Dog Training

K9 Academy

Don’t have time to train your dog? We can help! A professional dog trainer can train your dog for you, so you have a tired and better mannered pup to bring home!

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Training Courses

Choose a group course that fits your schedule where your dog and you can learn and bond together.

Beginner Puppy (Puppy 1)

$125.00 for 4 weeks
Start Dates:

October 26th (Tuesday) – 10:30-11:30 am & 5:30-6:30 pm

October 28th (Thursday) – 5:30-6:30 pm

November 30th (Tuesday) – 10:30-11:30 am & 5:30-6:30 pm

December 2nd (Thursday) – 5:30-6:30 pm

  • Puppies from 8 weeks to 5 months:
  • Socialization
  • Learning basic commands
  • Addressing puppy problems/habits and how to fix them
  • Please bring your Puppy with on FIRST DAY of class!
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Advanced Puppy (Puppy 2)

$125.00 for 4 weeks
Start Dates:

October 26th (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 pm

December 1st (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 pm

Continuation of Puppy 1:

  • Building confidence
  • Proper dog walking
  • Off leash commands
  • Please bring your Dog with on FIRST DAY of class!
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Basic Obedience

$125.00 for 4 weeks
Start Dates:

October 27th (Wednesday) – 10:30-11:30 am & 5:30-6:30 pm

December 1st (Wednesday) – 10:30-11:30 am & 5:30-6:30 pm

  • Dogs 6 months and older
  • Learn basic commands
  • Address behavior problems and how to fix
  • Please bring your Dog with on FIRST DAY of class!
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Advanced Obedience

$125.00 for 4 weeks
Start Date:

October 27th (Wednesday) – 4:00-5:00 pm

December 1st (Wednesday) – 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Continuation of Basic Obedience:
  • Learning new commands
  • Holding commands longer
  • Off leash training
  • Please bring your Dog with on FIRST DAY of class!
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2-Day Therapy Dogs 101 Seminar

$25.00 per team (handler and dog)

(Please note that masks will be mandatory for the seminar.)

This will be a 2 day class:

Day 1:

Saturday, November 6, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

– No dogs

Day 2:

Sunday, November 7, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

– With dogs

This seminar is limited to 10 people, both days will be in the Puppy Room.

No more than one dog per person.

Online registration only. Must prepaid.

Join us for this 2-Day seminar where you will learn about the different organizations, skills, and requirements to become a therapy dog team.

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Meet Our Trainers

Don & Stephanie Vaughan
Don & Stephanie VaughanTherapy Dog Instructors
Don and Stephanie are a husband-wife team with over 35 years of combined experience as therapy dog handlers. Their hearts are with the giant breeds – rare mastiffs, in particular. They also focus on rescuing giants in need. Over the years, they have owned a Tosa Ken, also known as a Japanese mastiff; a rescued Saint Bernard; a rescued Great Dane mix; two rescued Neapolitan mastiffs, sometimes referred to as an Italian mastiff (think Fang from Harry Potter); a rescued Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as a French mastiff (think Turner & Hooch); and a rescued Irish Wolfhound. Most recently, they adopted a Newfoundland.

Don and Stephanie began volunteering in animal-assisted activities with their Japanese mastiff, Majo, in 2002 through Therapy Dogs Inc., now known as Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD). Majo’s nine-year career focused on the elderly, with most of her visits in nursing homes. But in 2010, Majo started working at an adult detention center, the beginning of what would turn into a fulfilling new path for Don and Stephanie in the correctional system. Their second registered therapy dog, a rescued Saint Bernard named Gaag, worked for nearly five years with ATD,
regularly visiting an adult detention center, a juvenile detention center and hospice patients.

Napolean, their Bordeaux, visited for about a year at a number of correctional facilities in the area, including a juvenile detention facility, two area adult detention centers and a federal medical facility.

In August 2011, Don became a tester/observer with ATD, and in June 2016, he was elected to its Board of Directors. In July 2018, Don was elected ATD Treasurer. In July 2021, Don was elected ATD vice president. Ila, their current Newfoundland, is in training to hopefully become their next registered therapy dog.

Kimberly Radke
Kimberly RadkeDog Instructor
Kimberly Radke has been caring for and training dogs for over 25 years and has always had a love for animals, but has a special passion for dogs. She is a dedicated dog mom to Monkey, rescued boxer (9yrs), Aloha, rescued pitbull (11yrs), Ellie, rescued Chihuahua (11yrs) and Cooper a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (4yrs).

Kim graduated from National K-9 School for Dog Trainers in 1995 with her Master Dog Trainer Certification. National K-9 focused on Basic and Advanced Obedience, Therapy Dog Work, Police training and bite work, Scent Detection and Kennel Management. In 2006 Kim attended and graduated from No Limitations/Sit Means Sit K-9 School located in Las Vegas, Nevada where she received her certification in Remote Collar Dog Training, Bite Safety Instruction and Dog Swimming Instruction.

Furthermore she is also certified in Pet First Aid and Canine Hydrotherapy. She has taken courses in Emergency Animal Sheltering and FEMA Emergency Management with her focus on animal emergency crisis.

Kim has done extensive training with high risk breeds and aggressive cases. She enjoys letting dogs be dogs and helping owners create a balanced and happy animal household.

In her spare time she is a very dedicated MN Twins Fan, GO TWINS!! and loves to golf and travel. Originally from the Twin Cities area she moved to the Rochester area in 2001. Currently, Kim is teaching Puppy 1 & 2, Basic Obedience and Advanced Obedience and doing private lessons.

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