About Chris Onthank

Canine Master Chris Onthank is a widely known expert in canine behavior. His mission is to inform, educate, entertain & encourage all dog owners to live their best lives together.

Chris is a frequent contributor on the media circuit as an animal behaviorist and pet industry expert. His passion for pets is shared on his blog which is a popular resource for all things dogs: news, trends, info, tips, stories, photos and videos. His articles provide in-depth coverage of dog-related topics including training, health, innovative pet products and general information on how to keep dogs happy, healthy and safe.


Chris is the founder and owner of Dog Gone Smart Canine Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has been working with animals for over 25 years and his unique training theory is a 2 pronged approach combining positive motivational learning and instinct. He is a noted expert in canine behavior who works with both dogs and their humans. Chris developed The Dog Gone Smart Training Philosophy and Technique to give pet owners the results and the relationship they want with their dog both through instructional group classes and private lessons. His positive and structured training method creates a harmonious household and has made him a top trainer to many celebrities and their pets. Chris is often the lead animal handler for TV, film, commercial and magazine shoots. He has worked with everyone from William Wegman to Kathie Lee Gifford. Chris has appeared on Fox News, the TODAY Show, Martha Stewart and numerous radio talk shows. He is frequently referred to as the “Dog Trainer to the Stars!”

Chris is also founder and CEO of Dog Gone Smart Pet Products, home of the Dirty Dog Doormat ™, Repelz-It™ Nanotechnology, and a global marketer of proprietary and innovative pet products.

Professional Associations

Chris is a member of the following organizations:

  • The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • The United Doberman Club
  • The Doberman Pincher Club of America
  • The American Working Dog Federation