About Us

Ridgeside K9, Our story.

Aaron (Owner of Ridgeside K9, LLC) served six years in the Marine Corps in both the Infantry and Diplomatic Security; transitioning out of the Marines and directly into Law Enforcement in the Northern Virginia region where he served for 15 years with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Aaron started in patrol and quickly moved into specialty units with community policing, narcotics, full-time SWAT, Patrol K9 and SWAT K9. During his tenure in law enforcement, Aaron went back to school full-time at night and earned a bachelor’s degree in security studies from The George Washington University.

Showing a dog, a new way of “being” and the owners a new way of communicating.

In 2013 Aaron began transitioning his hobby and lifelong passion of dog training into a small side business, all through word of mouth. In 2016 Aaron made it official and started his veteran owned business “Ridgeside K9, LLC” while still working as a patrol K9 on the midnight shift. Ridgeside K9 started as a small, family-based operation focusing on rehabilitating dogs with behavior problems. Ridgeside K9 literally started with one wire crate.

Ridgeside K9 is now represented in 7 states, employs multiple trainers and routinely picks up and trains dogs all up and down the east coast. Ridgeside K9 grew expeditiously in the DC metro area during 2016 and 2017 due to word of mouth. Within 18 months Ridgeside K9 grew to boarding, board and trains, dog sales, private lessons, and coast to coast transports. Within two years Ridgeside K9, LLC bypassed its 20-year goal of growth and revenue.

In August 2018 Aaron retired from law enforcement and now focuses solely on Ridgeside K9 and its continued growth. All locations are owned by Military Veterans and Police K9 Handlers. Ridgeside K9 brings a realism to the pet dog training world that is unmatched in the industry. Prior to coming to Ridgeside K9 as a location owner or trainer, individuals must already be heavily established in the dog training world with hundreds of dogs under their belt.

Ridgeside K9 employs numerous active and retired police K9 trainers and military veterans that now specialize in amazing obedience and control on household pets. Ridgeside K9 believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to dog training. Each dog is and owner are evaluated for issues, goals and wants. We customize each training package using a mix of marker training, free shaping, classical and operant conditioning to establish real world, measurable and reliable obedience and control. We always push for the dog to achieve clarity of task. Showing a dog, a new way of “being” and the owners a new way of communicating.

Education – The George Washington University (Bachelor’s Degree in security studies)

Marine Corps Infantry 1998-2004

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office 2004 – 2018

Owner – Ridgeside K9, LLC

Owner – 360 Securities, LLC