Dog Obedience Training for the Central Virginia Area

If you have an untrained or unruly dog, bring them to the expert trainers at Ridgeside K9 for comprehensive dog obedience training in central Virginia. We train both dogs and owners to function as a happy, healthy partnership.

Our Dog Obedience Training Expertise

Whether your dog is simply a young, untrained puppy or an older dog with aggressive behavioral issues, we at Ridgeside K9 have the expertise to train them out of unwanted behaviors and encourage them to acquire good ones. We understand that many obedience issues stem from poor communication between the dog and owner, so we also give dog owners the pointers they need to succeed.

We can evaluate you and your dog and tailor a training program based on your needs, whether that program falls under our basic obedience boarding and training program, our aggression rehabilitation program, or our all-inclusive puppy program.

Our Goals for Dogs and Owners

Our goal at Ridgeside K9 is to help you and your dog overcome any obstacles and continue to succeed after the training program is over. To this end, we also offer one-on-one training packages with our expert trainers for dog owners who would like to learn how to train their own animals.

If you and your dog need advanced dog obedience training in the central Virginia area, give us a call at 703-586-8968 or fill out our contact form to get in touch.

Sarah and Mike

Welcome! We are Mike and Sarah Curtin, we own and operate Ridgeside K9 VA Central.

Ridgeside K9 VA Central is a premier full-service K9 training company. We specialize in training dogs in all aspects of obedience as well as behavior modification. We are very proud to be veteran owned and operated. We are both military veterans, Mike (Navy) and Sarah (Army).

Our journey started in San Diego, CA where we met, joined the military, got married and became parents to our 2 beautiful daughters. After the kids were born, Mike chose to re-enlisted for 4 more years to complete his bachelor’s degree in information technology before separating from the service. With a strong background in cyber security and networking he chose orders to Northern Virginia. The family packed up and moved to Northern, VA which we have called it home for the last 6 years.

Sarah has worked with animals large and small throughout her entire life. Which eventually led to her shifting her focus to training dogs professionally. She has many years of experience in obedience, behavior modification, aggression rehabilitation, as well as building confidence in the fearful and timid. This has been a true passion of hers since a very young age and she is humbled to have the opportunity to do what she loves every single day.

We are very happy to be a part of such an amazing team and we look forward to helping with any of your training or boarding needs.

Please follow us on our journey of helping clients and helping dogs live their best lives!

Mike & Sarah Curtin



Length: 14 days/$2500

This board and train program is for owners who don’t have the capability to take their dogs off leash but would still like to buff up their dog’s manners on leash. In this program, your dog will learn how to loose leash heel, sit, down, come, and place. We will also work on any problem behaviors your dog may have. These commands will all be taught and proofed under minimal distractions.


Length: 3 weeks/$3000

Our 3 week board and train program focuses on obedience both on-leash and off-leash, from inside the home to higher distraction areas, such as parks, department stores, beaches, etc. Our trainers focus on real world dog obedience at all times. We will give your dog a 100% reliable recall regardless of the environmental distractions. During the three weeks of training, your dog will stay with us in our facility.


Length: 4-6 weeks/$3500+

Our aggression rehabilitation program is designed for the dogs who snarl, snap, bite, or straight on attack at the sight of another human, dog, cat, etc. Whether your dog’s aggression is based on fear, insecurity, defensiveness, or just down right bratty behavior, we are here to help.


Length: 14 days/$1500

Two week puppy board and train:
Have you recently added a new puppy to your family? Then this program is for you! Our Puppy University focuses on educating you as owners on how to give your new puppy a healthy, structured, and exciting lifestyle.


Length: 24 days/$3500

Our Puppy Program is broken down into two phases under one program: Phase 1 – is a 10 day Board and train and Phase 2 – is two weeks long. Set a strong foundation, work together during lessons and be mentored by one of our trainers to ensure you understand how to build a strong bond and raise a confident friend!


Length: 24 hours/$65

Flat-rate, no add on’s, unbelievable value. In-home boarding. Ridgeside K9 uses its network of trainers to in-home board your dog. Your dog will receive personalized one-on-one boarding in the trainers home. Your dog will receive no less than 5 to 8 leash walks a day and multiple “free-time” breaks. If your dog previously trained with Ridgeside K9, the trainers will perform maintenance training at no extra boarding cost.