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Foundation Dogs® Lead the Way

A Foundation Dog® begins his training at 6 weeks old and is eligible for level 3 certification at 6 months old. In that timespan, the Foundation Dog® is trained on 50 elements that roll up into 4 specific functions: Tracking, Scent Detection, Protection, Advanced Obedience.

A certified Foundation Dog® is then "finished" (level 4) through one of the Top Tier K9 finishing programs: Level 4 finishing schools include: Police K9, Military K9, Service Dog, Service Dog that Protects, Executive Protection Dog, and Special Security Dog.

Top Tier K9 has an Academy for Dog Trainers that prepares people to train and finish Foundation Dogs® in their own communities as well as a business development program to assist people in starting and running their own pet and Foundation Dog® training businesses.

Top Tier K9 owns the trademark for Foundation Dogs®, owns the process that creates, certifies and maintains the quality of the Foundation Dog® and the program to certify individuals to train Foundation Dogs®. Foundation Dogs® are being used in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and for use in finding cures for diseases such as cancer and diabetes. These are Foundation Dogs® finished as Special Security Dogs. Teamed with some of the most advanced technology companies in the world, Top Tier K9 is leading the way in new develops in the dog training industry. Stay tuned to learn more about our work and the success of the Foundation Dog® program.

Visit to learn more about our dogs, our programs and our school; rated as one of the Top dog trainer schools in the world.

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