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Dog Training in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Experience the Joy of a Happy, Well-Mannered Dog

Private Dog Training and Puppy Training


Maureen May, Professional Dog Trainer

At 4 Paws Down Canine Obedience, we understand that no two dogs are alike. Maureen has been working with dogs and their owners for almost two decades and she knows that each dog and his owner is unique and has different needs. She works with owners to understand their concerns, assesses the dog and human to help owners develop a connection with their dog, and then provides customized dog training programs that work for each individual.


Maureen's goal is to help owners form a strong bond with their four-legged friend and experience the joy of a happy, well-mannered dog.

Dog Training Programs


Dog Behavior Consultation

Private in home dog training session. We can make quick progress or fix problem behaviors in one 90 minute session. Problem behaviors include pulling on the leash, jumping on people, going crazy at the door, going to the bathroom in the house, trouble settling in crate, and more.

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In home puppy  training session. We work with your family to start your puppy off right as a new member of your pack. With this 90 minute session, learn how to prevent troublesome behaviors before they start and address concerns such as housebreaking, crate training, leash walking, nipping and chewing, and more!

Puppy Training


Off Leash Private Lesson

Work one-on-one with Maureen to teach your dog to come when called off leash - even when distracted - in 4 sessions. We'll also teach your dog together to walk on a loose leash, sit/down and stay until released, and a go to mat command. You'll learn how to stop problem behaviors such as jumping, dashing through doors, eating off counters, digging, and more.

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A Few of our Happy Clients

I just have to tell you how pleased I am with what you were able to accomplish with my dog.  A ninety-pound German Shepherd is no fly weight, but thanks to your training, I can handle her easily and we now both enjoy our walks together. She has also calmed down significantly when she meets people (and other dogs!) for the first time and can stay in the room with my company with no problems. I would recommend 4 Paws Down Canine Obedience to anyone who has difficulty controlling their animal - large or small! - or who simply wants a dog that is as well trained as it can be.                     Barbara H.

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Miraculous would not be too strong a word to describe the changes in Emma, my 10 month old 65lb. Retriever/Lab mix, following her training with Maureen. An adorable, smart, mischievous rescue dog, Emma could not be left loose for one single minute without stealing and/or chewing furniture, woodwork, TV remotes, eyeglasses, food from the counters, etc. For 8 months my arms were covered with teeth marks from battles over items she stole--items I had to pry from her jaws. In her crate, Emma barked incessantly and body slammed the sides of the crate.  We had worked with three previous trainers, to no avail. Then, a kennel owner friend of mine highly recommended Maureen. He told me about these amazing transformations he’d seen in dogs Maureen had worked with. We bit…and what a difference!  Maureen really assessed and got to know Emma, explained all of her behavior (she really understands what motivates dogs), and she then gave me strategies that were easy to implement… Life is good again! I have the great dog I knew was there under all of that chaos! Everybody is happier. Thank you Maureen!”                   Ellen S.

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