Hello Pups and Kittens, this week we're joined by an amazing lady with PLENTRY of experience with animals.

Who Are We?

Acme Canine…we teach dog owners new tricks 
and now we’re training dog trainers and owners of dog daycare and boarding facilities

To better understand Acme Canine, you need to know how we started. In 2004 Acme Canine was created to bring professional, knowledgeable and caring dog training to the places dogs misbehave the most…their home.

When owner, Laura Pakis, decided on the Acme name, she had not thought of the benefits of having a company name that started with the first letter of the alphabet. Rather it was based on two other reasons. One was the good memories of the nostalgic Acme Company and how it could fix anything. Most importantly, it was the more intellectual reason of Acme’s definition meaning “the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development”. For Acme Canine that means being dogcentric!

Acme Canine has been a member of the canine community for over 12 years.  From it’s early beginnings of certified trainer, Laura Pakis, training in her apartment in Delaware, Ohio to a staff of 4 trainers and 10 kennel assistants caring and working with all breeds and all ages of dogs at her facility in Lewis Center, Ohio and now sharing her knowledge through Spike’s Blog, Acme Canine has taken on many roles to better serve the canine community.

Known throughout the United States for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and business practice as well as keeping abreast of the latest methods, practices and techniques of dog care, Acme Canine is synonymous with quality care and expertise in dog training, dog daycare and dog boarding. Since its formation, Acme Canine is committed to making dogs polite members of society and a joy to own.  Keeping with its mission, Acme Canine continues to utilize a variety of innovative and individualized techniques to teach dog and owner a positive method of living and learning together. And now we are coaching dog trainers and dog daycare and boarding facilities on how to achieve these high standards.

Our goal is for you to have the best in everything you do, and we do this with integrity, experience and compassion. We are constantly coming up with new ways to create a fun and entertaining environment for dogs. We hope that you will take the opportunity to try out our services. You won’t regret it!

Laura Pakis Davis is an experienced Certified Professional Trainer and owner/founder of Acme Canine. Having trained over 5,000 dogs and run a boarding and daycare facility for the past 13 years, Laura focuses her blog, Spike’s Dog Blog by Acme Canine, on training knowledge and the care and understanding of dogs.

A member of the Dog Writer’s Association, Blog Paws, Women in the Pet Industry and the IACP, Laura shares her experience through a variety of social medias and national and local magazines.  She is an industry expert to the media and assists dog trainers worldwide with improving their training techniques, people skills, and business knowledge.

Laura is proficient in many areas of pet care and training.

She is a certified in Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross and PetSaver, is AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine Evaluator, and AKC PuppySTAR evaluator. She is certified in breed selection, puppy development, assistance dog training, basic and advanced obedience, Police K-9 and protection training, tracking, E-touch training, and Pack to Basics.

Well known throughout the canine community for quality training, high standards, and professionalism, Laura was nominated for the Woman of the Year in the Pet Industry, the BBB’s Integrity Award and Worthington, Ohio Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year.  Acme Canine received The Silver award for the 2014 Pet Age Boarding Facility of the year.

Laura has volunteered as a Service Dog trainer, taught puppy development through Franklin County’s prison program and Tricks for Treats at Bark Til Dark Dog Park, child/dog safety at Powell’s safety town, dog care workshops at Delaware County preservation parks, local libraries and schools. In addition Laura and her team of Acme Reading Dogs have worked with children to improve their reading comprehension and helped reduce stress among the Ohio State University students during their Reading Days.

Laura can be heard on KSCO radio in San Jose, California every Sunday at 1pm sharing her canine knowledge.  She is also a guest speaker at the 2018 Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West where she will present a workshop on canine body language and performing Intake Examinations.

An animal lover at heart, Laura lives with Autumn (a rescued Boxer/Labrador mix) and her new dog, Miss Moneypenny (a Bluetick Coon Hound). Laura also has two goldfish, Flipper and Lassie, who she has trained to go through a hoop in their tank.


