Our Office Team
Meet the Office Team at Monument Dog Training DC
Our Dog Training DC office team works to make sure dogs and owners are living together happily. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Be sure to give us a call if you have any questions about your dog and his/her behavior issues.
John Van Olden
John Van Olden is an accomplished trainer, skilled teacher, and intelligent businessman. After spending over twenty years in the dog training industry, he decided to put his knowledge and resources together and create Canine Trade Group, a national network of canine professionals that makes the stressful task of finding the right in-home trainer a cinch. All trainers within the network are personally approved by John and must complete a rigorous screening program before being accepted.
What makes John such a staple in the community of canine professionals? Quite simply, he’s been handling dogs, studying training methods, and watching the industry grow and change since he enlisted in the military over twenty years ago. After his time in the service, his interest in dog training continued to expand until he was helping to found the International Association of Canine Professionals, starting the very first dog training franchise in the U.S., and even teaching classes to those interested in becoming trainers.
Cristin Nataro has a passion for the dog training industry that is difficult to match. She spent ten years training dogs to succeed in agility competitions before turning her attention to the less competitive, but perhaps more satisfying, branch of training that Canine Trade Group focuses on—behavioral training. As CTG’s Associate Behavior Consultant, Cristin puts her knowledge to use by discussing clients’ problems over the phone and connecting them to a trainer in their area who can give them and their pet the one-on-one attention they need.
Ever since she was a child, Nicole knew that she wanted dogs to be involved in her life and her career. She attended Ursinus College and graduated with a BS in Biology, aiming to work in the animal field. All throughout high school and college, Nicole worked various jobs involving animals. Later after graduating, she worked as a veterinary technician and as a handler at a dog daycare. It was here that her interest in dog behavior came to full fruition, and began seeking opportunities in the dog training industry.
Nicole found Canine Trade Group and joined their office staff, talking to owners about their dog problems and guiding them to the right training program that would address all their needs and training goals. She has studied the dog training course that Canine Trade Group’s trainers take, which has built her understanding and experience in complex canine behaviors.
She lives happily with her two dogs: her Pitbull mix named Willow and a Boston Terrier/Pug mix named Brooklyn.
If you are ready to have a relationship with your dog based on mutual trust and respect, please call us at 202.318.1380 or use our contact form today to begin your term as Commander in Chief!