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Top Tier K9

We offer a safe and secure board and train program for our customers that is scalable to meet the needs of our pet owners.  We train you, your family and your dog. You choose our 2, 3 or 4 week board and train program, the same system we teach at our #1 rated Academy for Dog Trainers.  We have secure facilities, fully insured, all trainers are certified through the #1 dog trainer school in the country, and we have veterinary technicians on staff.  Call (850) 909-2409 to schedule your dog


Our board and train program is scalable with a training system designed by us and taught at our Academy for Dog Trainers (rated as one of the top programs in the world), using a balanced approach to dog training, and a comprehensive approach to teaching dog owners, we offer a 2 week program as a foundation and the 3rd and 4th additions based on client needs and desires. Most importantly, we teach YOU how to maintain the training.  Call for pricing.  Pricing varies by location so choose the Top Tier K9 closest to you.

2 week basic program:  Basic communication system using rewards and corrections taught to your dog and to you.  This communication system is the foundation for the additions of week 3 and 4 and will allow your dog to begin comprehending how to please you and learn how to perform basic functions with minimal distractions.  You will see amazing improvement in your dog in this "No Shock Collar" approach to training.

Week 3:  Optional for clients who want to add the 5 basic commands using the communication system you and your dog learned during the first 2 weeks.  This begins the process of building duration to your dogs obedience, and adds the 5 basic commands that includes a recall and healing on a leash for nice, long walks.

Week 4 is for those pups that have developed super bad behaviors such as human or animal aggression, a history of biting, and to achieve off leash capabilities using the most humane training methods available today:  A balanced approach to dog training teaching the dog to desire to please the owner.

Top Tier K9 has been recognized as one of the top dog training schools in the world.  Chances are very good that you have a certified Top Tier K9 Franchise in your community or you may have a boarding facility that is "Powered by Top Tier K9" meaning their trainers are certified through our Academy for Dog Trainers and we maintain the ongoing support and continuation training for those certified trainers. If you happen to live in Northern Florida or South Georgia, then you have the school itself as a resource for your dog training needs. in Madison Florida, Tallahassee, Florida and Milton Florida (Blackwater Bay).

1.  Evaluation and drop off the first Monday of every month (check directly with the facility you want to use, some have different days of the week) but it's the first Monday of every month for Tallahassee, Madison and Milton Florida).

2.  We train your dog using a balanced approach to dog training (rewards and minimal corrections necessary).

3.  You use our DVD, Video Streaming and/or our Virtual Reality Dog Training Center (optional) to study at home.  

4.  Each week we move the dog up in it's ability to manage impulses and respond to pressure with proper behaviors.

5.  Each week you come back and see the progress of the training and practice what you learn.

6.  We teach you how to apply the communications system and manage your dog effectively.

Pets Plus Program

Once you and your pet have completed our Basic Pet Training Program you are eligible for our Pets Plus Program 

  • On-going Boarding and continuation training when you need us

  • Protection

  • Scent detection

  • Tracking

  • Search and Rescue 

  • Advanced Obedience

Free Evaluation

We evaluate you and your pet for trainability and determine the best approach based on you and your dogs needs and abilities.  We discuss your specific needs and any behavioral issues the dog may have.  We also evaluate you, the owner.  We have found that our efforts need to be divided between the pet and the owner relative to training 40/60.  

There are many misconceptions about training dogs.  Our job is to ensure you effectively define your needs and comprehend what it is we will be doing with you and your dog so that proper expectations are set. This makes for a winning approach for you and your dog.  Our systems are developed using world class project management processes.  We have certified project managers on staff, certified dog trainers, and certified teachers.  No other dog training program offers this level of quality assurance and experience.

Training Your Pet


We use a science-based balanced approach to dog training. Timing, motivation, and consistency are the most important elements of dog training.  We train people how to train dogs and we train dogs using these same principles.

We teach your dog to respond to voice commands, not react to your body language.  If your dog is not looking at you, in a fight, chasing a car, or being chased he cannot respond to body language.  Once the dog is directional with those commands (meaning he comprehends the commands) we can then train your dog for off leash obedience.


Hand signals or different languages can be added at the end of training in minutes when your dog is taught verbal commands first.

Sit, down, climb, heel, come when called (recall), and out (or drop it) commands are all available in our programs.  Avoidance to dangerous objects and situations are also available to you and your dog.  We provide "board and train" services that are based on weekly training and evaluation of you and your pet to ensure your needs are being met.

We handle all pets with all problems.  

Training You


We train you while we are training your dog.  Each week of training you come to our location (or login to our online training center) and see the improvement of your dog.  You get to see the great progress and we get to evaluate your newly obtained dog handling skills you learn through our video based customer training program throughout the process.

We offer at-home follow-ups as well as the most complete DVD/Video Streaming library for dog training available anywhere.  We even have the world's first Virtual Reality Dog Training Center that you can access through an Meta/Oculus VR headset. Our programs are designed by certified instructors and course developers; not by someone who happens to be good with graphics or is simply good at training dogs; training the owner  is a requirement.  Our trainers are certified dog trainers and certified people trainers.

Only Top Tier K9 offers this complete program; your dog deserves the best and Top Tier K9 delivers the best in the industry.

Why You Should Use Top Tier K9 to Train You and Your Pet


You will spend approximately $1,980 annually on your pet for things like routine vet visits, food, and monthly preventatives for heartworm, flea and tick: The average pet lives 12 years equaling an investment of $23,760. Why spend that much money on a dog that is not trained? For just a little more money (8% if you use Top Tier K9) you have a dog that obeys you and adds value to your family.

In 2021, pet ownership increased from an estimated 67 percent of U.S. households that own a pet to 70 percent—an all-time high. Socialization of pets has suffered due to COVID-19 isolation.  Balanced dog training allows for more effective socialization and provides pets with a better life through structure and communication.


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