Hillside K9 Academy

​Hillside K9 Academy was founded by professional dog trainer Shawn Tucker and his wife Jennifer. Shawn has had a passion for training working dogs since he was a young child. It began by accompanying his mother to obedience classes for Misty, his family’s German Shepherd. Ever since, Shawn has always had friends and family asking him to take part in training their dogs.

At the age of sixteen, Shawn began the journey towards his calling by ensconcing himself in dog training books from reputable canine trainers. He soon put this knowledge into action by shadowing certified dog trainers, and absorbed as much information as he could, about what makes a professional dog trainer an outstanding one. In those years, there were only three Arizona dog training schools in existence. Of those three, only one still remains in business and is owned by Shawn's mentor. Shawn became a certified dog trainer about a year after beginning his apprenticeship from his mentor. Eventually, he became a professional canine trainer for all three academies. He provided in-home training for two of them, and performed countless hours of decoy work for his mentor at current facility.

In the late 80’s a well-known professional dog trainer and his wife moved to Phoenix, Arizona from Boston, Massachusetts. He thought very highly of Shawn, and asked him to come and work at their kennel. This ushered in a new phase in Shawn's professional career and allowed and enhanced outlook on how certified dog trainers run a successful business. Together, they trained all breeds and types of dogs, including show dogs, working dogs, and companion animals. Their motto was “to exceed the customer’s expectation of the training that was given to their dog.”
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