Your Trainer (Rob Kortus) studied under the nationally known academy owner and founder, Joan Lask and is an Advanced Master Dog Educator & Trainer graduate from Jo Thor's Dog Trainers' Academy which is accredited by the State of Georgia Postsecondary Education Commission & Vocational Institution. Rob wrote the Search and Rescue training curriculum for the academy.

Is your dog trainer insured?

Commander in Leash is insured through the Business Insurers of the Carolinas. 

​Certificate #841486-01171-34

We thank all of our past clients for their testimonials. These are the words straight from our customers and how they felt about the changes in their canine companions.  ​The rest will speak for itself. ​​We know that your canine companions are not just possessions but family members to all owners. Dogimonials

Let us assist you in determining your canine training needs. From group and private basic obedience training to customized training plans, Commander-in-Leash® has you covered. ​  

Our services are geared toward tailoring our training to proficiency level of the handler/owner. We will build your confidence so you feel like the pack leader of your canine companion. We will teach you how to gain your canines attention and for your canine to maintain that attention.


When you've been in business for several years, you learn a few things. We not only have simple solutions and techniques for almost every canine companion problem, we have the patience to get you to your goals. And, like a tattoo artist who performs cover ups over bad tattoos, we provide a remedy from past training that did not meet your expectations. Begin training with us. 

We are insured through the Business Insurers of the Carolina's. Ensure your selected trainer is covered.

To sign up for Group Basic Obedience Classes, click here: Train! Don't Complain!

For Private in-home lessons, contact Rob at Remember, we come to you with private lessons!

If your dog meets the requirements, you can graduate from basic obedience and become a therapy dog team on the same day! Visit Invisible Paw Prints for more 

We accept major credit cards, checks and cash. 

We ask that your dogs vaccinations are up-to-date (vaccinations of Distemper, Bordatella, Rabies). In addition, we ask that your dog be on a flea prevention system.  


meet Sophie

Border Collie (purebred)

Sophie was rescued in Asheville, NC in 2010. She is not only our demo dog but also a registered therapy dog  with Invisible Paw Prints, Inc and CGC. She visits many organizations in the Charlotte area providing great therapy to many people. Here is Sophie along for my birthday ride and assisting with training!         TRICKS         HELICOPTER RIDE        TRAINING

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meet rOB

Advanced Master Dog Trainer & Educator

As a young man working at a veterinarian hospital, Rob's passion for working with animals began. Now, an Advanced Master Dog Educator and Trainer (over 2,400 hours of Academy training/majority hands on with canine) and entreprenuer, Rob spends his days assisting clients with their canine training needs. He resides in Charlotte with his three loyal canine companions, Sophie, Sulley, & Wallace. Rob's most recent volunteer trip was to Belize where he spent time at a local school and humane society as well as teaching dog training to some locals.       

Rob's philosophy is simple. Consistency is the key to success in dog training. The only way a canine can become proficient in a task is through repetition. ​Leadership based and positive reinforcement techniques will produce results. More importantly, you, the handler must invest the necessary time to ensure success.

meet Wallace

Chocolate Border Collie (purebred)

Wallace was a previous client's puppy and given to Rob. Wallace came from a breeder and is 12 weeks old as of May 2016. Wallace is already showing signs of great intelligence...a Border Collie trait. Wallace is a registered therapy dog with Invisible Paw Prints, Inc.! See Wallace in early obedience training at 3 months and intermediate/advanced at 5 months of age.    BASIC OBEDIENCE      INT/ADVANCED


meet sulley

Chocolate Lab (Mix)

Sulley was rescued from the Atlanta Humane Society in 2015 as a pup. Sulley is being trained in Search and Rescue (SAR) and has done a fabulous job! Sulley is a registered therapy dog with Invisible Paw Prints, Inc.! Here is Sulley in action in both day and night SAR training operations.         NIGHT                 DAY


dog obedience

and behavior training
- Group basic obedience

- private basic obedience

- behavioral modification (aggression, separation anxiety, chewing, barking, etc.)

- Tricks

- Search and rescue


- protection training  


- television commercial/photo shoots 
-advanced obedience 

- Therapy dog testing (Invisible Paw Prints, Inc.)

- agility

- Canine good citizen testing

-  consultations

Reserve your place here for the next class: GROUP BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS :

May 6: Registration open

May 21: Registration open

Call to set up private in-home lessons.