Watching a happy, well behaved dog work and interact with a handler is an amazing thing to experience... like a great song or a beautiful picture. It takes work but when you see the bond you develop with your dog... well then its not work at all.
Science is constantly improving and changing the way we do things and dealing with dogs is a perfect example. Our method incorporates the latest science-based training principles providing our clients with peace of mind.
Like other things Kentucky is known for (namely good Bourbon and Horseracing) we combine the Art and the Science into an approach that limits conflict, sets your dog up for success and alleviates stress .
I’m John Imler, owner of Top Dog Training. I walked away from a successful position at a Fortune 500 company and turned a lifelong passion for working with dogs into a career. I use a common-sense, non-militant, judgment-free approach to help clients build the bond and have the dream dog they thought they would never have.
I am recommended by a number of local veterinarians and currently handle specialized behavior issues for both the Louisville Dog Run Association (an organization numbering over 5000 members) as well as The Arrow Fund (an animal rescue group that handles the most severe of cases).
What inspired me to start Top Dog? After watching frustrated people being pulled around parks and neighborhoods by their misunderstood dogs and seeing people at their wit's end trying to just “live” with their dogs, I knew I could help. I am a graduate of one of the country’s top live-in dog training schools, National K9. While there, I worked alongside trainers from all over and as far away as Greece.
I am a member of the two leading dog training professional organizations, the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). I’m a UofL grad and veteran. I live in Lagrange with my wife, Caroline our 2 girls and 2 dogs… Ava, a rescued large breed mix and Scout, a Rhodesian Ridgeback.