About Our Computer Wiz

Phil Davis has been assisting Acme Canine almost 6 years now.  He works behind the scenes creating and programming a plethora of apps to make your experience with Acme Canine, well, wonderful! Now retired, Phil was a data processing consultant for Unisys Corporation for 19 years and then an Information Technology manager for two State of Ohio agencies for 16 years. He enjoys getting back to his programming and analysis roots with Acme.

Phil is a dog lover at heart having had a dog in his life since he was a young child living in Elyria.  Currently Phil has Autumn, a boxer/lab mix, who happens to be Acme Canine’s Guest Dog Blogger.


About the Namesake of Our Dog Blog

Spike (now deceased) was a French Bulldog/Dachshund rescue.  He was trained in basic and advanced obedience, had his CGC certification and became a reading therapy dog later in life.  Spike loved everyone he met and anxiously awaited the signal to be petted if allowed.  He appeared on ONN and NBC television and in 2013 created his own blog!  Spike was a valuable member of the Acme Canine staff.  As a blog dog, Spike wrote about dog related subjects promoting dog etiquette and improving canine relationships.

Although he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2015, his tips and advice live on through his humorous blogs.


About Our Demo Dog

Miss Moneypenny (affectionately known as Penny) is a 3 year old Bluetick Coonhound.  You most likely will hear her before you see her if she is enjoying a game of chase in the yard.  She has been taught to perform advanced obedience, scentwork, retrieval, tricks and therapy work.  Penny also assists Laura with training client’s dogs.  She is a Guest Dog Blogger, giving her point of view on Spike’s Dog blog  when the mood strikes.



About Our Guest Dog Blogger

Autumn recently joined Acme Canine’s staff.  She was a rescue who Phil adopted in 2008.  Autumn has a personality all her own.  She is sweet to those close to her, but doesn’t have much tolerance for anyone else.  Currently in rehab to become a well mannered dog, Autumn has no problem speaking her mind.  In fact she is a pretty decent writer as well.  Hear more from Autumn on Spike’s Blog where she’ll tell it like it is from a dog’s perspective.


More Episodes


July 7, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week we're joined by an amazing lady whose one of the Godmothers of Raw Feeding. We're going to hear all about Vicki Larsen, her stories, and hopefully you all will enjoy this weeks episode,


Episode 226 “THE Q-COACH”

June 30, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens, this is the first episode of July. We're back to our normal format with the most amazing animal lovers. This week Julie Bacon (Q-Coach) is sittinfg down with us on the podcast For all of you who want MORE!! if you go to https://www.theqcoach.com/ all e-books will be 25% at checkout when you use the promo code "GROOMER".

The Q Coach

How many seminars, classes, and workshops have you taken to hone your dog handling skills? To learn new techniques? To train your puppy? Probably too many to count!

Now, how many seminars, classes or workshops have you taken to hone your mental game? To learn how to better prepare your team? To improve your results in the ring as a handler? I'm guessing very few if any.

And this is how it goes ... We spend so much of our time and money ensuring our dogs have the skills to walk into the agility, obedience, flyball, conformation, draft or another ring, yet as the other half of the team, what are we doing for ourselves?

The Q Coach was created to address the human half of our canine performance teams and to support us beyond the handling skills we acquire for our dogs. Our flagship program, Dream-n-Scheme, is rooted in an eBook that will provide essential tools to dream, plan, journal and let go in order to improve your results in and out of the ring.

We all have coaches for our handling skills, now you have a coach for your mental game. Welcome to The Q Coach!

Q More

We all want better results every time we enter a trial, test or show. We have a certain picture of how it should go in our heads, and yet our minds can be our own worst enemies. The Q Coach is formed around a singular goal: get the results you want! Learn how to put a plan together that is easy to execute along with mental strategies to keep your performance on track.

Whether you are preparing for a national event, coming back after a long rehab or wanting to improve results at local obedience or agility trials, The Q Coach can support your goals from near-term to lifetime.

