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Serving Virginia,
Washington, DC

Recognized as one of The Top Trainers in the Country

* Are you tired of an “OUT OF CONTROL” Dog?
* Would you like a Dog who is the “BEST BEHAVED” in the neighborhood?
* Would you like to take your dog out in public and be the “ENVY” of everyone?


We are ATLANTIC COAST K-9 TRAINING SERVICE, a nationally recognized
“World Class” Dog Training Company in business since 1999.


Basic & Advanced Obedience
Protection Training
Schutzhund Training
Service Dog Training
Explosives Detection
Narcotics Detection
Search and Rescue
K-9 Security Services
Show Dog Handling
Training Seminars
Behavior Counseling

About Us

Atlantic Coast K-9 is conveniently located in Stanardsville, Va. which is 30 minutes west of Charlottesville, Va. and only 2 hours south of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. We offer FREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONS for all Behavior Issues and expert training by a team of professionals who are dedicated to the success and well-being of your dog.  Recommended by pet care professionals and many satisfied clients, our training methods are the most complete and thorough available.  Simply put,


Offering One on One Training with Legendary Dog Trainer Ralph Smith, our training is provided at either our facility, your home, or at various locations throughout the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC metropolitan areas. 

Our Methods

One of the most commonly asked questions that we get is, “What style of training do you use”? Unfortunately, in today’s world, most people get caught up in whether the training is Positive Only or whether it is Correction Based.  The truth of the matter is that you shouldn’t want too much of either one. Our answer to that question is that we first evaluate the dog and assess its personality and temperament and then adjust our training to the dogs needs. Regardless, this will usually involve a very balanced style of training which involves a good amount of discipline and focus combined with a lot of positive energy and praise. Very simply put, we refer to this as working a dogs “Drive” which means that we find what motivates the dog to want to work and then we build our training around channeling that Drive into a Focused, Precision based training program. The ultimate goal though, is to make this a fun and positive experience for both the dog as well as the owner. We have put a great deal of time and research into perfecting this training and are proud to offer a 100% Guarantee of the results. It should also be noted that there is a tremendous amount of difference in Dog Trainers. Most trainers today are Pet Dog Trainers. We are Professional Dog Trainers. While at first glance, many people will think a Pet Dog Trainer is all that they need since they are only looking for Pet Dog Training, BEWARE!  Usually “Pet Dog Training” equates to having an amateur who has mastered  nothing more than the very basics to train your dog. Professional Trainers are those who not only train dogs but also compete in National and World Championships with their dogs. The skills necessary to compete at this level are extremely advanced and have taken years to hone and perfect and not something that an amateur trainer would even be able to comprehend. These are the skills that we can offer for you and your dog and it’s what sets us apart from the competition. There are only a handful of trainers in the country that can offer the kind of training that we offer. Give us a call today to experience the difference and enroll your dog into one of the finest training programs in the United States.