Clint Knox

Owner, trainer

Clint Knox began his dog training career in 2006 after getting two American Bulldog puppies, Vega and Cash. A graduate of Animal Behavior College and an ABC Certified Dog Trainer, Clint has taught both private and group training classes using positive reinforcement training to help thousands of dogs and owners solve their behavioral problems. In 2017, Clint launched Knox Canine Training to focus on private, in-home training. He is passionate about helping clients understand the science behind the training, while working to improve communication with their best four-legged friends. 

In 2019, Clint added Natalie Caldwell to his team and they began teaching classes in partnership with Heart of Ankeny Veterinary Clinic, and Paws Inn. In 2020, Knox Canine Training opened a training facility in Des Moines to expand their class offerings. Trainer, Janis Gandy joined the team in 2020, and Fran Knox came aboard to help with social media and customer service.

Fran Knox

Scheduling and communications

With her vast background in customer service, she is here to help make your experience with Knox Canine Training a wonderful one!

Please call or email her with any website, scheduling or social media inquiries.


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Natalie Caldwell

Class instructor, private trainings

Natalie Caldwell has been a part of the Knox Canine Training since the Fall 2018. 

Natalie adopted her boy, Rogue, a German Shorthair Pointer, in June 2015. Soon she had a mess with inconsistent handling, trainers wanting to utilize training techniques Natalie was not comfortable with using. When Clint Knox began Knox Canine Training, Natalie was one of the first in line. It wasn’t long until Rogue had a consistent and more confident handler. In March 2018, along came Quinn, another GSP. She is happy and FULL of energy. Natalie knew how to harness all of this and has herself a pretty focused young dog now. In the Fall of 2018, Natalie began shadowing and assisting Clint in classes and private sessions. In the Spring of 2019 she began leading a few classes and taking on her own private training sessions with clients. Natalie has a passion to empower each handler to offer their dog the best training to enhance their relationship with their dog.

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Janis Gandy

Class instructor

Janis joined Knox Canine Training in July 2020. She is on the board at Iowa Weimaraner Rescue and has been a big supporter of Knox Canine Training since the beginning. Accounting is her full time day job but her home life is dogs. Janis currently has 3 resident Weims and 2 fosters. They have fostered about 30 Weims through IWR. All ages, all personality types. Janis works hard to have good pack dynamics with her resident dogs so they can peacefully work with fosters. Janis has also started dabbling in dog sports and having a ton of fun! "Dogs teach us so much and I always look forward to new experiences with them!"

Michelle Hoile

Michelle Hoile

Class instructor, private trainings

Michelle began her dog training passion in 2013 after adopting two bully mix dogs, Joe and Nina, from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.  She is a graduate of Iowa State University and was an educator for many years, but became even more passionate about learning all she could about science driven learning for dogs and their human companions. Beginning in 2014, she began teaching dog and puppy classes using positive reinforcement based methods, and she has helped hundreds of clients and their dogs to improve behavior and communication struggles. Michelle is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild and an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club.  Michelle also became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)

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Erica Sullivan

Class Instructor, private trainings

Erica has been assisting with Knox Canine Training since Spring 2022. She works full time as a Legal Assistant, but her passion is improving the relationship between dogs and their handlers through positive training. Having had various animals throughout her life, Erica's interest in dog training sprouted when her Mom, who has a physical disability, adopted two puppies. Knowing there may be challenges ahead, Erica was able to help develop a functional household utilizing positive training methods.

Erica has been involved in service dog training, animal rescue and several dog sports over the years. Her favorite sport to train with her dogs, Bane and Roo, is Nosework; it has strengthened their communication as a team. She has also invested time in studying canine fitness, nutrition and genetics. Through training, Erica thoroughly enjoys helping canine companions and their handlers live happier, healthier and longer lives together.

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