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Sarah Ockey
Sarah Ockey
I highly recommend hiring Victor for dog training. I reached out to Victor for help with my dogs. I was burntout, overwhelmed, and needed help changing my relationship with my dogs. The biggest thing Victor helped me with is realizing how I was causing a lot of the problems with my dogs, and that I could change it. Victor is timely, dependable, and when he says you can call anytime, he means it. I’m very grateful for the chance to work with him!
Melissa Jones
Melissa Jones
We recently moved back to the area and now we have a dog. My dog has always been friendly, but ever since going to a kennel he became scared and very protective and and aggressive towards other dogs. We have done other training where they give snacks as a reward but I shouldn't have to give my dog a reward every time. Yes he needs to know he is loved and cared for but he also needs to know rules and behavior just like my children need to know rules. Ever since meeting Victor and his training it really has opened my eyes to how I am in control of my dog he is not in control of me. And he has done a drastic change in behavior and commands. Thank You!!
chente rojas
chente rojas
Sorry for posting bad review. Thought it was the other guys I was review. You were very knowledgeable.
Tony Purinton
Tony Purinton
Victor is Great , I talked with a few trainers and chose K9-101 Victor worked with us/me on my time schedule. some lessons took me longer to get. one phone call and I was back in business. or when it took me longer to get my home work complete. we went on to the next lesson. I am looking forward to the next set of lessons. My dog was very responsive to Victor and picked up the lessons very quickly, He was a great Coach as well as a Great Instructor.
Dana Weigel
Dana Weigel
I’ve done it all with dog training from books to professional training in residence to people who come to our house. Victor at K9-101 has been working the best so far. I’ll go thru my experiences and why this has been effective. 1) books just didn’t work 2) I fumbled thru several dogs with trial and error, DIY. It worked ok but I always had some behavior I couldn’t fix. We now have 2 littler kids and friends over, etc, I just really need a dog that listens and is trustworthy. 3) trained in residence - it worked for the time the dog was there but was very expensive and it was difficult for me to stay on the things trained. I also got my dog back dangerously thin. I’m done with that. Never again. 4) other trainers came to my house but required I sign an agreement I wouldn’t use various tools (prong collar for ex). This makes me uncomfortable for reason above - a trainer doesn’t know what’s needed until the dog-situation is evaluated, and removing tools from the toolbox is just unwise. Also depending on the trainer they tend to have a problem figuring out what you need or being prepared when they go from apmt to apmt. I just don’t have time for that. 5) then, I found Victor. He’s punctual, organized and has a system he’s spent time perfecting. He cares about your relationship to your dog and vice versa. He works solely on teaching me to execute the lesson content, so I’m the one training the dog. We’ve had better consistency and better results using this approach. He’s worked with my young daughter because she needs to handle the dog and get her to listen. He’s been great with my kid. Directions are clear and simple enough anyone can do them. If you are struggling with your dog or just want to have a very well behaved dog (who won’t hurt anyone pulling and charging at will) then call Victor. Life’s too short to have a dog that doesn’t behave. Our pup is now 8 mo and people compliment us on how well behaved she is. Toddlers run by, busy events, other dogs, new people - she’s been impressive and I can’t wait to see where we end up.
Timothy Young
Timothy Young
Victor is a great guy and dog trainer and sometimes as in my case I needed a little training myself. He helped me gain control of my high energy pit bull. Now my girl even has three kitten friends. I can't thank him enough for giving us the training we needed.
Training with Victor has been an awesome experience for both my dog and myself! He is so incredibly knowledgeable, passionate, helpful, and encouraging. His methods work, building confidence in the you and your dog. Highly recommend!
Tracer Bjorge
Tracer Bjorge
Victors experience and training has been life changing for my German shepherd. He always explains why he does things he does and is always available to call if you have questions or concerns!
Dolores Mancuso
Dolores Mancuso
K9-101 deserves a 10-star rating! Our aggressive chihuahua, Simon, was sitting obediently next to a pit bull after the first lesson! We sought out K9-101 for Simon's leash aggression. Our quality of life was dramatically reduced by Simon's growling and charging at other dogs. Our daily walks turned into a nightmare of barking, pulling, and attacking. Victor Rogo of K9-101 taught us to be the pack leader with easy and understandable commands. Victor broke up the training in four commands per lesson. This was just the right amount not to overwhelm us. Victor Rogo's instincts for understanding the dog's brain is amazing! He helped us understand Simon's mindset and how much he wants to please us. Victor was very patient, respectful, and encouraging with us and Simon. This encouragement calmed our fears about a 70-year-old couple and a 10-year-old dog learning new tricks. K9-101 uses positive training with the dog and the owners. This method gave us the confidence for a successful outcome. At lesson 5 we have noticed a dramatic difference in Simon's behavior. He seems oblivious to other dogs and his focus is totally on us. Simon's demeaner has changed to calm, relaxed, and happy. Our daily walks have become peaceful and enjoyable. K9-101 is dog training that really works! Simon is the walking testimony of Victor Rogo's knowledge and expertise. We will always be grateful for how you transformed Simon into a happy dog!
Nancie McMillin
Nancie McMillin
Training with K9-101 is hugely beneficial, we are so pleased that we chose this program! There is a puppy course available that we utilized shortly after getting an 8 week old German shepherd and the results were immediate. It had been over a decade since we had a puppy as part of the family and the training Victor has given us has made us far better equipped to incorporate our puppy into our family. Victor has made himself available to thoroughly answer all my questions, which were numerous, and he has always responded quickly. We just started the beginners class last week and the results are already evident. We are looking forward to learning how to teach our dog to be the best she can be. I’m hoping to have a dog that acts like she graduated with a master’s degree in obedience and not a dog that dropped out of elementary school. Thanks to the training we have received, we all got started off on the right foot to achieve this goal. Much appreciated.

