Canine Connection LLC, offers positive reinforcement dog training and behavior consultation services in northeast Iowa, United States. Owner/manager Cindy Ludwig is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and specializes in clicker training.

"Click with Your Dog!"

Effective training requires good communication, and good communication consists of dynamic two-way messaging between sender and receiver.  At Canine Connection we understand this and believe that dog training is something you do with your dog, not to him.  Whether you desire a well trained family pet or want to gain a competitive edge in dog sports or obedience trials, Canine Connection can show you how to connect with your dog to reach your training goals!

"Truly Dog-Friendly!"

Cindy Ludwig, proprietor of Canine Connection and certified professional animal trainer is a member of the Truly Dog-Friendly group of trainers who are committed to training without the use of force, pain or intimidation.  This includes the use of choke chain collars, prong collars and shock collars ("e-collars").  Behavior modification services are conducted according to guidelines established by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and standard practice among veterinary behaviorists.

About the Owner

In addition to being a graduate of the esteemed Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training & Behavior, Canine Connection owner and trainer Cindy Ludwig holds a Master of Arts degree in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Missouri, a Bachelor of Science in (Natural) Science from the University of Findlay and a diploma in professional nursing from Mercy School of Nursing (now Mercy College of Northwest Ohio).  She is a registered nurse with a previous specialty and certification in critical care. 

Cindy is an American Kennel Club (AKC) certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, a certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International, and a Field Representative for Paws with a Cause, an organization headquartered in Wayland, Michigan that trains and provides assistance dogs to qualified applicants.  As a Field Representative Ms.Ludwig is responsible for needs assessments of new clients and placement of newly trained assistance dogs, including in-home training.

Services Offered

Canine Connection offers group classes, private lessons, in-home training, behavior consultation, CGC, S.T.A.R. Puppy and Therapy Dog testing.  Canine Connection works collaboratively with local veterinarians as well as veterinary behaviorists to implement prescribed treatment plans for behavior problems such as fear, aggression, house soiling and separation anxiety. Be a Tree safety presentations, clicker training demonstrations and other presentaions are available on request.