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Scholars in Collars Academy

Dog Training, Erie PA 

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Courses and Services

Group Classes

Attend group classes for five weeks with other pet parents and their dogs.  Four levels from beginner to therapy dog.

Day School

 A five week program of Tues/Thurs all day training, socialization, and outings tailored to your specific goals.

Private Packages

Guaranteed results.

We train you to train your dog. Flexible scheduling and the convenience of home.



Your dog currently:

Pulls on leash
Lunges at people and other dogs
Jumps on everyone and everything
Can't be out in public
Has no manners
Doesn't listen
Leaves you feeling hopeless

After working with us:

Walks politely on leash
Has manners in public
Keeps all four on the floor
Take them anywhere with confidence
Sits when company comes over
Two way communication established
Set for success!

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In our merch shop, you'll find t-shirts, tote bags, sweaters, leggings, and more!



Amberlee & Maric

Nikki helped us  teach Maric to sit, wait, and walk on a leash. We REALLY appreciated her help when Maric went through his  mouthy puppy phase.

Liz & Ellie

We've taken many classes with Nikki ! She has helped me understand and work through all of my dog's individual needs. She is very positive, knowledgeable and experienced!

Kim & Maggie

Nikki set us up for success from day one. It was immediately apparent that she has extensive knowledge in dog behavior, a solid education in training, and years of experience. With Nikki's help, Maggie and I have fostered a trusting relationship that will last a lifetime. 


Trainer & Owner

Nikki has ten years experience running group and private  dog training sessions. 

In her time off, she enjoys managing her dogs social calendar and snapping photos for their 50K followers on Catchingupwithcobalt on instagram.

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Our Trainer

Our trainer, Nikki McGaughey KPA CTP, SDC

Nikki has been training canines in the Erie, PA area for over ten years.  Graduating from Gannon University with her biology degree in 2014, she realized dog training was her passion.  She trained at the largest pet retailer in North America for nine years was trusted to train trainers for stores across in multiple states.  She attended Karen Pryor Academy and passed her training and teaching assessments with perfect scores.  She is a Service Dog Coach with Cooperative paws and is a Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs United evaluator. She believes training strengthens bonds between people and pets by learning how to communicate effectively.

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