Only the Best Earn and Maintain Certification with Top Tier K9

Alyssa Browning
Madison, Florida
Chris O'Brian
Madison, Florida
Chris Williams
Missoula, Montana

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!

Chad Miller
Alberta, Canada

I chose Top Tier K9 as the place to learn to better communicate with dogs. Jeff’s process is one based on fact and trial and error not emotion and bias. He developed a replicable process that allows us to communicate effectively with the dogs and teach them first how to learn and then a proven process to increase their capabilities.

The imprinting process is a solid program that allows the dogs to pick up new trade skills as they move through their career therefore adding value to the dog and its owner or handler for future endeavours. Your dog is imprinted at 6 months old and it can be modified throughout it's life to perform new tasks as demands and needs change for the owner.


Not only is it a solid program for the dogs but the dog trainer school for handlers and people wanting to become better trainers is well thought out and can be modified to work with your schedule.


Top Tier K9 is not just a place to go to get a certification and your done. It’s a place were if you want to be a part of the team and Top Tier K9 affiliate family you get huge value for you and your business. The support and team environment is one where we all want to help each other succeed and develop.

Denton Rummel
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Victoria Stees
Cheyanne, Wyoming
Travis Lloyd
Ashtabula, Ohio
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.  

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.

Jody Johnson
Moultrie, Georgia
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!

Amy Crocker
Birmingham, Alabama
Kaitlyn Campbell 
Missoula, Montana 

I wanted to wait to write this until I got my first client so I could put everything I learned at Top Tier K9 to use and today is that day. January 5th I flew down to Florida originally for 5 weeks to get my pet certification, that quickly turned into 3 months. Not only did I get my pet certification I also got my working dog certification and became an affiliate of Top Tier K9. It was an amazing experience and I wouldn't change a thing. Jeff Minder is a wonderful teacher and pushes you to be the best that you can be.


I immediately felt welcome and had tons of people there for me. My first week was a business bootcamp that I went through with Amy Crocker and Ashley Blue, two amazing business women and trainers. During that first week I learned things that not only has helped me start and run my business but also has helped me in every aspect of my life. That first week blew by quickly and Ashley and I went on to start training pets. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am with my training if it wasn't for Ashley. We worked amazingly well together and help each other grow as trainers. After a lot of hard work we both certified as pet trainers. During this time Jeff and I discussed me staying for working dog and I ended up staying longer the backing of Jeff, Roger Campbell, and Lisa Campbell(my grandparents).


I really didn't know what I was getting myself into, but I quickly became aware. I don't think anyone knows how much hard work goes into training and owning a working dog until they actually do it. I absolutely love it and is worth all of the countless hours of training and lack of sleep at times. So I got my puppy Swift and got to work. Shortly after getting Swift from Crooked Creek Ranch I got the phone call that my great grandma was in the hospital and was not doing good. And of course I wanted to fly home and be there for her in my family which I didn't do at her request. Not long after that she passed away and it was incredibly hard for me being away from home but luckily I had Jeff, Ashley, and Chris O'Brian there for me the whole time and of course swift. Jeff was very understanding and not and did not try to rush me back into training and let me take the time I needed to grieve. Which most schools would not do. After taking a short break from training Swift and I got back into it and I pushed both of us as far as we could go. We both made huge improvements that would not have happened without Jeff Ashley and everyone there helping and pushing us.


I am incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences I have had because of Top Tier K9. I got to see and participate in impacting people's lives, I got to travel, and work with amazing people and dogs. There is not one school that I know of that has been as supportive and understanding as Top Tier K9. I 100% recommend Top Tier K9 to anyone wanting to become a dog trainer and run their own business. I am honored to be a part of the Top Tier K9 family and can't wait to see it grow with like-minded entrepreneurs.

Connor Stephens
Tallahassee Fl
Hardy Purvis
Austin, Texas

“On a scale of 1 to 10 I give Top Tier K9 an 11”, Hardy said.  “The working dog foundation program is amazing and the business development and project management processes I learned will help me take my business to the next level.  The business insights I gleaned from the classes more than re-paid my investment in class curriculum, instruction, purchase of a puppy and two trips to Mississippi and Florida!"

“I was able to learn live on-line through an ‘application’ level of learning while I ran my business and stayed with my family.  I then traveled for 2 short weeks to Madison Florida to prove that I had learned the required skills by demonstrating my amazing Malinois “Gerti” in tracking, scent detection, advanced obedience, and protection where I reached the ‘analysis’ level of learning”


Hardy added, “The business planning, and project management work I did with Jeff was worth its weight in gold.  When you see that Top Tier K9 is the gold standard in the dog training industry, believe it” he added. 

Hardy joined up in the Top Tier K9 affiliate program where he will be able to use and distribute Top Tier K9 training collateral to his customers in support of his business objectives of expanding into protection training.  In addition, as an affiliate, Hardy will be able to broadcast Top Tier K9 Live programing within his facility to members of his community.  Exclusive training programs that include our home-schooler classes on dog behavior and obedience, our Top Tier K9 for kids programs, and our defense programs for abused women are available only through our affiliate network.

Karen Wannamaker
Anchorage, Alaska
Russ Moore
Mt. Vernon, Ohio

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!

Victoria "Rebel" Pascuite
Hamden, Connecticut
Jim Hayes
Thomasville, Ga
Julie Wellman
Anchorage Alaska
Michelle Lutz
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Trinity Lee
Drummond, Montana
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!

Chelsey Tourtelot
Richmond, Virginia
Ben Wolter
Bloomington, Indiana
Barry Abraham
Crawfordville, Florida
Don White
Conway, South Carolina
Leila Thomas
Newton, New Hampshire
Ben Landkammer
Knoxville, Tennessee
Zach Thomas
Newton, New Hampshire
Kayla Fitzpatrick Peters
Ava, Missouri
Marissa Jiral
Traverse City, Michigan
Brooke Trometer
Ft. Meyers, Florida
Hollie Robinson
Mountain Home, Idaho
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.

Sharon Hunt
Clinton, North Carolina
Kelly Hager
Greeley, Colorado
Maria Schultz
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Ashley Blue
Perry, Florida
Annett Ihlemann
Hollywood, Florida
Brooke Chambers
Boston, Ga
Kris Morrill
Albany, Ga
Hollie Horner
Perry Florida
Marty Worline
Ospry, Florida
Moe Reeder
Valdosta, GA
Amy Nix Raddar
Tallahassee, Florida
Kat Roos
Missoula, Montana

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