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We offer a variety of programs including basic, intermediate, & advanced obedience
training; AKC Canine Good Citizen certification, AKC Trick Dog; and specialized
training: Emotional Support Dog, Therapy Dog, Service Dog, and Behavior
Rehabilitation.  All training is done using positive-reinforcement techniques (dogs learn
faster and retain what they learn better than any other method).                                                                                               
We do not use choke chains, prong collars, or electric shock collars.       
 
Most dogs start with Level 1 Training which includes basic obedience skills (sit, down,
stay, come, loose-leash walking, leave-It (stop unwanted behavior), and socialization
(behaving around other people and dogs).  Training includes a stimulating dog confidence
course consisting of many challenging obstacles.  Learning to navigate the different obstacles builds the dog’s confidence, and judgment, and enables them to use their developed skills to better cope when confronted with new and different environments. 
   
The program also teaches owners various techniques to properly train their dog, correct
unwanted behavior, dealing with distractions and taking your dog in public places. You
both can continue to build your skills by continuing your training (intermediate, advanced,
etc.) which includes training in public places, using hand signals, and earning additional
AKC Awards signifying your successful accomplishments.

  • ​​AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) – is a family of training awards and titles
    that any dog, purebreds & mixed breeds, in our program can earn: AKC S.T.A.R.
    Puppy program (Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsible owner), AKC
    Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, and AKC Urban.

  • AKC Trick Dog – is a fun, enjoyable program that has four competitive levels
    (novice, intermediate, advanced, and performer) so dogs with any amount of
    experience can participate – and earn awards. Teaching your dog tricks is
    enjoyable for owners, mentally stimulating for dogs, promotes bonding, and teaches
    obedience.

 

  • Emotional Support Dog, Therapy Dog & Service Dog – while any dog
    can be trained, it must be understood that not all dogs make a good ESD, TD, or
    SD.  Our program evaluates dogs to ensure they have the temperament and
    behaviors needed to be reliable and well-behaved when in public.  We also ensure
    they are trained to meet individual needs, compliance with Federal/State ADA
    guidelines and Therapy dog can pass the certification requirements for the
    registered organization.

 

  • Canine Behavior Rehabilitation Services - We have many years of
    experience, effectively and successfully rehabilitating canines with behavior
    problems including aggression, dominance, resource guarding, excessive barking,
    and fear phobias.

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Specialized Programs
Prior to starting training, I have a “Meet & Greet” with you and your dog to evaluate
the dog’s temperament and ability to be in a group training class.  It also allows
you to see how we train and decide if you want to enter the training program.    All
of our services are reasonably and competitively priced.

THE TRAINER

The trainer, Earnie Via, is a retired career military professional with a wide breadth of dog training, dog behavior modification, and rehabilitation experience.  He received his primary certification from Atlanta Dog Trainer, LLC,   an academy for professional dog trainers, a highly recognized and accredited school for canine training, behavior modification, and rehabilitation.  He was a consultant/trainer to several major Atlanta animal rescue organizations and currently works with Lucky Puppy Rescue and other local rescue organizations.  His certifications include:

  • Canine Master Trainer & Instructor   

 

  • Behavior & Rehabilitation Master Trainer & Instructor

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

 

  • AKC Trick Dog Evaluator

 

  • AKC Temperament Evaluator

  • Alliance of Therapy Dogs Certified/Registered Team Member & Evaluator

 

  • Interacts with a wide variety of clients: veterans with PTSD, seniors living centers, hospitals, schools, colleges, patients in recovery, people with disabilities, and assists in disaster recovery. 

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OUR REVIEWS

OUR REVIEWS

Donna B. reviewed K9 Training Panama City — 5 stars

Great experience with this trainer. I had a foster dog who was very reactive to other dogs. We participated in three sessions with other dogs who we're also shy. We did some work in the agility equipment. His behavior improved noticeably. Definitely recommend!!

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Amanda C. reviewed K9 Training Panama City - 5 stars  

Me and my German Shepherd/Malinois love this place! Earnie is so natural with dogs and knows exactly how to interact with my pup who can be fearful, wary of strangers, reactive to dogs, and also hyperactive. We’ve only had 3 training sessions, but he’s already made such good progress and training is the one thing both me and my pup look forward to every week (my dog literally squeals with excitement when he realizes where we’re going)! Earnie really takes the time to know and understand your dog, whereas every other place we’ve gone to is very “cookie cutter” training which doesn’t work when your dog isn’t a “cookie cutter” dog. I couldn’t recommend Earnie enough, we waited 5 months to get into training (due to training being down post hurricane) but we are so happy we waited it out and didn’t go somewhere else. 

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Anna T. reviewed K9 Training Panama City - 5 stars  

I have loved our experience with K9 training Panama City. My two Aussies have come such a long way in the first 6 weeks they started training. Earnie is so knowledgeable and a fantastic trainer with the dogs. My once crazy anxiety boy is now a happy confident dog because of training. They love going to training! Continuing into another session! Highly recommend for any pet training needs! 

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Sammy P. reviewed K9 Training Panama City -

5 stars

Earnie is amazing, and so patient with my babies! Just completed STAR and my INSANELY hyper Mollie couldn’t walk on a leash without pulling me down the road to begin with and now we can loose leash walk everyday! I have seen SUCH improvement in my dog!!  

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Rebecca G. reviewed K9 Training Panama City — 
5 stars

Awesome training style that’s fun for both K9 and human! Tailored specifically for the individual goals and abilities of the Dog/Handler team.

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Charlotte N. reviewed K9 Training Panama City5 Stars 

The entire experience has been extraordinary. Earnie is a firm but loving instructor of all the animals. Beautiful clean huge area to train. 

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Andrea reviewed K9 Training Panama City -

5 stars                                  

Thank you Earnie for our great first experience with puppy training! He is 80 lbs at 7 months and we definitely needed some direction training for Milo. You have been fantastic! 

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FRIENDS & FAMILY

FRIENDS & FAMILY

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Tanya 425-2
Stori 427-3
Stephanie 421-1
Shawn 42-4
Philip 427-3
Riva 323-1
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Jessica 418-2
Michelle 424-7
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Elijah 56-2
Donna 424-1
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Beanie 199
Aimee 57-5
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April 521-2
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7818 Kingswood Road

Southport, FL 32409

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