Are you ready to Q?

Our flagship program, Dream-n-Scheme, is designed to provide a structure in order to improve your performance and relationship with your dogs in and out of the ring.

The Dream-n-Scheme program works in conjunction with any handling system across all competitive dog environments. Our goal is to make sure you hit your goals from conformation to obedience to agility and beyond! 

We have created several delivery methods to match how you learn best - reading, live coaching, group settings and personalized intensives. Choose the method that's right for you and start your Q-Journey today!


"When I first started working with Julie I didn't tell anyone. Why? Because my friends know I'm as good as my last seminar - meaning I'm excited for the first three weeks after a seminar and then I fall back on the familiar. This time, I did the work because I wanted to and I stopped focusing on immediate results and started working on my short and long term goals. I've always had goals, I just never took the time to write them down, let alone break them down and become strategic about achieving them.  

"What's changed since I signed up for the program? First and foremost my dogs and I all are experiencing joy!! I have a plan when I walk into any ring about how to manage myself, which has made me more confident about my better conditioned and trained team and guess what, I'm experiencing more success then I ever have, having more fun than I ever have! And people are noticing - they keep asking me what's different and for once I can pin point exactly what's different!"  -- Lori, Colorado



June 23, 2018

This week to conclude a very unique and difficult series I will do my very best to disect this entire conversation and break it down as best as I possibly can. I worked to the last moment to pull together a complete episode with as much content as possible.














is the practice of consuming insects. 2 billion people in 80% of the world’s countries consume insects as part of their daily diet, and entomophagy has been practiced by those cultures for thousands of years. Western cultures have only recently become aware of the culinary and nutritional advantages of the more than 1,900 known edible insects.




June 16, 2018

This week on the podcast we continue on our Insect Based Series with two great guys from Wilder Harrier. Let's examine the facts on this subject.

When it comes to health, we don't cut corners. We truly believe that food is fuel and we must always strive for the most optimal choice. To us, this translates as what is most natural, unprocessed, whole and least detrimental to the planet.

Wholesome ingredients are packed with nutrients. This means that the weight of our products accounts for the actual quantity of delicious goodness you are feeding to your dog. In other words, everything that finds itself in our products is there because we want it to be.

Cricket powder is the product of crickets that have been cleaned, frozen, roasted, cooled and then ground up. Essentially, the result is a highly proteinated powder. What can you look forward to, healthwise, when consuming cricket powder? A lot more of all the good things! Cricket powder boasts 2x more protein content than beef, more calcium than milk, contains all 9 amino acids and has more iron than spinach (source: Entomo Farms). A lot of "punch" in a little package!

Bananas have come to be a staple in the North American diet. These yummy fruits are not only delicious, they have their lot of health benefits. The reason why bananas are beneficial for your dog are very akin to the reasons they are good for humans: they boost the immune system, replenish electrolytes, promote the lustre of your dog’s coat and health of his skin. In terms of nutrients, bananas are notable for being chock-full of potassium and magnesium, biotin and copper, as well as vitamins B6 and C!

Peanuts are a good addition to your dog’s food since they are filled with “good” fats that promote a healthy heart, as well as vitamins B and E (proponents to a shiny coat and well-functioning immune system, respectively!). Also, who hasn’t seen their dog go absolutely crazy for peanut butter!

Much like the other health-oriented ingredient choices in our treats, apples contain vitamins that contribute to the sheen of your dog’s coat (in this case, Vitamin A). Moreover, the presence of Vitamin C in apples helps in the proper development of muscles and bones in puppies and helps maintain this health in older dogs. In addition, they have a notable amount of soluble fiber and are low in fat!

Cranberries are filled with neat bonuses to your dog’s health. First off, they aid in digestive health, promoting anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities that inhibit digestive infections and/or viruses. Furthermore, they help in maintaining oral health! That means helping in maintaining your dog’s teeth clean and his breath smelling lovely.