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Gina and the boys

Bottom line is Victor helped me learn that it wasn’t about making Sarge  obedient. All Sarge wants to do is make me happy. It was about me learning how to be confident, loving, understanding, and at times even strict with Sarge. That approach has helped create the kind of dog that I wanted to have and the kind of owner I want to be. Without Victor and his guidance I would not be the type of dog owner I am today and Sarge would not be the happy and well-adjusted family member/dog that he is. I count my blessings every day that K9-101 was the website that I decided to call on that day. Victor has not only become a trusted trainer he has become a trusted and lifelong friend.

Kat Maudru News Director, 96.9 The Eagle Public Affairs Director, Entercom Sacramento

From our very first meeting with Victor when he came to our house, Bella's behavior began to improve immediately. It was more of a matter of we humans changing OUR behavior, and Victor was fantastic at getting that started. After just 5 lessons with Victor, Bella heals, stays, walks calmly on a leash next to me, sits, lays down, and so much more. She no longer darts out the front door, she does not jump on house guests or onto furniture, and, wait for it.. she is finally house trained! If Victor can turn our little Terrier Terror into a well-trained doggy who LOVES to please her human with her good behavior, he can work with any dog!

The Cockery Family

 Within minutes of meeting Victor and our first training session I could actually see a difference in her behavior. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Over the next several weeks and lots of training and walking, Mable began to feel more at ease because she actually believed that I would protect her and keep her safe. She looked at me in a different way, not as a comforter but as her leader. As part of our training I brought Mable back to the vet to see if our training really made a difference when it counted most. My big giant dog was much calmer, behaved and cooperative because I had the tools I needed to handle her effectively. I was so incredibly proud that I rushed home to let Victor hear about our success!!! My entire family is so grateful to Victor for his help and strongly encourage anyone considering bringing a new dog home to call Victor FIRST.

