In early 2020, Saving with Soul partnered with Infinity K9 Dog Training, LLC to offer a unique program to NW Florida dog adopters.
The trainers at IK9 will take large breed, high energy dogs into their in-home training program — and teach them how to be good dogs and to behave themselves in a household. The training program is 2-3 weeks and includes DAILY training in basic obedience and household manners. See the “What’s Included” tab to the left for details.
This program will save SO many lives that otherwise might have been lost. Did you know that the majority of dogs in a shelter are NOT seniors as many believe, but rather teenagers – dogs between 8 months to 18 months old who never got the training they needed, and are now out of control? And sadly, sometimes so much so that they are deemed unadoptable.
Infinity K9 LOVES these dogs! They love the challenge and they love the satisfaction of knowing they literally saved a life.
And oh boy, are lives being saved!
Just in the first quarter of 2020, a dozen dogs have come through the program and all have been adopted. In fact, we realize we need to start a waiting list for adopters wanting one of our program dogs.
The DETAILS of the Foster/Train Program
The SWS/IK9 foster/train program together with our pet-sitting company A & J Pet Services, LLC was created to give challenging shelter dogs a second chance. We take these dogs in, board them and train them in Basic Obedience, house manners and address any problem behaviors such as jumping, marking, resource guarding and nipping.
Basic obedience covers
- Loose leash walking
- Kennel training
- Potty training
Dogs are also socialized with other dogs, kids and sometimes cats. Dogs gain public socialization & manners, and many will attend training sessions with our clients.
The dogs are fostered through Saving with Soul Pet Rescue of NW Florida and come fully vaccinated, on preventives, spayed/neutered and microchipped.
Additionally, each adoption through the program comes with 2 follow-up lessons, a 15% discount for A & J Pet Services, LLC, a free bandana and 5% off products at Panhandle Bandanas!
Our typical board/train program is valued at $3,200. This training is INCLUDED in our the Program dogs’ adoption fees along with everything else listed above.
Beyond just our foster/train program, additional incentives through Saving with Soul include 10% off A & J Pet Services within 6 months of adopting a pet, 10% off Infinity K9 Training packages, 10% off Kai’s Ruff Wear accessories and for FLEX SPONSORED BULLIES a free 6-month gym membership with Flex Fitness.
Hello! I’m Kathleen (Kaycee) Clemens, the owner and one of the trainers at Infinity K9 Training LLC. My dog training journey began in 2014. I had just separated from the U.S. Army where I served as a Combat Medic and, though I loved working with people, I always had a passion for dogs! Even as a child, I knew I wanted to be in a profession that allowed me to help dogs and their owners. I came across a scholarship opportunity with Animal Behavior College (ABC) where I began learning the foundations of becoming a dog trainer. The more I learned, the more I fell in love with the trade and I knew I wanted to be a trainer more than anything! After completing my course at ABC, I continued to learn all I could about animal behavior, psychology, and all the different training methods that were out there! I worked with several mentors, volunteered at shelters, read countless books, and utilized online resources to mold myself into the trainer I wanted to be. I dreamed of the day I could open my own business and help dog owners everywhere achieve their training goals.
Four years later, in the summer of 2018, my dream came true and I opened Infinity K9 Training LLC! Since then, I’ve helped clients and their families live better lives with their dogs using balanced, psychology-based training methods that work and truly last a lifetime!
More than just a trainer though, I’m a mother, I’m a military spouse, and I’m a dog owner. So, I understand the struggles that can sometimes present when it comes to finding the time to train your dog. Between jobs, caring for kids, housekeeping, and other tasks necessary to run a home, training the family dog may be the furthest thing from your mind. Let me assure you, I get it! But what if I were to tell you that I could fit training seamlessly into your everyday life? Better yet, what if your dog could be a bigger, better part of your lives? Each of you enriching the lives of the other. Together, we can make that possible!
