Rio, my 3ish year old blue and white ‘hippo pitty’ spent the weekend with Joel. She had a ball!!! She went on field trips with Joel to explore downtown, had ‘pitty parties’ with some of Joel’s friends, and slept in late with Joel and his dog Cutie on a cold Sunday morning. Joel was working with her the whole time, whether she realized it or not. Even before I left when I dropped her off, we walked together to help make Rio and Cutie feel comfortable with each other.

Joel sent me pictures and short videos, so I never worried at all about her! She probably would have stayed on with Joel and been happy as a lark, but I missed her and wanted her back 😉.

She had a fun, busy weekend and was out for the night by 8:30 the night I picked her up!!! I have never been so comfortable leaving her with anyone! I plan to let her stay at ‘Casa de Joel’s’ again soon!​

Vonda Hart, Rio, Continuing Education


Colette and I were very impressed with Mark and Joel!  Molly’s training session went very well last night and we learned many valuable lessons for Molly. The time spent with Mark and Joel last night was much more informative and valuable than a series of 6 lessons we attended with a previous trainer. We were given some excellent instructions on handling Molly when company arrives and walking her with other dogs. It was fantastic that Mark brought his dog along last night so she could walk with Molly. It was great having another dog in the house and learning how to introduce a 2nd dog.

Today, Molly has been really good staying off the furniture , although she’s been testing us quite a bit. We’re having company tonight, so we will work on her manners when the doorbell rings.

Thanks for all of your help in such a short time!

Jeff Crane, Molly, Private Training

Very informative classes that have helped me build a positive relationship with my dog. I am so glad we participated!
Savannah Arwen, Group Classes, Seminar

I would like to recommend Topline K9 Solutions to anyone seeking quality training for their dog. I was fortunate enough to find Sylvie & Topline K9 Solutions 15 years after my dog, Sundance, graduated from Sylvie’s Canine Good Citizen class.

We have attended a group class with Ulli, and Sam is a graduate of the K9 Training School, primarily with Dawn and Rae as his trainers, but with additional training with Sylvie and others as well. Sam is friendly with people, but he doesn’t love everyone; however, he clearly adores Dawn and Ulli, and the rest of the group at Topline K-9 Solutions.

We adopted Sam from a rescue. He is a large yellow lab who had lived most of his life on his own, and had become accustomed to fending for himself and making his own decisions – many of them bad decisions and firmly ingrained. Unfortunately, this resulted in a lot of awful habits.

To add to this, he has double hip dysplasia (he is not currently a good candidate for replacement). He has additional orthopedic problems from what appear to be multiple motor vehicle accidents that occurred while he was roaming free. All of this rendered him unable to sit or down on command without pain.

Anyone who has ever trained a dog knows how important the sit and down commands are to training, but Sam couldn’t sit or down without pain, so he was more of a challenge to train. All of the trainers we have worked with at Topline K9 Solutions have worked with him and us around Sam’s disabilities.

Sam has thrived on the training and individual attention he received. At K9 Training School, his overall manners and training were reinforced, and he received additional training on the issues that concerned us. For example, Sam would go into the self-defense mode and become extremely aggressive with dogs unknown to him. Despite his disabilities, he is scary strong and, perhaps because of the disabilities, he compensated with aggression toward other dogs. He now has good manners when we pass or meet dogs on the trail. Also, Sam was generally good on a leash, but when he decided he needed to go potty, he would muster ungodly strength and drag us through the briars. No more! Additionally, Sam was an escape artist and would dive through any open door and take off, and now he politely waits until he is given the okay to exit or enter.

When we travel, we enlist Topline K9 Solutions to provide Continuing Education, which the trainers provide in their own homes. It is the best alternative to boarding that there is!! They keep him for the days we are gone and fine-tune his training, manners, and socialization. They will even pick him up and drop him off. This has worked out incredibly well for us. Not only do they provide care in a loving and safe environment, they continue to reinforce his training and socialization, and they don’t introduce bad behaviors that well-meaning but uneducated caregivers might.

Carrie Bentley & Sam
Classes, K9 Training School, Continuing Education

Thank you again for everything!  Mark was amazing and our house has been so peaceful ever since training.
S. Pai, Jax, Private Lesson

Before the class, I was overwhelmed. I sometimes dreaded to go home or take him on a walk. Now every single walk is a good one. I love my dog and enjoy spending time with him.

