Dog Training

Whether bringing home a new puppy or adopted rescue, refining your dog’s obedience, or problem solving through behaviors, dog owners often find themselves unsure of how to best proceed with their dog’s training. In the age of infinite information online, we have a vast array of options for seeking support right at our fingertips; however, attempting to reason through contradicting advice often leaves dog owners defeated and unsure of the “best” way to go about building the bond and communication they desire with their pet. Cloud 9 Canine’s dog training services aim to bring accessible, professional training services for dog owners in the Kalamazoo area right to you in your home.

Cloud 9 Canine’s Training Philosophy

Cloud 9 Canine Dog Training utilizes a modern, holistic, client-centered approach.

Modern Training

As dog ownership rates rise across the United States, interest in dog training services grows proportionally. With this increase in interest comes a higher interest in canine behavior through ongoing research into the best dog training practices. Dog training is an unregulated field requiring no licensing or formal education in order to provide dog training services; therefore, it is the responsibility of dog trainers to keep themselves up-to-date on the latest research on the best way to work with dogs of all training backgrounds, needs, and goals. At Cloud 9 Canine, we emphasize the use of modern training by keeping track of the latest, reward-based practices in dog training to evolve our services with the growing body of information on canine training interventions.

Holistic Training

We often think of dog training as performing a set of activities with a dog in order to produce a desired action. However, dog training is far more complex than simple input of our actions to achieve the output of a behavior from our dogs. At Cloud 9 Canine, we emphasize a holistic approach to training that considers the dog’s emotional, mental, physical, developmental well-being in the training approaches we select. When crafting training plans with clients, we consider the dog’s history, current level of training, environment, preferences, motivations, and natural instincts. We do not view dog training as a way to merely get results, but rather as a way to guide owners in learning more about their dogs as unique individuals and how to successfully live alongside them in a way that meets the needs of human and canine alike.

Client-Centered Training

It’s easy to compare ourselves to others! We see someone walking calmly with their dog down the street, enjoying a lunch on a patio with a dog laying calmly at their feet, or a dog enjoying off-leash freedom at the park and wish that could be us. We also may hear canine professionals or other dog owners tell us that our dogs MUST possess specific skills in order to be fulfilled or properly trained. Our philosophy of training considers that dogs and their humans are all individuals with differing lifestyles, and there is not a “one size fits all” approach to dog training. Instead, we aim to work with you to achieve training outcomes relevant to you and your dog’s needs rather than adhering to objective ideals that may not be desirable for you to work toward. Whether you would like your dog to reach a high level of performance or simply learn the basics and stick to them, we are happy to cater our training to match your individual goals.

Our Dog Trainer

Our Head Dog Trainer joined our team in September 2021. Stephanie began her dog training career at a local pet store offering private lessons and leading group classes. After establishing a strong reputation in the Kalamazoo community, she joined our team to fulfill our mission of increasing education and resources to local dog owners. Stephanie has a special interest in obedience and building the confidence of shelter dogs. Stephanie will be sitting for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers exam this upcoming spring 2022 to receive her nationally-accredited certification.

Dog Training Services

We offer 3 dog training services designed to meet a wide variety of training needs. 30 and 60 minute training services may be purchased in packages of 5 or 10 at discounted rates. All training services require an enrollment form to allow us to get to you know and your pets prior to initating services.

Walk & Train

Walk & trains are an opportunity to receive training services at a discounted rate during our dog’s regular walk. Our dog training staff will perform a walk with your dog while working on their training goals during the session. Training occurs 1 on 1 between your dog and our trainer.

We offer 20, 30, and 60 minute walk & trains.
Click here to fill out our enrollment form and get started!

Happy-go-lucky Bailey learning her loose leash manners.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are individual sessions that allow you and your dog to receive the undivided attention of your trainer. We offer private lessons for dogs of all ages and stages within their training journey. Lessons may take place in your home or in a public setting based on your training goals.

We offer 30 or 60 minute private lessons.

Click here to fill out our enrollment form and get started!

Model students paying attention to their lesson!

Group Classes

Group classes are 6-week sessions offered each season. We are in the process of developing curriculum for various ages and training goals. Classes are hosted at Michigan Dog Center in Portage.

Winter 2022 group class enrollment will open January 2nd, 2022 with the session beginning January 16th: stay tuned!

Pups practicing their patience in a group class!

Dog Training Rates

“Our rescue pup needed training so bad, and we were so happy to find Stephanie! Not only was she extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of training, but she was also extremely loving to each dog in her class and very passionate about what she does. It was like she was training her own dog. You could just tell she cared about each of their successes and also gave us great tools and homework to work on outside of classes. We highly recommend Stephanie for all your fur baby training!”

– Heather W.

“Stephanie is a fantastic and knowledgeable trainer. We had no clue what we were doing when it comes to raising a shelter puppy. Her classes were instrumental in our understanding of our dog’s growth and development. Stephanie is extremely dedicated, and class with her was always engaging and insightful. While enrolled in training classes we had extenuating circumstances that caused us to miss several classes. Stephanie went above and beyond in communicating and helping us catch up on what we had missed and made sure we were on track for success. Since completing the training classes, we have had struggles that come with raising a rescued dog with a rough past and Stephanie is always our first call. She truly understands how to connect with our dog and communicate how we can better understand him. Stephanie is amazing and we are so thankful for her!”

– Sam & Kyle

“Stephanie has provided extensive training  with myself and my Labradoodle Oscar from puppy to adult. She has a keen sense of dogs and their handlers, and ensures both get the best training possible. She is clear and concise with instructions during lessons, all while making it fun and stress free! Because of Stephanie, Oscar and I have a deeper bond through our training. If you are looking for a talented, energetic, fun, and simply amazing dog trainer-Stephanie is your person!”

– Jess B-S.

“Stephanie trained our dog for three training courses, for a total of 18 sessions. In addition to teaching him lots of commands, she was also incredibly patient with him and took the time to make our anxious pup feel comfortable. She was the right combination of stern when necessary but also loving and fun. Our dog is not a fan of new people but Stephanie is his favorite person (besides us, of course). We would highly recommend Stephanie for any dog training needs!”

– Nikki C.