Mark and Iney Fowler

We enjoy the family's dogs, Molly, Lucky  & Rosie so much more. They are happier too. We can interact happily with much easier, less time consuming instructions that the dogs eagerly follow. Sometimes the hesitation on their part is because they know we've messed up. Golly they are smart! Thank you Victor & Elmer (Victor's dog) for your expertise & caring. Thank you for the PEACE too.


When we got our dog Bella from the rescue, she was 2 years old and had been in the pound and at the rescue center for 7 mos. During that time she had developed a very aggressive attitude toward other dogs and was pretty much uncontrollable out of doors. Victor's classes taught us how to manage our dog. Now I can take Bella for a walk and know that I will be in control. The difference in my dog is like night and day because with what Victor taught me I now know how to control the dog consistently. If your dog has obedience issues I would recommend that you take a course from Victor. I'm sure that it will make a difference in how you are able to handle your dog.  

Doreen and Turbo

I recently adopted a young Jack Russell Terrier and with the reputation that terriers have for being stubborn, un-trainable, hyperactive etc. I wanted to get involved right away in an obedience class. We signed up for a class at the local pet store which focused on a food reward for good behavior method. That worked fine as long as I had food but I felt it was not the best training method for long lasting results. I searched around until I found Victor who has a similar philosophy to mine in that we teach our dog to be our follower and I am the pack leader. I appreciate his teaching methods and the written lessons so I can refer back as I continue to train my dog at home. Victor brings enthusiasm and great communication skills to his human and dog clients!

Frank and Jackie

Thank you Victor for dog training "us". We will continue to learn and grow with Opal using everything you taught us. And thank you for being available on the phone at moment’s notice when we had a small crisis on New Year’s Day. Good luck on your growing business. And again, thank you!

BV Rao

My wife and I enrolled our newly adopted dog - Mishka - in Victor's Beginning Dog Training class more than a year ago. Victor has a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to dealing with dogs, especially when they have a mind of their own! And when you have a large Dobie/Shepherd mix, you have a very independent dog who wants to do things her way! We were so impressed with what we learned and were able to achieve with the beginning class, that we enrolled Mishka in a private, 5-lesson Intermediate Class with Victor. Over the next several months, Victor was very patient and firm with both Mishka and us, with the result that when we finished on August 1st, we now have a dog that is very responsive to our commands, and does not chase cats and squirrels even when she is off-leash. We could not be any happier with her progress. I recommend Victor to anyone who is serious about training their dog. It takes effort on everyone's part, it is not easy, but it is so worth it! Thank you Victor!

Jason and Diana Herron

Recently we lost our Family German Shepherd. Whiskey was a big, gorgeous WELL behaved German shepherd. We began training with Victor when Whiskey was 7 mos. old. Whiskey, though smart, was stubborn and a hand full until we met Victor. He gave my wife; she did a majority of the training, the confidence and skills to have complete control of our close to 100 lb. German shepherd. On or off leash whiskey went everywhere with my family and people always commented on how well behaved he was. Without Victor I’m not sure we could have ever achieved the same level of success. Victor literally taught us the routine to keep our very energetic Shepherd challenged and happy. Once you understand that bad dog behavior is usually due to your own behaviors and not being consistent, it’s easy to understand why other dogs you have owned didn’t live up to your obedience expectations. It is now time for a new dog and it’s a no brainer Victor will be involved. Frankly, this time we have contacted Victor before we bring our new puppy and he has already made suggestions that never crossed our minds! Any family thinking about bringing a dog into their home should consider Victor as a positive influence you will not regret. Thank you. Jason, Diana, Peyton & Taylor Herron

Donna Schindler

I got my German Shepherd when she was 1 ½ yrs old. Having been raised in a kennel up to that point, she didn’t have good manners or socialization skills. I took her to Victor in Feb. 2013. She learned all the basic commands and how to wait for a command before leaving the house. The other day I realized just what a good trainer Victor is when I stopped and waited before entering my house, without my dog! Training the owner is the biggest part of the battle. Today I took her to the vet for the 1st time – I had her in the lying down command for over 15 minutes while people came in and out of the waiting room. She behaved perfectly for the entire visit. No corrections needed. I asked Victor many, many questions. He answered each of them with suggestions that really worked. I can’t praise him enough!