Sweet potatoes are tasty and are easy to digest. Every part of the sweet potato is packed with nutrients, meaning that they are wholesome choice.

Chickpeas, like other beans, are a source of protein. In addition, they serve as a source of fiber that can abate canine constipation.

Brewer’s yeast is our new addition and is filled with wonderful benefits (antioxidants that improve the sheen of your dog’s coat and lessen itchiness in the skin). Interestingly, ingesting brewer’s yeast aids in flea control and repels mosquitoes and ticks - a great advantage for any outdoor dog! For dogs that are prone to separation anxiety, brewer’s yeast is a useful supplement. When mammal’s are stressed, they burn through Vitamin B reserves - this vitamin, when properly calibrated, inhibits the release of anxiety inflicting hormones. This, the presence of brewer’s yeast in the system allows for Vitamin B reserves to seldom be depleted.

ocopherols - or organic chemical compounds possessing Vitamin E activity - are very important for dogs. Indeed, Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, protecting and repairing cells against the damage inflicted by free-radicals. Concretely, this means that a dog will utilize Vitamin E to form red blood cells and prevent blood clotting disorders.

Rosemary is a natural food preservative; it is antimicrobial, it’s pathogen-fighting capacity can prevent food from spoiling as well as combat fungi and bacteria in your dog’s gut. In addition, rosemary also has antispasmodic abilities to smooth muscles due to its calming effect.

Crickets are a superfood! The recommended daily ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is 3:1 in order to maintain a balanced system. Crickets fall exactly into those numbers, whereas beef favors Omega 6 in a 18:1 ratio and chicken 15:1. This is not a negligible difference! Crickets are a complete protein - this means that they contain all essential amino acids necessary for our dietary health. Because they are whole when they are processed, their protein-rich exoskeleton is also consumed, adding to the mix! They are 69% protein by weight; for every 100g. consumed, 69g. will be pure protein. Comparatively, chicken checks in at 31% and beef at 43%! n North America, insects are not yet part of the mainstream diet. While we aren’t entomophagous yet, it doesn’t mean our pets can’t jump on the bandwagon before us! That being said, since crickets aren’t commonly found in pet feed as of yet, they are not an allergen. In fact, many dogs develop allergies to wheat, lamb, chicken and/or beef due to its prevalence in pet feed. Also, since insects are a wholesome ingredient and are ground to a powder, they are very easy to digest. In short, crickets are a safe choice for sensitive dogs! Crickets are hard-bodied insects, this means that they contain an exoskeleton. Typically, insects with exoskeletons have extra fiber content. They are also a good source of magnesium, zinc, potassium and contain your daily dose of Vitamin B12, which regulates the nervous system. In addition, crickets possess high iron counts (more than spinach, even!) and contain more calcium than milk!Crickets are much lower in fat and calories per gram of protein than other animal proteins, making them an ideal hypocaloric alternative. On the ethical spectrum, raising crickets for consumption is more ethical than farming livestock. Crickets naturally breed in cramped environments, the same cannot be said for cattle or other macro organisms. Since we are unable to photosynthesize, we must unfortunately source our energy from other organisms in the most ethical and responsible way possible. Studies do exist, however, detailing the subject of insect responsivity to pain.

One way of contributing to the health of the environment is to sever our ties to polluting sectors. By reducing the demand for these industries, the hope is that they lose relevance. This only functions in light of a viable alternative. This is where we step in; constantly on the lookout for alternative protein sources, we believe that they are key in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The world is ripe with different options if we are willing to go on cultural adventures to find them. Consider seaweed, mushrooms, flowers and even other invertebrates - let’s find out together!

In order to obtain 10 grams of beef protein, one must expense 97.5 gallons of water, whereas as little as 7.5 gallons is needed for the same amount of cricket protein to come to be - that is 13x less the amount of water required for beef, hardly a negligible amount.

The amount of feed required to source 10 grams of beef protein is 12x higher than what is expensed to produce the same amount of cricket protein: crickets require 0.5 units of feed whereas beef requires 6.

