The K9Edge is proud to have some of the best and most experienced dog trainers in New England. Our Team comes from a wide variety of training disciplines and experiences and backgrounds.
Our training methods and styles may differ and that’s ok; your dog may respond better to a particular method. Not every method works for every dog and handler.
We work with owners to give them the knowledge, tools and guidance needed to communicate with their dogs and work through training challenges and behavioral issues.
Bottom line: we all have the same goal of training you and your dog to live a happy and safe life together.
Dave, he has been handling and training dogs in Germany and the U.S. for “a hundred years.” Dave runs our Drop-In Obedience classes and trains our Daycare & Train and our Board & Train dogs. He also conducts private training lessons both In-Home and at The K9Edge and manages the Edge Kennel.
He lives with his wife Rosie, nine German Shepherd Dogs (Sarge, Diesel, Mya, Blitz, Bea, Sadie, Sam, and Kaiser), 3 Yorkies (Skittles, Puff and Lizard) and a bunch of chickens.
Stephanie has been rescuing GSDs privately and as a rescue volunteer since 1991. Many were evaluated as “aggressive” and at risk of being euthanized. Some had issues that were easily solved with basic obedience and proper handling. In 2009 she founded the nonprofit charity GSR&RC and recruited professional dog trainers to evaluate and train these GSDs.
Pet owners of other breeds began to ask for help with their dogs. In 2015 she opened The K9Edge. Stephanie is a certified pet obedience instructor/trainer by North Boston Dog Training. Her graduation “thesis” was Nikko, a GSD evaluated as “aggressive” and turned away by several rescues. Two major Boston humane societies recommended that he be euthanized. Nikko now lives with a loving family and a sister GSD mix.
Stephanie is a two time Foster Failure to Bear and Cooper (“godzilla”), both GSDs.
Training Director - Group Classes, Puppy Play Groups, Agility for Fun, Disc for Fun
Mike Harrington began Training Dogs in 1986. He is a Certified Master Dog Trainer who studied Dog Psychology and Behavior Modification.
Mike has worked extensively with Top Trainers from the USA, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. He has trained hundreds of dogs, of all-breeds and coached their owners in Basic to Advanced Obedience, Behavior Modification, Home & Personal Protection and all phases of Dog Sport Competition.
Mike has also raised, trained, titled, competed, and performed decoy work in numerous local and Regional Schutzhund Trials.
Mike’s clear understanding of canine behavior enables him to provide the finest dog training, bridging the gap of communication between owners and their dogs.
The K9Edge Training Team
Volunteer Trainer - German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center, Inc.
Trainer and Kennel Manager - Board &Train, Daycare &Train, Drop In Classes, Private Training
Robin has been training dogs in pet obedience and sports since 1994. She is a world qualifier in disc with multiple dogs for multiple trials.
Her training classes are organized and focused on learning and FUN. Training must be FUN and enjoyable for the dogs AND the handlers, otherwise neither will learn.
She lives with Cricket, a Sheltie and Bailey and Jacob, both Border Collies.
Training and Behavior Consultant
Life is short.
Play with your dog.
Kathy has been training dogs since 1998 in Puppy Obedience, Basic Obedience, IPO (all phases) and Conformation. She specializes in working breeds and power breeds.
Kathy is also Foster Failure with her GSD Dino, now her Service Dog. Dino is a former rescue GSD who was saved by German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center.