I can recommend you from experience. With all of my pack issues, you guys have saved our lives, and our mental state!!
Jeremi Clark

I am so thrilled with K9 solutions. I am happy to say that my dogs are enjoying each other’s company, loving their new relaxed life, and have become more at ease.  The knowledge and expertise of the K9 Solutions team is unparalleled.  Every time I take a class, I know my dogs benefit from it and so do I! Thank you K9 Solutions for making the transition to our new life together a smooth one.
L. McGregor

Stirling has come a long ways with his focus! Thank you Lisa!
Adam, Stirling, Home Manners

I was very impressed with Mark’s knowledge and ability to understand and implement the appropriate techniques to improve the behaviors of both dogs…especially Kahlua. When the session was over, I could see a difference in my dog’s behavior and felt like I was enabled with the tools to continue to improve on the skills I had learned. I would recommend Mark and Ryan to anyone.
Thank you,
L. McNutt, Kahlua, Private Lesson

I especially appreciated being able to include my mom in classes. She really enjoyed it and having her watch some of the training has made training easier at home. I am much more confident about having a puppy as a result of this class!
A. Porterfield, Home Manners

We rescued a dog back in November and though he is perfect with my boyfriend and I, he’s not so perfect with my boyfriends son who is 7 and special needs. Topline K9 took Benny in for the 3 week training and taught him a lot, as well as showed us how to work on correcting the little issues that Benny may have at home. Though he still has some work to do, he has gotten better with my boyfriends son and we even catch him playing with him. They were well worth the money spent to make Benny an even better part of the family. Thanks Topline K9!!!!

Tamara (Benny), Training School
Raleigh, NC

Prior to signing up Coltrane went nuts at the doorbell, tended to jump on guests when they entered the house, and would bolt into the woods if a door was left cracked.  In addition our kids could barely walk him, and we had to avoid other dogs and pray he did not see a deer or cat for fear he would yank a leash out of hour hands.  We can now leave doors open, the climb command is a god send when the doorbell rings, and walking him is now a lot of fun.  The family training we did with the dog a few times while he was boarding with you, and then the sessions at home have been very useful.  With the base you established with Coltrane “training the family” was quicker than I expected. We now refer to our dog as Coltrane 2.0.  The new upgraded and improved version.

Dyson and family (Coltrane), Training School
Raleigh, NC

Definitely helped our three incorrigible pups . My three dogs (two pit mixes and one retriever) did five days each of the Doggie Day Training, and I was really happy with the results. All of my dogs are a little older (6, 7, 11), but Topline K9 was able to either teach them new skills or help them remember forgotten ones (like walking nicely on a leash). One dog has some aggressive tendencies, and we had tried other aggressive dog classes without much success. TKO worked with us to help control the dog in a way that other trainers had just not been able to do. Also, as a bonus, they take pictures of your dog during his/her training and post them on Facebook so you can keep tabs on them and show your disbelieving family how clever your dog is.

Alexa (Odin, Shadow, & Trixie), Training School
Raleigh, NC

The money spent to help with training for Charlie was very well spent. The girls at Topline K9 really care about the dogs and their families and take the time to get to know the wants and needs of each one. I loved having Charlie’s progress shared with me frequently as well as lots of pictures so I could see him. I would recommend Topline K9 to anyone needing training for their pet.

Jennifer (Charlie), Training School
Wendell, NC

If I were only allowed one sentence to describe Topline K9 Obedience it would certainly be: “One of the best investments that I could make for my family.” We reviewed several sites before my husband found Topline’s site. I called and spoke with Stephanie, who from the very beginning was awesome. She answered all of my questions by phone or email, and even came to our house for a one-on-one consultation. After meeting Stephanie, I knew immediately that Bailey and Higgins would be in good hands. Bailey completed one week of leash training while Higgins completed the advanced program for 3 weeks. Any questions that I had Stephanie answered and provided very helpful feedback. Alison and Stephanie’s methods are straightforward and have been easy to implement at home. Home life now is wonderful without all of the stress! We are a happy pack! Compared to similar training programs, Topline’s prices are competitive and they are willing to discuss options that fit your budget. I would absolutely recommend Topline K9 Obedience to anyone who is considering a board and train program for their dogs.

Laura Beth (Bailey & Higgins), Training School
Raleigh, NC