Meet Our Owner and Lead Trainer

Having grown up with dogs in her life, it only made sense for Amber to become a dog trainer. Thanks to advice from her Parents and Peers, She officially began her dog training career in 2005. Amber attended the Military Working Dog Handler course at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, TX. Her experiences include training dogs for obedience, protection, and explosive/narcotic detection for the United States Army, as well as working those same dogs for Law Enforcement Operations. Continuing her education; she has taken additional dog training courses, seminars, animal behavior courses with organizations such as Duke University, Mark McCabe TBTE “Training Between the Ears”, Level 1 & Level 2, Dr. Ian Dunbar, and is an AKC (American Kennel Club) Evaluator. Through out her career, she has consulted and assisted with training for agencies such as the Honolulu Police and Sheriff departments, and the Department of Defense to include the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.

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In 2011, Amber took 2nd Place in Narcotic Detection at the International Korean Customs Bi-Annual Detection competition.

In 2013, Amber was medically retired from the Army and began training under the business name SDS K9. Then in 2015, she rebranded and opened Patriot K-Nine LLC.

In early 2015, she became a Certified PTSD Service Dog Trainer/Evaluator while working as a Kennel Master for a PTSD Service Dog Non-Profit, as well as an American Kennel Club CGC Certified Evaluator (#91525). Later in the year after opening Patriot K-Nine LLC, she was recognized as a “Woman Veteran Up-and-Coming Entrepreneur” for Fayetteville, NC.

In 2016, Amber officially began her transition into behavior consulting. Currently working on case studies and attending courses with schools such as Duke University and The University of Edinburgh. She is a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals), an affiliate trainer with I’d Rather Be With My Dog. Pet First Aid and CPR Certified for both Dogs and Cats. (#151207942142128), and a Doggone Safe Educator.

In 2018, Amber began working with foster organizations throughout Cumberland and surrounding counties to provide behavioral safety and temperament assessments for families that are fostering and adopting children ages newborn through 17 (seventeen).

Ashley Jacobson – Certified Dog Trainer

Ashley is a 9 year Army veteran, having served with the 82nd Division, 4th Psychological Operations Group, and 3rd Special Forces Group including a deployment to Afghanistan. Ashley first began training dogs like many canine professionals by working with her own personal dogs in 2013. She started with basic obedience and simple tricks. Not long after, she began volunteering with local shelters and rescue groups to train dogs that were available for adoption. After realizing how much she enjoyed dog training, she began working with dogs with behavior issues to help improve their chances of being adopted.

This was when she realized that working with behavior modification was a real passion for her. Ashley’s volunteer work soon focused on working with rescue dogs with severe aggression, fear, phobias, reactivity, and even dogs with bite histories. She worked to help these dogs behave appropriately and improve their overall quality of life. Meanwhile, she also volunteered part time boarding dogs for military members deploying for long durations without anyone available to care for their dogs. While stationed in Southern Arizona, Ashley began volunteering at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Shelter by walking and training more shelter dogs. She also worked with the Rescue Adoption Volunteers located in Sierra Vista Arizona fostering available dogs, and providing basic obedience and home manners.

In July 2019, Ashley competed the country’s top dog training school, the Starmark Academy’s dog training course. During the 12-week course she learned how to train basic through advanced pet canine obedience, and competitive obedience. The course also included canine learning theory, basic canine behavior and modification, clicker and marker conditioning, and tricks. During the course she worked with various breeds and types of dogs, included not only her personal dogs, but also rescue dogs available for adoption. The course included more advanced forms of canine training such as Narcotics Detection, competition Scent detection, and Service Dog Tasks Training.