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What Training does Safari Handling and Training Offer?

Safari Handling and Training offers Conformation Show Training for you and your dog to train for competition. All breeds of dogs are accepted, and skill levels from beginner to advanced. If you have a new dog to train or an experienced show dog to fine tune, their classes offer a full experience.

They specialize in making your experience a positive interaction between you and your dog by instructing you with details of competition, and assist each handler in the journey to successful conformation training.

What Dog Training Experience does Safari Training Have?

Joe Caton and Kathy Caton-Musto are both past board members of the Central Ohio Kennel Club. Safari Training’s team is made up of many years of experience with judging, training, and handling show dogs in the past. Many dogs trained with Safari have gone on to become champions.

Should I have My Dog Trained at Home or Professionally?

Training your dog in a professional training center with a show-like environment is the only way to expose your dog to proper training for competition. Your dog should be comfortable with other dogs of all sizes, and the ring layout. Our ring is designed to mimic the dog show ring, with gates and mats included.

What Will I Need to Prepare for Dog Training?

Owners will need to bring the following to training:

  • A show lead for conformation (we can help guide you on which product is best)
  • Treats for rewarding dog with positive experience

How can I Sign Up for Safari Handling and Training?

To sign up, call us directly at 614-262-1317 or email us at Caton312@aol.com. Visit our website to learn more.

About Joe Caton

Joe T. Caton started teaching classes in 1994 and in his over ten years at the Beechwold Veterinary Hospital location has helped prepare hundreds of dogs and handlers for the show ring. Joe is also a licensed Therapy Dog International evaluator and Canine Good Citizen evaluator. He promises to make sure both students and dogs are having a good time in a positive and supportive environment.

Our dog training in Columbus Ohio is designed to suit the needs of training a dog for the show ring. Matted patterns are designed to teach the technical details of gaiting for you and your dog. Mirrored walls are also set up to show the appearance of your dog when stacked in show position. We also have ring gates set up to help familiarize both the dog and handler to what they will see at an actual dog show. Classes are great for both the complete novice and for the expert preparing their young dog for the show ring.

Contact Us

Beechwold Veterinary Hospital


4590 Indianola Ave. Columbus, OH 43214

Clinic Hours

Monday: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM Wednesday: 7:30 AM. – 6:30 PM Thursday: 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM Friday: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM Saturday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sunday: CLOSED