Topnotch K9 Training

SAFELY TRAIN YOUR DOG FROM ANYWHERE!-----Don't Let Distance Keep You From Getting Help
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Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club
Obedience & Rally Trials
July 16-18, 2021
Reno, Nevada

CONGRATULATIONS to all Topnotch Competitors!

After an 18-month hiatus from dog shows, it was refreshing to be back in the ring again. Show organ...

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NEXT LEVEL TRAINING: Obedience and Rally Practice In The Park

Pleasanton, California | June 29 & July 1, 2021
Karen D’Augusta, Trainer and Course Moderator

Both days turned out to be beautiful with temps in the mid-80’s. We could not have asked for better weather in the park with our dogs t...

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Training by Karen D'Augusta
Manteca, California
May 22 and 29, 2021

Since a year ago last March, many dogs had not trained in a space other than their yard. Lots of grass sniffing, with only a few potty accidents, the dogs explored and enjoyed the new...

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TRAINING VIRTUALLY: What's Different? What's Better?

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Going to a physical location to train your dog was difficult, if not impossible, due to State and County mandated restrictions. Conducting in-person training sessions was prohibited for much of ...

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AKC Performance Sports and Events Open to All Mixed Breed Dogs

AKC is not just for purebred dogs. AKC Canine Partners Program opens the door for all. It's an all-encompassing program that welcomes perfectly mixed breeds and hybrid dogs of any age to the AKC family. Dogs enrolled as an AKC Canine...

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Why Train Your Dog "Beyond Basic" Obedience?

There are lots of ways to enjoy your dog. One of the easiest ways to strengthen your dog's bond is through dog training, and it's a great way to exercise. The result could be one of your most personally satisfying endeavors.

Topnotch Training special...

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Is boredom getting the better of your dog?

We teach ways to engage their mind, activities to curb the overexcited and encourage obedient behavior. YOU can create a loving bond, an enthusiastic learner, and a trusted partner…we’ll show you how!

Don't wait to get help! Virtually train with us fr...

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We're Reaching Our Goals
By Kathy Ridenour, Customer

This is my girl Xena. She is a mini Aussiedoodle just turned 3yr.

I had heard great things Topnotch K9 Training so when Xena turned 3mo. I enrolled her. Best decision ever!

Karen and her team are the best. This is a great way to enjoy time...

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Have you ever thought, what else can I do with my dog after basic obedience training? Well, AKC has several programs to earn titles (and bragging rights!) in a virtual setting from home.

AKC is not just for purebred dogs. Every mixed-breed dog has an opportunity to shine!

Since the pandemic h...

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2 weeks ago
Karen was a huge help with our new 7 month old puppy. She worked with us on behavioral issue, training on a lead and he learned some new tricks! Excellent trainer!!
- Carol O
6 months ago
Update 3/5/2021: Xena (now 3 yrs old) passed her "3 legs" requirement to get her Rally Novice Certificate. YAY!! We are now working with Shiloh (2 yrs old) in the virtual Rally classes. So much different than being in a building with all the other students. But it is so much fun and instead of learning a "course" Karen concentrates on knowing the signs, following the directions of the signs and doing them correctly. Many of her students love entering Obedience, Rally and Agility competitions, so Karen points out the do's and don't's and where one might lose points in the ring. Shiloh and I really look forward to the virtual classes. We are able to stay focused without distractions, get expert instructions and have fun doing it! July 2018: Started off with the Puppy Class for my very enthusiastic Aussiedoodle puppy, Xena. Then she went to Obedience and she is now in the Rally class. So much fun and my girl has learned so much. Karen and her team are the best. Karen raises, trains...
- Kathy R
5 months ago
I have been an enthusiastic participant in Topnotch training classes for nearly 20 years. I learned so much with our first dog that I made sure to enroll our Portuguese water dog, Zorro, while he was a puppy. Everyone I've worked with at Topnotch has been extremely knowledgeable, caring and professional, adept at working with dogs at all levels of ability, and skilled at working out problems. Zorro has had Topnotch training in Obedience, Rally and Agility and has earned numerous titles in competition and has also been active as a therapy dog. Since he has been competing at the highest levels of Obedience and Rally, I wasn't sure how well we would adapt to Virtual Training. As it turns out, the experience has been extraordinarily positive. Thanks to Karen's eagle eye and patience, we are able to closely focus on our weaknesses, trying to ensure a polished performance. Working at this level requires lots of repetition, but Karen is creative about coming up with new approaches t...

Producing Happy Working Dogs

Unleash Your Dog's Potential--Going Beyond Basic Obedience Skills

Topnotch Training values your canine's development and YOUR health equally. Thus we decided to move exclusively to a LIVE virtual training format.

With your commitment to training, your dog becomes a well-behaved family member! 

A quality relationship between a dog and its owner should be the goal of every breeder and trainer.  This is true here at Topnotch K9 Training.  We believe that all dogs need boundaries and training. Consistent and patient training should start from the very first day and continue through the dog's lifetime.  Positive reinforcement and lots of praise and love are the foundation for successful training and lasting, rewarding companionship. 

We believe that this can be achieved in our training classes and look forward to working with you and your dog.

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