Methane is a leading greenhouse gas. Crickets produce inconsequential amounts of methane whereas livestock, on the other hand, are notorious for their methane production. Indeed, crickets produce 80x less methane than cows.

Evidently, due to their small size, crickets require much less space than cattle. Ideally, cows require ample pasture to roam and infrastructures to be housed in. Crickets thrive in cramped environments (colonies) and thus their spatial requirements are much more economical than that of livestock.

To further our commitment to a healthy planet, we partnered with the international non-profit organization 1% for the Planet - a regroupement of eco-conscious companies pledging to donate 1% of their annual sales to helping better the environment by assisting NGOs committed to protecting various ecosystems and exploring sectors of renewable energy. Some of the beneficiaries of this organization include [Earth Rangers].

Everything we need for a healthy life exists in the world around us. We believe in sourcing food sources in a way that minimizes nefarious impacts on the environment and provide the best intake of benefits, healthwise. For this reason, we scour ingredient options that are local - a smaller carbon footprint means less pollution. We look for ingredients that can offer the maximum benefits when consumed whole, that do not require fillers or sugar to compromise for lack of content and taste. This means no skimping, lots of research and being willing to think outside the box but whose value we can intrinsically understand. This is our commitment to you and to our planet.

We believe that we are meant to be outside, that in a world promoting hyperconnectivity, it is sometimes forgotten how the great outdoors can make us feel connected in our minds and bodies. We encourage humans and their dogs to get outside, eat clean and run wild.

One of the biggest challenges in our future as species is the exponential rise in population numbers coupled with limited resources. The fact is, when the variables change, so does the result. As such, we are at a time when we must adjust as a society and shift our focus towards food resources that address problems like plenitude, cost and availability in order to achieve desirable results: more people fed, healthily, with less. The reality is, we need to rely on proteins that are sustainable and assure us a future world to live in.

We are more than proud, as part of our social vocation, to be partnered up with an organization orchestrating the social reinsertion of people with disabilities into the workforce, they truly are our helping hands.

The only way to eradicate supply is to stop the demand. For this reason we refuse to support - whether directly or indirectly - any organization that fosters the existence of puppy mills, as they are uselessly cruel. The statistics do not lie: millions of dogs are left homeless every year in North America and are truly deserving of a forever home. As such, we are partnered with local shelters to promote adoption as the way to go when looking for your best friend.





June 9, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This is Volume 2 of "INSECT BASED DIET SERIES". This weeks guest is Brandon Keim (Co-Founder & Chief Strategic Officer)


Conscientious Cat was founded in 2015 to solve a problem confronting every vegetarian, vegan and thoughtful meat-eater who also feeds a cat: despite the many brands and varieties of cat food available, it's very hard to find one that's ethical and sustainable. We are now developing an insect-based cat food.

We also believe that business should benefit society. We will work with socially and environmentally responsible partners, and our supply chain will be transparent and accountable. Ten percent of our profits will be given to philanthropic organizations selected by our community.


Episode 222 “ENTOMO FARMS IBD VOL 1″

June 2, 2018

This week we start our INSECT BASED DIET SERIES. 


Our obligation is to sustain it, conserve it, perpetuate it — to keep the Earth by doing our best to protect all life systems and life forms.

By 2050 the world’s population will reach over 9 billion and all of us will be hungry. How will we fare? Who will feed us and how?

We three Goldin brothers, Darren, Ryan and Jarrod, have always been close to nature from our earliest memories of water skiing along the beautiful river in our homeland of South Africa. Our initial connection and eventual love of the environment stemmed from the example of our father, Alan, whose respect for the Earth was exemplary.


He and our mother, Loraine, integrated their passion for the Earth into mealtimes which became not only physically nutritious but also spiritually profound times of appreciation for the food we shared, the resources that brought it to our table, and for each other. We are grateful to them for setting us onto the path of global awareness and ways to impact others through our service to the Earth.

