Our Programs

Comprehensive Training

Calm K9 Training offers the most comprehensive dog training in Richmond. We’re here for all your dog training needs including basic and advance obedience, leash training, off leash commands, and more! We don’t turn away dogs based on breed or temperament. Calm K9 Training can help resolve behavioral problems from jumping on guests to aggression.

In-Home Private training

Calm K9 Training is committed to providing personalized in-home dog training for you and your dog. We understand that real-world scenarios require real-world training. That’s why we come to you to tailor our training techniques to your specific needs. Our clients both human and dog are our number one priority. 

Leash Training

Walking your dog is one of the most important components of your relationship with your dog. If your dog is pulling, leash reactive (aggressive to other dogs, people, bikes, skateboards, etc.) causing what should be an enjoyable, fun activity for both of you, to be a dreaded event. It does not have to be that way! 

If the walk is anything but a pleasurable and relaxing experience, don’t waste another day being frustrated with your dog. With the right strategies and approach, you can massively improve your walk, and your bond with your dog.

We will meet with you to address all of the issues you are experiencing on the walk!

Off Leash Training

This program is for the owner who wants 100% recall in any situation, the freedom and peace of mind that comes from having this training. 

In these sessions, we will introduce you and your dog to low-level remote collar training, creating the dog that comes back to you every time you call them, no matter where you are or what is going on around you. Whether you are looking to off-leash hike with your dog, visit the dog beach, have control at the dog park, or are dealing with a dog that bolts through doors and runs away, this program is for you! 

Both you and your dog will also learn advanced off-leash commands: off-leash heel, in-motion commands, distance commands, in-motion distance commands, and more!!!!

Basic Training

We will assess your dog and put together a comprehensive plan to work towards achieving your goals, whether they be basic obedience and/or behavioral issues.

This program covers any and all issues on the walk. We will also address behavioral problems and teach off leash commands.

Our approach to dog training is geared more towards addressing the fundamental state of mind of your dog, rather than strictly focusing on creating rehearsed behaviors. In other words, we are much more concerned with creating a happy, healthy, balanced dog than creating a dog that simply knows a few rehearsed behaviors.

Rehab Training

We will train any dog, regardless of breed, size, or history. We are also one of a handful of trainers that will not only work with, but successfully train and rehabilitate dog aggression. Every dog deserves a chance to learn and to live, and we believe every dog has the potential to be simply awesome.

In the Rehabilitation Training Program, we address all forms of dog aggression and behavior problems, including, but not limited to: dog -to- dog aggression, human aggression, food and/or resource guarding, separation anxiety, severe fear issues, leash reactivity .

This program also covers all basic commands, off leash commands, and leash training.

Client Testimonials

Discover what our past clients have to say about their experience working with us

Andrew Romanchik
Andrew Romanchik
2024-04-11
We had a great experience with Carl from Calm K9. From the beginning, he was flexible with our tough schedules, and made a serious effort to make sure this program worked. Each week we saw huge improvements with our dog, and look forward to keeping our training going with her. Thank you again to Carl and Calm K9 for the support. Highly recommend!
Angel Alston
Angel Alston
2024-04-08
David and Carl are both GREAT with our rowdy rottie! He's so calm with them. They not only taught him to react on command but also gave us the tools and tips to train at home and reinforce the lessons he's been taught. Now walks are less worrisome and he listens on first command. 10/10 I highly recommend Calm K9!!!!
Cara Frey
Cara Frey
2024-03-16
Carl was great! He helped my boyfriend and I a lot with our dog pumpkin.
Katie Sobczak
Katie Sobczak
2024-03-03
Carl is great at reading a dog and its environment and knowing how to approach training for that specific scenario. He taught us how to apply all of the training to our two young dogs and they have significantly improved! I was very much worried about taking them to my mom's house since she has a dog and I really didn't know how it would go between the three of them. We let them meet off leash in the fenced in yard and then were able to bring them inside. Having a solid "place" command was crucial to this! They were able to place in their beds in the living room while the dog whose home it was was able to continue his normal behavior. This led to a happy visit! Thank you for teaching us that it is possible to have happy and calm dogs in any situation. I am currently beefing up on the off leash portion of the training and am well equipped with the knowledge to do so thanks to this training program. Thanks again!
Corey Iglesias
Corey Iglesias
2023-10-30
We have 2 pit mixes we adopted from RACC. Both with differing issues. David is an extremely knowledgeable trainer and our dogs are completely different pets now. We always get compliments on their off leash manners out around town.
Connell Mullins
Connell Mullins
2023-10-25
Carl with Calm K9 did a great job teaching us how to train our energetic 1 year old puppy. I highly recommend the bootcamp program.
Kortney Jordan
Kortney Jordan
2023-08-16
We finished bootcamp with David a little over a year ago and I can not express how much that experience made not only Peter's life better but mine as well. Before training, Peter couldn't go on walks, he had aggressive tendances towards most people and other dogs, and rarely got to go on outings with our other dogs. In the year following the training, Peter gets to go on walks everyday and regularly goes out for either just car rides or trips to the mountains to hike. If you are considering training your dog, this is the place. Don't be fooled, it is a lot of hard work and a bit of a lifestyle change but it is beyond worth it to be able to provide your dog with the life they deserve.
Jaclyn Schmidt
Jaclyn Schmidt
2023-07-09
We just finished our last training session and as soon as we left, we said “that was money very well spent”. After 4 weeks of bootcamp training our dog no longer barks at us in the house and we have all the tools we need to continue to ensure he gets better and better about his leash reactivity. I thought there was no way he’d be this good after such a short amount of time but he is! It takes a good amount of work on your end (the pet parent) but we expected that up front and it allows you to be able to continue the training and obedience forever. I highly recommend working with David to ensure you have a calm k9. We did a lot of research before hiring him and are so glad we ultimately chose to work with David!
Emily
Emily
2023-06-07
Calm K9 training completely changed our dog. Although he didn’t have the worst behavioral problems, his behavior made both him and us unhappy. Cookie is so much more confident, relaxed, well behaved, and all around happy thanks to Calm K9s and, specifically, Carl. Don’t be fooled. This isn’t magic. You need to do the work and you can’t just go back to how things were before. It is a bit of a lifestyle change. But it will bring you and your dog closer and give you a better understanding of dog behavior. It is worth every second and every penny. I would recommend Calm K9s to anyone. We love Carl!!!!!
Alissa Seay
Alissa Seay
2023-06-05
My dog, Les showed extreme aggression towards people and animals before meeting David. He couldn’t be out if someone new was over, I couldn’t take him on walks, or anywhere really. I lived in fear of what les could do to others, and was constantly anxious. Les did the 3 week rehabilitation bootcamp with David and came back a totally different dog. He is now calm, and not a ball of anxiety. I can walk him with no issues, and even have people over. I no longer have to live in fear of Les showing aggression. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful!

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