's on building a balanced relationship between dog's and their owner's through Training and Nutrition.

"Balanced Training, Balanced Diet, Balanced Life."