It is through this awareness, and passionate conversation with one another, that brought the genesis of Entomo Farms- producing insect protein as a viable, and altruistic response to the global crises; (food, water, natural resources) that will imminently be upon us.




We began with our first company, “Reptile Feeders”, which has shown us that as reptiles and fish thrive and flourish eating insect protein, so also can humans now and in the future.

In fact 33 percent of the world or over 2 billion people eat insect protein every day, as part of their diet, from Mexico to Asia and many countries in between!


Our products will become the additional protein, iron, fibre, amino acids and fats that farmers need for their livestock to flourish.


Our products will help feed nutritious and cost effective food to the poor, malnourished, and food insecure. Our products will create ‘Geoentomarians’, consumers who chose insect protein in order to show respect to and to enhance the preservation of the environment. Our products will spark the imagination of culinary foodies with limitless opportunities to expand their dining pleasures.

Entomo: an intergenerational response to the environment and the obligation to care for creation. We have taken the next step, and hope you come along for the ride.



May 27, 2018

This week on the podcast are favorite two cat ladies are returning to the show so we can catch up. It's been a year since they last visited us. You've seen them on their hit YouTube show, you've seen Jae and Adrienne with Dr. Karen Becker, and finally we get to hear all about their adventures. 



May 19, 2018

This week on podcast we're going to be joined by the greatest author in the World. Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care & behavior, the author of eleven pet books & hundreds of articles & columns, & the spokesperson for Purina brand pet foods. She founded & is president of the International Cat Writers Association.

Hi there, I’m Amy Shojai — you could say I’m all about cats and dogs. Whether writing pet-centric fiction or how-to prescriptive nonfiction,  I’m constantly channeling my furry muses . . . who still live with me or remain in my heart.

These days I’m hard at work on the 4th book in my SEPTEMBER & SHADOW pet-centric thriller series. Oh, and my playwright partner-in-thespian-fun and I have completed work on the next musical.  Who needs sleep? Feel free to browse around the site, maybe grab a tips sheet, and subscribe to a newsletter (I give away lots of info-tainment every week!). I highly recommend you get a print copy of the nonfiction–just works better for reference, doncha think? *s*



May 12, 2018

This week on The Groomer Next Door podcast we're so lucky to have Shawn Simons Headmistress of Kitty Bungalow Charm School For Wayward Cats. Kitty Bungalow is California's only 100% feral cat rescue and socialization facility. As shelter interventionists, we focus our attention on the most vulnerable of felines -- the ferals.  We break down the anxiety of feral cats with our nearly 80 weekly volunteers who use our guided socialization techniques and objectives, taking these street cats from 'hiss to home'.  We look to see that these cats never have to see the inside of a shelter and our socialized kittens graduate as Ivy League lap cats into life long loving homes. Our rescue is more than just finding homes for the homeless; we are working at the root of the problem, providing broad based Trap Neuter Return (TNR) and free spays and neuters to neighborhoods in need within Los Angeles. Due to an ongoing injunction with the city of Los Angeles, they are unable to participate in or support TNR, the rational and humane answer to cat overpopulation.  It is left to a few small groups like ours to pick up the slack and stave off the continued kitten seasons that leave our city shelters knee deep in kittens.  That is why the kill rate for Los Angeles City shelters for cats is 50%!  The majority of all animals killed in the city shelters (76%) are kittens 8 weeks and under!  Dogs are extremely close to the No Kill threshold thanks to partnerships like NKLA.  Meanwhile, every other cat going into the shelter does not come out.  That is why the work we do is so vital for stopping the problem at its core!

The cat overpopulation is not a cat problem-- it is a people problem caused by uneducated and sometimes irresponsible pet owners who abandon their cats or do not have them sterilized, causing a proliferation of cats being born on the street. Together we can bring an end to the homeless kitten epidemic. You can do your part by adoptingvolunteering or donating to our organization today.