What our clients are saying about us...
Nadia Margolis ***** a day ago
Just one visit so far: Duke and I worked with Jeannette, who was excellent: patient, nice yet authoritative and clear.
Duke has already made great progress in walking on a leash without pulling and in general obedience.
I learned a lot about gaining his respect (already knew he loved me, but...). I plan to return there for at least a few more lessons to help remedy other problems (very uneasy and even aggressive on a leash when encountering other dogs on a leash no matter how nice they are) and generally make Duke the wonderful dog he deserves to be at all times (and not just part of the time: at home, off lead).
Brad Gallant Rumford PD
As a new K-9 handler I could not be happier with the assistance I've gotten from Christian Stickney at North Edge or with the dog we received through North Edge. Niko is smart, mold-able, healthy, a great learner, and has an amazing temperament and personality. Through the beginning of my K-9 training I have also had the opportunity to be around and work with no less than three dogs who came through North Edge. Every dog I have had contact with is top-notch. Everyone I spoken to about North Edge has been happy with their dog and their experience dealing with Stickney.
When it came time to find the right dog for our family we came to Christian and North Edge K9.
I've known Christian for over 30 years and trust his experience in breeding and training world class K9s.
In December 2017, Christian selected the perfect dog that matched our family's needs and today we
are the proud owners of Kai a beautiful female Belgian Malinois. Kai's blood line is of the highest
quality and it shows in her athletic ability, intellect, drive, and obedience. Kai is quickly becoming a pro
at catching a frisbee and a relentless hiking partner. Kai demonstrates a natural tracking ability as her
sense of smell is so acute it is difficult to hide anything from her. Additionally, as a member of the military
I appreciate North Edge K9's commitment to helping train Veterans and their service dogs. I highly
recommend North Edge K9 for anyone looking for special K9 that comes from a trusted and reputable
breeder and trainer.
My 3 year old Dogue de Bordeaux, Fiona, and I came to North Edge K9 as she had developed some behavioral issues at home. From the start, our trainers Tom, Christian, and Jay impressed me with their expertise - these guys know dogs better than anyone I have met. They showed me how to take charge of my dog and be a strong "pack leader" something I was lacking. The training they provided was thorough and effective. We learned skills to work on in between classes that strengthened my control over my dog and improved her behavior immensely. She really enjoys learning and working with me. The difference in her now compared to when we started is remarkable. I enthusiastically recommend North Edge K9.
Annie and David Malouin
My husband and I have had a great experience working with Christian and North Edge K9 on selecting and training the perfect family friendly security dog for our young family with two toddlers. We wanted a dog that was family friendly and that could socialize with our neighbors and their pets but also be able to be an effective security measure when my husband is away. Our dog is very easy going and mellow with our two active toddlers but can also be a very intimidating and capable force when we ask her to. In short Christian is an expert in the training of Police K9s, family protection dogs and service dogs. I highly recommend their services to family and friends!
I would like to commend you for our recent addition to the Bangor K9 team. The dog that was purchased was AKI, and he has performed well throughout certification training with the state of Maine. He has also proven to be a very intelligent and capable dog through our stringent sustainment training program that we have here at the Bangor Police Department. I would like to commend you and your team for the initial training that was done to prepare the dog for his career in law enforcement. I would not hesitate to purchase another dog from your company North Edge K9. Real-world methods and street experience have a great impact on the success of a K9, and it truly shows with my partner AKI. We here at the Bangor PD continuously train for obedience, suspect apprehension, tracking, agility and scent work. When we first met for selecting a K9, we had a skill set in mind for our dog’s mission. We related these qualities to you, and you located several K9s for us to evaluate. Upon further scrutiny we together came up with the proper match for our work mission. We were impressed with this quality and the fact that you are not just selling dogs but the right dog for the right intention.
