Certified Dog Trainer School
Primary training Facility
Certified Dog Trainer School
Certified Dog Trainer School
Certified Dog trainer School
Certified Dog Trainer School
Certified Dog Trainer School

Next Foundation Dog Trainer Class begins 17 February.  We have a day and night class.  You must be in or certified in our pet trainer program to take part in this opportunity. 

Next Pet Trainer Class begins Tuesday March 30, 2021.  You can choose the daytime or nighttime option. Learn to train pets for paying customers.  All programs begin with this class. 

Top Tier K9 trains pets in basic obedience in our Pet Training Program and we train pets in advanced functions with our Pets Plus Program

Setup a free pet training evaluation.

Top Tier K9 trains dog handlers and dog trainers from all over the world with our Academy for Dog Trainers.

Top Tier K9 maintains an Affiliate Network of certified graduates from our training programs who offer training services in their local communities.  

Top Tier K9 has a Breeding Program, both in-house and through our affiliate network that maintains a high level of quality and consistency for our Foundation Dog® and finished dog programs.

Top Tier K9 has DVD Training Programs that are available through our store, and will help you get started training pets and working dogs.

- Top Tier K9 is the process inventor of the Foundation Dog®, and the holder of the US Federal Trademark. Foundation Dogs® are now being trained and marked for deployment to be used in COVID-19 and other virus detection programs around the world.

Foundation Dogs® being deployment for Covid-19+ detection.

Top Tier K9 has been selected to train and deploy Foundation Dogs® internationally for use in Law Enforcement, Security, Protection, as Service Dogs and for use in Covid-19 detection.  The team consists of businesses and government agencies from around the world representing industries involved in: Emergency management, communications, rapid response forces and community health/wellness innovations.  Learn to train and handle a Top Tier K9 Foundation Dog® through our Live-online Academy for Dog Trainers...we use the internet instead of the interstate!  You are face to face with some of the top dog training instructors in the world.

Senator Rick Scott calls for study on Airport use of COVID-19 detection Dogs

Channel 4 News Jacksonville 2/23/2021

Live Interview of Jeff Minder Channel 4 News Jacksonville 2/10/2021

Channel 4 News Jacksonville 2/9/2021


Action News Jacksonville 2/9/2021

Suwannee Times article 11/24/2020

Story about Top Tier K9 6/16/2020

CBS News Miami Florida 6/17/2020

Mike Vasalinda Reports 6/16/2020

CBS News Tallahassee Fl 6/12/2020

Politico COVID-19 Edition 6/1/2020


First Coast News Story Jacksonville Fl 5/19/2020

ABC News Story Tallahassee Fl 4/6/2020

WCTV News Story Tallahassee Florida 4/3/2020

Duane Pickel, instructor at Top Tier K9 was the first to train a dog to find cancer cells


Dog Training Programs

Board and Train for Pets

We offer a 4 week board and train programs to help ensure that you and your dog are properly trained in communications and basic obedience.  Graduates are then ready for our Pets Plus program involving any of our advanced programs including protection, scent detection, tracking and advanced obedience.

Foundation Dogs®

Top Tier K9 is the creator of the Foundation Dog® system, a program that creates dogs that are ready to be finished as Police K9, Military K9, Service dogs for people with disabilities, special security dogs including virus detection dogs (such as COVID-19) family and Executive Protection dogs.





Academy for Dog Trainers

Professional Training Programs

Pet Trainer Program

  1. Pet Trainer Program: Live On-line

  2. Pet Trainer Certification with Business Development: Live On-Campus

Foundation Dog® Trainer Program

  1. Foundation Dog® Trainer: Live On-line

  2. Foundation Dog® Trainer Certification:  Live On-Campus

Decoy/Helper Training Program

  1. Safe Catch Decoy Training Program On-line or On-Campus

  2. Safe Catch Decoy Certification Live On-Campus


Certified Foundation Dog trainers are eligible for on-campus internships.  This is a competitive opportunity 

Masters Programs

Service Dog Training Program

  1. Service Dog Training Program On-line or On-Campus

  2. Service Dog Training Certification Live On-Campus

Special Security Dog Training Program (Virus Detection)

  1. Special Security Dog Training Program: Live On-line

  2. Special Security Dog Training Certification: Live On-Campus

Executive/Family (Protection Dog) Training Program

  1. Protection Dog Training Program: Live On-line

  2. Protection Dog Training Certification: Live On-Campus

Advanced Business and Project Management Workshops

  1. Business Development Workshop Live On-Campus

  2. Project Management Workshop Live On-Campus

3 Dog Training locations for your convenience:

  • Madison Florida

  • Tallahassee Florida

  • Valdosta Georgia

Madison Florida

Our Madison Florida location is a secure 20 acre campus with over 10,000 sq feet of dog training and boarding facilities including student housing and formal classroom settings.  Home of the Foundation Dog® program and Academy for Dog Trainers.


2409 SW CR 360 Madison Fl. 32340

Tallahassee Florida

Our Tallahassee Florida location is conveniently located next to Cascade Park in downtown Tallahassee consisting of 4,500 sq feet of secure indoor board and train services.  This is our Pet and Service Dog Training center and includes formal classroom training for pet trainer certifications.  Directly behind Wyndham hotel with attached Applebees where we negotiated a discount for our students traveling for Pet Trainer Certification.



1355 East Lafayette Street, Tallahassee Fl. 32301

Valdosta Georgia

Our Valdosta Georgia location is at the Intersection of Bemis and Inner Perimeter Road where we offer seminars, client training and dog shuttle services to our Madison Florida campus and support

for our military personnel at Moody AFB.
















99 Hamm Street, Valdosta Ga. 31602

Army of Entrepreneurs


Top Tier K9 provides the most comprehensive business development and training programs in the dog training industry. We teach our students how to build a business mindset, plan the launch of their business, communicate effectively with clients, and deliver quality results.

The American dream is to own your own business, to be your own boss.  Top Tier K9 helps you achieve that.  You learn to train pets and working dogs, you learn to start a pet training and working dog training business and as an affiliate, you get on-going support for your business.


Do you have what it takes?  Do you desire to be your own boss?  To rise or fall based on your own abilities.  Are you ready to learn what the government run schools will never, ever teach you?  Then sign up for the next Pet Trainer class and put a seatbelt on.

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© Copyright 2015 - 2020 Top Tier K9. All rights reserved. The Gold Standard of the Dog Training Industry - Contact us Address: 2409 SW CR 360 Madison Fl, 32340 / +1 (850) 321-3253

Foundation Dog® is a registered Trademark of Top Tier K9, LLC

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