Erik, Trainer

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Erik was raised in Cincinnati since he was a young child and has a love and passion for his hometown.  He graduated from Oak Hills High School and then from University of Cincinnati with a degree in Criminal Justice. From childhood he has always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives so he decided to be a Police Officer after college. During his tenure as a Police Officer, he constantly gravitated to the police canine operations. After years of dreaming about working with dogs everyday, he decided to jump in with two feet and hasn’t looked back!

Erik has been told his whole life by friends and family that he has a special connection with dogs.  Erik has always had a family dog in the house since he was a child and cherishes the bond he has had with all of them.  His first dog was Stridor, a mixed-breed that became his best friend.  He loves dogs of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments!

While Erik had experienced many successes in the law enforcement world with bettering the lives in his community, he proudly states that he has never had a deeper level of job satisfaction than he does today.  ”To see a family in such turmoil because their dog has behavioral issues is very sad to see… but there is nothing more rewarding for me than when I return a dog back to a client and see the look on their faces when they realize how much their dog has transformed and immediately see their life and the dog’s life can finally be happy and balanced…it is truly why I do what I do!”  Erik’s past experience as an instructor in many law enforcement fields enable him to communicate effectively and efficiently to dog owners so that this new language is clear and the process fluid.  “It is really a process of teaching a dog a new language and then teaching the dog’s owners that same language that enables our long term success”

Erik has a great sidekick, Duffy, who he rescued from “Where Hope Lives” animal rescue.  Duffy is a boxer-pit mix and had many issues when Erik first rescued him (including aggression towards other dogs), but now Duffy is living the good life in The Cincinnati Dog Wizard world today and aides Erik with his day-to-day operations


Amy C

amy-cropAmy is a recent transplant to Charlotte, and The Dog Wizard is very lucky to have her on the team!  Amy has a very important role with being the first point of contact for Dog Wizard clients.  She helps manage the day-to-day needs, phone calls, and appointments which she does so well. The best part about her job is not only getting to talk with clients about their dogs but also having her rescue mutt, Winston, hang out with her all day!  We would be lost without her.


Noelle

noellecropNoelle has been part of The Dog Wizard family since she started her path as a trainer in Charleston SC in 2012. After 5 years in the Lowcountry and 4 years of helping dogs and their owners to have a better life, it was time to get back to her roots in New Jersey. It was a tough decision not to be hands on with owners and their dogs but now as the office manager she gets to continue to be part of the wizard family and clients lives! Her first hand knowledge of the training side adds a huge benefit to the day to day operations in the office. It  helps us be more efficient, creating processes to help better our clients experience as she understands our clients needs that much more! Whether you are a first time caller or a current client, Noelle’s passion for canine’s and their people exudes from the moment you start talking to her. She has an unending love for her three dogs Lexi, Trinity and her newest addition Huckleberry as well as the man that stands by her side, Evan. Noelle is focusing on field trial obedience with Huckleberry and has the pleasure of frequenting the river with the dogs and exploring the beautiful trails and landscape of The Garden State.