Jamie Fanning, Bangor Police K-9 Officer
When I got Hannibal I was not prepared for the amount of energy that he brought to the table. I was not ready to handle him on my own and had been searching around for someone to work with. I had a friend recommend NorthEdge K9 and Christian and Hagen did not disappoint. I can't say enough good things about the training I received from NEK9. They are the most knowledgeable group I have ever encountered when it comes to dog handling. They break down training methods to keep it simple and relatable; and they are methodical in their approach to training and build on the skillsets that have been established. Most importantly they are exceedingly patient. As frustrated as I would get with Hannibal I'm sure they were getting equally frustrated with me but it never showed and there was never negativity of any sort involved in the training sessions. Every setback was turned into a positive training opportunity and every sessions would end with a victory, no matter how small, that left me feeling like I was on the right track. I quickly found out that I was not there to train my dog, I was there to train myself. The most important thing that training with NEK9 did was it gave me the confidence in myself to handle Hannibal in any situation. I can't recommend them highly enough!
In June, 2012, my agency purchased North Edge K9’s first trained police dog, Chase, a Belgian Malinois. Chase was well trained in all areas of patrol work, and it quickly showed once I certified him through the Academy. Chase has found numerous missing kids, evidence that was hidden, criminals who have fled from crimes and protected myself and other officers. I continued training on a weekly basis with Christian and certified Chase in narcotics. Since his certification he has been involved in numerous drug seizures big and small throughout the county I patrol in. Bottom line is that Christian is a dedicated, thoughtful, positive person and this is what makes him a great trainer; he goes above and beyond to figure a solution out for your K9 if he’s having an issue somewhere. He is constantly coming up with new training methods, better than the old ones. With no hesitation I would recommend North Edge K9 for your training needs and K9 selection.
Sgt. Shawn C. Willey, Canine Handler, Ellsworth Police Department
I am writing this letter to thank you for all your assistance with re-establishing the Gorham Police Department K9 program. You have been instrumental from the onset, provided your professional expertise to us free of charge and assisted in the selection process of the new K9 handler. Moreover, you took the time to meet with the Chief, the new K9 handler and myself to match the needs of our community with the type of K9 required. You then researched and provided us with several options that included video and appropriate documentation. It was ultimately easy for us to select a Malinois you had raised and trained since he was a puppy, Sitka. The Gorham Police Department Administration has been very pleased with your assistance and expertise and we would highly recommend you and North Edge K9 to anyone that is establishing a police K9 program or maybe purchasing a replacement police K9.
Lt. Christopher E. Sanborn
These trainers know their stuff and will have you walking away wishing you had known everything you learned from them for all of your previous pets. I take my service dog everywhere with me. She gets compliments everywhere we go about how well behaved she is. I respond with a recommendation to North Edge. They supplied me with the knowledge that I will forever be able to use with all of my pets, from "Bonding and Trust" recalls, stays and to special tasks such as fetching a bottle of water or picking up dropped items from the floor and giving them to me. And my service dog loves to do them! North Edge will show you the way and open a gateway to an endless supply of knowledge for a happy bond and safe life for you and your pet.
I recently completed a 16-week course with North Edge K9 and couldn't say enough about the knowledge and professionalism of the entire staff. They are the Dog Whispers of Maine! Thank you all for the training of my dog and also the training you gave to me to be able to continue training my dog.
Owner/Founder of Lost Pet Tracking Dogs
Thank you North Edge K9 for the purchase of Tigger, my Bavarian Mountain Hound! Having Tigger for less than six months, it's very evident that with your initiated training, he has already proven himself as a serious enthusiast for tracking lost pets. It's amazing to witness Tigger's incredible tracking abilities and his strong will and intellect while working under the cutest little black nose and all of 39 pounds! Tigger. while being very keen and calm, has adapted very well to the rest of my nine member K9 team, making his docile manor further trainable for scent specific tracking. On March 30, 2016, Tigger had his first solo tracking, which also led to his first walk up find! This meticulous little hound had provided an answer for a devastated family awaiting a result only a K9 could attain after 25 days missing. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing the success of my team with a K9 this persistent, spirited, and most of all, loving.
MM1 Michael O Wedge, U.S.N.R
North Edge K9 helped save my life. The company created a 16-week training course for the Veterans and their future service dogs. Hagen Blaszyk helped matching my personality to a female retriever/boxer mix saved from a kill shelter in Florida. We took one look at her and I knew she was the one. Her name is ‘Lil Sis’ and on that afternoon my journey began. North Edge K9’s instructors are made up of law enforcement K9 unit specialists and are in the top of their field. The program helped and showed me how to deal with PTSD with the help of Lil Sis. There aren’t enough words to explain how I feel about North Edge K9 and this program as it has saved my life. Sis helps me deal with my past, she knows when I am having flashbacks and goes wherever I go. I wish to thank North Edge K9 and their instructors who gave their time and knowledge, and cared to train Lil Sis and I to become a team. Thank you Christian Stickney, Tom Chard, Jay Cooley and Lisa Nazarenko. My life before finding North Edge K9 was headed for divorce and mental hospital, heavily sedated. This program is outstanding for any Veteran suffering from PTSD and/or TBI. If you are a Veteran who feels alone, and you are reading this, please reach out for help to North Edge K9 to find your ‘forever dog’.
