Essential K9 Training​

(530) 205-5536​​

Developing a better bond between you and your dog


Whether you're looking for obedience training, scent work, or help with various behavior issues I'm happy to help. Scent detection work is my passion and it's a great way to add some much needed mental stimulation to your pup's routine.

Scent work is one of my favorite things to teach 

Cooper was a star student in scent work class. Initially, he had no desire to take part, but with a little work he picked up on the idea and did very well! Here we're working on adding a little duration to his alert on scent.

What our customers are saying

Rich sta​rted working with our Golden Retriever puppy (Koko) after we realized we had a extremely active and strong-willed dog on our hands and needed some help. Throughout multiple 1-hour training sessions, Rich was patient and kind, yet firm and consistent in helping Koko become more respectful and obedient at home and out in the world. To accelerate her progress, we decided to send Koko to Rich for a 4-day boot camp and that was just what she needed to cement the changes. She literally came back a new dog! We would highly recommend Rich (aka our miracle worker), to anyone looking for a highly knowledgeable and effective trainer. Rich is just the best!


Very nice dude, learned a lot In a short amount of time. I look forward to working with Rich again.


Rich is very straightforward, and honest with both people and animals. He really helped us evaluate our options with our dog. Would definitely work with him again.


He is very knowledgeable and professional. He immediately assessed my dog and put together a program that a 4 month old puppy could be successful with. He is very kind to my dog and she looks forward to seeing him. His association and experience with search and rescue is so valuable to me as an owner. He has made training my Labrador so much easier! Highly recommended!!