About Us

We believe:

Training should be fun for the owners, dogs, and teachers. Smiles abound at Best Friends K9 Academy!

Relationship building between you and your dog is a primary goal at BFK9.  As you work together, trust that lasts a lifetime is developed.  With this relationship, there are no limits to what you and your dog can learn.

Dogs learn best through clear communication.  If you clearly ask for a behavior, your dog will be able to understand what you are teaching.  Being clear is fair to the dog!

When dogs are allowed to offer behaviors in order to figure out what is being asked of them, they become problems solvers.  Problem-solving teaches the dog to learn through trial and error.   Giving the dog time to think is often a tough skill for the owners!

Dogs who know how to learn make fast progress.  You will love it when your dog’s “lightbulb” is lit!

Dog-friendly training techniques accentuate the positive. Training with food rewards enhances the dog’s desire to learn.  We recommend the use of highly valued treats such as cheese, chicken, hot dogs, roast beef, etc. , depending on your dog’s interest and tummy tolerance.

Our established trainers have dogs they love to live with and want the same for our clients. Our combined 20+ years in training dogs can help you. Whether you want a well-mannered family pet, to do pet–assisted therapy work or to compete in obedience, rally, tracking or scent work, Best Friends K9 Academy can help you and your dog.