Only the Best Certify and Stay Certified with Top Tier K9

Katie Sutton
St. Louis, Missouri

Top Tier K9 offered everything I needed in a dog training program – expert instructors, scientifically backed training, and the flexibility to continue with my current job.  I was fortunate to have previously worked with Kari Koch and was aware of her standards of excellence when it comes to training both dogs and owners.  I knew that under her mentorship I would develop the level of skill needed to be successful in pet training.  

I was also impressed by Jeff’s integration of psychological theory into Top Tier’s curriculum.  As a psychologist by education, it was important to me that the dog training methods and project management training were based on both science and industry experience.  

Finally, as working professional I was able to achieve my Top Tier Pet Certification while continuing my full time job.  I look forward to continuing with Top Tier K9 as I open my part-time dog training business and complete their working dog programs.   I would not hesitate to recommend Top Tier K9 to individuals looking to develop their dog training and business skills.  

Tim Glenn
Moultrie Georgia
Savannah Foster
Traverse City, Michigan

I certified as a Pet Trainer and am enrolled in the working dog trainer program.  My certification wat the Top Tier K9 Affiliate location of Great Lakes K9 Solutions lead to me getting a job working for Carolyn Cabot at this location.

Mike Dooley
Cincinnatti Ohio

One of my favorite things about Top Tier K9 is how hard they work for their students success.  I graduated the Pet Training Program, worked hard and became a Certified Top Tier K9 Pet Trainer,  and am now making money training pets while I am still enrolled in the Working Dog Trainer Program.  I can make money while I study and train dogs for paying customers as opposed to training dogs for free like they make you do at the other dog trainer schools.

Michelle Lutz
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Don White
Conway, South Carolina
Russ Moore
Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Julie Wellman
Anchorage Alaska
Trinity Lee
Drummond, Montana
Jody Johnson
Moultrie, Georgia
Chelsey Tourtelot
Richmond, Virginia
Barry Abraham
Crawfordville, Florida
Jodie McClure
Madison, Florida
Leila Thomas
Newton, New Hampshire
Zach Thomas
Newton, New Hampshire
Kayla Fitzpatrick Peters
Ava, Missouri
Denton Rummel
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Karen Wannamaker
Anchorage, Alaska

I certified as a Pet Trainer with Top Tier K9.  Eventually I want to learn to train working dogs but making money training pets gives me so much opportunity.  I can keep my job with benefits and train dogs at night and on weekends while I grow my business.  This has been an amazing adventure for me and the staff at Top Tier K9 follow through with their promises.  Bloom's Cognitive Taxonomy and Progressive Elaboration in business truly works!

Chris Williams
Missoula Montanna

Chris Williams: From dreaming to doing.

Got to my mid-twenties and realized I needed to quit faking it and run with my passion for working with dogs. I immediately began to save money and research the best program designed for training professional dog trainers.

I considered Michael Ellis and Tom Rose for a time. Both required me to save a ton and commit about 6 months away from my wife to complete the program which, at the time, was not feasible. So I hunkered down, continued to save and waited for that distant time in the future that could possibly allow for that type of flexibility. That was until I got on the phone with Jeff Minder. Anyone who has met/spoken to Jeff will immediately understand why he has left a wake of success wherever he goes. After he clearly laid out the SCOPE of the TTK9 program…I was sold.

I started fresh in the ‘Art of Dog Training’ and from day 1 TTK9 has exceeded my expectations. Class is brilliantly structured and the information is clearly and carefully laid out. Oh and the staff…

Jeff Minder: Brings all his expertise, both in business and dog training (at an analysis level) to the table. I didn’t even realize what I didn’t know about business until I learned it from Jeff. He aims to not only equip you with dog training information: he lays out clear instruction on how to take those skills and apply them in a way to be successful as a small business owner.

Kari Koch: Is a true master dog trainer (think yoda status) that offers a level of expertise you just won’t find anywhere else. Her passion for dogs is contagious and her instruction is clear and constructive. I learned more from Kari in the 2 weeks I worked with her down in Colorado than I have over the past 8 years as a dog training enthusiast learning (what I could) from other trainers, books and online videos.

Because of the unique nature of the classroom, we were also fortunate enough to learn from other professionals all around the country. Carolyn Cabot, with over a decade of vet tech experience, gave excellent and detailed instruction about the health and wellness side of dog training. She’s also been a valuable resource for every medical related question I could ever have regarding my pups. I am sure I will continue to bug her incessantly in the future as my pack inevitably grows…

I can honestly say, my decision to invest in Top Tier K9 has been EXTREMELY rewarding. I not only gained a ton of knowledge – I now have the confidence and support to start my own dog training business in Montana. A fun unexpected bonus gained going through this program? I have connected with SO MANY awesome dog people all over the country. Jeff and Kari have created a community of supportive dog professionals, many of whom I now consider close friends.

This program provided a clear path that allowed me to go from DREAMING about working with dogs to DOING. If you are seeking a career change or just interested in learning as much as you can about working with canines, you will not be disappointed with Top Tier K9.


I just finished my pet trainer certs…immediately signed up for the working dog program – bring on the bite work!



Chris Williams

Kate Stroup
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I chose Top Tier K9 to further my education in working dogs.  I had completed Starmark and the on-line classes of Top Tier K9 made it so much easier for working dog certification.  My classmates were from all over the country and we were able to work together through the on-line classroom and create business relationships as opposed to daily competition against each other.

The staff of Top Tier K9 are Top Tier.  The on-site certification was challenging and the fact it was the capstone to the on-line training ensured I was ready for the undertaking.  They really have the levels of learning down to an art.

I would recommend Top Tier K9 to anyone seeking to further their education in Pet and Working dog training.  I only need 1 dog to certify as a working dog trainer (instead of 2), I didn't want to leave my family, I didn't want to miss all the family events that I would if I left for an out of state campus.

Great program!


Victoria Stees
Cheyanne, Wyoming
Amy Crocker
Birmingham, Alabama
Ben Landkammer
Knoxville, Tennessee
Alexa White
Biloxi, Mississippi

The Pet Trainer Program through Top Tier K9 exceeded my expectations. The ability to be part of this program without leaving my home was a huge factor, as I work full time.


I found this program to have its challenges, but felt that I could overcome any obstacle I encountered with the help of Jeff and Kari. I also was extremely happy that there was a course before the Pet Trainer Program so that I had a foundation of education before I trained my first dog.


There is something to be said about a program that educates you on all aspects of the pet training industry. That being said, Top Tier K9 did an excellent job of educating me on the business aspects of the pet training industry as well. I know if I ever have any questions about business or pet training, I can call Jeff or Kari, without a doubt!


I am extremely happy that I chose to be part of the Top Tier K9 Pet Training Program and plan to continue through the Working Dog Program as well! Thank you Top Tier K9 for making me the best Pet Trainer I can be!

Victoria "Rebel" Pascuite
Hamden, Connecticut
Hollie Robinson
Mountain Home, Idaho
Marissa Jiral
Traverse City, Michigan

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