Kris H

Thank you so much for helping us with Bindi. What a difference we saw in Bindi's behavior after just one week of training! At 6 months, she certainly wasn't too young for obedience training. I'm glad we didn't wait. It's really amazing that our 8 year old son Aaron was able to be the main trainer for our dog and got such excellent results. You trained Aaron, so he could train Bindi. He did all five sessions and the daily walking and training too, and of course, lots of playing. Thanks also for helping us tame her "dominant female" attitude. She is a much better family dog now.

Karen Inkster

I have a male akita - big dog! I adopted him at 3 years old through the Akita Rescue. He is a good dog but, does have his challenges and being a powerful dog I wanted a program that would not only train us both but, also help in bonding our relationship. Prior to Victor's classes, (I have attended 2 beginner and 1 intermediate) - I took my dog to other trainers. The results I accomplished from Victor's training was definitely the most effective. His methods reflect a firm, consistent discipline with positive results. My relationship with my dog is now much more enjoyable because it is based on mutual respect and trust. I have been extremely happy and satisfied with our training with Victor and plan to take additional classes in the future.

Arnie and Paula Celick

My husband and I (and Nelson, the student pooch) can, without reservation, highly recommend the "K9-101" training program for your precious pet. The group classes are fun and the trainer, Victor Rogo and his assistant, Elmer (a beautifully trained Rottweiler) will introduce you and your pet to all the basic commands and movements, as well as providing a great deal of general information to improve your relations with your dog. Victor's K9-101 program ideally suited us, and has made life with a large puppy a joy.

Bob and Jennifer A.

When we first came to K9-101 dog training, we had a 10 month old Puggle who was totally out of control. Grandma could not walk the dog without being pulled off her feet. After only 2 and 3 sessions our dog Amber showed a marked improvement in her ability to understand, anticipate and follow basic commands (like sit, stay, come, down...). We feel we have a "new dog" and love how behaved she has become due to the classes at K9-101. We highly recommend K9-101 to anyone and their dog

Jimmy and Valerie

My husband and I have had Anatolian Shepherds for the past 13 years. While we have experience with the breed, we also understand each dog is an individual – each one has had very different personalities. Within the past year, we had started calling Ruh (3 yrs) – our special dog. She had become fearful and very shy in a variety of situations. Afraid of the vet, couldn’t go in or out certain doorways, didn’t like certain people – that she had no problem with previously, fearful of the car and the final “challenge” – growling at us as we tried to put the collar on – even if we were going to go on her favorite thing to do„the walk! We realized that we were quickly losing the battle – she was making the decisions and in the meantime – teaching Hanya (14 months) who was in charge. It definitely was not us. We felt that we were at a tipping point and needed professional help. This is where Victor comes in. From the first meeting with Victor we felt a sense of relief. There was hope. Victor has the ability to instill a sense of confidence in the owner – which we were lacking. We had become just as fearful as Ruh. She has lost her trust in us and we had reached a point where we couldn’t trust her either. But with Victor’s guidance and based on his innate ability to read people as well as he understands dogs, we have been able to regain what we all had lost. As a result, Ruh is such a happier dog. She has overcome her shyness and her fearful behaviors have all but disappeared. She has found her place again and has learned that we are the leaders – which is just fine in her book. And Hanya has also learned that while Ruh may be her leader, we are the Big Dogs. Victor’s teaching methods are clear and concise. His patience and understanding shows, not only with the dogs, but with the owners as well. We appreciate his obvious love of dogs. Never once was there a need for anything more than calm assertiveness. We have been to other trainers but have never felt the need or desire to recommend them. It is not the case here; we would recommend Victor without question. He has made an enormous difference in both our lives as well as our dog’s.  

