Episode 228 “LAURA PAKIS”
Hello Pups and Kittens, this week we're joined by an amazing lady with PLENTRY of experience with animals.
Who Are We?
Acme Canine…we teach dog owners new tricks
and now we’re training dog trainers and owners of dog daycare and boarding facilities
To better understand Acme Canine, you need to know how we started. In 2004 Acme Canine was created to bring professional, knowledgeable and caring dog training to the places dogs misbehave the most…their home.
When owner, Laura Pakis, decided on the Acme name, she had not thought of the benefits of having a company name that started with the first letter of the alphabet. Rather it was based on two other reasons. One was the good memories of the nostalgic Acme Company and how it could fix anything. Most importantly, it was the more intellectual reason of Acme’s definition meaning “the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development”. For Acme Canine that means being dogcentric!
Acme Canine has been a member of the canine community for over 12 years. From it’s early beginnings of certified trainer, Laura Pakis, training in her apartment in Delaware, Ohio to a staff of 4 trainers and 10 kennel assistants caring and working with all breeds and all ages of dogs at her facility in Lewis Center, Ohio and now sharing her knowledge through Spike’s Blog, Acme Canine has taken on many roles to better serve the canine community.
Known throughout the United States for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and business practice as well as keeping abreast of the latest methods, practices and techniques of dog care, Acme Canine is synonymous with quality care and expertise in dog training, dog daycare and dog boarding. Since its formation, Acme Canine is committed to making dogs polite members of society and a joy to own. Keeping with its mission, Acme Canine continues to utilize a variety of innovative and individualized techniques to teach dog and owner a positive method of living and learning together. And now we are coaching dog trainers and dog daycare and boarding facilities on how to achieve these high standards.
Our goal is for you to have the best in everything you do, and we do this with integrity, experience and compassion. We are constantly coming up with new ways to create a fun and entertaining environment for dogs. We hope that you will take the opportunity to try out our services. You won’t regret it!
Laura Pakis Davis is an experienced Certified Professional Trainer and owner/founder of Acme Canine. Having trained over 5,000 dogs and run a boarding and daycare facility for the past 13 years, Laura focuses her blog, Spike’s Dog Blog by Acme Canine, on training knowledge and the care and understanding of dogs.
A member of the Dog Writer’s Association, Blog Paws, Women in the Pet Industry and the IACP, Laura shares her experience through a variety of social medias and national and local magazines. She is an industry expert to the media and assists dog trainers worldwide with improving their training techniques, people skills, and business knowledge.
Laura is proficient in many areas of pet care and training.
She is a certified in Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross and PetSaver, is AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine Evaluator, and AKC PuppySTAR evaluator. She is certified in breed selection, puppy development, assistance dog training, basic and advanced obedience, Police K-9 and protection training, tracking, E-touch training, and Pack to Basics.
Well known throughout the canine community for quality training, high standards, and professionalism, Laura was nominated for the Woman of the Year in the Pet Industry, the BBB’s Integrity Award and Worthington, Ohio Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year. Acme Canine received The Silver award for the 2014 Pet Age Boarding Facility of the year.
Laura has volunteered as a Service Dog trainer, taught puppy development through Franklin County’s prison program and Tricks for Treats at Bark Til Dark Dog Park, child/dog safety at Powell’s safety town, dog care workshops at Delaware County preservation parks, local libraries and schools. In addition Laura and her team of Acme Reading Dogs have worked with children to improve their reading comprehension and helped reduce stress among the Ohio State University students during their Reading Days.
Laura can be heard on KSCO radio in San Jose, California every Sunday at 1pm sharing her canine knowledge. She is also a guest speaker at the 2018 Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West where she will present a workshop on canine body language and performing Intake Examinations.
An animal lover at heart, Laura lives with Autumn (a rescued Boxer/Labrador mix) and her new dog, Miss Moneypenny (a Bluetick Coon Hound). Laura also has two goldfish, Flipper and Lassie, who she has trained to go through a hoop in their tank.
About Our Computer Wiz
Phil Davis has been assisting Acme Canine almost 6 years now. He works behind the scenes creating and programming a plethora of apps to make your experience with Acme Canine, well, wonderful! Now retired, Phil was a data processing consultant for Unisys Corporation for 19 years and then an Information Technology manager for two State of Ohio agencies for 16 years. He enjoys getting back to his programming and analysis roots with Acme.
Phil is a dog lover at heart having had a dog in his life since he was a young child living in Elyria. Currently Phil has Autumn, a boxer/lab mix, who happens to be Acme Canine’s Guest Dog Blogger.
About the Namesake of Our Dog Blog
Spike (now deceased) was a French Bulldog/Dachshund rescue. He was trained in basic and advanced obedience, had his CGC certification and became a reading therapy dog later in life. Spike loved everyone he met and anxiously awaited the signal to be petted if allowed. He appeared on ONN and NBC television and in 2013 created his own blog! Spike was a valuable member of the Acme Canine staff. As a blog dog, Spike wrote about dog related subjects promoting dog etiquette and improving canine relationships.
Although he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2015, his tips and advice live on through his humorous blogs.
About Our Demo Dog
Miss Moneypenny (affectionately known as Penny) is a 3 year old Bluetick Coonhound. You most likely will hear her before you see her if she is enjoying a game of chase in the yard. She has been taught to perform advanced obedience, scentwork, retrieval, tricks and therapy work. Penny also assists Laura with training client’s dogs. She is a Guest Dog Blogger, giving her point of view on Spike’s Dog blog when the mood strikes.
About Our Guest Dog Blogger
Autumn recently joined Acme Canine’s staff. She was a rescue who Phil adopted in 2008. Autumn has a personality all her own. She is sweet to those close to her, but doesn’t have much tolerance for anyone else. Currently in rehab to become a well mannered dog, Autumn has no problem speaking her mind. In fact she is a pretty decent writer as well. Hear more from Autumn on Spike’s Blog where she’ll tell it like it is from a dog’s perspective.