About Us

Head Trainer
Mitchell Christian

Here at Christian K-9 Academy, we take dog training seriously. Our founder, Mitch 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 all his free time in the kennels learning how to train dogs. 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 realized the engineering industry wasn’t for him, and he decided to follow his passion as a dog trainer.

We love people just as much as dogs, and we promise to give you the best experience possible when it comes to training your dog. Our 21-acre property in West Jefferson, Ohio, is the perfect place for your dog to get the training they need. Our specialized training has attracted clients from all over the east coast.

World-Renowned Dog Training Education

We strive to provide the best dog training program in the state, which is why we spent thousands on a formal dog training education from the world-renowned Highland Canine School for Dog Trainers. It was here that Christian became a certified pet, military & police K9 instructor/trainer. His long list of credentials has opened many doors for Christian K-9 and he currently assists in training and decoying for police departments all over the state of Ohio.

The Christian K-9 Guarantee

We feel that dog owners should have a place they can trust to train their dogs. Our facilities allow your dog to learn in a safe place with the comfort of a home. 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. If you have any questions regarding our methods or services, feel free to contact us or stop by our facility today.

A Message From Our Founder

Passionate. Patient. Honest. Dog-lover. These are just a few of the characteristics that describe me. I know each animal is different, and I will work with yours to give them the specific guidance they need. More importantly, the guidance you need as well. Whether you’re thinking about getting a dog or already own a dog with behavioral problems, I’m here to help you get started on the path to success and truly enjoy a well-mannered dog. I treat every dog as if he were my own. All training is guaranteed to meet your expectations; if it doesn’t, I will continue working with you until you are satisfied, free of charge. I love this job and would do it for free as I have before and still sometimes do. My main goal is to help people have a better relationship with their dogs and to keep dogs out of shelters, and that is the ultimate payment.” 

– Mitch Christian