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Meet your new trainers

About Us

Trainer/Owner
Mitchell Christian

Mitchell Christian, is the owner and head trainer at Christian K-9 Academy and the president of the non-profit German Shepherd Rescue Ohio. 

Mitch’s love for dog training started in childhood, but it really blossomed while serving in the United States Marine Corps, where he spent some of his time around the handlers of the military working dogs and his passion grew. At the end of his active duty service, he worked as an engineering technician for Honda and Battelle before attending THE Ohio State University. He eventually  decided to follow his passion as a dog trainer and opened Christian K-9 in 2016. He graduated  from one of the best dog training schools in the world at the top of his class, Highland K9 international school for dog trainers as a certified police and military k9 instructor and still continues his education in animal behavior. Along with training pet dogs Mitch has experience training police dogs, hunting, detection, tracking, and search and rescue. Outside of dogs he enjoys hikes in nature and is an avid hunter of deer and waterfowl. 

Rebekah Ayers / Head Trainer

“I’ve always had a passion and love for dogs and I started in the industry as a veterinary assistant at Sunny side veterinarian clinic. I decided I wanted to make a change and started my career as a kennel technician here at Christian K9 then moved over to training. I love working here because I get to experience so many different types of training wether it’s protection dogs, police k9s or hunting dogs, there always something new that I’m learning. Having a background in veterinary care helps me identify any issues that a dog may have while in our care to ensure that all of the pups are safe and healthy while here for training.”

Courtney Miller / Head Kennel Tech

Courtney is a dedicated and compassionate member of our team. With a genuine passion for animals, especially dogs, she brings an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and care to her role. Courtney’s love for dogs extends beyond the workplace; she shares her home with three beloved dogs, including Ralphie, who accompanies her to work each day!

Ellie Salyers / Kennel Technician

Meet Ellie, a valued team member of our business. With a deep passion for canine companionship, Ellie brings boundless energy and dedication to her role. Her love for dogs shines through in every interaction, as she delights in caring for them and engaging in playful activities that bring out their best.

When Ellie isn’t at work, you’ll often find her with her loyal German Shepherd, Knox, by her side. Their bond is undeniable, serving as a testament to Ellie’s commitment to fostering strong relationships with her furry friends.

Beyond her love for dogs, Ellie leads a multifaceted life. She is actively involved in powerlifting, channeling her strength and determination into her fitness pursuits. Additionally, Ellie is a proud member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America), where she embraces opportunities for growth and community involvement.

The Christian K-9 Guarantee

We feel that dog owners should have a place they can trust to train and board their dogs. Our facilities allow your dog to learn in a safe place with the comfort of you knowing they are in a clean and safe kennel. Our kennel technicians provide care to your dog from morning to night when they are not in training. They ensure that every dog enjoys time in the play yard with their furry buddies while maintaining a safe and friendly enviroment. Our proven training methods are backed by science and guaranteed to achieve your desired results. Our business is built on the foundation of honesty, quality, and love for our clients and their dogs. If we can’t fix the problems with your dog or fail to meet your expectations, we won’t take your money. We will always be here to help you for the life of your dog. If you have any questions regarding our methods or services, feel free to contact us or stop by our facility today.