Below is a list of services offered by Merrill's K9 Academy including Day School, Private Lessons, and Group Classes.


If you are planning on attending any group classes (including social hour, day school, or agility), please sign up online or send us a message. If you do not sign up and it fills up, you may not be able to attend.


Cash/Check preferred at time of class.

Day School


Merrill's K9 Academy's newest service is day school!


At day school, your dogs will get structured socialization with other dogs, while focusing specifically on training. Your dogs will learn that training comes first, even when in the presence of other dogs. With place beds around the training facility, your dogs won't be in kennels when they are not participating in play time, they will be on their place bed, working their minds, while other dogs are training around them in a very structured socialization environment!

Don't have time to attend a 5 or 6 week class? No problem! Drop them off at day school and we will train them for you! Individuals who bring their dog to day school get 10% off any private or group classes that we offer!

Due to high demand, we have started accepted recurring bookings under a separate "Honors Students" Program. If you are interesting in booking on any of the below dates long term, please reach out and we can place you in the Honor's Class so your spot is held every week for the foreseeable future. Classes book up fast, so be sure to book ASAP or you will be placed on a waitlist!

Day school runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Drop-off is between 7AM and 9AM

Pickup is between 3PM and 5PM

1 Day per week: $50 per day

2 Days per week: $45 per day

*if interested in booking 2 days, book separately and pay when you drop off*



Our behavior modification course is for dogs with aggression or severe behavior issues. The Trainers at Merrill's K9 Academy require a consultation prior to beginning classes in order to create a plan for you, your family, and your dog. 


Merrill's K9 Academy takes great pride in being able to adapt to different types of aggression issues in dogs and use our knowledge base to come up with the best style of training that will ultimately lead to results.


Why Choose us:

  • Classes are held in a private and controlled environment.

  • Our trainers choose the best training style that fits your lifestyle and your dog.

  • Personalized goals, homework, and end results based on your dogs issues.

  • Trainers have years of experience with a wide range of knowledge and skills for a variety of breeds and behavior issues. 




Merrill's K9 Academy offers private lessons for dog owners who want to work on specific training with their dogs. 

Our professional Trainers can address a variety of issues from biting, jumping, counter surfing, and barging through the door, as well as common basic obedience commands.

Our private lessons are great for families to all get involved in training. The flexibility of our private lessons allow us to focus on any commands from basic, intermediate, or advanced levels.

Why Choose us:

  • Classes are individual, allowing for a tailored training experience

  • A controlled environment to add as many / as few distractions as necessary

  • One-on-one lessons with our professional trainers

  • Specific training styles are chosen to fit your lifestyle.





Our Basic Obedience group class allows your dog to learn in an environment with other dogs and a lot of distractions!

Over the course of 5 weeks, your dog will learn how to walk on a loose leash, heel, recall/come, place/stay, sit/stay, and down/stay. We use a positive approach to training and trouble-shoot any issues that arise during training your dogs. Each class is 1 hour long with 10 minutes at the end of each class saved for socialization. 

This class is perfect for puppies 12 weeks and older, as well as older dogs that just need a refresher!

*If you think your dog can pass our test and skip to intermediate obedience classes, or if you aren't sure what training to do with your dog, please sign up for our 30-minute consultation*


Why Choose us:

  • Spend an hour each class learning new commands to create a foundation for successful training.

  • Allow socialization between dogs at the end of each class to encourage structure when socializing in a safe environment.

  • Classes with other dogs will allow your dog to understand commands in chaotic environments.

  • We understand that each dog learns different and can adapt training styles based on your dog's needs.


Intermediate / AKC Canine Good Citizen

We have revamped our intermediate / AKC Canine Good Citizen class! During this course, we focus on increasing our obedience, while also adding a focus of greeting other dogs, greeting friendly strangers, calm behaviors during interacting with strangers. We expand on our basic obedience class with additional long distance down and sit stays, including leaving rooms, and creating an overall well-rounded and social dog.

Each class is 1 hour long and we invite new people to class each time to pose as our "friendly stranger" to greet your dog! Towards the end of the 6 weeks, we will take a trip in public to put what you've learned to the test!

The last class will be spent going through the AKC Canine Good Citizen test with the evaluator as well as ensuring all dogs have the ability to move on to our off-leash course if desired! Our trainers will trouble-shoot any problems before the last class to make sure you are more than ready before taking the test!

Why Choose us:

  • Classes focus on increasing obedience previously learned in basics class to create he foundation for off-leash trining.

  • In addition, this class focuses on creating a social dog you can bring in public that will stay under control.

  • This class will have a lot of distractions and real-life scenarios for you and your dog to work through, creating a strong bond and well-rounded dog by the end of 6 weeks.

*Basic Obedience Class is Required before joining*


Canine Good Citizen

The newest classes offered by Merrill's K9 Academy is the AKC Advanced Canine Good Citizen Course

Over the course of 6 weeks, we take everything taught in the Intermediate / Canine Good Citizen Course and advanced it in public places.

We focus on heeling in public places with other dogs around. Greeting more people and greeting in group with dogs present. Longer distance down stays. Remaining calm in public in a sit or down stay. We work on our "leave it" command when food is present. We enhance our door sits to ensure dogs remain calm walking through doorways.  

Why Choose us:

  • This class focuses on real life scenarios that you will find yourself in, in public.

  • Almost all classes are in public spaces, creating more distractions to ensure you get the proper training to pass the Advanced CGC test. 

  • This test is great foundation and the next step after AKC CGC for service dog and therapy dog training. 

  • We understand how your dogs learn as we have had them in class before and can tailor the training to ensure that you get the most out of this class.

*Intermediate Obedience / CGC Class is Required to take this course*



The trainers at Merrill's K9 Academy have received a lot of questions about the best way to socialize dogs. In order to help, we are opening up a soclization hour! 

On Saturday mornings, we will open up to a small group of dogs and owners who want to let their dogs socialize with other dogs.


We will spend the first 15 minutes of class playing a fun training game and working with your dogs, so they understand that they still have to pay attention to you before they get to go play with their friends. The next 45 minutes will be dogs just being dogs!


Why Choose us:

  • Socialization in a controlled environment with dogs that have been social in prior MKA group classes

  • Trainers are on site to observe body language and help owners read their dogs body language when socializing.



*limited spots available!*

Level 1

Merrill's K9 Academy is very excited to be opening up an introduction to Agility Class!

Classes will run weekly and focus on the introduction to Agility as well as creating a foundation for training with agility equipment at the most basic level.

The focus of each class will be getting dogs used to different surfaces, working through agility equipment, learning your body placement and how dogs enter obstacles.  

Why Choose Us:

  • We have limited the sizes of our agility classes so dogs get more one-on-one focus.

  • Dogs will gain confidence working through different surfaces and obstacles.

  • Dogs will work their brains learning on agility obstacles and reading from your body language and positioning during training.


Prior classes are not required to participate in agility

*Does not include social hour at the end*