About Us


Danielle Ames, Owner/Trainer

Danielle was a military police officer with the Kentucky Army National Guard from 2000 to 2012, serving on deployments to Cuba, Afghanistan, and Iraq. During that time, Danielle learned how leadership can shape those around you. 

"I was like most dog lovers, always had dogs in my life and often used "old school' methods for training"them, like swatting them or rubbing their nose in a potty accident. I even trained my deaf Boxer with hand signals. Then, a few years ago, I got an unusually anxious Boxer who did not respond well to any of those methods. I went looking for help. What I found was Jo-Thor's Dog Trainers' Academy and the leadership method. As a student, I was hungry for knowledge and excelled in my studies. Now, I am an Instructor for the academy and get to share my knowledge with other Veterans in the Jo-Thor program while serving my local community as well."


Individualized Leadership Training

We are proud to serve the dogs and families of Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. We love connecting with animals and creating everlasting relationships. We provide training for you and your dog as if they were our own, and ensure that they receive the highest quality attention to set them up for success! We are always prepared for any dogs' needs and ensure that your pet will receive the best care and love while learning to respect you as their leader. Their happiness and care is our priority and we strive to provide a service we would want our own pets to receive. The best part is WE come to YOU! Private, in-home lessons, allow us to evaluate and address behaviors specific to the environment you and your dog will be in the most!


Reliable and Trustworthy Caretaker

 In-Home Boarding services are available. When you live a busy life, it is hard to consistently provide the attention and care that your pets can demand. With years of satisfied owners and loved pets, you can rely on us to care for your pets when you're away. We provide a safe, family driven atmosphere, as close to home as possible. No outdoor kenneling. 

Private training clients receive a 10% discount on all boarding services .