As the premier dog training establishment in Atlanta, we have trained thousands of dogs and have developed life-long relationships along the way.

Established by Certified Master Trainer and Animal Behavior Consultant, Amber Burckhalter, K-9 Coach™ has achieved a reputation of excellence because we listen to and address our client’s needs with professional, personalized solutions. This means that you receive the one-on-one attention you and your dog deserve.

The following are a very small sampling of what our clients have to say…

“I cannot believe that this is the same dog. You changed our lives!”

“If you ever need a recommendation of any kind, give them our number! I was ready to get rid of this dog.”

“Blue is doing so well my wife and I are in a state of constant disbelief. I do not think you all know how much you have done for our family as well as our dog… My 3 year old son now has a new best friend who can keep up with him and then some!”

“Jumper was out of control. He had seen two other trainers and was still awful. We were desperate until K-9 Coach. Now we can actually go to the park! The best money I have ever spent.”

K-9 Coach is proud to offer training and behavior modification services as: Private Instruction, Group Instruction and Board and Train.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION – One-on-one, individualized and based on the customer’s individual goals and their pup’s progress.

Matchmaker Consultations

On average, a dog will live 10 to 15 years. That’s a big commitment. Every family has their own needs, schedule, personality, space and time limitations, etc… You and your potential dog deserve a good fit and so we’ve designed our popular matchmaker consultations to help families choose the best pet for their family.

$50 per session

Premier Puppy

Everything you and your new puppy needs to build a foundation of success for life! Includes:

  • K-9 Coach Private Lesson
  • 1 hour, one-on-one with one of our professional trainers to address your specific family needs. You can do this lesson at your home for an additional $25. Some clients will actually do this prior to even getting their pup – as a means to make sure they’re set-up for success long-term.

  • Off-Leash Puppy Class
  • the most important class you can take with your dog and provides the foundation for a lifetime of positive memories together. These 4 week classes are open to pups once they have received their first round of vaccinations and up to 5 months or 25 pounds. These classes are taught off-leash and are designed to establish a foundation of success, learn how to set-up your home for a puppy, prevention of problem behaviors, health and wellness and critical socialization skills.

  • S.T.A.R. Puppy Class
  • The second step in your dogs training. These 6 week classes are open to pups aged 5 months to one year. Developed by the AKC, S.T.A.R. is an owner incentive program designed to get owners off to the right start by attending a qualified puppy class. All dogs need the necessary components of the program including Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner to pass and achieve their certification. Evaluators for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy must be AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluators.

  • Puppy Daycare (5 Half Day Sessions) OR 2 Nights Lodging
  • Designed to allow for supervised play critical to a puppy’s socialization and development and with dogs who have been properly temperament tested as opposed to random dogs at the dog park. Requires pup to be fully vaccinated.

  • Puppy Groom
  • Excellent to establish comfort in handling, nail trimming, teeth examined, etc… to prevent future problems as an adult dog.


Over 15% OR $75 in savings as
compared to services purchased separately

Behavior Modification

Unlike dog obedience training, behavior modification is a systematic approach, which utilizes principles of learning theory, to help you and your dog overcome obstacles and change behavior including:

  • House Training
  • Crate Training
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Possessiveness / Resource Guarding
  • Aggression
  • and MORE…

These services are very effective and require an in-depth understanding of your dogs issues. All behavior problems that are chronic or deemed dangerous require veterinarian pre-screening to eliminate the possibility of health disorders presenting as behavior problems. K-9 Coach works as a team with your veterinarian to insure that all aspects of your pet’s behavior are being considered and treated.

Personalized Training

At K-9 Coach, we’ll sit down with you to develop a personalized, comprehensive game-plan designed to make you and your dog a winning team! Perfect for specific dog training needs and for clients who want to take a very active role in their dog’s training, our private lessons are offered:

  • “Quick Fix” Analysis (1/2 hr.) $45 per session
  • As Part of Playcare $65 per session
  • One-on-one at K-9 Coach $85 per session
  • At Your Location $110 per session

Except for the “Quick Fix,” behavioral consultations are scheduled for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Each additional 1/2 hour is charged at $40.

GROUP INSTRUCTION – Group instruction is designed for those clients who enjoy the structure and camaraderie of a class, can do the homework and exercises between classes and who have schedules which allow them to commit to a weekly session.

Classes (Group Instruction)

Learning to interact with other dogs and pay attention to commands and instructions is a key skill for any dog. Classes are limited to no more than 8 students. AND, for all of our standard courses (6 weeks or longer), we offer complimentary doggie daycare on the day of class.

With over 40 courses across four separate tracks, we are sure to have a dog training class that’s perfect for you and your pups.

Competitions & Special Events

At K-9 Coach, part of our mission is to serve as an industry leader by developing and hosting educational seminars and conferences for our colleagues, rescue and other dog service organizations as well as the general public. As such, we regularly offer specialty workshops, seminars and sanctioned competitions.

BOARD & TRAIN – All-inclusive board and train program which encompasses daily training sessions (3 or 4), socialization, exercise, boarding and alumni benefits including private lessons and group classes.

Learn for Life™

Designed to provide our customers a lifetime of reward with their beloved pup(s), our Learn for Life™ program is our most popular offering.

  • Custom Designed Programs
  • Playcare, Exercise & Socialization
  • Follow-up Training Sessions
  • Lifetime Email & Phone Consultation
  • Discounts on K-9 Coach Services

We look forward to helping you create a lifetime of positive memories with your pup!

We have two young pups that really needed a strong training foundation, especially since we also have three young children at home. We just completed two weeks of K-9 Coach’s Learn for Life program and we are very pleased with their improved obedience. Our lab is much calmer and our little corgi is much more confident.
Teresa Howard
Parent(s) of Nip & Tuck

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