Meet the Office Staff at Bmore Dog Training! 

John Van Olden – President/CEO

Canine Trade Group was founded by John Van Olden, a dog trainer with over twenty years of experience in the field. As the president and CEO, he works to improve people’s lives by improving the relationship they have with their canine companion. All trainers who are members of the CTG network are professional, experienced, certified, and passionate about what they do.

John is the ideal man to pick and choose the best in-home trainers in the business for the CTG network. His work as a trainer started with his military experience and continued after his service. He was a founding member of the International Association for Canine Professionals, founded the first in-home dog training franchise, and even accepted a job as the president of PAWSitive Solutions before organizing Canine Trade Group.

Cristin Ellis – Operations Manager

Who better to help dog owners find an accomplished trainer in their area than an accomplished trainer? Cristin’s dog training work began ten years ago, when she gained an interest in agility competitions and began training dogs to perform. The result? Attending two AKC National Agility Championships and earning two Master Agility Championship titles withs her Golden Retrievers, Rocky and Hunter.

After starting her position as Canine Trade Group’s Operations Manager, she became familiar with behavioral training as well as performance training. John Van Olden’s methods helped her own dog, Sike!, overcome fear aggression and resource guarding, and she’s excited to help fellow dog owners improve the relationship they have with their dogs.

Nicole Zulkowski – Veterinary Relationship Manager

Ever since she was a child, Nicole knew that she wanted dogs to be involved in her life and her career. She attended Ursinus College and graduated with a BS in Biology, aiming to work in the animal field. All throughout high school and college, Nicole worked various jobs involving animals. Later after graduating, she worked as a veterinary technician and as a handler at a dog daycare. It was here that her interest in dog behavior came to full fruition, and began seeking opportunities in the dog training industry.

Nicole found Canine Trade Group and joined their office staff, talking to owners about their dog problems and guiding them to the right training program that would address all their needs and training goals. She has studied the dog training course that Canine Trade Group’s trainers take, which has built her understanding and experience in complex canine behaviors.

She lives happily with her two dogs: her Pitbull mix named Willow and a Boston Terrier/Pug mix named Brooklyn.

Dr. Karen Usselman V.M.D. – On Staff Veterinarian Consultant

Dr. Usselman is originally from western New York, attended Cornell University and then the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia.  She graduated in 1996 and joined Brenford Animal Hospital in May 1996.  She is currently a partner with the practice. 

Dr. Usselman enjoys working with dogs and cats.  She is particularly interested in internal medicine, ultrasonography, behavior and dentistry.  She serves as the treasurer of the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association and has taught in the Delaware Technical College Vet Tech program. 

Dr. Usselman is married to Dr. Jeff Booth and has two children, three dogs and a cat to keep her busy at home.