Minneapolis, MN

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How does your business stand out?

K9SF can provide dog training at your home, a public location near you, at our K9SF Office. We also have board & train options available through a partnership with Downtown Dogs. We can cover the basics, behavior modification, intermediate obedience, advanced and specialized skills. We can help with specific obedience issues like pulling, nipping, not listening, aggressiveness. We specialize in working with larger working dogs breeds but can train dogs of any size, breed or temperament. Our trainers have experience ranging from handling and training attack, bomb, and drug K9s for police departments, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, to years of experience working and training in a boarding facility and enjoy training people of all age groups. Through the use of professional, innovative ideas and positive reward training styles, the obedience issues with your dog can usually be resolved in as few as 4 classes.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We enjoy the opportunity to help customers develop a better relationship with their dog. Through an informative and relaxed training environment, you and your dog will have fun; allowing for better obedience training. And by listening to our trainers expertise, you will grown to understand your dog better and, as a result, be better able to control your dog, minimizing stress on you and your pet.
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Minneapolis, MN 55403


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14 Reviews
  • Angela T. Jul 25, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We've had a very positive response with our dog since working with Ryan. He's given me some great tools to help become a more dominant dog owner. We're dealing with a 7 year old very stubborn English Bulldog and we needed to start back with basic obedience. I really feel much more equipped to handle him now. Thanks K9SF!
  • Sally R. May 26, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Really know dog behavior and Milo and Ryan are great to work with. Excellent communication and a deep well of patience for dogs and dog parents.
  • Judy A. May 1, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    These guys were so knowledgeable, and took their time with us. Never rushing , always courteous. They actually spent overtime with our consult, which we so appreciated. I would highly recommend them.
  • Frank R. Apr 30, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Very positive. It was an excellent introductory meeting.
  • Sandra S. Apr 8, 2017
    Dog Training - Board and Train
    Verified Review
    Passionate & knowledgeable team
    Ryan and Milo are passionate about dogs. They are very knowledgeable and work hard to develop obedient and happy puppies. They use positive reinforcement techniques and treated my puppies very well during the week long boot camp. After boot camp they've been responsive and helpful as we continue to house train & teach skills to our puppies. We're very happy we met Ryan and Milo. We plan to continue to work with them as our puppies mature
  • Tom S. Apr 4, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    K9SF Recommended Highly
    Ryan & Milo did an outstanding job with our Alaskan Malamute, Tonka. He could be obstinate and was too rambunctious at times. He was good puppy, now he is a great 13-month old! Thanks for the tips. Tom
    Ryan & Milo @. Apr 6, 2017

    Tom, Thank you for the review, we enjoyed working with Tonka! We look forward to continue helping you and Tonka out anytime you need us. Milo + Ryan

  • Joe A. Apr 2, 2017
    Dog Training - Board and Train
    Verified Review
    Behavior modification and better heeling skills obtained!
    K9SF Milo and Ryan did an outstanding job training our highly excitable, leash reactive rescue lab/husky mix- a 6 stars worthy job. We have had Max about 6 months and had done the basic training but were unable to decrease his crazy leash reactivity towards other dogs especially during our walks. We did a 4 day board and train with the focus on behavioral modification and are very pleased with the new and improved Max. He is heeling much better and we can now re-direct his laser like focus away from other dogs back on to us most of the time. Still a work in progress but a great, great improvement! Walks no longer feel like we are heading out to combat and the embarrassment factor is down immensely. Thanks so much K9SF for being so friendly, approachable, knowledgable, and helpful ... highly recommend their services and Max loved his new best friend, Milo! Thanks again- Alison, Joe and Max the no longer Terrible.
    Ryan & Milo @. Apr 6, 2017

    Joe and Alison, We are so glad you see so much progress with Max. He was a joy to work with! If you ever need more help in the future, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Milo + Ryan

  • Kevin W. Mar 25, 2017
    Dog Training - Board and Train
    Verified Review
    Board and train
    After 8 days of training and board, my dog is a much better companion and definitely off to a great start in herror obedience thanks to K9SF!!!
    Ryan & Milo @. Apr 6, 2017

    Kevin, I am so glad Lucy has improved around you and has become a better companion to have around. She was one fun and spunky gal to work with. Let us know if you ever want more help in the future with her training. Milo + Ryan

  • Karen M. Dec 30, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Defiantly recommend K9SF
    Ryan and Milo are very knowledgeable, patient and persoanable. We are very satisfied with the progress our dog has made.
  • Cindy S. Dec 19, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    If you're looking for the best!
    Ryan was a tremendous help getting our new, untrained rescue dog off to a great start! Ryan was knowledgeable, easy to work with and had flexible hours we needed with our schedules. Our dog has progressed so far in a short time with help from Ryan and lots of work by us. We highly recommend K9SF if you are looking for the best.
  • Lauren J. Nov 22, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Ryan was awesome with my GSD, Koda. Not only did he help Koda with his obedience, but he helped our family understand what Koda needed and helped us make the most of the training.
  • Ahney G. Sep 12, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Ryan is very good with our dog. Love the flexibility.
  • Cavan S. Aug 22, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Ryan was excellent in helping me train our dog Archie! He corrected me on my training and helped us with training aspects we could work on at home! Definitely recommend any with a bigger dog to go with K9SF for their training. Ryan is very knowledgeable and great with the dogs!!
  • Kielyn S. Aug 20, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Personable, prompt and knowledgable. It was a great experience!
    Ryan & Milo @. Aug 20, 2016

    Thank you! I enjoyed working with you and your dog. Glad we were able to help.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We listen to each customer to see what specific training needs they have and give a price that matches and is affordable.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Typically, we start with an initial consultation to determine what type of services you need, assess how we can best reach your training goals, complete required paperwork, and use the opportunity to be introduced to your pet(s). We will plan out a training format that works best for you and your schedule.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Ryan- Owner - K9SF, LLC - Dog Training & Security Consulting. 5 years in business training dogs in two states. Locations in Minnesota and Tennessee. Three K9 Certifications. Three Years K9 Handling/Training for US Government. Two Deployments with K9 to Afghanistan. Milo- Trainer K9SF, LLC 7 years working with dogs at Downtown Dogs Pack leader, dog behavior, and dog training skills
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Ryan- I started in dog training when I became a K9 Police Officer in Tennessee. I played an integral role in the secure investigation of FBI, TBI, ATF, DEA, and other local law enforcement cases with an assigned K9. I found over 70 criminal offenses and improved community crime prevention awareness by using the K9 as a marketing and engagement tool. Milo- I have over 7 years experience working with dogs of all sizes and breeds through my experience working at a boarding location. I was able to learn pack management skills, reducing dog stress and aggressiveness, and general dog training techniques.
What types of customers have you worked with?
K9SF works with customers of all ages and backgrounds, from private individuals to commercial companies, we are happy to try to provide the best service possible to everyone.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
In 2012 K9SF acquired land in Estill Springs, TN and transformed 42 acres of woodland into a main office that provides training grounds, emergency assistance, and volunteer work to the community. Through alot of hard work we continue to improve our facilities and expand our services, adding new locations worldwide. K9SF opened an office in Minneapolis, next to the Walker Art Museum and is happy to offer training at that location.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You should ensure that your trainer has knowledge and experience appropriate to your training requirements and can present the training in an easy to understand way.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
They should understand specifically what they want their dog to do / not do and understand that results are only possible through consistency and repetition.