Who is Garrett Ridley?

“Garrett has been mentored since 2005 and has been taught and learned to use different dog training philosophies and methods. Over the years of handling and training his personal sport k9 and clients dogs, Garrett realized the benefits of combining both reward based training and old school methods in a fair manor always lead to a more confident, obedient and balanced dog.


Ridley’s other passion is his American Bulldogs, training and decoying for sport protection and police k9 dogs. Being a breeder, trainer and a training and trail decoy has given Garrett the added insight and understanding of reading canine language and behavior. His vast amount of experience and knowledge has allowed him to translate canine language better over the years to his clients.


Garrett Ridley has been offered an amazing opportunity to be a guest on the Roni Deutch Radio Show for the next several months. Listen for Garrett on the Roni Deutch show on iHeart and Sacramento KFBK AM 1530 Sundays. Follow us on social media for show times and information.

What Kind of Dog Training Do We Offer?

Ridley K-9 Academy offers fair and balanced training. Our dog training methods are based on a four phase training system. You will learn classical and operant conditioning as well as modeling theory to train your dog. We believe in teaching you how to read your dogs language so you can properly use the dog training knowledge you will receive.

What is Our Dog Training Philosophy?

Our dog training philosophy is to build your dogs intense and willfull desire to work for you by using positive reward based dog training methods. We believe in being proactive instead of reactive with dogs. We would rather be proactive so that we can reward your dog’s positive behaviors. By being proactive you will be able to reduce the corrections (compultion) required and prevent the manifestation of unwanted behaviors.

We do use negative reinforcement or punishment (compultion) to correct unwanted behavior when we are sure that your dog knows and understand what we ask of them.

If you are not willing to use compultion through leash and collars such as prong collars, chock collars or remote e-collars Garrett is not the right trainer for you. We recomend you find a trainer that uses only postive reienforcment methods. Make sure you find out before you start training.

Why Are We Dog Trainers?

Quite simply, it is Garrett Ridley’s passion to train. He trains because he loves helping people learn how to properly communicate, understand and strengthen their bond with their canine companion. The best reward it so see the joy in people and their dogs when they finally communicate clearly with each other. This is the reward that Garrett seeks in every dog training experience and it is what drives him.