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Best Dog Training in Williamsburg, VA

From puppy foundation to advanced obedience training, we’ve got you covered!

Ridgeside K9 Tidewater offers Professional Dog Training Packages to meet the needs of you and your dog from obedience training, puppy training, board and train, private training, day training, group training, and more. We can train any breed, age, and behavior. We emphasize training both dogs and their owners, customizing the training programs for the needs of you and your dog. We take the time to get to know your dog and what training style works best for them. Just like with people, every dog learns differently and we adjust to your dog.

MEET OUR EXPERT TEAM OF DOG TRAINERS

MICHAEL AND SARAH ACKERMANS

Michael and Sarah are truly an amazing couple and world-class dog trainers. Your dog will live with, train with, and be loved and respected by Michael and Sarah as one of their own. Your dog will get a lot of looks and benefit tremendously from the team approach.

MATT AND MORGAN GOSCHKE

With a combined 20+ years of dog training experience, Matt and Morgan bring a wealth of expertise to their work. Matt, an Army veteran, began his formal dog training career in upstate New York training service dogs and pet dogs with behavioral problems. He specialized in “last chance” cases and dogs with major aggression issues. For over a decade, he worked as an instructor for officer/k9 teams in both North Carolina and Virginia. In 2020, he transitioned back to training solely pets, and landed at Ridgeside shortly thereafter, where he served as a head trainer in Virginia. 

Morgan grew up in a family of dog lovers and constantly lived with fosters and rescues of all kinds. She credits her childhood Jack Russell for igniting the initial flame and love for dog training. She began her career in the veterinary field before transitioning to dog training professionally, where she ignited her true passion. Beginning her education in the working dog field, she soon transitioned to training pet dogs for multiple companies before (finally) landing at Ridgeside K9 Northern Virginia in early 2021.

Together, they are committed to providing a new level of dog training to the Tidewater area. They are also thrilled to be raising their two little boys in this vibrant city, making Ridgeside K9 not just a destination for exceptional canine education and care, but also a part of their family’s journey.

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