Meet the Office Team at Raise the Bar Dog Training in Cincinnati, Ohio

John Van Olden – President/CEO

John Van Olden founded Canine Trade Group on the principals of professionalism, commitment, and education. You can expect CTG to connect you with professional in-home dog trainers in your area and to be committed to you and your dog until all training goals are met. CTG trainers are different because they come to your home and involve you in the entire training process so that by the end, you feel just as confident handling your dog as the trainer.

John is a twenty-year veteran of the dog training industry and has watched the profession evolve. He first trained dogs in the military, then founded the first training franchise in the world, presided over the largest training company in the U.S., and helped found the International Association of Canine Professionals. Canine Trade Group is the next step, offering a network that makes finding a certified, experienced trainer faster and easier than ever before.

Cristin Ellis – Operations Manager

Cristin is the proud owner of three Border Collies, Sike!, Elsa and Phineas. She is able to call her furry friends well-behaved thanks to the training courses she took with Canine Trade Group. These allowed her to curb some of Sike!’s fear aggression and resource guarding issues.

Cristin is a ten-year veteran trainer herself, though her focus has been on agility competition training with her Golden Retrievers, Rocky and Hunter who both achieved Master Agility Champion titles (MACH).

As Canine Trade Group’s Operations Manager, experiencing the certification courses and seeing first hand just how effective CTG’s techniques can be have been a great help to her both at home and in her career.

Nicole Zulkowski – Veterinary Relationship Manager

Ever since she was a child, Nicole knew that she wanted dogs to be involved in her life and her career. She attended Ursinus College and graduated with a BS in Biology, aiming to work in the animal field. All throughout high school and college, Nicole worked various jobs involving animals. Later after graduating, she worked as a veterinary technician and as a handler at a dog daycare. It was here that her interest in dog behavior came to full fruition, and began seeking opportunities in the dog training industry.

Nicole found Canine Trade Group and joined their office staff, talking to owners about their dog problems and guiding them to the right training program that would address all their needs and training goals. She has studied the dog training course that Canine Trade Group’s trainers take, which has built her understanding and experience in complex canine behaviors.

She lives happily with her two dogs: her Pitbull mix named Willow and a Boston Terrier/Pug mix named Brooklyn.

Dr. Karen Usselman V.M.D. – On Staff Veterinarian Consultant

Dr. Usselman is originally from western New York, attended Cornell University and then the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia.  She graduated in 1996 and joined Brenford Animal Hospital in May 1996.  She is currently a partner with the practice.  Dr. Usselman enjoys working with dogs and cats.  She is particularly interested in internal medicine, ultrasonography, behavior and dentistry.  She serves as the treasurer of the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association and has taught in the Delaware Technical College Vet Tech program.  Dr. Usselman is married to Dr. Jeff Booth and has two children, three dogs and a cat to keep her busy at home.