Certified Dog trainer School
Certified Dog trainer School
Certified Dog trainer School
Certified Dog trainer School
Certified Dog trainer School
Certified Dog trainer School

Dog Trainer School

Students can now take the entire program (or any certification subset) Live On-Campus or Live On-Line!  That's right, You can now come to our Madison Florida campus and take all the classes and certification Live on Campus.  This includes 40+ hours of business development and project management training to help ensure you are a success in the dog training industry.  Take the classes live on-line or live on-campus!!

The Top Tier K9 Dog Trainer School is designed using Bloom's Cognitive Taxonomy, advanced Internet technologies, and an industry first Affiliate model, to take you step by step from knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis levels of learning allowing the future dog trainer to go as far as they desire with the ability to "jump off" at strategic points to maximize potential and minimize investment in time, energy and money. 


We have the only programs that provides our students with business, project management, sales and marketing support to help them start and manage their own dog training businesses.  Our affiliate model puts our students on the map and our dog trainer program includes actual project management and business training as part of the curriculum.

Our Internet based programs are "Live On-Line" and our campus programs are "Live On-Campus".  We don't send you to video libraries and expect you to figure out the right way to learn.  We meet you in our classrooms and we teach you, the old fashioned way through verified and validated levels of learning.  All of our programs have our instructors face to face with our students in every learning platform, live on-line and live on-campus.


You do not have to certify with Top Tier K9 to enjoy the value of our classes. Many of our students are seeking professional development or simply taking our classes to enjoy learning how to train their own dogs for service, sport,  or simply as obedient family pets.   If you desire to certify with Top Tier K9 click here to see a list of certifications and what they entail.

Dog Trainer School

The Gold Standard for Dog Training 

Pet Training Program

  1. The Art of Dog Training:  On-line or On-Campus

  2. Pet Trainer Program:  On-line or On-Campus 

  3. Pet Trainer Certification On-Campus

Working Training Program

  1. Working Dog - Puppy Foundation Training: On-line or On-Campus

  2. Working Dog Trainer Program:  On-line or On-Campus

  3. Working Dog Trainer Certification:  On-Campus

Service Dog Training Program

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

  2. Service 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

Advanced Business and Project Management Workshops

  1. Business Development Workshop Live On-Campus

  2. Project Management Workshop Live On-Campus

Level 1 - The Art of Dog Training 

This is the entry level course for all of Top Tier K9s Dog Trainer Programs. All attendees must complete this training and pass the tests associated with this training to move to the next level of training.


All about dogs and the dog training industry.  How to read dogs and communicate with them, new techniques and offerings in the world of the dog training business: Live On-line with Kari, Jeff and Carolyn.  Face to face right through your computer, laptop. or tablet and we now support smart phones.

  • Breed recognition

  • How dogs Communicate: intro to body language

  • Marking and luring

  • Classical and operant conditioning

  • Training equipment

  • The basics of pet training

  • Health and nutrition

  • Developing a business mindset:  How to think like a boss.

  • Introduction to effective project management and prioritizing needs

Level 2 - Pet Trainer Program

In this course you take what you learned from the "Art of Dog Training" and learn how to effectively and professionally train pets for paying clients. You will need access to a dog(s) for this training (any untrained pet will do) so that you can practice and show your work for instructor review and evaluations.  This is hands on training. Live On-Line and live with Kari and Jeff.  Face to face right through your computer, laptop. or tablet.  We demonstrate to you and you show us you can apply the training techniques to a pet.


  • Advanced Training Equipment

  • Markers, Rewards and Corrections

  • Climb Command

  • Sit Command

  • Down Command

  • Recall

  • Loose Leash Walking

  • Intro to Customer Relationship Management

  • Intro to Business Plan Development 

At the end of this class you will be tested and evaluated on your skills as a pet trainer. If you are successful in that testing and evaluation process, you will go to a TTK9 location for up to 2 weeks where you will train pets under the watchful eye of a certified TTK9 Instructor. (locations and timing are to be determined after completing this course and passing the tests).

The Working Dog - Puppy Imprinting and Forecasting Program (Level 4) can be taken concurrently with this class where you learn how to take a working line puppy and turn it into a super dog; tracking, protection, scent detection, service, therapy, search and rescue and more.

