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Scott and Miko Ross adopted Gus, a bold and powerful German Shepherd Lab mix, in 2011.  Gus’s boisterous disposition and knack for stirring up trouble eventually lead to extreme behavior issues like leash reactivity and aggression. If there was a training class, redirection method, training collar that seemed promising…they tried it! But nothing helped Gus just “chill out.”

In their quest to help Gus, Scott and Miko discovered a methodology that advocated for consequences for poor choices and a more structured lifestyle. These missing components in Gus’s life made all the difference in shaping a well-mannered, chilled out dog.

Friends and family were awestruck with Gus’s transformation! They began asking Scott for help with their own dogs. While Gus’s behavioral challenges were more extreme than most, the training principals and protocols were universal. In 2016, Chill Out Dog Training (CODT) was born with the mission to help teach struggling dog owners and their dogs.

Chill Out Dog Training relocated to Denver, Colorado in 2018 and has added new trainers to their staff to meet the demand of the Metro Denver Area. Recently, CODT has expanded to Tucson, Arizona.

About
Gus, the original Chill Out Dog.

our trainers

SCOTT ROSS - Owner & Lead Trainer
Scott Ross

Owner & Lead Trainer

Training Specialties:

  • Aggression
  • Reactivity
  • Resource Guarding
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Scott Ross is the owner of Chill Out Dog Training and a certified trainer (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. With over 5 years of hands-on training experience, he has worked with owners and their dogs to address an array of behavior challenges.

Scott’s journey into the world of dog behavior therapy began with his own German Shepherd mix, Gus, who had uncontrollable, severe aggression towards dogs. Scott had to find a solution or totally change his expectations of having an includable social dog. Faced with a stark decision, Scott decided to try a new mode of training that included three key elements: walk before you run, high behavior expectations, valuable consequences for all types of choices.

Fascinated by the results achieved, Scott took opportunities to work with friends and family dogs and saw that the methodology applied was universal. Scott began to conceive of a new type of training company that could help serious behavior cases quickly though direct coaching, his thee element method, and owner empowerment.

Outside of work Scott can be found mastering the art of the grill, battle royaling with with buddies on Xbox, up on the slopes practicing moguls, or he might be at home reading the latest Brandon Sanderson novel.

SCOTT ROSS - Trainer
Josh Linam

Trainer

Training Specialties:

  • Aggression
  • Leash Pulling
  • Over-excitement
  • Digging
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Josh Linam is a professional dog trainer committed to helping owners and their canine companions have an enjoyable, relaxed life together. He finds it immensely rewarding to witness the profound changes in a dog’s behavior and the subsequent growth in the relationship between owners and their companions.

His journey into dog training started just over 6 years ago with his rescue dog, Ajax. A powerful Rottweiler/GSD mix— who was 60 lbs by 6 months— quickly became a nightmare to walk due to his extreme leash reactivity. The experience was anxiety provoking for everyone involved. Committed to providing the best life possible for Ajax, Josh started to explore behavior principles and training philosophies. The journey was truly an evolution for Josh as an individual and a dog owner. At 100 lbs, Ajax is now one of the easiest dogs to walk alongside his two-year old son.

When Josh is not dog training, you can find him in the mountains hiking or mountain biking. He loves to travel with his wife, Hattie, and son, Jonas, and  he is always looking for new adventures. In addition to their dog, Ajax, they also have two feline friends, Jiminey and Gapetto. Josh grew up in Tucson, but just recently moved back from Bend, OR. Though he was sad to say goodbye to the nearby ski mountain, he’s glad to be back home with the great weather and Mexican food.

SCOTT ROSS - Trainer
Troy Kaplan

Trainer

Training Specialties:

  • Puppy Behaviors
  • Barking
  • Leash Pulling
  • Crate Training
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Troy Kaplan is a veteran from Denver, Colorado who got his start in dog training through the working world of police, military, and personal protection. Since then he has been working with pets striving to develop a strong relationship between Dogs and their owners, based on clear communication and respect for both parties. Every dog is an individual and every problem is different, as someone who loves both dogs and solving problems he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Troy excels in professional obedience, leash reactivity, and house manners. He loves working with high energy, rambunctious, pups and dogs who need to learn how to relax a little. In his spare time Troy enjoys spending time with his dog Yuki, playing the piano, or exploring the mountains.

I have a very "high-spirited, focused, determined, strong-willed" cairn terrier puppy. With each session, "Dexter's" behavior would improve. Our last session focused on leash walking. I am astounded by the dramatic change just after one session. The next time I took Dexter out on my own I could not believe how well behaved he was. I would say he did a "160" (not quite a 180, but dam close). Scott is knowledgeable, calm, communicates with ease, professional and reliable. I highly recommend Chill Out Dog.
- Shawn C. via Google
Scott is a great trainer! He helped so much with the tricky issue of my dog's separation anxiety, which is a really tough behavior to tackle. I like that Scott tackles issues from a behaviorist's standpoint and really wants you to understand why a dog exhibits a certain behavior instead of just trying to correct it without thinking about the triggers and the psychology. Scott also came to my workplace for a fabulous dog training presentation with live demonstrations--could not recommend him enough!
- Mara D. via Google
Scott is absolutely amazing and helped change my dogs life. My dog Otis was so fearful of other dogs and people that I could barely take him anywhere. Dog parks were and absolute no and crowded street were a nightmare. He would lash out in fear and become aggressive if he felt threatened. I had worked with 2 other trainers before Scott with little to no improvement. Otis and I had several one on one sessions with Scott. He was always reliable and informative. He helped me find the right tools and techniques to use with Otis. During our sessions worked on his fear and aggressive behavior. Now Otis loves going to the dog park and manages busy streets more calmly. It is very hard to find a trainer that helps with and can manage behavior issues. I would work with Scott again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend him.
- Kalin T. via Google