“We Certify Trainers From All Over The World!”

At K-9 Companions we offer a Certified Dog Trainer course and Certification (C.T.) as well as a Certified Master Dog Trainer Certification (C.M.T.). The Certified Dog Trainer Course (for those who want to become a dog trainer) is 240 hrs long and requires hands on training with the staff in all areas of dog training from Kennel Technician through 3 levels of Dog Obedience and 3 levels of protection with overviews of Detection, Service Dog Training, and Competition. In addition, the student will get to work with approximately 100 dogs of all breeds and sizes during this 90 day period of time. Studies for trainers include book work, tests, and discussions about all areas of dog behavior, psychology, temperament testing, and more. We offer The Dog Trainers Course in the spring and fall for a 90 day period with the possible extension of an additional 90 days for those with difficult schedules. Course cost is $6000.00 and does not include housing. Contact us for a formal course outline. To become a Certified Master Trainer (C.M.T.) the dog trainer must complete the book work, tests, and hours, for the Certified Trainer (C.T.) course, plus have 1 year worth of practical experience working with actual dogs and clients under the supervision of K-9 Companions (professional dog trainer). This is not a paid course rather is an extension of this course or employment with K-9 Companions. Trainers working in other states and countries can be signed off on this experience by a licensed training facility or legal NPO.


In recent years, we have been contacted several times with requests regarding the backgrounds of individual dog trainers claiming to have been certified as a dog trainer by K-9 Companions. Because of this we have compiled a list for easy access for people to locate the individuals by name and whether or not they were trained or certified by us. Certified Dog Trainer indicates that the individual took the dog trainer course and was tested on knowledge and practical application. All other listed dog trainers but non-certified were trained from the level of Kennel Tech through Master Trainer with 1 year or more of practical experience working with owners and dogs. Dates indicate the years of experience with K-9 Companions with or without certification. For anyone who cares to check you will see a number of dog trainers currently doing business in Southern California listed here. This list is not a complete list of dog trainers. To become a dog trainercontact us for additions or corrections that should be made. C.M.T. indicates Certified Master Trainer. Disclaimer:  K-9 Companions is not responsible for the individual character or ethics of the individuals trained.  Certification only indicates the experience level of the persons named below.

  • Barrasa, Sybrina Certified (2012) Riverside, CA
  • Bell, Daniel (Certified 2015), CA
  • Bittikofer, Tessa (2000-2004) Hesperia, California
  • Bowers, Christine (2006-2008) Hemet, California
  • Bradsbery-Quick, LaKimba (2001-2006) Riverside, California
  • Cameron, Shannon CMT (2011-2013) Pasadena, Ca
  • Castaldo, Vandelina (Certified 2014) Beaumont, CA
  • Culbertson, Vicki (Certified 2015), CA
  • Christensen, Lily (2003-2005) Riverside, California
  • Dankert, Greg (Certified 1996-1997) New York
  • Dingwell, William (1993) Moreno Valley, California
  • Domingo, Jean (Certified 2010) Aliso Viejo, CA
  • Doto, Nicholas CMT (2014)  Coeur d’alene, Idaho
  • Druker, Larry (Certified 1999) Upland, California
  • Erwin, Scott CMT (2009-2013) Riverside, CA
  • Fassbinder, Molly (1993) Claremont, California
  • Freilich, Jennifer (1998-2002) Riverside, California
  • Friedman Kandice (2005-2007) San Diego, Ca
  • Garcia, Ilany (2004-2007) C.M.T.Riverside, California
  • Garcia, Karla CMT Gavalin Hills, Ca (2007-present))
  • Halbritter, Tamara (2005-present) C.M.T. Chino, California
  • Healy, Rose (1993) Fullerton, California
  • Hernandez, Monica CMT (Certified 2012-2014) Lake Forest, CA
  • Hui, Amy (1998-1999) Laguna Beach, California
  • Jessup, Adriana (Certified 2015), CA
  • Kalvesmaki, Lindsay (Certified 2015), PA
  • Katularu, Eial (Certified 2010) Phoenix, AZ
  • Larkin, Tiffany (Certified 2009-2010) Temecula, Ca
  • Larson, Nikki (Certified 1998) Colorado
  • Loree, Michelle (Certified 2009) Temecula, Ca
  • Lunceford, Rebecca (1995) Fontana, California
  • Marcinkiewicz, Carmen CMT (2006-2010) Corona, Ca
  • Martin, Cara (Certified 2011) San Diego, Ca
  • Martin, Kathia (2010-2012) Murrieta, Ca
  • May, Joshua (Certified 2009) Los Angeles, Ca
  • Meade-Rodine, Lacy (1998-2003) Moreno Valley, California
  • Mesibov, Darren (Certified 2010) Potsdam, NY
  • Miller, Stephanie (1999-2003) Newport Bch, California
  • Mullin, Krista Certified (2012) Hacienda Heights, CA
  • Nelson, Scott (Certified 1997-1998) La Mirada, California
  • Norris, Dawn (1997-1998) Riverside, California
  • Perez-Lawton, Kimberly (1996-1998) Riverside, California
  • Port, Lori (Certified 1994-1995) Chino, California
  • Raz, Avner CMT (1990-1991) Israel
  • Reyes, Elizabeth (1995-2001) Riverside, California
  • Ringler, Michelle (2006-2010) Riverside, Ca.
  • Saradeth, Pon (Certified 1990-1995) Yorba Linda, California
  • Savadian, Ani (Certified 1996) Iran
  • Selaya, Audrey CMT (2009 – 2011) Riverside, CA
  • Shanabarger, Jeff (Certified 2010) Hemet, CA
  • Sloan, Pamela (1994-1996) Arizona
  • Soetje, Taylor (Certified 2015), Santa Clara, CA
  • Spadt, Lisa (1989-1994) La Habra, California
  • Sweeny, Dee Dee (Certified 1990-1993) Boston, Mass.
  • Sylvester, David (2005) Riverside, California
  • Tanksley, Kelli (2006-2008) Riverside, Ca
  • Tanner, Lee (Certified 2009) Norco, Ca
  • Terrazas, Anthoney (Certified 1989-1991) Hacienda Heights, California
  • Varva, Nikki (Certified 2014 to 2015, CMT) Corona, CA
  • Vaughn, Diane (2003-present) C.M.T.Riverside, California
  • Waggoner, Kenneth (1999-2000) Hemet, California
  • Walter, Laura (2007-2011) C.M.T. Corona, California

2015 trainers course graduates L-R Lindsay Kalvesmaki, PA; Taylor Soetje, Santa Clara, CA

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2015 graduates L-R Adriana Jessup, CA; Daniel Bell, CA; Vicki Culbertson, CA