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The Scholars in Collars Academy Team, located in Erie, PA, includes Trainer Nikki, sister Kyla, Loki and Cobalt the Canine Good Citizens and Therapy Dogs.


Meet Our Trainer

Nikki McGaughey


Our trainer, Nikki McGaughey KPA CTP, SDC

Nikki has been training dogs and their owners in the Erie area for more than ten years. What started as a part time job while she attended Gannon ended up being her calling. Upon graduating with her biology degree, she took on the role of training pet instructors for the largest pet retail company in North America. She opened Scholars In Collars in April 2021.


Most recently she attended Karen Pryor Academy and received her Certified Training Partner status, as well as becoming a certified Service Dog Coach. She is an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and Therapy Dogs United.

Hobbies include managing her dogs social calendar and snapping photos for their 50,000 followers on @Catchingupwithcobalt on Instagram.

Meet the Trainer

Meet Cobalt

Cobalt is a Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs United. In his time off, he enjoys modeling for his 50K Instagram followers and staring at walls.

Meet Cobalt
Meet Loki

Meet Loki

Loki is a Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs United. He enjoys teaching reactive dogs that other dogs aren't so bad. In his time off, he enjoys working for all the treats and attention he can get.


Our Facility!

Located at 8321 Hamot Road in Erie, PA!

Scholars In Collars Academy isn’t just a training facility, it is our home.  Located on five and a half acres with 6400 square feet of indoor area, as well as secure, outdoor areas, it is a dog's dream come true.  We offer board and train, day training, and group classes, as well as day camps for past clients.



During their time here, your dog could be on leash hikes through the woods, romping with other dogs during day camps and day training, or lazing in the warm sun.  We pride ourselves in having a sanitary, enriching, and welcoming atmosphere.

Our New Facility
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