Dog Training

Prescott K9 Academy

Prescott, AZ

24 years in service

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“This is what a trained dog looks like!”


We have been training companion and working dogs for more than 25 years. Achieving positive, lasting training results continues to motivate our best efforts and highest standards for you and your dog.

About Prescott K9 Academy

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We provide only the highest value services to our dog-parenting clientele. Whether it's an affordable phone consultation to solve a behavior problem, private obedience training lessons or a stay at our training ranch, we will not allow you to spend money on services that don't deliver value and result in positive change.

We can make this commitment because we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate the results that can be achieved by individual dogs. Call us to discuss how your goals, large or small, can be met without the risk of wasted time, effort and money. We guarantee our full-service training.


Prescott, AZ 86301

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  • 5/5 stars January 3, 2015

    Very competent trainer(s), Michael and Deb Charlap. Our dog stayed with them for 3 weeks and came back very much well trained.

    Deborah C. from Prescott K9 Academy replied to this review on January 3, 2015:

    Thank you, Joe! Riley is a great dog and you and Trish were a pleasure to train with!

  • 5/5 stars July 24, 2014

    my dog Maggie a 21/2 yr old german shepherd that had become aggressive to other dogs when walking on a leash was leaving me really frustrated she was very strong and hard to control although she loved people I was recommended to deb and Michael through a friend and working with him who was training me to relate to the dog in all we are much better and I am not afraid to take her out on a walk now Michael was very patient and I would recommend deb and Michael very highly

    Deborah C. from Prescott K9 Academy replied to this review on August 7, 2014:

    Thank you, Stevie! We loved training with you and Maggie.

  • 5/5 stars June 26, 2014

    Deborah is very knowledgeable and awesome to work with. Titus started responding better immediately and I'm learning too! Would definitely recommend her! She was always on time and more than willing to answer my questions and help me, help my dog.

    Deborah C. from Prescott K9 Academy replied to this review on August 7, 2014:

    Lori, thank you again. It was a pleasure to train with you and Titus!

  • 5/5 stars January 29, 2013

    Deborah C. from Prescott K9 Academy replied to this review on August 7, 2014:

    Thank you, Eric! We really appreciate the feedback.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. We really don't have a "common type" of job. At any given time we have trainers counselling puppy owners on housebreaking, socialization and character development, while other are working on basic obedience or developing working dogs for service work, therapy-dog work or family protection. Like any trainer, each of our associates has particular strengths that we match with our clients needs. We do get excited about puppy work and feel that it's often the key to success. This may be why we have a reputation for producing happy, easy to live with companion dogs.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Look for meaningful credentials: certifications that go beyond a weekend workshop. Ask for references. Listen carefully to find out if the trainer has an agenda of their own for every dog or if they are hearing you and your dog speak about your individual needs.
For services that extend beyond a single lesson/consult the following should be obtained:
1. a written evaluation clearly describing your goals, your dogs temperament and a written guarantee.
2. a written training plan that takes your dog from evaluation to completion.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. There are two types of evaluations. The first is nothing more than a sales opportunity for the trainer. It is usually offered for free and is worth no more than what's given. The second is an attempt to get an in-depth view of your lifestyle and training goals along with a clear understanding of your dogs temperament. This evaluation should lead to a written training plan and an accurate assessment of the probability and quality of results you can expect from training.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Companion dogs, as opposed to working dogs (competition, service, herding, etc.) have no object performance criteria. They don't "fail" in the same way a working dog might. As a result many companion dog trainers are not focused on reaching goals or predicting results for their clients. They tend to promise everything and let the chips fall where they may. There's no reason this should be. The trainer should help the owner frame their goals with a clear road map to success and reassessments of progress along the way. In addition, It should be understood that trainers are not licensed professionals; they do not have to adhere to minimal standards of achievement, ethics or performance and no continuing education is required. It is up to the client to be diligent in researching the trainers credentials and demanding professional service.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. There is more than one avenue to becoming an effective and successful trainer; but there are some essentials that must be achieved. First, a basic understanding of learning theory and a course or two on counseling. This can usually be accomplished at a community college or any four year school. Then, read everything you can find from reliable and disciplined sources on the ethology and training of the domestic dog. This excludes most of the popular literature. You can then choose to apprentice with one or several accomplished professional trainers or attend one of the state accredited vocational schools before apprenticing. The experience gained with an apprenticeship is necessary so that you aren't learning at your clients expense. Workshops can also provide some practical knowledge.

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