About Us

Rob Kirkwood has been focusing his efforts on aggression and behavioural modification for his entire career. He has helped countless owners improve their relationship and get to the root cause of their dogs’ aggression issues. All aggression cases are evaluated by him as the head trainer and training director of Progressive K9.

  • 15+ years of dog training expertise
  • Specialist in handling aggression and reactivity
  • Mentor to numerous aspiring dog trainers
  • Accomplished in PSA (Protection Sports Association) competitions
  • Skilled instructor in decoy training across North America
  • Holds the rank of 2nd black belt instructor at Deadpool Decoy school
  • Accomplished performer of dog stunts within Actra Stunt union
  • Experienced in training behaviours for canine actors in the film industry

Canine Achievements:

  • Kasper: Achieved PDC-SD, PDC, and PSA-1 titles
  • Waffles: Achieved PDC, PSA-1 titles, and featured appearance on Apple TV’s SEE
  • Atari: Achieved PDC, PSA-1 titles, and featured appearance on Apple TV’s SEE

Rob & Alexis’s dog: Waffles, Atari, Bishop, Kargo (all Belgian Malinois), Collin (American Bully)

Rob Kirkwood

Head Trainer, Owner and Aggression specialist

Rob & Alexis’s dog: Waffles, Atari, Bishop, Kargo (all Belgian Malinois), Collin (American Bully)

Ashley Boyd

Senior Trainer

Ashley Boyd has been helping people with their dogs for nearly 15 years, starting as a groomer and transitioning into training.

She’s great at understanding and connecting with dogs, and personalising a training plan to each dog’s needs.

Moreover, she stands out as one of Canada’s most accomplished competitive obedience contenders. Her training techniques have demonstrated success in the ring, even with complex tasks and without tools or rewards.

Some of her achievements:

  • 10+ years competing
  • 2x No.1 Belgian Shepherd in Canada in Obedience
  • 2x No.1 Mixed Breed Dog in Canada in Obedience
  • Currently No.1 Belgian Shepherd in Canada for Rally Obedience.
  • Multi High in Trial Obedience awards
  • Master Obedience Trial champion
  • First mix breed in Canadian history to earn a obedience trial championship
  • Rally Master title x2
  • Caro Rally Bronze title with a Husky mix
  • 2 Conformation champions

Ashley’s dogs with titles

  • HIT URO1 UCH Arabella Van Wijn Tuin ITD

Ashley’s dog: Sirius, Zora, Kaiba (all Belgian Malinois)

Abbey has over 8 years of experience in the dog industry, handling difficult dogs in tricky situations.

Adopting Benji, who had behaviour problems, led her to Progressive K9. She fell in love with the training and it was clear she had a lot of talent. Abbey was accepted into our exclusive Trainers course, and after, she was offered a Trainer role.

She’s skilled, great with dogs and handlers and teaching individuals. She also co-instructs groups, aids protection training, and contributes to seminars.

  • 8yrs in the dog industry
  • Certified Trainer
  • Expertise with puppy training
  • Expertise in Trick training
  • Expertise in grooming
  • Extensive experience handling difficult dogs

Abbey’s dog: Benji (Mixed breed)

Meet Machiko, a skilled service industry pro who’s led her own business for 15 years.

Her specialty is valuing each client and understanding their unique needs.

During her downtime, she enjoys watching funny and cute German Shepherd videos.

Machiko’s dog: Princess Buttercup (German Shepherd)

Contact us now to begin your training journey!

We’re experts in dog obedience and behavior modification training. Our skilled trainers are dedicated to enhancing the bond between you and your dog, addressing challenges and encouraging a positive demeanor.

Our mission is simple: to provide outstanding training services tailored to the individual needs of both dogs and their owners.

We understand that every dog has their own personality and training requirements, which is why our programs are customized for effective and lasting results.

At Progressive K9, we are a dedicated and multi-faceted company specializing in dog obedience and behavior modification training. With a team of experienced trainers, we strive to create a harmonious relationship between you and your furry companion by addressing behavioral challenges and fostering positive behavior.

Our mission is to provide exceptional training services that cater to the unique needs of every dog and its owner. We understand that each dog is an individual with distinct personalities and training requirements. That’s why we tailor our programs to ensure effective results and long-lasting behavior improvements.

Experience the Difference

Through our positive reinforcement training methods, we create a safe and enjoyable learning environment for your dog. We firmly believe that building a strong foundation of trust and communication is key to a successful training journey. Our trainers are experienced in utilizing proven techniques to modify unwanted behaviors, enhance obedience, and promote overall well-being.

Our training programs have yielded remarkable results, transforming countless dogs into well-behaved companions. We take pride in our track record of success and the positive impact we have on the lives of dogs and their owners. We believe in using positive reinforcement techniques to motivate and reward your dog for desired behaviors. This approach fosters a positive and enjoyable training experience, promoting a strong bond between you and your furry friend.

Are you ready to embark on a transformative training journey with your dog? Contact Progressive K9 today to enroll in our exceptional training programs. Together, let’s build a strong foundation of obedience, address behavioral challenges, and create a lifelong bond with your canine companion. Take the first step towards a happier and more harmonious relationship – enroll now!


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