Dog Obedience Training for Northern Virginia and the DC Metro Area

Serving all Northern Virginia and DMV

Are you a dog owner in the DC Metro Area who could use some pointers when it comes to your canine companion? Come to Ridgeside K9 for the dog obedience training that you and your best friend need.

Our Dog Training Programs

Whether you have a new puppy or want to teach your adult dog more useful behaviors, our dog training team in Northern Virginia can help. With a variety of programs for dogs of all ages and dispositions, we can help your pet acquire desirable behaviors and let go of undesirable ones. Our training packages include board-and-train basic obedience as well as advanced dog training for both dogs and owners.

Our Mission

At Ridgeside K9, our goal is to give you, the dog owner, the tools that you need to succeed with your unique, individual dog. We do our best to evaluate you and your dog for any communication issues and tailor a training program based on the needs of both you and your dog. We give you strategies to effectively communicate with your dog so you can achieve the desired behavioral results after training is complete.

If you’re ready to have a well-behaved, obedient, and happy dog, call us at 703-586-8968 or follow the link below to fill out our contact form. We’re excited to show you what your dog can achieve!


Here at Ridgeside K9  we help make dogs OBEDIENT, CONFIDENT, and ENJOYABLE to live with. But most importantly, we give YOU as the owner the skills to maintain results and effectively communicate with your dog. Not only will we train your dog, but we will train you too!

Aaron Taylor

Aaron Taylor

Owner/ Trainer


Ridgeside K9 is a veteran-owned business. Aaron (owner) 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 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. 

In 2013 Aaron began transitioning his hobby and lifelong passion of dog training into a small side business of training house pets. In 2016, Aaron made it official and started “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, employee’s multiple trainers and routinely picks up and trains dogs all up and down the east coast. Ridgeside K9 grew expeditiously in the Northern Virginia / DC metro area during 2016 and 2017 due to word of mouth. In August 2018 Aaron retired from law enforcement and now focuses solely on Ridgeside K9 and its continued growth. All Ridgeside K9 locations are independently owned by Military Veterans or Police K9 Handlers.

Ridgeside K9 brings 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 obedience and control on household pets. Ridgeside K9 believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to dog training. Each dog and owner are evaluated for issues and their personal goals. Every training package is customized to meet your goals and your dog’s training threshold. We use 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 clarity of task and understanding, communication is the key to success. Showing both dog and owner a new way!




Length: 14 days/$2500

Our 2-week board and train package focuses on obedience both on and off-leash, from inside the home to higher distraction areas. On and off-leash heeling, place work, off-leash recall and cover all aspects of livability, control and environmental neutrality. While instilling a “new way” for your dog and focusing on clarity of task above all else. Often behavioral issues all come down to confusion and the dog having no idea what the desired behavior is. Upon completion of this package, you will have complete and total control of your dog no matter the circumstance! We will provide you with a 100% reliable recall regardless of the environmental distractions. Our dog trainers will give you the best dog training available.


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.

1 on 1 LESSONS

8 Lessons – $800

10 Lessons – $950

This program is designed for owners who have plenty of time on their hands to work with their dogs and who are interested in learning the ins and outs of training. In this program, you as the owner will learn first hand how to train your dog from start to finish. With our one-on-one lessons, you will meet with one of our trainers face to face once every two weeks(or as needed) to learn how to train your own dog.