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Specializing in helping dog owners have a happier life with their dog.  
I train people and their dogs in the McMinnville, TN and surrounding areas. 

We work with people having issues like these with their dogs, every single day: 

I don't want my dog to be scared anymore!

Won't settle down or relax and exercise hasn't helped.

I've tried training with other trainers but it hasn't helped. 

My dog won't  come back, I am worried they'll get hurt. 

My dog is pulling me on walks and I dread taking them out. 

Barks at other dogs or people and I am at a loss on what to do. 

i believe you deserve... 


A dog that brings you joy and finds joy in being with you. 


Knowing you have helped your dog and built a lasting relationship as well.


Communication between you and your dog that you both understand. 


A dog who will listen but still has their sweet personality.

Why you can trust me:

I have helped to change the lives of 100's of dogs and their dedicated owners for over 13 years. 

Success story

"We have taken two of our dogs to Nicole.  Our dog has improved a ton.  She listens better than ever before, we have had such great success that we plan to continue into more advanced classes.  Nicole is professional and friendly.  Our dogs lover her and she really knows her stuff! :) We give Focused Canine Academy an A+!"


Karen and Willow

Satisfied Students!

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How we train

If we can help our dog feel better emotionally, the behavioral problems are easier to fix.  

Our focus is to help your dog change the way they feel about the world around them. We use reward based training along with relaxation techniques to help your dog learn how to behave and calm down because they want to, not because they have to. 

Your relationship with your dog will thrive when the two of you start working through life as a team.


3 steps to start your training journey


Step 1


Click the get help button and fill out the contact form so I can get to know  you and your dog. 


Step 2


We will chat either on the phone or by message to set up your in person training sessions.


Step 3


Start training your dog to be the best they can be!

What you get when you work with me

Know that your dog will come when you call them!

A way of training that you feel good about. 

No more stressing about how you are going to tire your dog out everyday.

Have a dog you will not need to bark orders at all the time. 

Success story

We came to Focused Canine Academy for help with overexcited reactivity when seeing other dogs. Nicole has provided us with knowledge and tools to keep our pup relaxed and focused. She offers multiple techniques and helps determine the best method for your dog. Nicole is not only a great dog trainer but an awesome coach for humans too! She is very personable and provides feedback and advice to strengthen the communication between you and your dog. Training sessions were fun and never felt rushed. Highly reccomend!


Jacque & Daya

Satisfied dog mom

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