Level 3 - Pet Trainer Certification

Students travel to Top Tier K9's main campus in Madison Fl. to demonstrate their new skills.


The student has up to 2 weeks to certify as a Pet trainer.  Requirements are to demonstrate proficiency with the skills learned during the hands on training accomplished in the Pet training Program under the watchful eye and mentoring of some of the industries top dog trainers and entrepreneurs.  This 2 weeks is the test for certification, you must be prepared to pass the certification before you go to Top Tier K9.

We hold our graduates to a higher standard than other schools.  Ours is the gold standard.


Level 4 - Working Dog - Puppy Imprinting 

Top Tier K9 has developed a one of a kind puppy imprinting and forecasting system that we teach to our students.  It incorporates effective project management processes and advanced working dog training techniques to teach students how to plan for and predict their training programs based on the desired use of their dogs with the health and welfare of the dogs as the top priority.


If the scope of the training is to produce a bomb detection dog, a narcotics dog, a search and rescue dog, a protection dog, a service dog for people with disabilities or a fully polished demo dog the TTK9 system helps our students achieve that goal through a replicable plan and process that they take with them into their own businesses.


Plan your work and work your plan.  This requires our students to comprehend working dog training and project management processes before they select their candidate puppy for use in the program.  Something no other training program even tries to accomplish.  Once our students comprehend the working dog program and processes, they then select their candidate puppy from a TTK9 affiliate breeder or a quality breeder of their choice to begin the next phase of training.

Live On-Line with Kari, Jeff and Carolyn.  Face to face right through your computer, laptop. or tablet.

Level 5 - Working Dog Trainer Program 

After creating their training plan our students select their candidate puppy based on selection criteria learned from the previous course and begin the formal processes of training their working line puppies based on the Top Tier K9 Imprinting and Forecasting plan developed in the previous class.


We assist our students every step of the way using proven learning and teaching techniques that ensure our students comprehend the material before they apply the training to their new puppies.  Our expert staff will analyze and evaluate each students performance and provide any needed adjustments to help our students become certified Top Tier K9 Working Dog Trainers.


Once the trainer and his/her puppy are ready to be evaluated for final approval, they go to our Madison Florida location for additional hands on training, mentoring, and advanced training in areas of student specific interests such as search and rescue, bomb or narcotics detection, tracking and protection as well as to learn the ring sports, PSA or IPO as desired by the student.

Live On-Line with Kari and Jeff or Live On-Site at our Madison Florida Campus as part of our immersion option.

Level 6 - Working Dog Trainer Certification 

Students who pass all requirements to get to this level of training have proven themselves to be strong prospects for adding working dog offerings to their pet training businesses.  


We actively recruit the best in the business in protection, detection, search and rescue, pet trainers, working dog trainers, veterinarian and kennel owners/managers.  Men and women who have proven themselves as great managers, trainers, and business people.


Students take their freshly trained puppies (now working dogs) to our main campus in Madison Florida to show off their skills for evaluation on techniques, quality performance, and capabilities as working dog trainers for mentoring and additional hands on work in their discipline(s) of choice.  Students also create their business and marketing plans at the end of this portion of the training.

Service Dog Trainer Certification 

Top Tier K9 Certified Working Dog Trainers are eligible to become a Certified Service Dog Trainer.

Our students learn how to select a working dog for use in the service dog industry, how to analyze the future owner of a service dog and effectively match that service dog to the owner.

Training also includes:

  • Teaching people how to manage their service dogs

  • Proofing working dogs into the service dog arena

  • Common needs of the service dog industry

  • Health and nutrition of a service dog

  • On-going support in service dog legal requirements

  • Avanced reward systems for service dog development

  • ...and so much more


Classes are Live On-Line for 10 weeks with a Live On-Site certification for 2 weeks.  The process takes the trainer into the Synthesis level of learning relying on the levels of learning achieved within the Pet and Working Dog Certification Programs.

Certified Safe Catch Decoy/Helper 

Our students learn to create protection dogs at all levels of a dogs life-cycle and development opportunities.  Becoming a Certified Safe Catch Decoy/Helper ensures that our graduates can effectively manage the on-going support necessary to ensure a protection dog continues to grow and improve.

