Hillside K9 Academy: The Premiere Arizona Dog Training Academy

Arizona Dog Training AcademyWelcome to Hillside K9 Academy, the premiere Arizona dog training academy. We offer private citizens, as well as professional and government organizations expert canine training programs for all types of dogs. Nestled in the foothills of beautiful Camp Verde, Arizona, our K9 academy campus features spacious indoor and outdoor accommodations for dog training programs ranging from beginner to advanced, and home-based to service specific.

At Hillside K9 Academy, we understand dog training is an art form, not just a job. Our dog training academy specializes in personalized care with an emphasis on obedience bred from compassionate, proven and safe behavior modification techniques. Some of the highlights of our canine training academy include:

  • Residential dog training and dog boarding
  • Private canine training lessons, in-home or at our facility and group classes
  • USA Certified Dog Trainer with over 25 years of experience
  • Strict confidentiality for executives, actors, and professional athletes who require canine training programs
  • Voted “Best dog training school in Northern Arizona”

To learn more about our professional background in the canine training field, please visit our about us page.

Our Professional Canine Academy Programs

Hillside K9 Academy offers a state-of-the-art canine academy programs that are customized to fit your needs. Although we are a professional canine academy in Arizona, our reputation brings both humans and their canine companions to us from all across the United States. Our professional canine academy offers a wide variety of programs for both private families, and professional working dog purposes.

Private Citizen and Family Protection Dog Training Classes:

  • Obedience Training
  • Behavior Solving Training
  • Puppy Manners Training
  • Agility Training
  • Protection Training

Specialized Work Dog Training Classes for Experienced Professional Handlers of Working Dogs:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Border Patrol
  • Detection (Narcotics, Cadaver, Live Find, FEMA, etc.)
  • Search and Rescue
  • Therapy
  • Service Dogs

Dogs and Puppies for Sale in Arizona

puppies for sale in ArizonaIn addition to being a professional dog training academy, we also breed Dutch Shepherd, German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois puppies for sale in Arizona that are available for sale almost anywhere in the world. Dutch Shepherds, German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois puppies not only make wonderful companions, they also can be reliably trained to faithfully perform a multitude of duties both privately and professionally. For more information on our Dutch Shepherd puppies for sale, German Shepherd puppies for sale, or Belgian Malinois puppies for sale in Arizona, please visit our dogs for sale page.

Please contact us with any questions you might have about Hillside K9 academy, or to schedule a canine academy class to help your canine companion take the first step toward becoming the perfect dog.

  • We enjoy her company more and more everyday and are very grateful for your support and expertise.

    Hillside Canine Training Triumph

    Dear Shawn and Jennifer,

    We just wanted to reach out to you and tell you how happy we've been with the training you gave Avery.

    Once we learned to have consistent expectations and actions in working with her, she truly blossomed into an amazing dog.

    We enjoy her company more and more everyday and are very grateful for your support and expertise.

    She's always been a happy dog, but now she is learning to control her emotions more and more.

    I think what I am most pleased with is being able to enjoy walking her on leash. She is pretty consistent with healing and loose leash walking; occasionally if she is really amped up we will still rely on the prong collar but she no longer wears it all day as she is behaving so much better.

    We are also pleased that she keeps all 4 on the ground when she greets people and only rarely reacts to kids and other dogs.

    Her down stay still needs some work. Any tips you could advise would be greatly appreciated.

    You worked miracles with teaching her to get into the kennel in our truck. It's been a huge help to us.

    Thank you again!

    Best wishes,
    Kristen & Jacqueline

  • “Hillside K9 Delivered on their Promise.”

    “Hillside K9 Delivered on their Promise.”

    April 8, 2014
    Re: Hillside K9 Academy
    Verde Valley, Arizona

    To Whom It May Concern:

    We would highly recommend Hillside K9 Academy for all your dog training needs. We tried many various training tools and trainers to help us with our wild, young, chocolate Labrador, Jessie, and nothing was working for our family. Her behavior issues were causing great distress in our household. Thankfully, we heard about Hillside K9 Academy and made the call.

    Shawn and Jennifer responded promptly and came to our home for an evaluation of our needs and expectations in training Jessie. Shawn asked many detailed questions and listened to our answers. He then put together a program of what training Jessie would involve. It was a 6 week, live-with-trainer course. He promised us a well-trained, socialized, calmer dog. Hillside K9 Academy always returned calls or texts very quickly, answered any questions we had during the time our dog was with them. They also followed up afterwards to check on all of us, see if we had questions or needed any assistance. Very professional and responsive to their client’s needs.