Presque Isle, Maine
I'll begin this review with a rating of 5 of 5 stars. My department purchased K9 Koda in 2013 after North Edge K9 allowed me to bring him home for a trial. Koda, a black Belgian Malinois, was professionally trained by Christian with the help of the North Edge K9 team, and was patrol ready upon purchase. Koda and I attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy patrol school in 2014 and narcotics detection school in 2015, certifying without issue. Koda has become my "boy" and an invaluable member of my department; he is family. Christian continues to selflessly offer mentorship and guidance as I navigate my career as a professional police K9 handler. Koda's initial training, in obedience, aggression, and tracking, was above reproach. Christian trained Koda to be dog and people friendly; however, when it's time to work, Koda is spot on as a tracker and a solid hard bite. I can't praise North Edge K9 enough for the dog they trained, the friendships I've gained, the exceptional K9 I am privileged work with, and the valued family member Koda has become.
Kevin B. Reed, K9 Officer, Presque Isle Police Department
I have been going to North Edge K9 for almost 2 years now. I cannot say enough good things about the entire business as a whole. They are friendly and welcoming, the facility is clean with plenty of seating and they are always trying to do anything they can to improve it for everyone. As far as training you will not meet more dedicated, professional people. Christian, in my opinion is unlike any trainer you will meet. He is focused on what is best for your dog and handler/family, he works on positive reinforcement and educates the handler on why he is using the training method he has. I enjoy going to group classes and watching him work with each individual person, I always feel like I take away so much from training that I can go home and work on. If I had to sum it up in one sentence it would be that I wouldn't go anywhere else for my training and I would always recommend everyone to visit North Edge K9.
I don't usually give a "5 Star Rating" to any business or organization but, what North Edge K9 is doing is not only a blessing, but a huge help for veterans suffering from PTSD or a TBI. I started training with my service dog "Moose" with mixed expectations because, I am a veteran suffering from PTSD and I don't like being around unfamiliar people in a unfamiliar place. North Edge K9's staff are top notch instructors who not only know how to train these service animals but, they also know how to speak to veterans with issues that create a fun environment for both the veteran and the dog. My experience with this organization has been life altering I have had my bad moments and I have had my good moments but overall "Moose" has touched my life and gave me a new purpose and path to follow. There is nothing I can say or do to pay back this organization for giving me the chance to not only be able to live my life in a new light but also to re-learn how to love something again. If you are a veteran looking for help North Edge K9 will surpass expectations.
Scott, Lynn, Kevin, Cam, and Bagger Smith
Now that the honey moon period is over, the Smith family wanted to thank you for the great recommendation on our German Shepherd Bagger. Unlike some of the other folks we visited for a dog, you took your time to really understand what we wanted and how we’d be enjoying our new family member. From the first phone call, multi kennel visits, offer of an overnight, and training, it was clear from the beginning that you wanted Bagger to find a forever home – you weren’t just trying to move a dog. True professionalism and you understood how Bag’s personality and mannerisms would work and grow with the Smith family’s lifestyle. He is more than we could have hoped for! I’d be more than happy to chat with any potential NEK9 clients. Thank you.
Tai Nero, Allstars Working Dogs
North Edge K9 has some of the most knowledgeable trainers & staff I have ever had the pleasure of training with. I highly recommend them.
We wanted to thank you for the new addition to our family. Oliver is settling in wonderfully and loves to go to work with Corey. He is very social and respectful of the other dogs and workers there. He is exceptional on his walks, he never pulls on his leash. We can tell that he was taken care of very well, he has excellent manners and the training he has received at North Edge K9 is very apparent. We couldn't be happier to welcome Oliver into our home. He has brought many smiles to our faces!
