Office Staff

Check Out the Office Staff at Blue Ridge Dog Training in Asheville, NC

John Van Olden 

Canine Trade Group was founded by dog training veteran John Van Olden. In the last twenty years, John has trained dogs for the military, helped found the International Association of Canine Professionals, founded the first dog training franchise in the world, and, for a time, presided over the largest training company in the country. But his true passion lies in helping frustrated dog owners connect with the best trainers in their area. For this reason, he created Canine Trade Group, a nation-wide network of professional, certified in-home trainers available anytime, in more than thirteen states. Canine Trade Group trainers are always personally approved by John, and they’re always just a phone call away.

Cristin Nataro

Canine Trade Group’s Behavior Consultant team is led by Cristin Nataro, a ten-year veteran of the dog training industry. Cristin’s focus was more on competition training to start, but after acquiring a dog that suffered from fear aggression and resource guarding, she decided to take Canine Trade Group’s advanced dog training course in order to learn how to help her dog become a more comfortable and relaxed part of the family. Now, Cristin uses her vast knowledge of the industry to help other dog owners find the same relief.

Nicole Hanby

11133650_668679949945318_4349071234351050638_nEver 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.

Contact us today at 828.348.0255, or send us an email. We would love to talk with you about how our programs can help your dog become the best version of him/herself!