Scholars in Collars Academy

Dog Training, Erie PA 

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Courses and Services

Puppy Day School

Build a basis for a calm,

confident puppy. End biting, jumping, start potty training.

Board and Trains

Let us do the work for you!
Owner training and follow up lessons included.

One dog at a time attention.


One hour of Photos at Lucky Dog Bark Park.
20-50 edited images. 

Up to three dogs per session.


I Train You

Be involved in the process.
Gain the knowledge to train any behavior.
Group classes and private coaching available.

I Train Your Dog

Let me do the heavy lifting.

Participate in owner training at pickup.

Board and trains available!

Scholars in Collars Pride!


Wear your Scholars in Collars Academy Pride! 

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 PetSmart for nine years was trusted to train trainers for stores across the company.  Most recently she attended Karen Pryor Academy and passed her training and teaching assessments with perfect scores.  Currently, is attending Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach program.  She is also a Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs United evaluator as well as a member of IAABC.

Contact Nikki!