The Flores Family
Thank you again for what you have done for us. Every morning I get up and Zane is the first one I see, and I am thankful to have him here watching over my family. Working with North Edge K9 has been a great experience! We adopted Zane, a Belgian Malinois and he has been with our family for a year now. We couldn't have asked for a better protection dog and companion. His temperament is solid, great with kids. He is a silly boy with a great personality, but knows that he has a job to do, and if the need arises he is here to work. Hagen and Christian really love their dogs, it was clear to see. They hand picked Zane to meet our needs and they did a great job! We know we can always reach out with any questions, and they would be more than willing to share their wisdom. There is no doubt that North Edge K9 is the best at what they do. After 10 years in the Marine Corps, I can really appreciate what they do for the veterans with PTSD. Their dedication is second to none. We would highly recommend their services to anyone.
I recommend Christian Stickney of North Edge K9 for all your K9 needs. I have been a police K9 handler, certified trainer, and K9 supervisor for more than 13 years. I have trained and worked with K9's that were purchased from Christian for several other police departments for many years. Christian went above and beyond expectations with the police K9 we recently purchased for my own police department. His personal commitment is to ensure that every K9 he places is of the highest quality, which is reflected in the successes of the K9 teams on the street. Christian's knowledge and passion is also demonstrated in his dedication to training K9's. He has a vast knowledge of several different training techniques and has the experience and ability to get the most out of any K9. I personally and professionally recommend Christian for any K9 needs.
Sergeant David Thompson, K-9/Patrol Supervisor, Westbrook Police Department
I am writing to recommend the canine import services, and the training services of North Edge K9. Our police department had high standards and specific needs when we were looking for our next Police K-9. North Edge listened to those requests and they were able to find K-9 Vader who exceedingly met our needs and requests. They worked with us and encouraged us to conduct our own screening to ensure the fit was right not only for the department, but also for the handler. The quality of the canine and the training seminars offered through North Edge K9 have been instrumental in keeping our team’s skills proficient and keeping our community and surrounding communities safe.
Sergeant William Andrew, Windham Maine Police Department
In the Spring of 2017 I reached out to North Edge K9 looking for a protection dog to fit my active mommy lifestyle. They asked what my #1 request was. I wanted a dog good with little kids. Over the span of 6 months multiple dogs were discussed and rigorously tested. In December of 2017 North Edge K9 made the perfect match! Roky Urosh Extra Temperament, an import from the Czech Republic became my best friend and protector of my family. I will be forever in debt to his amazing trainers at North Edge K9....especially Dominic and Christian. I cannot thank them enough for matching Roky to my kids and I! Even my 4 year old can control him with commands.....pretty darn impressive.
South Portland Maine Police Department
Many thanks to Christian and the staff at North Edge K-9 for not only being part of the selection process for a new K-9 Handler for our agency, but for our acquisition of K-9 Creed as well. Your time and dedication to your canine development and training program is notable. After Officer Katie Thurlow was selected as the handler, you provided several optional canine prospects to consider, with information and video clips of the dogs in action. With your assistance, we quickly honed in on K-9 Creed, a dog sired by an in-service police K-9. The process and pairing of this handler and dog has proven itself to be positive already, with the team just recently receiving their Patrol Dog certification through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Based upon his performance to date, we anticipate drug detection training and certification in 2019, followed by a long and active career with our department. I would recommend North Edge K-9 to any police agency seeking a professional and competent team to assist with their canine acquisition or other K-9 Unit needs. Thank you again.
Lt. Frank Clark, South Portland PD
I purchased my NEK9 pup on June 24 on 2017 , he was already house broken and basically trained. I was thoroughly impressed by this and it secured my decision to purchase this amazing Belgian Malinois. I am a United States Marine Corps Veteran and as a service dog Church is second to none! Church has been very socialized as he comes to work with me every day at Sugarloaf Ski resort and has been exposed to many different people such as Skiers, bicyclists, and boaters. He is in an always changing environment and adapts with no issues. He has always been very friendly, but aware in his surroundings. His line , and his early training at North Edge K9 make him the best dog I could have ever purchased. I would highly recommend this dog not only as a service dog, but for a home pet, security and for many more applications this working dog would excel at. I wish to thank NEK9 for their selection and interview process and pairing me with Church. They really are an exceptional and professional at all they do.
