Camelot Dog Training West’s Office and Veterinarian Team
John Van Olden – President/CEO
John has everything it takes to have a successful career in the dog training industry. He has experience training military dogs, heading various training companies like K-9 Advantage and PAWSitive Solutions, and even sitting on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Canine Professionals. His latest and greatest venture is Canine Trade Group, a company that shuns cookie cutter solutions to behavioral issues in dogs and works to connect clients with in-home trainers who will tailor their training methods to each specific pet.
John’s twenty years of experience in the industry of canine professionalism is an asset to the trainers in his network and to clients, who can feel sure the trainer they are connected with is certified, professional, and proficient in their field.
Cristin Ellis – Operations Manager
Cristin is Canine Trade Group’s Operations Manager and one of the people clients may speak with when they contact the company to discuss the issues they’ve been having with their dog. But Cristin isn’t just another office worker answering phones—she’s an accomplished trainer herself.
After training dogs in agility for over ten years, Cristin got a Border Collie named Sike! who had some behavioral problems like fear aggression and resource guarding. Cristin decided to turn her focus from canine performance training to canine behavior training, and by using the same methods used by CTG trainers, she helped curb her dog’s behavior. She’ll not only take down information about a client’s dog, she’ll also understand the client’s frustration.
Cristin owns three dogs, Sike! a 12 yr old Border Collie, Elsa a 5 yr old Border Collie, and Phineas a 6 yr old Border Collie.
Nicole Zulkowski – Veterinary Relationship Manager
Nicole knew ever since she was a young girl that she wanted dogs to be part of her life and career. Throughout high school and college, she worked different jobs that involved animals. Graduating with a BS in Biology from Ursinus College, Nicole began to look for work within the animal care field, and was employed as a veterinary technician and also a dog daycare technician/handler. After working with many dogs with a wide range of behaviors, Nicole was inspired to learn more about how these behaviors form, and also how to treat them.
Canine Trade Group is thrilled to have hired Nicole into the office staff. Along with her extensive knowledge on canine behavior and psychology, she also shows great care toward dog owners who are looking for ways to solve their dog’s behavioral issues. Nicole undertook the same trainer course that Canine Trade Group’s trainers did so that she could better address client questions, dog issues, and guide everyone to the right training protocol that would suit their needs and goals.
When she’s not busy helping other people and their dogs, she likes to hang out at home with her two dogs, Willow (a Pitbull mix) and Brooklyn (a Boston Terrier/Pug).
Dr. Karen Usselman V.M.D. – On Staff Veterinarian Consultant
Dr. Usselman is originally from western New York, attended Cornell University and then the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia. She graduated in 1996 and joined Brenford Animal Hospital in May 1996. She is currently a partner with the practice.
Dr. Usselman enjoys working with dogs and cats. She is particularly interested in internal medicine, ultrasonography, behavior and dentistry. She serves as the treasurer of the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association and has taught in the Delaware Technical College Vet Tech program. Dr. Usselman is married to Dr. Jeff Booth and has two children, three dogs and a cat to keep her busy at home.