Welcome to Killian's K9 Academy


About Me

It's our passion

My name is Rudy Montalvo. Along with my wife Sheri, we have opened Killian's K9 Academy, LLC to help teach your pet how to be part of the family. I have trained dogs for 30 years. Originally from upstate New York, my family and I moved to North Carolina in 2011. We have 3 dogs of our own. We rescued our oldest (German Shepherd mix) from the Rochester NY Police Department, our middle (boxer/am staff mix) and our youngest (am staff mix), from Johnston County Animal Protection League, to whom we are very supportive of! We love the feeling of adopting instead of shopping as there are so many wonderful dogs/puppies in need of a forever home. You can see it in their eyes! After adopting our youngest rescue that had some pretty bad resource guarding issues along with various other problems, we had a moment of regret. Bringing him into our well-balanced group was not working out to be the best choice. But there was something special about this dog. Besides the fact that he wasn't that “cute little puppy”, he was a 3 year old, male American Staffordshire Terrier, and nobody wanted him. Sheri was concerned that we could never make this work. I said to her, "Honey, I have trained many dogs with many personalities, I KNOW I can do this!!" So, it was then that we made a 100% commitment to do whatever we could and put in the required hours it took to get this sweet boy to come around. We took him everywhere we went, and took one day at a time to closely monitor what triggered him or made him uncomfortable and worked with him. We worked on slowly introducing him to be able to understand that our other dogs did not see him as a threat and he did not have to see them as one. This was a very slow and long process. 12 months later, he was an absolute gem! And now that we have got past the long time it took of building that loving and trusting bond, training continues. He loves everyone, he loves all dogs, big and small; people can't wait to see him when we go places that we visit regularly. As he started to transform people observed the change in him and suggested that we reopen a dog training business down here therefore, Killian's K9 Academy was born. My wife and I saw the need and want of private lessons for dog owners with a basic program layout that can be adjusted to the needs of the clients and their dogs. Instead of a set fee and layout, we offer a program based on the needs and wants built into the basic obedience classes. This is not our full-time source of income as we both have other full-time jobs outside of the dog world, so it allows us to charge a lower fee for service than most others because this is our passion. We want owners to be able to get the most out of bringing a dog into the family and to help keep that "cute little puppy" from being sent to a shelter when he's not a "cute little puppy" anymore. Dogs give unconditional love, they also want love and affection in return. First, as a responsible dog owner you must teach them how to be part of the family and we are here to help do just that!


Unconditional love


Thank you for teaching me how to be part of the family!


Satisfied Owners. Happier Pets.

Here’s What They’re Saying


"I just finished 6 weeks of lessons with owners Rudy & Sheri of Killian's K9 Academy.
It has been a life changing experience for my hyper 1 year old Labrador Retriever Rusty
and myself. Rudy is the most calm, patient, assertive dog trainer I've ever met and has expertly trained my Lab to walk (heel), wait, come, not to jump up on people and made
Rusty a pleasant pup to be around. I was desperate to find a trainer that would come to
your home and be reasonably priced, Rudy and Sheri were that perfect fit. I am so
delighted how my dog behaves and listens to me and impressed with the time they take to train the dog's owner to be able to help and understand your dog. If this method will
help you, do not hesitate. Thank you Rudy and Sheri!!!"


"Rudy trained my dads dog Jaxx (german shepherd EXTREMELY HARD HEADED) he is an amazing trainer and person. Highly recommend him & will tag him when I see anyone looking/needing a trainer."


"Finished up our first series of training sessions Sunday with Rudy and Sheri. Sully has changed for the better, more disciplined and controlled member of our family. We continue to reinforce what Rudy and Sheri taught us, Sully will just get better and better. No more jumping up on us and visitors as much. With an hour each day of reinforcement he no longer is the wild man he once was. We are very glad we made the call and look forward to signing up for the next level of training soon. I encourage you to make the call if your furry friend needs a little discipline in his/her life! Thanks Rudy and Sheri!



Get in Touch Today

Get in touch with Killian's K9 Academy, LLC to learn more about our dog training services.


Rudy: 585-203-4609 Sheri (scheduling): 585-203-4610

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