Breakthrough K9 Training immerses your dog in real life situations with real life distractions – giving you a calmer more confident dog.

Breakthrough K9 Training offers both In Home (The Structured Walk Program) and Board and Train services for dog obedience training and dog behavior modification. We deal with a host of dog behavioral issues which is not limited to dog aggression, anxiety and fear. Also, we teach basic obedience such as proper leash walking, sit, down and come to puppies (puppy development) and adult dogs alike. We also train with remote collar/e-collar.


See our methodology in action in the above video, “Tug’s Story.”

Read more about “Tug” by clicking here. 

With us, dogs learn more than just basic obedience commands, your dog learns how to exist confidently and consistently in a human’s world. During board and train, your dog will experience real life socialization, learning to walk politely without reacting while on structured pack walks. They will practice impulse control through staying on “place” for long durations while we go about real life, making dinner, working on the computer, having company over, etc. They learn to just calmly hang out with us without barking when the door bell rings, jumping on guests, or begging at the table.

Because we deal with a lot of aggressive dogs, our training is also incredibly structured. Most dogs labeled “aggressive” are actually good dogs yearning to breakthrough. They just need a knowledgeable leader to teach them how to live in our world. They have been under socialized and have not received realistic expectations or consistent consequences. Like Helen Keller, they feel trapped in a world they don’t understand, so they simply react, making bad choices like growling and biting. We’ll teach you how to communicate to your dog what behaviors are acceptable, empowering them to make good choices, which builds their confidence and ultimately gives you a calmer companion.



“Breakthrough K9 Training made a world of difference in the mannerisms of our dog Jaxon…it was a positive experience that we would recommend to anyone. The Zannin’s were very dedicated…Lenny and Stephanie provided daily updates on Jaxon’s progress… they even conducted a follow up home visit to give additional guidance to our family. Thank you Breakthrough K9 Training! ” – The Motley Family



We have a very small trainer to dog ratio, assuring your dog will receive all the one-on-one attention they need. All dogs board inside our house, not a kennel, mimicking real life situations they will encounter when back home.

All dogs go on a 45-min to 1-hour long structured walk, enjoy socialization/play time with our balanced pack (your dogs will never interact with dangerous dogs). We mix in several hours of hands-on training, alternating between teaching time and relaxing down time.

If you are ready to achieve your breakthrough, please fill out our contact page form by clicking below.

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Breakthrough K9 Training proudly serves clients in the Central Virginia and Tri-Cities area.

Dog Training for Henrico County, Goochland County, Charles City County, Hanover County, New Kent County, Chesterfield County, Richmond VA, Williamsburg VA, Petersburg VA, Colonial Heights VA, Charlottesville VA, Virginia Beach VA and Northern VA.

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