Our Trainers 

  Jake has had a passion for dogs his entire life. He began training dogs as a hobby in 2000 and decided to turn his passion into a career in July 2008 when he attended the Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers in St. Louis, Missouri. While there, he graduated from both the Professional and Master Dog Trainer programs at the top of his class. In March of 2009, he was asked to go to work for the Tom Rose School as an instructor and trainer for The Dog House. During his time there, he helped instruct many students to become well-rounded dog trainers. With Jake's instruction and guidance, his students achieved multiple titles in AKC obedience and protection sports such as IPO and PSA. Jake is well versed in tracking and specific odor detection and has instructed many students in these areas as well. Additionally, Jake is an experienced decoy and has worked with protection dogs in training for a variety of venues including protection sports, personal protection and law enforcement applications. He was certified as a PSA trial decoy in 2010 and was selected to decoy the PSA Nationals in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was also selected to be the assistant Midwest director for PSA in 2012. Jake has personally titled multiple dogs in AKC obedience, PSA and IPO.  Jake and his Belgian Malinois, Alice, achieved many significant accomplishments including the following:

 

Jake's current accomplishments:

- AKC Companion Dog (Obedience Title) with scores of 196, 197 and 197.5 (perfect score is 200)

- Schutzhund BH

- PSA PDC

- PSA 1

- 1st place at PSA 1 Regional and National Championships in 2010, earning High Obedience, High Protection and High in Trial for both trials

- 3rd Place at PSA 2 National Championship in 2011, earning High Obedience

- Assistant Director for the West Region in PSA

- PSA Emeritus Decoy

Kari Herron (Koch) (Owner)

kari@mountainstatek9academy.com

  Kari has more than 30 years of experience training dogs and their owners. In July 2008 Kari attended and graduated both the Professional and Masters programs with a "V" rating from the Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers. In January 2009  she was hired as the Training director and Instructor until November 2014. Kari's experience includes AKC, Flyball, PSA (Protection Sports Association),  and Shutzhund. Kari exhibits in AKC and PSA where she competes at the national level, and has professionally trained over 10,00 dogs of all breeds and ages from basic obedience, Police K-9, service and therapy dogs. Kari works closely with numerous rescue organizations in Colorado and Missouri to help dogs find their forever homes through education for people as well as their dogs. Kari has achieved many significant accomplishments with many of her dogs including the following:

 

Kari's current accomplishments:

-Canine Good Citizen(CGC) Evaluator

-PSA PDC

-PSA 1

-!st Place PSA 1 Midwest Regional Championship in 2011 (earning High Obedience, High Protection, and High in Trial

-2nd Place PSA 1 National Championship in 2011 (Earning High Obedience)

Brevet

-BH

-AKC Novice

-Multiple Flyball Titles

Allison made dog training her full time career in 2014. Starting as a doggie daycamp attendant in high school, Allison has dedicated her passion for dogs with years of hands on experience, apprenticeships with certified trainers, seminars, and canine CPR classes.  Allison participates in a variety of dog sports including, Agility, Obedience, and Nosework.  She titled both her dogs Phoenix and Boots with thier AKC CGC  (Canine Good Citizen) and trailed and titled with Boots in NACSW Nosework 1.

Allison continues to have a student mindset and stays passionate about learning and growing as a professional dog trainer through great mentors and ongoing education

Allison's current accomplishments:

Canine Good Citizen

NACSW Nosework 1

 Matthew Isaacs

After working graveyard shifts loading and unloading trucks, Matt decided he needed a career change. He has always loved dogs and after researching more about becoming a dog trainer, he started his dog training journey in 2017. He attended the Tom Rose School for dog trainers under the instruction of Jacob Plascencia and Dave Vangarderen. Matt moved out to Colorado, from his hometown in Georgia, to start his career at MSK9. He is working toward becoming a certified PSA decoy and competing with his dogs. 

Lobby Hours

Monday-Friday: 6:30am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm

Sunday: By Appointment only

9 AM to 10 AM

or

4 PM to 5 PM

Call us

970-353-0778

Find us

14253 Hwy 392 Greeley Co 80631

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