Freeport Police Department
In May of 2013 the Freeport Police Department had purchased K-9 Cassie, a Belgian Malinois from North Edge K9. Since the purchase of K-9 Cassie, Christian Stickney and the North Edge K9 team played a significant role in training and continue to train K-9 Cassie and I on a regular basis. There are not enough words to express how satisfied and impressed the Freeport Police Department is with Christian. Due to his level of dedication and assistance, K-9 Cassie and I were able to obtain a patrol certification in November of 2013. Since then, Cassie has clearly proven how effective and efficient she had been for the Freeport Police Department. In all seriousness this K-9 program which is the first in history for the Freeport Police has been a wonderful success and that is because of Christian. The level of devotion, honor and loyalty that Christian brings to the table is truly unbelievable. When you work with Christian it is readily apparent how committed he is to make your team successful. Please name me another trainer who will answer his phone at 3 in the morning on multiple occasions just to listen to a K-9 success story and clearly love every minute of it! Quite frankly, I personally don’t think the guy sleeps. He literary lives, breaths and bleeds K-9. On behalf of the Freeport Police Department we would like to thank North Edge K9 and Christian Stickney for everything that you have done and continue to do for our team! We look forward in continuing our business with North Edge on future K-9s.
Matt Moorhouse, K-9 Handler Freeport Police
I cannot say enough good things about Christian and NEK9. I first contacted them with questions about getting a new puppy. Christian was nothing but helpful and answered every question I had. He and everyone at NEK9 have been amazing every step of the way. Always answering questions, figuring out which dog will be the best fit for our family and giving training tips that are easy to understand and very helpful. Christian is patient and backs up everything he teaches. I’m forever grateful for their help, for starting me on this new journey in K9 training and most importantly for helping us get Raven! She is an amazing dog, great with our kids and has been excellent in PSA training. I will continue training with NEK9 because I trust them and know they want nothing but the best for us.
Scarborough Police Department
I wanted to take a moment to thank Christian Stickney and the North Edge K9 team for their hard work and support with the Scarborough Police Department’s K9 program. In June of 2016, I was selected as a K9 handler and was teamed up with K9 Tucker, a black Labrador Retriever purchased by the police department from NEK9. I had no prior experience as a K9 handler, but quickly established confidence after working with the NEK9 staff. The NEK9 staff easily recognized Tucker’s high drive, and worked with me to ensure that I trained Tucker to his fullest potential. The NEK9 staff were always available to assist me with answering my questions, showing me new & innovative training techniques, and gave me the support necessary for Tucker and I to be a successful K9 team. Tucker and I are now a Maine Criminal Justice Academy certified team, and have had success on the street with both narcotics detection and tracking. I attribute this success to the knowledge and training I have received (and continue to receive) from Christian and the NEK9 team. It is clearly evident that they are passionate and knowledgeable about what they do and strive to produce top-notch K9 teams.
Officer Andrew Flynn, Scarborough Police Department
★★★★★ a week ago
Great obedience training even for an older dog. Everything is explained so the handler understands the dog. Highly recommend North Edge K9 to everyone regardless of your dog’s breed.
★★★★★ 5 months ago
Top Notch Dog training facility! Made amazing progress with my Malanois. Highly recommend, they are the only ones I would trust to help train me and my dog.
Irene l Furlong
★★★★★ 8 months ago
I joined a 6 week obedient adult dog training group class with my German Shepherd Max & I am so pleased with the results ! Max had an issue with other dogs while on a leash , very protective of me ! Off leash he loves other dogs ! Actually has played with many of leash in a group but older he has gotten more protective he has gotten ! Impossible to take a walk with other dogs loose. North Edge K9 Training Center was the best move I ever made for training for this or any problem with your dog ! At the end of 6 weeks Max was sitting in the middle of the gym with 6 or more dog of the same issue and other issues ,off leash 3 feet away and he was very relaxed ! And so was I ! I was also trained along with Max ,it's not all about the dog , it's about team working together as you and your dog ! No adult classes in Summer but we learn from North Edge K9 Training Center have to work all year round 24/7 ! Thanks North Edge K9 I'm looking forward to returning for more fun things to learn with Max !
