Our Office Team
Learn About the Peachtree Dog Training Office Team!
John Van Olden – President/CEO
John Van Olden has two decades of experience in dog training. His career in canine professionalism began with training dogs in the military. Soon, he became a founding member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, the owner of K-9 Advantage (the first dog training franchise in the country), and the president of PAWSitive Solutions (the largest in-home training company in the country). Today, he is the President and CEO of Canine Trade Group.
Canine Trade Group’s goal is to connect owners of aggressive or rambunctious dogs with skilled in-home trainers. John has guided, screened, and approved trainers across the country for the opportunity to be included in the CTG network. John’s years of training and industry know-how lets clients feel confident they’re receiving help from the most talented trainers in their area.
Cristin Ellis – Operations Manager
Cristin has been training dogs in agility for over ten years. She has three Border Collies named Sike!, Elsa and Phineas. Sike! was Cristin’s first dog to display major behavioral issues like resource guarding, anxiety, and aggression, so she began studying training methods, expanding her knowledge base from agility training to behavioral training.
After becoming Canine Trade Group’s Operations Manager, Cristin had the opportunity to work beside John Van Olden and learn even more about how the canine mind works. She’s an avid supporter of CTG’s methods and can attest to the training’s effectiveness from personal experience.
Nicole Zulkowski – Veterinary Relationship Manager
Nicole knew ever since she was a young girl that she wanted dogs to be part of her life and career. Throughout high school and college, she worked different jobs that involved animals. Graduating with a BS in Biology from Ursinus College, Nicole began to look for work within the animal care field, and was employed as a veterinary technician and also a dog daycare technician/handler. After working with many dogs with a wide range of behaviors, Nicole was inspired to learn more about how these behaviors form, and also how to treat them.
Canine Trade Group is thrilled to have hired Nicole into the office staff. Along with her extensive knowledge on canine behavior and psychology, she also shows great care toward dog owners who are looking for ways to solve their dog’s behavioral issues. Nicole undertook the same trainer course that Canine Trade Group’s trainers did so that she could better address client questions, dog issues, and guide everyone to the right training protocol that would suit their needs and goals.
When she’s not busy helping other people and their dogs, she likes to hang out at home with her two dogs, Willow (a Pitbull mix) and Brooklyn (a Boston Terrier/Pug).
Isn’t it time for you and your dog to live a healthy, balanced life of understanding and cooperation? Give us a call at 800.649.7297 or send us a message using our contact form so we can set up your first consultation or talk about your dog.