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Certified Dog Trainer School
Certified Dog Trainer School
Certified Dog Trainer School
Certified Dog Trainer School
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Next Pet Trainer Certification July 31, 2023

Next Pet Trainer Class:  June 1, 2023 Day and Night options (Tues-Thurs 10 - 11:30am or 6-7:30PM EST).  Franchisees also start here.

Protection Dog Masters Class begins June 27, 2023

We train pets, we train working dogs, we have a school that trains dog trainers, we have a working dog breeding program, we have a Franchise system, and we have a Virtual Reality Dog Training Program, we sell service dogs and protection dogs...  and so much more (850) 909-2409

What we offer our Students

  • Become a Top Tier K9 Certified Pet Trainer and Start your own business:  We teach you how to train dogs, how to train their owners and how to start and run your own dog training business.

  • The best have the option to start a Top Tier K9 Franchise if you qualify and desire to carry the Top Tier K9 brand.

  • Learn to train working dogs through our Foundation Dog® program:  tracking, scent detection, advanced obedience and protection, start with a puppy and build one of the top dogs on the planet as your demo dog for your business.

  • Take our Masters classes after you certify as a Foundation Dog® Trainer.

  • Learn to train and sell service dogs, protection dogs, and special security dogs and certify as a Master Trainer.

  • We also sell protection dogs, service dogs and special security dogs across the world.

  • We have our own breeding program dedicated to our students to help you obtain world class puppies to build your Foundation Dogs® for the class and certification.

  • Franchisees can resell our finished dogs and continue to train/buy Foundation Dogs® to finish in their own programs (phase 2 of Franchise development)

We do NOT sell puppies to the public. they are available for students in the Foundation Dog® trainer class and to Level 2 Franchisees for their own ongoing work as providers of Foundation Dogs® and Finished dogs.

You do NOT have to quit your job or move away.  Live online with 2 week opportunities for onsite certifications at our Madison Florida Campus.  We have perfected online learning through over 25 years of use (yes, our founder developed online education systems since 1998 and our Academy for Dog Trainers has used online training since it's inception not just since COVID).

We use live online classes where we meet you face to face using the internet and employ amazing multi-media support programs including the worlds first and only Virtual Reality Dog Training Center where you can practice command sequence, rewards, corrections, and basic commands BEFORE you try it out on a real dog (your real dog will thank you and your virtual dog is as close to real as technically possible)

No other Dog Trainer School offers what we offer you!  Not even close.  We are the Professional's choice in the dog training industry and we offer job placement opportunities for our certified Pet and Foundation Dog® trainers through our Franchisees and our business partners and affiliates.

Top Tier K9 is recognized as one of the top dog trainer schools in the world.  We help our students become professional dog trainers, master dog trainers, and successful business owners. We apply quality assurance and controls that are unmatched in the dog training industry.  We train dogs and humans.


We train 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 at our Madison Fl or Tallahassee Fl locations by calling (850) 909-2409.

Top Tier K9 Franchising, LLC maintains a powerful franchising system in the US. Visit to learn more about the program and to see if you qualify.  Top Tier K9 Franchisees go through the process of being a certified location, ensuring the highest levels of quality and care in the industry.  Look For "Top Tier K9 Certified Location" when trusting those who you leave your dogs with for training.

Top Tier K9 has a Breeding Program, both in-house and through our Franchise network that maintains a high level of quality and consistency for our Foundation Dog® and their associated finishing programs.  (Litters on the ground).

Top Tier K9 was the very first company to train a dog to hunt for and indicate on a virus (COVID-19).  Since then Top Tier K9 has developed a training, distribution, and support network accessible from anywhere in the world for Virus Detection Dogs. (

Top Tier K9 has a Virtual Reality dog training center, DVD Training Programs and online learning systems that are available through our store, and will help you get started training pets and working dogs. ( install the application on your Quest, Quest II or Meta Quest Pro headset at

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 staged for deployment to be used for virus detection, protection, military, police, and service dog programs around the world.

Top Tier K9 in the News and on Television Networks

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.

Unleashed - Dogs without Limits TV season 2:  See some of the graduates of Top Tier K9 Academy for Dog trainers and understand why we are #1.  4/15/2022

 "Real American Heroes" interview
of Top Tier K9 CEO Jeff Minder by Lt. Col. Oliver North 5/13/2021

Unleashed - Dogs without Limits TV Episode #5 all about Top Tier K9, our

Virus detection program, school, and service dogs that also protect.


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 3-4 week board and train program 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 Trainer Program

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

  2. Service Dog Training Certification Live On-Campus

Special Security Dog Trainer 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) Trainer 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. Advanced CRM and Public Speaking work shop On-Campus


Top Tier K9 - Metaverse


Determining that basic leash management and the proper command structure is critical to a dogs education and happiness, Top Tier K9 launched the world's first Virtual Reality Dog Training Center.  Using an Oculus/Meta compliant VR headset, customers can enter Top Tier K9 - Madison Florida's training room and practice commands, rewards and corrections on a virtual dog with the climb, heel, sit, down and come commands (recall).

It is so real it is scary.  Become proficient with our Virtual dogs and your real dogs will be saved from your "practice".

4 Corporate Locations:

  • Madison Florida

  • Tallahassee Florida

  • Milton Florida

  • The Metaverse

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 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 opportunities.  Directly behind Wyndham hotel with attached Applebee's. 1355 East Lafayette Street, Tallahassee Fl. 32301














Milton Florida

Our Milton Florida location is conveniently located directly off Interstate 10 at exit 26 on Gascon Point Rd, just 2 miles south of the interstate. This location provides Foundation Dog training.  In addition, our Milton Florida location is an R&D center for our Special Security work, supporting our franchisees, and development of our VR systems. 3011 Garcon Point Rd, Milton, FL 32583. 


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 a franchisee, you get on-going support for your business, training and sales efforts.


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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