John and Kona Squires

Over the years I have owned and trained three dog breeds: (Doberman Pinchers, German Shepherds and Rottweilers) using proven methods by the renowned Heinz Peters (now deceased). Even after years of experience and education by taking his classes and learning his training techniques; I’ve always seemed to run up against issues that some of my dogs have developed; either due to genetics, or the lack of “me” not fully understanding the “how” to redirect the dogs negative energy. In August 2009, I felt the need for a basic obedience class “tune-up” since I was now the proud owner of a five month old male Rottweiler. I took procession of Kona at age eight weeks, after having him flown down from the State of Washington. Upon Kona reaching the age of five months, I felt that it was time to go to class, not only for the obedience aspect of it, but also the socialization he would received by being around other people and their dogs; also, I needed that “tune-up!” After discussing with Victor about his basic obedience (BO) class over the phone, I was convinced that I was going to be able to not only receive “my” tune-up, but also learn new methods as to how to better teach Kona basic obedience. After attending K9-101 BO class I came away with a respect for Victor and his top level abilities as a professional trainer and his understanding of dog psychology. The time spent was well worth the effort, and Kona loved every session of class. As time progressed, he quickly learned everything that the class had to offer (upon graduation, Victor stressed that if we ever had problems or questions, to please call him for assistance). With that said, Kona is now 12-months of age, and unfortunately has developed an aggressive behavior issue towards other people. Even though I took the time to socialize him in Old Town Auburn, he developed his aggressive behavior when in the backseat of my vehicle. Anyone who approaches within 25 feet of the vehicle will be met with a snarling, growling Rottweiler. This is NOT what a responsible Rottweiler owner or the owner of another breed ever desires. I finally decided it was time to consult with Victor regarding Kona’s issue. After consulting over the phone, Victor instilled in me that Kona’s issue was VERY solvable! Believe me, I felt instant relief and assurance that I had not lost control of my dog and he would soon be emotional stable with no negative energies!!! I’m glad to report, that after following a few specialized training techniques that Victor outlined, Kona is now transitioning back to being a calm, emotionally stable Rottweiler. Without Victor’s professional guidance and understanding of dog psychology, Kona would have continued to be emotionally unstable and a potential threat to others; this was unacceptable! He is now on his way to being a balanced and happy dog. Thank you Victor for your professional understanding and knowledge of the issue, and your ability to redirect Kona’s negative energy in a positive and assertive way.  

Peggy R.

My experience with Victor's dog training classes was life changing. I've always considered myself, as many people consider themselves, a dog lover. I thought this naturally gave me the ability to properly care for and train my dog. Over the course of my classes with Victor, I learned that genuinely caring for and training this animal demands much, much more. His explanation of the rationale behind his techniques provided a welcomed education for me on how dogs think and what they truly need from their caregivers. I believe Victor has a wealth of knowledge and the skill to share it effectively with people to help us understand how different dogs are from human beings, and, therefore, how different their behaviors and and needs are. This understanding is critical for effective dog training. I found Victor's techniques to be incredibly effective, demonstrating to me that he knows how to communicate with dogs in a way they understand. His love of, devotion to and respect for dogs is obvious, and I believe that he can help anyone achieve amazing results with their dog training. He is upfront in asking for one thing from his students: commitment.

Chris Nunn

Victor had trained my German Shepherd Tuffy back in 1999. We trained her for about a year on Saturdays and I worked with Tuffy on my own for about an hour a day. She went from a hyper disobedient adolescent puppy to a well trained and happy adult. What made me so proud was that I would take her to the CHP academy and the cadets thought she was part of the K-9 unit program. To this day even though my work schedule hasn't allow me to work with her as much, once she sees her collar she jumps to attention and runs to the front door. Even though I only work her once a month at most, she still remembers all her training. Some of Tuffy's training included heal, sit, down, switch, back up, come, sit and down on the run. She can do all of these without a leash out to 100 yards through verbal commands or hand signals. If you're a jogger the training also helps because the training will teach your dog to keep their head close to you, so in the event you come across other joggers or pedestrians you don't trip them when they are on a leash. Victor is an awesome trainer and his passion and the love he has for his clients success is phenomenal. The relationship between you and your dog will grow and you will look upon them as your pride and joy. Don't worry if you are hear your puppy whine and squeak when you first start. After a few lessons, when you take the collar and leash out, your dog will jump in the car in anticipation of what they will learn at school that day. I won't lie to you, it takes time and dedication to the training program, but the results are unquestionable the best I've ever experienced.

