The professionalism and caliber of training of the individuals who work here are unmatched. Shawn has a way of making even a group training class feel personal. I feel very comfortable training my dog here and am very pleased with the progress she has made. Best training center in northern Arizona hands down.
Excellent dog training and boarding!
We are very happy with the attention and results we'e seen in our Great Pyrenees
We rescued a large Sharpei/pit bull mix that we discovered was dog reactive and very difficult to control. After going through private training at Hillside K9 Academy with the trainer, Sean, our dog has become well behaved, an entirely different relaxed personality, and even passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. All he needed was the right trainer and commitment on our part.I am grateful we can take our dog anywhere now and not have to worry about how he will behave.
We took our 2 year old Airedale to Sean for training and it is the best thing we did for us and our dog. Prior to training our dog was such a problem when we would take him for walks or hikes. Lunging and barking at other dogs, stopping to mark every few feet! Now he is the best dog and we take him every where! We now attend the group training to keep him on track.
We were searching for a Belgian Malinois puppy from a credible breeder, and we are so lucky to have found the team at Hillside K9. We knew that we wanted to get our pup from them from the get-go because they showed so much care and concern about where their puppy was ultimately going to go to. As we live in a different state, we had to have blind faith in their judgement, and they ended up matching us with the most perfect dog. The training he received from them ultimately gave us a "turn-key" puppy. We didn't have to go through the aggravation of a dog pooping and peeing in the house or chewing up shoes and furniture. He is so intelligent and focused, that he has been effortless train. We are so grateful for Jed, as set us up with the ideal working dog that suitable for our life and family. We would definitely recommend them for pet training, boarding, sitting... ANYTHING (dog related, of course).
Hillside K9 academy is the best. I adopted a Shepard Mix from the shelter. It turns out she was afraid of everyone, human and other dogs. We were planning a vacation and didn't know what we were going to do with her. I visited every boarding facility I could find in Phoenix one Sunday. None seemed to be a fit for her. When I arrived back home in the Verde Valley my daughter mentioned a new place off the freeway, Hillside K9 academy. I called and went over for an evaluation. I ended up enrolling her in a training class and eventually boarded her there for our trip. I couldn't be happier. Jennifer and Sean have treated her as if she were their own dog. I am so happy that they are here and that my dog has found her home away from home. I don't worry about her while in their care. Thank you Jennifer and Sean for all the work you do. We are blessed to have you in this community.
I just got Jimmie back home after a 4 week Boot Camp program at Hillside. I had a barking, strong willed dog I couldn't train myself, and got back a well trained dog that is not barking just to hear his own voice. We still have work ahead to reinforce the fact I'M in charge, not him, but I just can't describe the difference! Jimmie has been to Doggie Day Care, and I've boarded him there in the past, too. It really says something about the place when a dog always wags his tail and is excited whenever we pull up. Shawn is an excellent trainer, and he and his wife, Jennifer, run a great facility with a very caring staff. If you want good day care, boarding, group lessons, private lessons, or need Boot Camp for your dog, Hillside is your best choice. I highly recommend them! I won't take Jimmie anywhere else.
Our 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.
We would like to thank Hillside Kennel for our new found family member "Red" , we purchased our Belgian Malinios a few weeks ago and WE LOVE RED! Great dog, fast learner, already has built up confidence and a high high ball and food drive. I will refer everyone who is looking for what we found. Garrett has been super helpful with Reds training. He is very detailed oriented. We can't wait for Krysis for my pops! Again thanks for the help Red is safe and has a family who is taking well good care of him.
Jessie is the first dog we raised from a puppy. She was a highly intelligent, moderately high energy with a strong desire to test you to your breaking point. Marley was a rookie who just mailing it in by comparison. Yet, at the same time had the sweetest disposition. We quickly realized that we were over our heads in the area of training. As were trainers such places like Pet Co. We were referred to Shawn Tucker with Hillside K-9 Academy. We soon had a dog that was fully trained, listened to commands and could be trusted, anywhere. The sweet disposition is still present. She is now a family member and a complete pleasure everyday. I can walk down the street with her and she stays right with me. I put her in a "Down-Stay" and she remains there until told to come. People driving by will slow way down watch her perform this. We looked for exactly this type of training out of state without any success. As it turned out, the person we were seeking was about an hour away. If you are serious and looking for true professional training, Hillside K-9 Academy is the best.
We brought our dog here for training. He had serious behavioral issues. After six training sessions, he was a different dog, much more mellow and less reactive. The trainer, Victoria, was very knowledgeable and taught us how to get his behavior under control. Dog training at Hillside Canine is well worth the investment of your time and money. I highly recommend bringing your dog here to see positive results.
After seeking dog boarding in Flagstaff, Hillside was the perfect alternative as we drove down to Phoenix to catch our flight (located conveniently off the Cottonwood exit on I-17). The owners are warm, friendly and passionate about their care for the dogs. Our dog has aggression challenges and we knew he would be handled due to their professional dog training abilities. Also, they made our dog extra comfy by putting him on an elevated bed in his kennel. Our dog stayed for a week and we will definitely be returning!
By far the most advanced K9 Training Facility in Arizona.
Shawn is absolutely amazing and can help with all dog training needs. From beginner to the most advanced.
Shawn is an amazing trainer for all types of dogs, from Basic Obedience to Agility, Protection, Service, and any other training the owner requests. He trains the owner step by step explaining the reasons as they go along.. He is gentle and never raises his voice.. Jennifer is very efficient with scheduling and having Shawn return any calls to answer questions as needed. Jennifer loves dogs and enjoys taking care of them when they are being boarded. They have play time and their resting rooms are kept very clean and are large enough for any dog to walk around in and be comfortable. My dogs have known Shawn & Jennifer since they were six months old and they love them. I have no problem taking them there for training and boarding. They run to them with tails wagging.
We bought our Belgian Malinois from Shawn & Jennifer, Shawn has continued to train him with us, and we board him with them whenever we go out of town. It's well worth the drive from Phoenix for training and boarding. They helped us pick out the most amazing dog for our family, and Shawn taught us a tremendous amount about our dog. Their business is run very well, and it's obvious they care and have tons of experience with training. On a 2 week vacation last year we dropped our dog off and he had been limping for a couple days, but we couldn't find the cause, which was likely a cactus thorn. They took care of him when an abscess developed, had a vet see him, took photos for us, and he was recovered by the time we picked him up. They do a terrific job grooming as well.
I brought my shepherd mix here after adopting her from the shelter and doing at-home private training. I did at-home private training for months and nothing worked. I chose Hillside K9 academy because of their reviews. It was a ways to travel for me, since I am from California, but I do not regret the decision. Athena did an 8 week board and train program and came back a more obedient dog. She listens and has self-control and is now trusted at home without me having to worry about her chewing on things. Words cannot describe the transformation she has gone through. Taking her on walks was always a challenge as she would pull on the leash and bark at other dogs. I would have to schedule our walks/runs early in the morning before everyone else went on a walk. Now, I can walk her whenever and she does not pull nor bark at other dogs. She was a pleasure to take trick-or-treating last night with the kids. She did not jump on anyone or pull on the leash or bark at anyone. I am very thankful for Sean and his team and having them help with Athena.
Great spot, my dog was calm and happy when we picked him up. Wonderful staff, nice facilities. We watched an obedience class which was well done. We're just visiting the area, but if we lived in the area we would join the class.
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!