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Welcome to Killian's K9 Academy

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About Us

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 over 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, American Staffordshire Terrier -Levi, American Pitbull Terrier - Brenneke, and our newest addition, Amstaff/American Pit/Boxer - Fritz, 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 Levi, that had some pretty bad resource guarding issues along with various other problems, we had a moment of regret. Bringing him into our then well-balanced pack 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 2.5 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 on his triggers. 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 lessons that can be adjusted to the needs of the clients and their dogs. We both have other full-time jobs outside of the dog world, but we wanted owners to be able to get the most out of bringing a dog into the family and to help avoid the possibility of the pup being sent to the shelter when the owner is completely frustrated and gives up. 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!

Why We Don’t Recommend Shock/Static Collar

Unfortunately, we have had to go fix many side issues stemming from the use of shock/static collars. We are strong advocates against their use for the following reasons:

  • They cause pain

  • They cause stress

  • They can cause aggression

  • They can cause side issues such as marking/soiling, fearfulness, etc.

  • There are alternative humane methods so why not use them?

  • They can cause burns

  • They are often misused

Shock collars are banned in many countries so why would we find it acceptable ourselves?
Yes, I’ve been told many times “but I tried it and it was just a tap.” However, what level will be used on your dog? In order to have the dog perform the wanted behavior, the electric shock must be high enough, thus painful enough, to get the wanted result.

As world-known veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall says: “To understand people’s willingness to shock their dogs and cats (and sometimes horses), one important association needs to be acknowledged: people reach for tools such as shock when they feel helpless to address their pet’s behavioral concerns and when they feel that this is the only way that they can keep their pet safe and alive. Unfortunately, companies that make and market shock collars prey on these concerns, claiming that their products keep pets safe and save lives. There is no published evidence to support these claims, but there is now considerable evidence published in the peer-reviewed literature that refutes them.”

For more details, here is a great article with scientific back up on why using a shock/static collar is a very bad idea and not necessary:
Choose kindness, choose education, choose positive reinforcement and methods that make sense to your dog’s nature.

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Services we offer


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We offer a complimentary phone consultation to discuss services offered. As they are not a one size fits all. We can help you decide what would be the best option for you and your canine buddy!

Phone: 585-203-4610

  • Obedience

  • Behavior modification

  • Aggression management

  • Private sessions

  • Packs walks

  • Full 4 session program or single sessions. (depending on the needs of your furry companion)

  • Stay & Play

  • Killian's K9 Kamp

We are a husband and wife team. Our training hours of operation are

Monday- Friday starting at 11:00am

(with some limited Saturday training slots)

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Stay & Play

Comfort while you are away

Our overnight stay and play option are for those who are going out of town. Instead of boarding your dog or hiring a sitter, your pooch stays with us!

Benefits to you:

  • We do not allow your pooch to practice bad manners.

  • We reinforce your dog’s current level of training.

  • We keep your dog in the comfort of our own home! They integrate with us so they don’t miss the warmth of household life.

  • We provide great professional feedback as we get to know your dog personally.

Items your dog needs: Food, treats, blanket and crate.

We require fecal, distemper/parvo shots or titers, rabies and bordetella. we also would need to know of any treat/food allergies.

*Pick up and drop off times are 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. Unless a different time is arranged.

Cost: $70/night per dog.

Pups sometimes need a vacation from Mom and Dad...LOL

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Killian's K9 Kamp

Leave It to the Expert

Where we train your dog for 3 weeks in our own home for real-life results to save you time and frustrations.

We provide the training of basic obedience with the focus on impulse control that includes outings for effective public manners. This eases the struggles of attempting to train on your own. It also allows us to really get to know your dog on a personal level.

  • Your dog will enjoy field trips at varying locations to learn polite public manners as well as impulse control that will transfer back to your home environment. Locations include parks, pet stores, and businesses. This has proven to be a huge factor in the successful training of your dog.

  • We do NOT use unnecessary and unkind shock/static collars. Our tools are based on trust and respect.

  • They need to ultimately listen to you, so we make sure to transfer the material back to you. When we meet to reunite you with your pooch, we will spend an hour working with you on what your companion has learned! Then after two weeks of you practicing, we will set up a second one hour meet to help bring in any loopholes.

  • We will send you regular photos of your dog’s progress so you can see what they are learning!

  • Afterwards, we can invite you and your pup to some of our private sessions when there is a need for a client's pup to learn focus around distractions. And it’s great extra practice for you and your pup too!

  • Now you can fully enjoy spending time with your well mannered companion.

Items your dog needs: Food, Blanket/Towel, and crate.

We require fecal, distemper/parvo shots or titers, rabies, and bordetella. We also would need to know of any treat/food allergies.

Fee: $2750

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


Happy Pet Owners

Here’s What They’re Saying

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"Rudy, of Killian’s K9 Academy, stepped through our front door to the shaking, jumping, excited arms of a 7-month old miniature poodle, Hazel. Rudy quickly assessed the situation by asking very intuitive questions about Hazel’s routine, and our concerns/goals for the training. Hazel responded exceptionally well to Rudy, and we learned what we need to do to share life with this beautiful, intelligent, little pup. So far, things have vastly improved! We’re better at reinforcing good behavior, and Hazel is doing great at responding. Hazel had impulse training today and we’re still in shock at how well she did. Highly recommend Killian’s K9!"

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

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