Patricia (Pat) Grisham is the executive administrator and evaluator at Infinity K9 Training LLC. Her primary tasks include keeping track of company finances, marketing, and doing free evaluations with potential clients. When you call/message us to set up your initial evaluation, this is the lady you will meet!
Pat joined our team in Fall of 2018. Her two German shepherds, Beau and Shelby, were some of the first dogs trained by Infinity K9! After 20+ years as a medical office assistant, Pat was looking for a change of pace. Her love of animals and people led her here. Now, she spends her days meeting with potential clients and their dogs explaining the overall benefits of training and how we can help you!
Hello everyone! My name is Megan Mason. My career with animals started in 2006 when I earned my certificate in grooming from Penn Foster. However, I quickly realized that studying animals and their behavior in a book was completely different from interacting with them! Life eventually took me away from my dream of working with animals until 2010 when I landed a job as a Kennel Attendant in Raleigh, NC. My husband also brought home a Belgian Malinois puppy around that time and I quickly realized that he was no ordinary dog. Learning to train Duco was a rewarding challenge and it was then that I fell in love with training and the breed.
Now, I work as a veterinary nurse at an animal hospital in Crestview and Niceville. My experience handling all types of dogs knows no bounds! I am well versed in reading body language and am able to act accordingly when a dog comes into the clinic. Every breed is different and every dog within that breed differs in personality. I pride myself in distinguishing these unique personality traits and capitalizing on the good stuff while helping a dog overcome the less favorable habits. Dogs communicate through body language, from the different levels of pitch in our voices to the way we carry ourselves. My goal is to help the dog become more confident and help their owners learn the skills necessary to enjoy their dog’s company even more! With my background in human and animal psychology, I will strive to listen attentively to clients concerns and needs while helping them learn how to communicate effectively with their furry companion.
Currently, I have 4 Belgian Malinois: Duco, Sasja, Thor, and Boomer. They are my world! I am also an active member/foster with American Belgian Malinois rescue and have a passion for challenging cases and working line dogs. My confidence and passion shows through in everything I do and I looking forward to working with you and your fur kids!
Hello everyone! My name is Anna Thompson, I have always been extremely passionate about animals! I have about 10 years of experience handling different dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages! I have been professionally pet sitting for 3 years now and run my business A & J Pet Services, LLC full time. I became interested in dog training when we took our own dogs through it when we lived in Panama City. Thankfully the flexibility of being a pet sitter gave me the opportunity to pursue dog training as well! I love learning new things within the pet industry and I look forward to continuing my education with dogs through dog training!
I seriously love my jobs as a pet sitter and dog trainer, and I absolutely love the feeling of success when I see a dog understand a cue or getting to enjoy a perfect walk with their owner like they never could before! Dog training is more than just helping a dog live a fuller life but also their family create a closer bond with their dog(s)!
I look forward to meeting new people and pups throughout this journey! I know firsthand how incredible it is to go through training and to practice training with your dog as I really enjoyed and continue to enjoy it with my own two Australian Shepherds, Adidas and Jordan.
Hello!! My name is Ashley Ouellette. I am originally from Massachusetts and moved down here to the lovely Florida Panhandle in early 2016. I have always had a passion for working with animals, especially dogs ever since I was little. It all started with being raised with former military shepherds. Seeing how well balanced and well trained they were made me realize that when I got my first dog that’s how they would be!
What I love about being a trainer is having the ability to help people and families live happily and peacefully with their dogs! It is really an amazing feeling when you can give a family a well trained dog and the tools for them to continue that training for the rest of there lives.
I am always looking for new information, techniques and ways to better improve my knowledge and understanding of the dog and dog training world!
Currently I own 1 German Shepherd and 2 Shepherd mixes. They are my pride and joys and another reason I love doing what I do!
The adoption fees for the SWS/IK9 dogs range from $500 – $1,000, depending on the age, breed and temperament of the dogs. Most are $500 which includes all the pre- and post-training shown in the “What’s Included” tab above. As well as other goodies.
Interested in adopting an SWS/IF9 Foster/Trained dog?
Just contact us and we’ll be in touch!