A Company Based On Values

From Our Family To Yours

At K-9 Companions we have something for everyone’s needs and budget.  Our family has provided quality training for all breeds of dogs for over 37 years.  Veteran owned and family oriented!  We can train your family pet or for people with special needs we offer Service Dog Training specializing in Veterans with PTSD and TBI and families with Autistic Children.

Our most popular course. We train the dog in the kennel 2-4 weeks We train you and the dog together (at our facility & your home, for the next 2-4 weeks.


K-9 Bootcamp
Housebreaking, chewing, digging, jumping on people, rushing out of doors and gates, staying within boundaries, going to bed & not getting up unless released (place), leash pulling, and more.


Obedience & manners courses
Serving the U.S.A. with locations in Middle Tennessee and Southern California. We also have affiliate locations in the Pacific Northwest and the North East.


Veterans with physical injuries as well as PTSD, TBI, and MST. Children with autism and other injuries or issues.

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Veterans Approved Service Dog Training




K-9 Companions has provided exceptional professional dog training and obedience training services for Nashville, TN and Southern California families with discriminating tastes for value and quality. We have a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the care and training of your dog. Proper dog training through a professional dog trainer can help you get the right benefits for living with your dog. At K-9 Companions we believe in positive reinforcement and positive motivation while maintaining the spirit of your dog.


  • K-9 companions Mt Juliet – I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for my Ellie Belle. She is a young pup with lots of energy and was very hard to control. I dreaded taking her out for a walk because she would not listen and actually ended up walking me instead!!! After 3 weeks at k-9 companions, she is a different dog and I can really enjoy walking her now. She still needs daily conditioning but she is consistent following all the commands that she was taught. The facility is immaculate and all of the people that I came in contact with were super. There is no doubt all of the staff love animals and I when I went to pick Ellie up, there was no doubt that Ellie loved them also. That made me feel so good to know they had treated my dog so well. After Ellie had been there a few days, they contacted me to let me know that Ellie was not eating very well. They offered (with my permission) to try mixing other ingredients with her food to hopefully help her to eat. It worked!! That was only one thing (of many) that really impressed me and let me know they cared about my dog. I got many pictures and updates about how her training was going which also meant a lot to me. I want to give special thanks to Nikki, She is awesome!!! When I went for my training, I was able to record (Nikki and Ellie’s demonstration) on my phone of what Ellie had learned. Now when I play that back and Ellie hears Nikki’s voice she starts howling and wagging her tail.(LOL) Great facility – Great staff. I would highly recommend K-9 companions to anyone that wants great training for their dog. Thanks so much to Karen, Nikki and the entire team!!!!!

    Kay Patterson

    K9 companions is amazing! I first brought my dog, Zinnia, to K9 companions when she was 5 months old. She panted and shook with anxiety and you could barely get her attention. After 3 weeks with them, she came back an entirely different dog. She was confident and attentive. It’s been almost two years and she’s gone back several times to train. In fact, today she just got certified as a service and therapy dog (we have her amazing trainer Nikki to thank for that!) I’m eternally grateful for K9 companions and what they have done for both Zinnia and me!

    Allegra Rumbough

    We had our rescue Dalmatian (Frankie) trained back in June. He had/has severe anxiety because of his past and doesn’t like other large dogs. We recently moved to Korea with the Army and took both him and our other dog with us. Frankie did amazing one all four flights and extremely well on our 14 hour layover and the week stay in the hotel. He got a first time go at customs because of his training. This would not have been a good move had K-9 Companions not trained him. He still has a little work to go before we can say he is trained 100% but we have only gotten one complement after the next since we have been in Korea.

    Hilary Baumler-Tomassetti

    Our dog started with K-9 Companions, April 2019, for his first obedience boot camp to work toward the goal of eventually becoming a certified service dog for our son. We were amazed when we picked him up and saw his progress!! The entire time he was gone (3 weeks) we received daily text with his picture and what he skills he worked on with the trainer. When we picked him up the trainer showed us what to do, let us practice, and answered all of our questions. Over the last 6 months they have kept in touch with text and a home visit. Now our dog is back for his 2nd boot camp. As soon as we arrived, he seemed so excited to be there! We felt at ease leaving him and look forward to seeing him advance. Staff is professional, knowledgeable, and kind. Facility is top-notch! Highly recommend!

    Angela Braach
  • I can’t say enough about K9 Companions. We started with an evaluation when our Standard Poodle was 3 months old. We wanted her to be a service dog. She went to Doggie training at 4 months and she came back a different dog. Trained beautifully! People’ could not believe how obedient and calm she was. Now at 10 months she is being trained to be just as obedient outside without a lead. She also is being trained to pick up and get items for me. She is learning all kinds of things that will benefit me as a service dog (I have MS).
    She will go back closer to when she is full grown to be fitted for her harness and learn how to pull and help me balance. Nikki has been a godsend. They let you know their progress and send wonderful photos and videos of your dogs.
    The facility is like a home away from home. The dogs are treated like family.
    I would recommend them for any dog training!

    Michele D Burchell

    If I could give K-9 Companions 10 stars I would. I researched many training facilities before coming to K-9 Companions, from the moment I visited I knew this is where my boy would go. They were kind and caring with my fur baby Leon Redd and Karen took the time to answer any questions I had. The facility is clean, fresh, and welcoming they have a very low number of pups they enroll which is wonderful because you know your pup will get the best care. My boy learned so much and I can’t wait to send him back for even more training. Thank you to Karen and her entire staff.

