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We will train any dog, regardless of breed, shape, size or history. We are also one of a handful of trainers that, not only WILL work with, but successfully train and rehabilitate aggressive dogs that have a history of biting other dogs, and/or people. Every dog deserves a chance to learn and to live, and we believe every dog has the potential to be simply awesome.
Solid K9 Training has a world renowned reputation with working with and rehabbing aggressive dogs. Most likely your dog will need intense training in order to prepare your dog for a group setting as well as certain safety protocols will need to be in place to protect your dog, other dogs and staff.
If your dog has been kicked out of or refused entry into other training and daycare facilities, here at Solid K9 Training we have a program for you and your dog.
JEFF GELLMAN / Owner and Training Coordinator
I’m Jeff Gellman, the trainer other dog trainers recommend for dogs that have INTENSE behavioral problems that they cannot fix. But I do not just work to fix behavioral problems with dogs – I can prevent such problems from happening.
I have a beautiful wife, Linda, and am the father of six wonderful daughters, one son, three German Shepherds, a feral dog, two Pit Bulls, a Turkish Kengal and 2 Chihuahuas. All of my dogs are just family dogs, although I do have one dog Girl who is fully trained in Narcotics Detection and her and I work in private industry to enforce drug free workplaces, drug and rehab centers, cruise ships, warehouses and families can also hire me for their homes.
The greatest thing I have found with rehabilitating dogs is, no matter what the issues are, if we focus on the small things daily, then most of the big things do not manifest. Bad behavior is just the manifestation of losing focus on the basics. In all of my experience, I have seen time and time again that if we focus on the daily rituals, structure, balance, accountability, corrections for behaviors we don’t like, and rewards for things we do, most bad behaviors become a thing of the past.
I will work with all dogs – it doesn’t matter how severe the aggression, how bad the bites, how nervous/anxious, their history, breed, age, or past experiences – I have seen it all – and I’m excited to get you on the path of living with your dog in the best way possible.
My hobbies? It is actually teaching people how to do what it takes to keep their dogs in the house and out of dog shelters. I love doing daily Periscopes as well as webinars all for free to help as many folks as much as I can.
Traveling the country in my RV as part of my RV Dog Trainer tour to help as many people as possible is one of my passions. Being part of an incredible business building seminar series, Train the Trainers with Sean and Jeff, is helping train and support young dog trainers to excel in our industry is also one of the most satisfying things I do.
Jeff has an incredible staff of trainers, kennel staff and office staff that keep the facility running 24/7/365. He could not do any of this by himself. When Jeff travels, he even leaves his personal dogs at the Solid K9 Training center to get the best care and exercise they can get.
Jon – Head Trainer
Jon works with all of the board and train dogs on the property and many of the 1/1 clients. He is in charge of all of the training and rehab of all of the dogs on the property. He sets up all of the training programs for each dog once they are assessed to make sure the the clients level of expectations are met.
Jon has been part of the Solid K9 Training team for the last five years and serves as Head Trainer. From a young age, Jon has had a strong connection and sense of compassion for all animals. Growing up, Jon would spend hours at a time with family members’ and neighborhood dogs. Jon’s bond and ability to non-verbally communicate with dogs continues to be overwhelmingly evident when working with clients’ dogs at the training center.
Spencer – Assistant Trainer
Spencer is responsible making sure all dogs on the property get structured walks and are socialized daily he also is part of our overnight staff making sure that all of the dogs are safe and ready for an emergency that happens in the night.
Spencer joined Solid K9 Training in 2013 and has a total of seven years of experience working with dogs. In his spare time, Spencer enjoys training dogs, including his own dog Scout, as well as camping, hiking and paintball.
Shayla – Kennel Manager and Assistant Trainer
Shayla is in charge of the kennel and the day care area and is responsible for the care and safety off all of the dogs on the property. She is in charge of the kennel staff and that all safety and care protocols are followed each day.
Shayla has been with Solid K9 Training team for just over a year now and loves her job. Shayla enjoys seeing the day by day progress of so many different dogs with a range of issues, finding the end results especially rewarding. Always an animal lover and feeling connected to dogs, Shayla was even called Dr. Doolittle as a child! When 15 years old, Shayla’s 130-pound German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix was put down due to his aggression toward people. This dog was everything to Shayla and the experience was one of the most difficult. Personally, Shayla does not believe in euthanasia (unless medically necessary) and believes every dog deserves a chance. Shayla hopes to one day start a rescue organization for unwanted, abused and neglected pitbulls. Shayla looks forward to educating people on the breed so they can understand the breed is not to be feared and that instead, the owners ultimately shape the disposition of the dog by how they treat it.
Melissa – Kennel Staff
Melissa supports the kennel staff in all functions, dog walks, dog socialization, bathing of the dogs, feeding the dogs and general safety and care of the dogs.
Melissa joined the Solid K9 Training team in 2014. Melissa, who has a degree in Animal Science, loves working with dogs because they can always put a smile on her face.
Lauren Wisniewski – Office Manager
Lauren recently joined the Solid K9 Training team as office manager. Formerly a client, Lauren understands the challenges new and existing dog owners face and is excited to help other clients take the first steps to leading a more rewarding life with their dogs.
Lauren and her dog Sonny are happy to be the first ones to greet you when you visit the center for your training sessions.
Melinda Solomon – Front Desk Assistant
Melinda recently joined the Solid K9 Training team as a Front Desk Assistant. Melinda has an Associate’s Degree in Office Administration with past experience working in an office environment.
She will be one of the first people you see when you come into our center as well as the one answering emails and phone calls from clients and potential clients to schedule appointments that will accommodate their needs. Bringing organization and time management to our clients is one of Melinda’s main goals as an employee at Solid K9 Training.
Romy -8 y/o, Clover -10 y/o and Angelo -2 y/o
Jeff’s children have grown up training dogs. They work at the center helping with distraction work and proofing the dogs with their commands.
They work with highly excited dogs, nervous and shy dogs as well as aggressive dogs. They do lots of work with Counter Conditioning dogs that do not like or have aggressed towards kids.
We are a home school family and the work they do with dogs teaches them many life skills as well as helps out hundreds of dogs a year with their training.