Who is this guy...

I’m John Imler, owner of Top Dog Training, KY.  I'm a Professional Dog Trainer who walked away from a successful position at a Fortune 500 company almost a decade ago and turned a lifelong passion for working with animals into a career.

I am recommended by a number of local veterinarians and have handled specialized behavior issues for a number of rescues and organizations in the Kentuckiana region.

I focus on a "whole" dog approach to training which consists of achieving a set of measurable standards providing an expectation of behavior while respecting the dog and the unique characteristics based on breed, past history and more.

What I believe...

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 consistently work to stay on the cutting edge of training theory AND practice. 

I hold multiple certifications but more importantly I am a lifelong learner.  

I have presented to businesses, rescues, healthcare professionals and pet industry professionals on topics such as canine behavior, aggression and reactivity, navigating the pet professional industry and optimal performance of both canine and humans in everyday activities.

In addition, I have served on the Board of Directors for International Association of Canine Professionals where I held oversight roles for the Legislative, European Members and Education committees. When not working with client dogs or my own dogs, I also mentor and help fellow trainers through professional coaching. I also serve as the Working Division lead for the L.E.G.S. Integrated Canine Science group.