Training includes:

  • Teaching people how to manage their protection dogs

  • Proofing working dogs into the protection dog arena

  • Common needs of the protection dog

  • Health and nutrition of a protection dog

  • On-going support in protection dog legal requirements

  • Personal injuries common in the the Decoy/Helper arena and how to avoid them

  • ...and so much more


Classes are Live On-Line for 10 weeks with a Live On-Site certification for 2 weeks.  The process takes the trainer into the Synthesis level of learning relying on the levels of learning achieved within the Pet and Working Dog Certification Programs.

Business Development and Project Management Training 

Jeff Minder, founder and CEO of Top Tier K9 is an award winning teacher and entrepreneur.  Jeff has created a one of a kind project management process used to forecast, imprint and train pets and working dogs.  This process is proven and replicable allowing students to effectively train all types of dogs and take the plan and processes out into their communities and use as a foundation for their own dog training businesses.


Jeff has been recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in N. America and he shares his ideas and processes used to start and manage successful businesses through the entire dog training program.  His business analysis and project management courses have been taught at several US colleges and universities as well as at Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Crowley Maritime Services.

All dog training classes include elements of business development and project management to help our students start and run their own dog training businesses.  In addition, students can opt to take the advanced business development and project management workshops through our immersion programs.  Additionally, individuals who are not interested in dog training can take the stand alone project management and business development programs to assist them in any and all markets they desire to attack as an entrepreneur.

Learn more about the business development and project management training at www.JeffMinder.com


Business Development Workshop - Live On-Site - Professional development.  This 1 week immersion program teaches students the basics of business development regardless of the technical offering of the entrepreneur.  This is a stand alone program that is not specific to the dog training industry but can be used by students as the platform to launch any business the student wants to be involved in.  During immersion training, this class is specifically designed for the student planning to launch their own dog training business. 

Project Management Workshop- Live On-Site - Professional development.  This 1 week immersion program is designed to teach the students the basics of project management and the 12 knowledge areas and 5 process groups associated with the creation or expansion of any new product, service or result of a change to an existing product or service

Prices are subject to change without notice.  Each class is paid for separately, allowing students to gain knowledge and select the next level of training only after they pass the previous level.  This allows students to determine if they have what it takes to be a successful dog trainer BEFORE committing to thousands of dollars of training.  Only TTK9 offers this form of certification path. 


Additional costs are associated with expenses for travel and living expenses at Top Tier K9's Madison Florida Campus for Pet, Working Dog, Service Dog and Decoy/Helper Trainer Certifications.  The Pet Training Program requires pets to practice with during the class under the eye of TTK9 certified Instructors via your computer or tablet webcam.  Working Dog Trainer Program requires an investment in one working dog puppy and the care and feeding of that puppy, this puppy can continue to be used in the service dog and decoy/helper programs.


There are no refunds.  You pay for each class as you determine you are ready for it.  Once the class is completed, provided you pass the class, you will be invited to attend the next phase of training.  There is no guarantee that you will certify .  If you are not motivated, if you do not dedicate the time and effort to accomplish the requirements, you should not sign up for this program.  Not everyone is capable of becoming a Top Tier K9 certified dog trainer and to maintain your certification requires dedication to honesty, integrity and ethics. Those who prove they are not honest, lack integrity, or intentionally violate business ethics will have their certifications revoked, with no refund of any kind.

Student housing is available on the Madison Florida Campus.  Most rooms are $50 a night for certifications and $150 a week for the on-campus program and includes utilities. Internet, access to: kitchen, bathroom with shower, laundry room and parking and are located approximately 100 yards from the training facilities allowing you to live and work on the campus.  

Top Tier K9 provides it's standards, encased in our certification programs, to an industry without standards or requirements for certifications.  Through this application we train students to become dog trainers and business professionals specifically for their own reward and satisfaction.  We are not a state controlled college or university, they don't teach people how to start their own businesses nor do they teach them how to train dogs...we do both. We are not preparing our students for employment, we are teaching them how to start and manage their own dog training businesses for their own satisfaction and reward.

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