In 2015 Eric started VanEss K9 Academy which provides quality police dogs to agencies all over the country. Eric also started training select pet dog clients as well. In June of 2018 VanEss K9 opened a local facility to provide doggie daycare as well as pet dog training. VanEss K9 quickly became the number 1 training company in the area. Going from 1 trainer to now 10 trainers, Eric and his staff have firmly set their feet in the pet training industry, having trained hundreds of dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes.
In 2020 it became apparent that Eric needed to separate the pet and K9 training divisions of VanEss K9 Academy. He teamed up with Aaron Taylor (founder and owner of Ridgeside K9 LLC) to bring the proven Ridgeside K9 brand, training, and service to all of Ohio. Ridgeside K9 Ohio was born and opened in a brand new 6,000 sq ft facility. Eric and his team still offer the best dog training and daycare anywhere in Ohio