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Conveniently located just 1 minute from I17 and Hwy 260

928-567-6304     |    874 Industrial Drive    |   Camp Verde,  AZ

Hillside K9 Academy


Some information about who we are and what we do

Our Beginning

Hillside K9 Academy was founded by professional dog trainer Shawn Tucker and his wife Jennifer. Shawn has had a passion for training working dogs since he was a young child. It began by accompanying his mother to obedience classes for Misty, his family’s German Shepherd. Ever since,  Shawn has always had friends and family asking him to take part in training their dogs.

Early Passion Put Into Action

At the age of sixteen, Shawn began the journey towards his calling by ensconcing himself in dog training books from reputable canine trainers. He soon put this knowledge into action by shadowing certified dog trainers, and absorbed as much information as he could, about what makes a professional dog trainer an outstanding one. In those years, there were only three Arizona dog training schools in existence. Of those three, only one still remains in business and is owned by Shawn's mentor. Shawn became a certified dog trainer about a year after beginning his apprenticeship from his mentor. Eventually, he became a professional canine trainer for all three academies. He provided in-home training for two of them, and performed countless hours of decoy work for his mentor at current facility.

In the late 80’s a well-known professional dog trainer and his wife moved to Phoenix, Arizona from Boston, Massachusetts. He thought very highly of Shawn, and asked him to come and work at their kennel.  This ushered in a new phase in Shawn's professional career and allowed and enhanced outlook on how certified dog trainers run a successful business. Together, they trained all breeds and types of dogs, including show dogs, working dogs, and companion animals. Their motto was “to exceed the customer’s expectation of the training that was given to their dog.”

Setting the Scene for Great Customer Service

‚ÄčIn 2002, Shawn met his wife Jennifer.  She has a passion for exceeding customer expectations and wanted to ensure their clients receive excellent and personal service. In addition to all that she has learned about professional dog training, her invaluable managerial assistance at the Hillside K9 Academy, she has expanded their facilities to provide Verde Valley residents with luxury grooming, boarding, and daycare services through Hillside Canine Resort & Spa. Together, Shawn and Jennifer have created a reputable "One Stop Dog Spot" that combines the best of certified dog training and a complete dog parent experience. This is why Hillside K9 Academy has become Arizona’s premiere dog training school, and has earned an outstanding reputation for providing their customers with good old-fashioned customer service.

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Combining tried and true old-school dog training values with new technology and current compassionate canine training techniques allows Hillside dog training school to provide the service and attention-to-detail you deserve at a reasonable cost when compared to other certified dog trainers of less experience and dedication. Together, they provide ”The perfect dog training experience: one customer, and one dog, at a time!”

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