“The puppy class with Rachel was a joy. She radiates such a welcoming and happy energy during every visit. With their foundational guidance from the course, I’ve been able to walk my German Shepherd with a loose leash.”
Jennie Sung with JJ the German Shepherd Dog

Explore! (Start Your Journey)

Group Classes

A cost effective way to get you and your puppy and dog training.  Classes are typically 6-weeks in length meeting for 1-hour each week.  Click a topic below to learn more about the classes offered.

Barn Hunt


Pool Classes

Puppy Classes

Scent Work 

Stress City

Group Class Schedule

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Private Coaching

We offer custom 60 to 90 minute coaching sessions in the comfort of your own home, at our training facility or out and about.

This is great to get one-on-one coaching for specific skills, address behavioral issues and help you prepare for your new puppy.

Gwinnett County & Surrounding Area

Athens-Clarke County

Private Pool Lessons

Virtual Dog Training

Drop-Off Training

Need a professional to jump start your puppy’s or adult dog’s training and socialization?  We understand you have a busy life with work and family.  Our team loves building the foundation to set you and your new addition up for success.  These sessionswill be done at our facility, out on adventures, or in our capable trainer’s home.

Board and Train

Day School

Day Training

Puppy Camp


Our Team

Paula Nowak, Owner, Head Trainer & Behavior Consultant

Paula Nowak, the owner of Canine Country Academy, LLC, began her dog training passion seven years ago by taking her own dogs through various group classes at Canine Country Academy. While she was enjoying teaching her own dogs she was also training sales professionals in the corporate world. She soon realized that training people with dogs brought her much more joy! 

Rachel Emery, Dog Trainer

Rachel Emery has been passionate about dogs and dog behavior for many years and jumped at the opportunity to work full time with the dogs of Canine Country Academy as the daycare and boarding manager starting in the summer of 2012. After the closing of our daycare and boarding services she transitioned to auditing and assisting in a variety of classes at CCA.

Ali Weihl, Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

Ali Weihl has always had a passion for animals. Starting in high school, she was intent on training marine mammals, so she spent one summer volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium, got her scuba certification, and spent another summer as an intern at the Pittsburgh Aquarium. While at the Pittsburgh Aquarium, she assisted the head penguin-keeper.

Hannah Pemberton, Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

Hannah began her passion for dogs through teaching her childhood dogs basic obedience. Throughout high school, she volunteered to socialize and exercise dogs in the county animal shelter and enjoyed sharing their personalities with adopters. Hannah moved to the Atlanta area in 2016 and took the opportunity to explore dog sports and training. After enrolling her dog, Linus, in Scentwork and witnessing his confidence grow, Hannah knew she wanted to commit as much of her life as possible to help other owners and dogs.

Rachel Anderson, Dog Trainer

Rachel Anderson has grown to love dogs over the past 5 years. She adopted her oldest dog, Sasha, from the shelter and immediately began learning about dog training and dog behavior. During this time, Rachel was also pursuing her Bachelor’s in Music Education and learning all about teaching and psychology. The principles of learning between children and dogs were very similar, and once Rachel took her first Clicks for Tricks class, the lightbulb went off!

Kathy Lalani, Dog Trainer

Kathy Lalani has always had a love for animals. Dogs in particular hold a special place in her heart. Before Kathy started her journey as a dog trainer, she was a school psychologist and then a stay-at-home mom to two children, aged 6 and 2. When she saw the apprenticeship program offered by Canine Country Academy, she jumped at the chance to attend their weekend seminar.

Behavior Consulting – The Canine Country Approach

At Canine Country, we approach behavior problems holistically: looking at the whole dog – mind, body, and emotion – to ascertain the root cause of behavior issues. We work with the dog and owner, together, from the inside out. Because we do not apply typical dog-training “band-aids” to treat symptoms, we help you achieve longer and more lasting behavior changes.

When necessary, we also work closely with your veterinary team to ensure that any behavior issues potentially caused by physical problems are brought to light and that any physical problems can be remedied by a veterinarian expert. In fact, we are proud to have many great cross consulting relationships with veterinary clinics in the area.


100% Positive Reinforcement

The use of punishment or aversive techniques can be a recipe for disaster for a dog suffering from reactivity, aggression, or fear. Beware of “dog experts” who would try to convince you that your dog suffering from behavior problems is trying to dominate you. In many cases, dogs with these types of problems are dealing with fear issues that have been completely misunderstood or overlooked. 

Our role as your behavior consultant is to help you better understand what your dog is communicating and to fix the root cause of that fear.

Check out our Reactive Dog Program  CLICK HERE

Let’s Dig Deeper…

Does your dog suffer from any of the following?

  • Aggression
  • Reactivity
  • Fear
  • Separation anxiety
  • Housebreaking Issues
  • Destructive chewing
  • Other stress-related behavior problems

If so, please call us directly at (678) 979–2016 or contact us to discuss.

We are happy to customize and quote a tailored, consultative solution for your dog’s particular behavior issues. Generally lasting about 90-minues, our in-home or on-site behavior consultations will HELP YOU get your beloved canine back on the right track to a happy and more balanced life!

Upcoming Events

Nose Work Private lessons and Workshops with Nancy Reyes from For Your K9 

Friday, September 10th thru Sunday, September 12th

Would you like to learn more about odor moves and how your movement impacts your search?  We have a fantastic educator visiting us to offer private lessons and two workshops, Nancy Reyes. 

Friday – Private Lessons  $175  FULL

Saturday – The Nose Work Dance Workshop

Sunday – Chasing Odor Workshop

Working Spots   $225/each         Audit Spots: $75/each

Click here to register

NACSW Odor Recognition Test (ORT)

Sunday, November 14th

We will be hosting a NACSW Odor Recognition Test at our Lawrenceville location. Registration will open late October!

$35 per odor

Registration Coming SOON!


Impulse Control with CATO Board Workshop

 Sunday, August 29th 11:30am to 1:00pm

Does your dog try to bolt out the door?  Get food off the counter?  Find it difficult to stay when distractions are present?  Then you’ll want to attend Hannah’s workshop to give you more tools and skills to build in more self control for your dog. 

CLICK HERE to Register 

Additional Resources




Safety First When Traveling

You never want to imagine or even think about being in an accident with your beloved dog along for the ride.  How do you have your dog ride: in a crate, loose, bucked in with a harness? I would have NEVER imagined getting into an accident while headed to a class with...

Safety First When Traveling

You never want to imagine or even think about being in an accident with your beloved dog along for the ride.  How do you have your dog ride: in a crate, loose, bucked in with a harness? I would have NEVER imagined getting into an accident while headed to a class with...

The Business Changed Overnight

No one could have been fully prepared for COVID-19. As a business owner, it has been a very tricky course to navigate. What's great about being a small business owner is the ability to pivot what we offer almost overnight. Plus a team of trainers and video editor who...


Canine Country Academy - Lawrenceville

This location offering indoor and outdoor training opportunities.  We offer drop-off training services, private lessons, group classes, and events.

975 Cripple Creek Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Canine Country Academy - Athens

This service area offers in-home private lessons and board and train services in our trainer’s home.


Rotten Dog Sports Lodge - Braselton

We have partnered with Rotten Dog Sports Lodge in Braselton, GA to offer pool classes, barn hunt classes, and private lessons.

80 Charlie Smith Road, Braselton, GA 30517

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