★★★★★ 10 months ago
When my husband and I decided we wanted to add a Malinois to our family, North Edge K-9 of course was our first choice. Christian and Dominic were awesome to work with. They answered our continuous questions and helped us find the perfect fit. We couldn't be happier with our new addition! We are looking forward to starting training!
★★★★★ 10 months ago
Within moments my crazy rescue dog was already a different dog. They are knowledgeable and kind. They help you to feel confident! I trust them 100% and will definitely bring future dogs here!
★★★★★10 months ago
I met with Dominic for my senior dog that has taken up deer chasing. I am so grateful a coach helping me with my other dog recommended North Edge K-9. Searching for months, all I could find on my own were trainers on extreme ends of the spectrum from militaristic to absolutely no "forceful" methods. When North Edge says they tailor their training to the dog, they mean it. Dominic saw what we've accomplished, how we've accomplished it, the small tweaks, and the larger hurdles we need to take on to address her prey drive. Meeting with him was the perfect combination of validation and teaching. I walked away empowered and wholeheartedly optimistic.
★★★★★ 10 months ago
Hagen and the entire North Edge K9 team are first rate. In addition to having an expert staff and high quality facilities, they gave my parents peace of mind, which was worth many times more than whatever the lesson cost. I needed to leave my 8 month old Lab-pitbul mix (Max) with my parents while I was away for military training. At first, my mother was apprehensive because the dog was wild and difficult to control. After just one 45 minute session with one of the trainers from North Edge K9, my mother learned a few simple tricks for keeping Max in line. Now, my parents are asking when Max can come back to visit. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for k9 training.
★★★★★ 10 months ago
The team at North Edge K9 is very knowledgeable and has a great approach to their training. We appreciate their training style that is catered to each dog versus the cookie cutter training. We highly recommend for anyone who wants a strong foundation for their puppy.
★★★★★ a year ago
The trainers at North Edge K9 are outstanding! They are so patient, reviewing information as often as needed. There is no pressure. They are always available for assistance, even outside of class. I highly recommend North Edge K9! You will not find a better wealth of knowledge combined with generosity and true caring anywhere! They understand and it shows!
★★★★★ a year ago
We wanted to thank you for the new addition to our family. Oliver is settling in wonderfully and he loves to go to work with Corey. He is very social and respectful of the other dogs and workers there. He is exceptional on his walks, he never pulls on his leash. We can tell that he was taken care of very well, he has excellent manners and the training he has received at North Edge K9 is very apparent. We couldn't be happier to welcome Oliver into our home. He has brought many smiles to our faces !!!
★★★★★ a year ago
Love this place!! I've had to put off going for a bit due to my health but looking forward to going back soon!! Very good at what they do without the one size fits all approach, as all dogs are different. Interested in what you want out of training, and explaining what methods work and why. Compassionate with a genuine love for what they do. I am not easily won over when it comes to my dogs and trust them with no one but I would gladly entrust North Edge with my beloved fur kids and know they are in fantastic hands and getting superior training. Special thanks to Hagan who drew my interest in, and Dominic who has assisted with basic training with my Loki. Be back soon with both Loki and Kyah!!
★★★★★ a year ago
These Trainers know their stuff and will have you walking away wishing you had known everything you learned from them for all of your previous pets. I take my Service dog everywhere with me. She gets compliments everywhere we go about how well behaved she is. I respond with a recommendation to North Edge. They supplied me with the knowledge that I will forever be able to use with all of my pets, from "Bonding and Trust" recalls, stays and to special tasks such as fetching a bottle of water or picking up dropped items from the floor and giving them to me. And my service dog loves to do them! North Edge will show you the way and open a gateway to an endless supply of knowledge for a happy bond and safe life for you and your pet.
★★★★★ a year ago
North Edge K9 is an amazing canine training facility whose trainers are extremely knowledgeable and experience! I was fortunate enough to be able to attend their Service Dog training for Veterans with PTSD/TBI. I was working with Embrace A Vet's Paws for Peace program and they worked with North Edge K9 to help me find a canine that would benefit me with my needs. I have to say, they nailed it!
My dog Skye and I went through a 16 week program where I was taught how to properly train her to perform the tasks to make my daily life better. I was taught what to do and when to reward my dog for the best results. There were a few times when I had issues getting Skye to respond like I wanted her to and the trainers were able to show me other approaches to get her to perform the task I wanted her to.
