Welcome to Ridley K9 Academy

Your Trusted Partners in Professional Dog Training

Established in 2006 by Garrett Ridley, Ridley K9 Academy has since become a joint venture, owned and operated by both Garrett and Nichole Ridley. Our unwavering mission is to empower dog owners like you to cultivate enduring, positive, and trusting bonds with your canine companions. 

Couple with dog in a forest clearing.

At Ridley K9 Academy, we adhere to a balanced training philosophy that enables us to efficiently and effectively advance each dog’s training journey. By aligning our methods with your goals, we craft personalized training programs tailored to your dog’s breed, temperament, and inherent drives. We take pride in equipping dog owners with the insights to understand their pets deeply identifying their motivations and deciphering their unique modes of communication. Armed with this understanding, you’ll find it easier to navigate through training challenges and address any behavioral issues that arise.

Whether you’re grappling with puppy training, obedience concerns, or more complex behavioral issues like aggression, our commitment is unwavering: to exceed your expectations and deliver unparalleled value. We’re here to assist you in fostering a harmonious, balanced relationship with your canine companion—one that enriches both your lives.

Are you prepared to embark on a transformative journey with Ridley K9 Academy? Reach out to us today and let us guide you towards a brighter future with your beloved pet. Contact us now to take the first step!

Garrett Ridley 

Founder and Lead Trainer

Nichole Ridley

Owner and Manager

About Garrett Ridley 

A Journey of Passion and Expertise in Dog Training

Garrett’s love for dogs blossomed from his earliest memories, sparking a lifelong passion that would shape his future. His journey into the world of canine companionship began when he welcomed his first American Bulldog at the age of 19, followed closely by rescuing a Pitbull mix.

Challenges arose as conflicts emerged between his beloved pets, propelling Garrett to seek knowledge. Faced with the difficulty of finding a trainer, he immersed himself in books on training, behavior, and aggression. This self-guided education resolved conflicts and equipped Garrett with the tools to prevent future issues, learning how to stop his dogs from fighting.

Since 2004, Garrett’s unwavering dedication to learning and growth has propelled him into a journey of mentorship and training, honing his skills as a proficient trainer and decoy. Mastering the art of training in obedience and protection, Garrett achieved certification as a PSA decoy. He earned invitations to participate in police K9 trials, training sessions, and seminars for over a decade. Throughout this period, Garrett expertly handled several of his dogs, securing numerous obedience and protection certificates and titles.

With over 20 years of enriching experience, Garrett has positively impacted the lives of thousands of working and pet dogs and their devoted owners. His unwavering commitment to the well-being of both people and their canine companions is evident in his work. Recognizing the profound impact of a well-trained and balanced canine companion, Garrett offers a range of tailored training solutions.

From private in-home sessions to immersive board-and-train programs, dynamic group classes, and his insightful book “Building A Solid Canine,” Garrett Ridley provides the roadmap to a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with your ideal canine companion.