    Jenny Garner

    We acquired a GSD (Ripley) about 5 months ago and although we have had GSD’s before, this one was different. She would not listen well and pestered our other dogs, creating stress for them and us and did not like visitors. Over time we fell in love with her yet realized she has anxiety as well as aggression toward anyone else who came to visit. We contacted K-9 Companions Nashville and they got back with us within 48 hours. We took Ripley for a visit and evaluation and signed her up for 3 1/2 weeks of training. We brought our girl home this weekend and the difference in her is night and day! She listens extremely well now and doesn’t pester the others like she did before! It’s amazing! Karen also made it point to send lots of updates and pics letting us know how everything was going. Karen, owner and head trainer, explained our GSD is a high defense dog and likely bred for police work. It is in her DNA. We may have to take her back for additional training to help bring down her high defense trait, but for now we are SO THANKFUL for what Karen and her team of trainers have done for our dog and for us. Karen and this training center are extremely knowledgeable in training and helping with other issues and have many years of experience. They were such a Godsend! If you live in the Nashville area and need training for your dog, we highly recommend K-9 Companions Nashville!

    Linda Jennings

    I have known K-9 Companions Nashville and it’s staff for over 30 years. Their professionalism and desire to train dogs is unparalleled to any other dog training facility I’ve ever known. The attention to detail and to adjust your dogs behavior into a livable, lovable companion is incredible. Their customer service is also A+ and they take the time to listen and train the dog owner with the necessary skills to continue where they left off once the dog returns back home. I highly recommend K-9 Companions Nashville and feel that they are the best and ONLY solution for your four legged companion. Be a Companion to your dog today, be a K-9 Companions Nashville graduate.

    David Macias
  • K-9 Companions is absolutely the best training facility I have ever been to! I was blessed to be able to go through there school for dog trainers and learn from one of the best in the business. I was there for 8 weeks everyday and got to see the true care and compassion that Karen and her expert staff has for every dog in there care. The facility its self was extremely clean and well manged and the pups were always clean and very happy. The knowledge that each and every staff member had about the dogs in the facility showed everyone truly had a passion for there work and the dogs in there care. I would recommend them for anything dog related.

    Camp K9 Post Falls

    We highly recommend K-9 Companions if you’re looking to train a dog that has uncontrollable behavior or needs service dog training. We are using them for both and couldn’t be more pleased with the results! Our puppy was so out of control that he was an outside dog that could not be in the house without being kenneled and could not be trusted near our son because he was SO out of control. After sending him to Karen’s boot camp for his puppy training he came back with manners and we learned how to handle him. Then he went to his second round of training and came back a dog that is now able to be part of our family AND bond with our young son, who will be using this dog as a service animal for mobility. Our dog came back knowing how to perform tasks (turn lights on, open/close doors, and retrieve dropped items), and is now an enjoyable part of our family.

    Amy McQuary

    In January, 2018 we rescued a 2 year old female American Bulldog. Two days before we were to pick her up, we received a call from the Giant Schnauzer Rescue asking if we could take a 2 year old male (30″ at the shoulder). So, we picked up the female on Tuesday, and drove to KY to pick up the male on Thursday. The female is extremely sensitive, very shy, timid, fearful of everything outdoors (all sounds) and some things indoors. She runs away from anything she doesn’t know. The male is exactly the opposite. He is hard-headed, strong willed, boisterous, high energy, immature, and meets everything head-on although not aggressive. The two dogs did not get along because he was too big and strong and out of control for her to feel safe and comfortable around. He barked non-stop the first 15 days and barked at her every time she was near. This, too, caused her to be afraid of being anywhere near him. Neither dog had any socialization to speak of and either lived in a cage or was left in a fenced back yard to get into any mischief he desired. First, he would dig under the fence, and then when he got large enough he jumped the fence. The male could not be out of his kennel because he would run around the house, playing “catch me if you can”. He would not lie down and just be a dog even if he was kept on a lead. His excessive energy and ‘party-animal’ behavior kept him in his kennel all the time unless he went outside or for a walk. Neither dog had any training in basic manners or had lived with people who spent any time with them to train them when they were younger. The two dogs could not be any different from their color to their personalities and behaviors. Our home was their last and only chance at a forever home. We knew we were unable to work with both of them to afford them that success, even though my husband is a former K9 handler for a Colorado police department. We contacted Karen at K9 Companions in Nashville for help. Both dogs went to doggie boot camp for three weeks in April. Now, we can have them both out of their kennels at the same time without him jumping and running all over the place. The female is much more comfortable being near him and he isn’t out of control with her.

    The change in them is amazing and we couldn’t be any more happy with the results from just three weeks. We continue to work with them, daily reinforcing their commands and training. This is essential to their success here at home. Basic manners of heel, sit, down, stay were just what they needed to begin living as part of the family. We have already scheduled for him to return to K9 Companions Nashville for an additional training in off leash & recall. We couldn’t be happier with the training they received. A special kudos to Melissa who worked with them. Both dogs loved to see Melissa when she came to our home to help with environmental issues. This tells us the dogs respected her even though the training was tough. She was firm, fair, and consistent with her training and loved on them when she could. The product tells us their training was high quality. We would recommend K9 Companions to anyone and everyone who is considering outside help in training their pet. K9 Companions took our 2 dogs and broke some bad habits and instilled good ones. We now have two obedient, loving companions to share our lives and take us on much needed walks. Thank you Karen and staff!

    Deb Kraemer