Before I committed to the program I was unsure of what to expect and how the training went. I was invited to sit in on a training session to see what it is all about and to ask questions. Best thing I did! I was able to watch the training and also speak with the Veterans to hear how much of a positive impact on their lives...I was sold on the program at that point.
★★★★★ a year ago
I have been going to North Edge K9 for almost 2 years now. I cannot say enough good things about the entire business as a whole. They are friendly and welcoming, the facility is clean with plenty of seating and they are always trying to do anything they can to improve it for everyone. As far as training you will not meet more dedicated, professional people. Christian, in my opinion is unlike any trainer you will meet. He is focused on what is best for dog and handler/family, he works on positive reinforcement and educates the handler on why he is using the training method he has. I enjoy going to group classes and watching him work with each individual person, I always feel like I take away so much from training that I can go home and work on. If I had to sum it up in one sentence it would be that I wouldn't go anywhere else for my training and I would always recommend everyone to visit North Edge K9.
★★★★★ a year ago
Outstanding organization! I have my dog Sadie with me everyday at work and she constantly receives compliments on her behavior. The instructors are topnotch and really care about you and your dogs success. Highly recommend to anyone looking to develop a true relationship with their dog.
★★★★★ a year ago
"Thank you again for what you have done for us. Every morning I get up and Zane is the first one I see, and I am thankful to have him here watching over my family. Working with North Edge K9 has been a great experience! We adopted Zane, a Belgian Malinois and he has been with our family for a year now. We couldn't have asked for a better protection dog and companion. His temperament is solid, great with kids. He is a silly boy with a great personality, but knows that he has a job to do, and if the need arises he is here to work. Hagen and Christian really love their dogs, it was clear to see. They hand picked Zane to meet our needs and they did a great job! We know we can always reach out with any questions, and they would be more than willing to share their wisdom. There is no doubt that North Edge K9 is the best at what they do. After 10 years in the Marine Corps, I can really appreciate what they do for the veterans with PTSD. Their dedication is second to none. We would highly recommend their services to anyone."
The Flores Family
★★★★★ a year ago
I highly recommend North Edge K9. Their trainers have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Through their partnership with Embrace a Vet, they provide a hand selected dog (if the vet does not yet have a dog) and 16 weeks of quality training to veterans who would benefit from a service dog for PTSD/TBI. I am so fortunate that Ranger and I were able to go through the class. He is now trained to perform specific tasks and his presence has positively effected so many areas of my life.
★★★★★ a year ago
North Edge K9 helped me train my service dog, Xena. As a veteran with PTSD I now feel comfortable and confident in crowds and public places with Xena by my side. The training we received through NEK9 was effective and thorough. The trainers are knowledgeable and dedicated to your training process. They are approachable outside of the classroom if you encounter issues or have questions in between training sessions. My experience with North Edge K9 has greatly impacted my quality of life for the better and I can't thank them enough!!
★★★★★ a year ago
North Edge K9 is a wonderful training facility with the moist amazing trainers. Everyone is very patient and helpful. It's truly been an amazing experience and I've learned so much about training and why things work for the dog.
★★★★★ a year ago
A great team they have the answers to your problems and all you have to do is listen and learn. Very friendly and easy to talk with. I really enjoy training at NEK9.
★★★★★ a year ago
The people at NEK9 are awesome and the facility rocks. I bought storm about a month ago now and myself and family love him. So glad we did.
★★★★★ a year ago
The team at North Edge K9 trained my Service Dog! Mike was the main train for my class and was outstanding. Was always patient when training got frustrating. Entire team was very dedicated to the Veterans going thru the class. Thank you Mike, Chris, and Dom.. thanks Jeremy
★★★★★ a year ago
I am pleased to write a review on North Edge K-9. I went to North Edge K-9 with my dog Shadow, paid for by Embrace a Vet, for a 16 week course to get Shadow to become a service dog. Christian, Mike, Dom, Tom are top notch trainers. After our training was over I went to Florida on a plane with Shadow. She performed brilliently. She was patted down and never moved, almost, she did roll over for the TSA officer to rub her belly. Then they told me to take leash and collar off her put her in a sit stay position and had me walk threw scanner. Now remember this is a busy airport and people moving all over and Shadow stayed right there. TSA officer then told me to call my dog threw scanner, I did, Shadow calmly got up and walked right threw. TSA officer thanked me and Shadow and sent us on our way. Shadow is a great dog because of North Edge K-9.
