About BTK9

Meet Lenny and Stephanie Zannin, owners of Breakthrough K9 Training | Dog Training for Richmond, VA,, MD, NC, DC

Welcome to Breakthrough K9 Training! We are so glad you have taken the time to visit our website. If you are reading this, you have taken the first step in developing a great relationship with your dog. From the simplest behavior problem to more severe challenges, our goal is to help you achieve your breakthrough! My husband Lenny and myself (Stephanie), have been training and rehabilitating dogs for over 15 years. Active in Rottweiler rescue, we have experience working with and raising new born pups (rescue surprises) to senior dogs, (yes old dogs can learn new tricks) to handicap dogs in wheelchairs! (dogs never know they are disabled)

Lenny is a Professional Member of the IACP, (International Association of Canine Professionals). His strong pack leadership comes from growing up in a family who raised and trained German Shepherds and bird hunting dogs along with a menagerie of mutts, cats, hamsters, you name it! Lenny’s invaluable ability to keep cool under pressure comes from being a 23 year veteran of law enforcement.

I have been rescuing anything that needs rescuing since I was a child and have owned my own pet sitting business for 12+ years. I have the added advantage of having been a veterinary assistant and love working with dogs who have disabilities. I have experience working with deaf dogs, blind dogs, even wheelchair bound dogs, all of whom can still learn good manners and live happy and enriched lives! (Ask us how our e-collar training method can help your disabled dog!)


Breakthrough K9 Training would not exist had a Rottweiler named Tug Boat not entered our lives!

Tug had everything going against him, from bad breeding being a product of a puppy mill, to owners who impulsively purchased him as a Christmas present when he was 12 weeks old, then provided no structure or training. After a year with no defined boundaries or clear expectations, Tug grew into a bratty beast; they wanted him gone and dumped him at the shelter.

Read Tug’s Story and find out about our very first breakthrough!

Are you and your dog ready to experience a breakthrough in Dog Training?

From our facility in the greater Richmond, VA area, Breakthrough K9 Training proudly serves clients throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and DC.