Our Dog Trainers


Our trainers must maintain their credentials through rigorous continuing education. This continuing education ensures that we are knowledgeable about the most current thinking, research, and techniques in the field. The technology and principals we use are based on science – not tradition.






Not all trainers are certified in the same way or follow the same code of ethics. The APDT’s website has information for the pet owner to make an informed choice so you don’t waste your time or money.

Our certified professional dog trainers are nationally certified by The Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. They are also professional members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and are experienced in training pets, their people and other animal care professionals. We have wonderful relationships with many veterinarians in the area who trust our methods and advice. See our Resources page for a list of veterinarians.

Our approach

We use science-based training methods to teach your dog what we like and what we don’t through positive reinforcement, controlling the resources, managing the environment, and replacing unwanted behaviors with new ones.

Leeann Holloway, CPDT-KA

Leeann is the owner of Pups Grow Up, llc. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer by The Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Leeann is also a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She co-owned and taught dog training classes for Pawsitive Pet Solutions since 2001 before deciding to start Pups Grow Up, LLC; a company that would focus on delivering the best training classes in the area for family dog owners. She has over 15 years of experience teaching training classes and conducting private lessons. In addition, she spent several years volunteering as an obedience instructor for a local shelter and has provided foster services to numerous dogs with special training needs. Leeann is also a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC.

Her commitment is to help owners obtain that trusting, loving relationship we all seek with our dogs by opening the lines of communication between dogs and humans in a positive and respectful way. She lives in Beavercreek with her husband, three kids, two dogs and two kitties.


Leeann Holloway, CPDT-KA, Certified Professional Dog Trainer  





Kristen Buinicky, CPDT-KA

Kristen learned the power of positive reinforcement training in her teenage years while volunteering at a local animal shelter. She quickly learned that behavior is one of her passions, and spent years developing her training skills. She is now a Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is also Fear Free Certified.

She loves everything about the field of behavior and strives to continue learning new things while teaching others the very best way to communicate with their dog. She has many years of experience teaching classes and providing in home training for both dogs and cats. She lives in Kettering with her two cats, who are both clicker trained.

Kristen Buinicky, CPDT-KA, Certified Professional Dog Trainer






Classes are held in Kettering and Springboro. 

We travel all over the Dayton area for In-Home consultations. 


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