★★★★★ a year ago
Ziva had a very successful night at the fireworks. She walked around and let lots of people touch her. She was GREAT on leash with so many distractions. She climbed into Ryan's lap immediately after the first firework, then watched from the side of him for a second, then went to sleep. Operation expose "Ziva to fireworks"=Success!! We must have said it ten times how amazing you guys (North Edge K9) did with the sound desensitizing!! She didn't even lift an ear for the thunder storm the other day either. She knows which sounds are "normal/ok" and which sounds she needs to pay closer attention to. She's amazing and so is everyone at North Edge K9 as they continue to provide support and high quality training throughout her whole life!
-The Martin Family
★★★★★ a year ago
Christian and North Edge K9 have helped our SMCC Criminal Justice students understand the dedication and knowledge needed to become a K9 handler. A true community oriented company.
★★★★★ a year ago
Amazing experience - I watched as four different types of dog families - a working farm dog, a "princess" who was more of a child than a dog and a protection dog family approached Hagen with very different challenges and within 15 minutes of working with each family he had not only helped them undo their bad human behaviors but the dogs already seemed happier.
★★★★★ a year ago
I am one of the many fortunate veterans that found North Edge K9 and embrace a vet at the perfect time. I was apprehensive when I walked in, but as soon as I sat down with the trainers Christian Stickney and Hagen Blaszyk I knew it was going to be ok. There approach to working with both veterans and there K-9 partners is bar none. They work with you and your dog at your pace, always adjusting to the queues of both the four legged and two legged kind. It was not long after I completed the training that my family lost everything in a fire, it was then I realized that I truly had a second family. As dozens of people both within the organization and affiliated to the organization came to my family's aid. I truly believe I would not of made it through that nightmare without there support, What they do is inspirational. Its hard to put in words what this organization and the people that represent it has done for me and my family. In the end they helped rebuild a foundation that crumbled long ago, both emotionally and physically. I am forever in there debt for everything they have done for myself, my family and all my fellow brother and sister veterans.
★★★★★ a year ago
I don't usually give a "5 Star Rating" to any business or organization but, what North Edge K-9 is doing is not only a blessing, but a huge help for veterans suffering from PTSD or a TBI. I started training with my service dog "Moose" with mixed expectations because, I am a veteran suffering from PTSD and I don't like being around unfamiliar people in a unfamiliar place. North Edge K-9's staff are top notch instructors who not only know how to train these service animals but, they also know how to speak to veterans with issues that create a fun environment for both the veteran and the dog. My experience with this organization has been life altering I have had my bad moments and I have had my good moments but overall "Moose" has touched my life and gave me a new purpose and path to follow. There is nothing I can say or do to pay back this organization for giving me the chance to not only be able to live my life in a new light but also to re-learn how to love something again. If you are a veteran looking for help North Edge K-9 will surpass expectations.
★★★★★ a year ago
Jason Howe Kiki and Ram
I first met the North Edge K9 family. When they introduced me to Sobee (formerly known as Kiki). Right from the Start I could tell we were in amazing hands, the knowledge and passion to help everyone succeed far exceeded my expectation, not only did North Edge K9 give me the tools to train my service dog in training, But they gave me the foundation and knowledge to carry on past the training classes and further into life, I was in a pretty dark place before being introduced to these great team members, I can proudly say because of them and the organizations that allowed this to happen for Veterans. Has totally turned my life around.
In January, North Edge K9 sent me a Belgian Malinois named Ram, he was originally supposed to be trained as a police k9, and returned back to North Edge K9, while training Ram, and seeing how amazing of a dog, I now had on my hands, and the drive, and the smarts from a great pedigree, I chose to buy him from North Edge K9, I couldn't be happier with how it all worked out, I was donated a dog for school, and ended up having an ever lasting bond with an incredible dog. I am pretty sure everywhere I have taken Ram, I have been asked if they can buy him from me, I smile and politely say, you can put a price on this amazing, dog but I can put you in touch with the person that I got him from
thank you all for what you do. Highly recommend