Training Through Understanding...


Training with me is not just about teaching obedience commands or correcting unwanted behaviors—I'm about fostering a true connection between you and your canine best friend. With my stewardship and craft-based approach, certified expertise, and a passion for dogs, I want to make your training journey memorable and rewarding.

Why choose me? Because I'm not your average dog trainer. I want every session to follow the 4 F's... it should be fun, fair, functional and flexible.  There should be some laughter, some play, and your dog's tail should wag.

Sure, I've got the experience, certifications, licenses, and insurance to prove my professionalism, but what truly sets me apart is the genuine love for what I do.

Whether you're looking to start from scratch and just be able to walk your dog through the neighborhood, get coffee with your pup or go on a multi-day hiking and camping adventure, I can tailor a program just for you. And rest assured, I'll always prioritize yours and your dog's well-being and individual needs, because I understand that every dog and human is on a different journey.


It’s time to rethink dogs...

let's work one on one and let me help you build a relationship with your dog that is based on who dogs really are and the role we play to help them.


Lets get started...

Step 1 - Schedule the Intro/Eval Lesson...

Before beginning any dog training program, I want to make sure you have all of the information needed to make an informed decision about what is best for you and your puppy or dog.  

During the Evaluation/Intro Lesson I will cover development, help you understand the "why" and teach the core elements of changing behavior in dogs explaining how these can help you.

We will discuss your dog in detail, the goals for your dog and I'll explain the role the human plays.  I'll help you understand the programs and recommend the best one for your dog.


Step 2 - Choose a program and get started training...

Once you choose the program you want... we get to work on the Whole Dog! 

I'll guide you in truly understanding and living with the puppy or dog you share your life with in a way you may have never experienced.

In addition to lessons at my facility, all programs include the ability for off-site lessons as well.  These may take place at your home, at a park or us getting a cup of coffee while we work.

The ability to enjoy a walk, have your dog come when called and get coffee or lunch while out in public is not only possible... we train for it.

Step 3 - Be supported after the program.

All new clients receive support via the online videos and access to me via text, phone and email to help reinforce the in-person lessons while training.

Once the in person training program is successfully completed you will continue to be supported by me via the membership group where you will have the opportunity to take part in special training classes and webinars to truly build a quality relationship with your best friend.

So years from now, should you need help or have a question I'm just a message or phone call away!





from the backyard...

to the backcountry.

Do you want your dog to be able to relax?  

Is your dog dragging you around the neighborhood?

Are you tired of the same old routine walks with your furry friend?

Do you want to go on real adventures with your beloved companion by your side?

I believe every dog deserves to live life to the fullest, and that includes embarking on adventures tailored to their skill level, personalities and abilities.

Why Choose This Program?

Personalized Training Approach:

I understand that every dog is unique. That's why it is designed to cater to your dog's individual needs, temperament, and capabilities. From energetic adventurers to cautious explorers, I tailor my training methods to bring out the best in your furry friend.

Expert Guidance:

I have professionally helped clients prepare for everything from a casual stroll at a park with their dog to a multi-day camping trip into the backcountry, from paddle boarding adventures in a local lake to going up the Eastern Seaboard with their dog on a sailboat.

Unlock Boundless Possibilities:

With our program, the world becomes your playground! From backyards to hiking trails to camping expeditions, beach adventures to urban exploration, your dog will learn the skills and behaviors needed to thrive in any environment. Say goodbye to limitations and hello to endless possibilities!

Build Stronger Bonds:

Adventure brings us closer together, and there's no better companion for your escapades than your loyal four-legged friend. Our program not only equips your dog with essential skills but also strengthens the bond between you, creating memories that will last a lifetime.





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  • A 45 minute dive into the Who, What & Why of your dog...
  • A detailed explanation of the methods and programs...
  • Have all your questions answered...
  • in a low pressure sales approach...
  • and get time to think about it.



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  • A program with 6 Private  lessons...
  • focusing on basic ON LEASH adventures with your dog...
  • on a customized time frame based on YOU & YOUR dog...
  • with a customized approach where you feel heard and included...
  • and a primary focus on your dog and not just a series of commands...
  • with access to the video course and text support, training equipment included.



plus tax

  • A program with 10 Private  lessons...
  • focusing on advanced OFF LEASH adventures with your dog...
  • on a customized time frame based on YOU & YOUR dog...
  • with a customized approach where you feel heard and included...
  • and a primary focus on your dog and not just a series of commands...
  • with access to video course and text support, training equipment included.

"John Imler IS the gold standard in dog training. John is truly an expert and has years of experiential wisdom, working with dogs of all types and backgrounds. His professionalism and reputation are impeccable. John simply is the best. And when it comes to personality and character, John Imler is top notch there too, and happens to be one of the friendliest, nicest guys you’ll ever meet. You get what you pay for, and sometimes you get a lot less than what you pay for. With Top Dog you get superior training that is competitively priced. If you find someone better than John, please let me know, and good luck!."

Brian Sosnin

"I worked with John on handling behavior issues with a 1 year old rescue dog our family adopted. We had an incident where after having our dog for 2 years he got out of our fence and bit another dog. The other dog was much smaller and was injured (it did heal and is fine now). However animal control was involved and we had to prove that our family pet was not a dangerous dog. John helped me identify the mistakes we had made in the past and explained the behavior that had happened. John had us start from scratch and we were able to actually show video proof that after training our dog was not a threat and had responded to training completely. 2 years later he is still doing great!."

Matt Duncan