Meet Our Team
B.S., CCDT, FFCP
Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant,
Fear Free Certified Training Professional
Erika is the Founder of From Dusk Till Dog and a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant who graduated with distinction from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, a Government-Approved and State-Approved School and program that is licensed by the NJ Department of Education and the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This certification is based the standards of the nationally respected Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the position statements of the leading organization in reward-based dog training, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Erika is also an Official Mentor Trainer for CATCH, where she is able to pass along her skills and knowledge by mentoring new students training to get certified as a professional dog trainer.
Erika is a Fear Free Certified Training Professional through the Fear Free organization, which has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. Erika is a Licensed Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor of The Pet Professional Guild - the organization for force free pet professionals, where she is also a Canine Training Professional.
Erika has obtained a certificate in pet nutrition from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine - Extension and is Cat & Dog First Aid and CPR Certified.
Erika also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Relations from West Virginia University. After college, she had many successes working in the corporate world for several years before finally deciding to pursue her career as a professional dog trainer.
She has extensive experience with dogs of all breeds, sizes, temperaments, and ages and has successfully helped many pet parents reach their training goals with their dogs. Although Erika has vast experience in conducting private lessons, she also has experience working with group classes, puppy training programs, board and train programs, training foster dogs, and partnering with rescue organizations to train dogs with behavioral issues to assist in finding them a loving home. Earlier on in her career, Erika also worked and provided services at several dog-related businesses, including dog daycares and boarding facilities, and learned a lot along the way.
Erika believes that continued education is not an option, but a necessity for those in the dog training profession. Although she studied for several years to get certified, Erika devotes herself to staying up on the latest advancements in dog training and focuses her training on what science proves is the best way for dogs to learn. That is one of the reasons why her training style revolves around positive reinforcement methods, along with a dedication to force-free training techniques. Erika is fully dedicated to ensuring she meets the needs of each of her clients, and makes herself readily available to provide guidance and advice.
John Leone, M.A.
John is passionate about the philosophy and techniques of science-based positive reinforcement dog training. He assists Erika with educating our clients and the general public about the tenets of force-free methods of training.
John has been professionally training dogs and learning under Erika for over 6 years. He is currently enrolled in the Master Class Program at CATCH Canine Trainer's Academy and will be graduating as a Certified Dog Trainer (CCDT) and Behavior Consultant in the very near future! He is well-versed on science-based dog training methods and has experience working with everything from puppy basics to reactivity and aggression.
John has been in the law enforcement profession in South Jersey for over two decades. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and received his Master's Degree (M.A.) in 2011. He currently serves as a police sergeant at a municipal department in Gloucester County. John has extensive leadership experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He brings this knowledge and experience to From Dusk Till Dog and is involved in all aspects of our business.