    Hillside K9 delivered on their promise. Six weeks later, we had the dog we'd always dreamed of. With the training classes he shared with us, we've been able to ensure that she will continue to be a very well behaved dog. No more jumping, digging up our lawn, running from us, eating anything she could fit in her mouth. Jessie is now a happy, non-stressed dog. She comes on command, sits, lays, stays - even when other distractions are around her. She's a pleasure to walk with, heels with or without a leash, knows her boundaries and listens to us. She loves going for drives and visiting stores, socializing with people and other animals. She's a joy for us and our home feels harmonious now. We owe it all to Shawn Tucker and the staff at Hillside K9 Academy. We would use them again to help train our dogs in the future without hesitation. Wonderful experience.

    Randy and Toni Martin
    Dewey, Arizona

  • “They have our eternal thanks.”

    “They have our eternal thanks.”


    To Whom It May Concern,

    Back in early December we were having many issues of an extreme nature with a dog we had obtained from the Humane Society. While she was a nice dog, she was extremely active, naughty, disobedient, and quickly getting too large for our family to control. Out of options, my daughter went on line and found a local dog training company that would change not only our dog Pepper, but our family as well. I cannot express adequately in words what Hillside has done for us. Shawn and Jennifer came into our house, quickly assessed the situation, prescribed a remedy, instilled in us confidence that it will work, and then proceeded to train us how to interact with our dog so that she is valued an loved member of our family. What they taught us seems like so much common sense looking backwards, but it was not so apparent at the time. After our initial lessons ended, Hillside continued their support for us through group classes, and were/are always available for phone calls when an occasion arises. They have our eternal thanks.

    Best Regards,
    The King Family
    Camp Verde, AZ

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    ★★★★★ FIVE STARS!

  • Angela S. Sedona, AZ

    Angela S. Sedona, AZ

    ★★★★★ FIVE STARS!

    We took our shepherd mix Layla to Hillside Academy for puppy class.  Let me begin with the facility...it's easy to find, super clean, very well kept, with a grooming spa, wide open spaces for classes and specialized areas for more intense training (like search and rescue).  We went once a week and we all looked forward to every visit. I'm sure that we would have a good dog even if we didn't go to classes; however, we have a Great dog because we did! Sean taught us so much and he was always available for questions and concerns between classes.  We called him more than once midweek for help and he always responded quickly with support and advice.  On our last class, Sean and Jennifer actually came to our home to see Layla's environment and offer advice and training suggestions. We took a break for a couple of months and now we are ready to start formal obedience training.  Can't wait for another great experience! Thank you Hillside Academy!

  • Tess K. Fresno, CA

    Tess K. Fresno, CA

    ★★★★★ FIVE STARS!

    Bear-golden-retrieverOur family was in search of a training solution for Bear, our beloved golden retriever pup. Upon communication with Shawn, we were confident that we had found the right person to entrust with the task of training our family pet. Our experience since then has been top notch in every aspect. We have two young daughters (6 & 3) and are expecting our third child in two months, quite a handful for just about anyone, but Shawn and his wife Jennifer made training sessions a truly enjoyable experience for us nonetheless. We now have Hillside K-9 academy to thank for delivering a service that well exceeded our expectations.

  • Larry Vivola

    Larry Vivola

    ★★★★★ FIVE STARS!

    Shawn and Jennifer run a top-notch dog training/dog boarding/dog grooming/dog sales facility. Boy, they do a lot and they do it well. I highly recommend Hillside K-9 Academy to all my friends from Phoenix to Sedona. You will love 'em and more importantly your dog will love 'em even more!

  • Arianne Sawyer

    Arianne Sawyer

    ★★★★★ FIVE STARS!

    We LOVE boarding our dogs here. We live in Flagstaff and started boarding our dogs here on the way to Phoenix. Now we go out of our way to take them here even if we are headed in the opposite direction! Their staff is very knowledgeable, professional, caring, and tentative. The facility is clean and well kept. The yard where the dogs run is a good size! We won't leave our dogs with anyone else..

    Thanks Hillside K9!
    - Blake, Arianne, Hannah and Yogi

  • Christie Peterson

    Christie Peterson

    ★★★★★ FIVE STARS!

    Hillside K9 Academy is a state-of-the-art breeder and trainer of Belgian Malinois, German & Shepherds as well as Labrador Retrievers. They produce top of line working dogs for law enforcement, border patrol, detection, search and rescue, therapy and service, etc. They guarantee you the Perfect Dog for your needs. Shawn and Jennifer are the awesome owners of Hillside and I recommend them to any experienced handler. A+++