Sarah Turcotte

I thank Victor so much for the incredible training my dog Brady and I have received. The best honor I ever gave my dog was to teach him. We adopted Brady at 3 years old and had him about 6 months before I decided to enroll him in an obedience class. I did not enjoy taking him for walks or to places where people were around because he was undisciplined and pushy. I knew he was a smart dog, as he had learned a few tricks in the past, but I couldn't get him to do everything I wanted him to. I quickly came to realize this is a class for the parents, not the pets. When I started lessons with Victor, I received far more knowledge and practical advice than I ever expected. All that was required of me was to listen and be willing to work with my dog "consistently, insistently, and persistently." After the very first lesson, Brady started out confused but because I made our training a pattern, he quickly came to respect me and do what I was showing him. Brady and I were quick learned and mastered the basic elements with great satisfaction. I was finally enjoying our daily walks, even looking for opportunities to show off what he could do. You have to be willing to trust Victor because he has had incredible training himself and he can teach you anything! He can prevent habits in a new puppy or even "teach an old dog new tricks." He does not want to see you or your dog unhappy. Since dogs usually become members of the family, they operate much better when they get boundaries and responsibilities. This may mean that you need to step out of your comfort zone with something he asks you to do. For me, it was training with the prong collar, for I was initially fervently opposed. However it works and you have to trust that he does not want to hurt your "child" but wants them to understand. It was the most amazing thing I could have used for Brady. Victor changed my view on training, showing how every dog deserves to be their very best. I promise you will never regret the outcome of a well-taught companion.

Joan Craig

My dog Katie is a Labradoodle who is now 2 years old. Because she was my first dog I knew little about dog behaviors (even though we took her to PetSmart for puppy training and had read countless books) and at a year and a half found my sweet, wonderful dog becoming increasingly head strong. I was worried that she would not "come" on command, or "heel" during walks (which were more like a tug of way) and to boot she had a habit of jumping up on everyone! In a chance meeting with Victor we ended up discussing our dogs and he explained how I was not the alpha dog and until I established the relationship I would never have control over Katie. Control was the key word my ears perked up. I had tried treats, choke collars but never had complete obedience from my dog and knew that I really wanted that. Because of Victors obvious love and passion for dogs, he captivated me with his theory on dog behavior. Well I immediately agreed to a five week lesson for Katie. At first I was a little taken a back with the prong collar and the strict approach that was necessary. "Would my dog fear me and not be as affectionate and loving as before?" After the first week, Katie was not only heeling and making turns on command, she was also the loving attentive dog that we adored. We were thrilled with the outcome and never looked back. Katie is so much better after Victor's five week obedience training. She learned quickly and she and I had lots of fun getting out everyday and training. I know with her collar I am in total control of her behavior and better yet even without the collar she is more obedient and well trained. Katie and I work every day on the lessons we learned and are looking forward to more advanced training in the near future. I obviously highly recommend Victor's K9-101 Training. Your treasured pet is well worth your effort and the rewards are priceless.

Jim and Mary Ann

In March we brought home a cute little eight week old golden retriever puppy.   We read books, watched videos, talked to experts, and tried to do everything right in order to ensure that we would have a well behaved, happy dog.  By July we had a happy dog, but she was not well behaved!  She was “in charge”.K9-101 was exactly what we needed.  After just one lesson things began to change.  By the end of the five week course, we had a new dog.   We highly recommend Victor Rogo.  K9-101 truly is “dog training that works”!

With consistent training, your dog will be paw-some!