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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.

Gus, the original Chill Out Dog.

our trainers

Scott Ross

Owner & Lead Trainer

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Scott Ross is the owner and head trainer of Chill Out Dog Training. 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 three element method, and owner empowerment.

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

Josh Linam
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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.

Josh’s journey to dog training started just over 6 years ago with his rescue dog, Ajax. This 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 hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. 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, Jiminy and Gepetto. Josh is originally from Arizona but recently lived in Bend, OR before returning to Tucson where he began professional dog training. Josh and the entire Linam family are excited to live in Denver, the Mile High City, where they can explore the amazing city and nearby mountains.

Cameron Nuechterlein
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Colorado native and all-around animal lover, Cameron Nuechterlein, is excited to share strategies he developed during his own personal journey with dog training. He apprenticed as an associate trainer with Chill Out Dog Training for over a year, and he specializes in aggression and leash reactivity. He finds it rewarding to visibly witness transformative results that are possible with the Chill Out Dog Training approach. 

Cameron has always loved working with animals and even worked at an exotic animal store. However, his journey into dog training began when he adopted his dog, Bourbon. Bourbon demonstrated extreme food reactivity after he joined Cameron’s family. In fact, this was discovered when Bourbon bit his owner while attempting to take away his bone. Of course, this experience was frightening to both dog and owner. Cameron wanted everyone to feel safe around Bourbon as well as alleviate Bourbon’s anxiety surrounding food. After narrowing down the root cause of Bourbon’s aggression, Cameron was able to utilize various training techniques to build trust and alleviate anxiety. Through this difficult experience, Cameron learned the skills to help Bourbon build trust and “chill out.” Cameron trained with the owner of Chill Out Dog Training, Scott Ross, and developed effective and transformative skills that provide visible results. Now Bourbon is thriving alongside his owner and is a very trustworthy companion. 

When Cameron is not dog training he enjoys the beautiful outdoors of Colorado. Much of Cameron’s time is spent hiking, camping, and soaking up nature. Not only is Cameron an outdoorsman, but Cameron can also be found crafting delicious cuisine. Cameron has an affinity for the culinary arts and the Denver team of dog trainers has enjoyed his delicious delicacies.

I had a really good experience working with Josh and Scott on my dog Cooper's extreme reactivity to other dogs. They were both very professional, patient, and knowledgeable. Josh walked me through how to properly utilize the e-collar to provide effective feedback to Cooper to start altering his response to the dogs we encounter on our walks. Both the sessions and the techniques on how to use the tool has been amazingly helpful for Cooper. Now after about a couple of months of consistent training, Cooper has improved significantly and can now actually walk by other dogs and stay calm. I highly recommend Chill Out Dog Training!
- Joy B. via Google
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
We found Chill Out Dog Training online and could not be happier with our choice to pursue training for our dog with them. As lab owners, we struggled managing our high energy and overly excited rescue dog, Maya, on walks and while greeting people. Josh was great to work with. He was patient with Maya as well as with us, while we tried to figure out the best techniques and tools to use for Maya. After the training Maya received and persistence, she now walks obediently on a leash and responds to the tools we were provided when people come over. With a few more issues to work out with Maya, without question we plan to continue to use Chill Out Dog Training!
- Rachel T. 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