Your Premier San Diego Dog Trainer

Whether you’re looking to thoroughly train your family dog or interested in a protection dog, Man K-9 has the training and services you need.

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Training Programs Offered at our
San Diego, CA Facility

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Protection Dog Training

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Puppy Training

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Dog Behavior Training

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In-Home Lessons

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Boarding and Training

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CGC Training

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Puppy Training in San Diego

Let an experienced trainer teach you the best manner in which to raise and train your puppy. We recommend private lessons for puppy training. One-on-one classes allow you to focus on all the details necessary for training a dog which you can control. It is necessary to develop a puppy which respects your commands, yet at the same time knows that you are a just and enthusiastic alpha dog. We will help you to discover play drives that will motivate your pup to work harder. Puppy lessons are Private Lessons for weekly 60-minute sessions with our trainer. Practicing with your puppy during the week is a requirement for achieving your goal in having an obedient and fun adult dog.

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Dog Behavior / Obedience and Control Training

Is your dog making your life difficult? Behavioral problems are the number one reason why dogs end up at the shelters. Come in for a private consultation and let our experienced Trainers help you with that annoying dog problem. In many cases a single private lesson is sufficient to give you the proper advice to solve or prevent the problem from escalating. Call for help on problems such as jumping, digging, escaping, chewing and more. We’re here to help so you don’t have to relinquish your dog.

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Obedience commands your dog will learn

Advanced levels of obedience are possible for any dog – regardless of breed and size! Your pup can be as obedient as this police dog!

Obedience training will teach your dog to respond to the five basic commands. These commands are the foundation for any type of general obedience as well as competitive obedience. The commands are:

  • Heel = Dog must walk close to your left or right leg without pulling on the leash.

  • Sit = To sit on command and automatically when you stop.

  • Stay = To remain in a location either at a sit or down.

  • Down = To lay down with the elbows resting on the ground.

  • Come = Run to the handler and sit in front or loop around into the heel position.

Control is training the dog to obey the five basic commands whether he wants to or not. You need control over your dog inside the house to stop him from jumping, running out the door, stealing items off counter tops among other behavioral issues. You will teach your dog that there is not an option when it comes to obeying your commands. Control will give you the ability to stop the dog before he goes after another dog. We can teach you the techniques necessary to obtain the ultimate control over your active dog.

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In-Home Dog Training Lessons

If you are having behavioral problems at home such as charging out the front door, jumping on people, chewing, being overly protective toward the house, or you simply have a difficult time controlling a hyperactive dog, call for an in-home consultation. In-home sessions are recommended if it is difficult for you to drive to our training location, or if your dog only behaves badly on his property. Our in-home lessons are more than just a class. It is a dog behavior clinic. During the in-home our lesson professional trainer/behaviorist will address numerous topics and give you advice that will help you solve future problems. The average in-home lesson is approximately an hour, so please be prepared to set aside enough time for this intense dog behavior lesson.

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Board and Train / Bootcamp Training in San Diego

Obedience commands your dog will learn

If you do not have the time to attend private lessons, or simply do not want to bother with the struggle of teaching your dog commands, we recommend in-lodge training only for dogs with no previous professional obedience training. We accept dogs as young as 3.5 months and no limitation on how old your pup is!

We offer exclusively tailored training courses during our one, two, three or four week in-lodge training packages. Although the end goals are similar, we tailor each package to your specific dog, since all dogs are not the same! Just like people! Call today to learn about our specials for this month!

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CGC – Canine Good Citizen Training

The American Kennel Club has developed a dog training program to establish a firm foundation for obedience and other AKC activities. This program is an easy way to teach your dog the basic obedience commands. It will also evaluate your dog’s sociability with other dogs and people. Many of the canines who participate will be capable of passing a CGC evaluation and receiving a certificate from the American Kennel Club as a CGC graduate. We are certified by the American Kennel Club as CGC Evaluators. For more information on this exciting program please visit

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Meet Our Lead Trainer

Training Director, Manuel Villanueva, is one of the most sought after dog trainers in the United States and beyond. Manuel’s career started when he was just 18 years old (over 40 years of experience) and he specialized in training working breeds such as Dobermans, Rottweilers, and Shepherds. Manuel was one of the few trainers to study under Mr. Fon Johnson, a pioneer in the dog training world, who specialized in the training of police dogs. In fact, Mr. Fon Johnson developed many of the K-9 training programs and canine psychology models that are now used throughout the country and founded the first full-service pet boarding facility in San Diego in 1950.

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Our Certifications & Memberships from 45 years of training experience

  • Canine Good Citizen Training

  • American Kennel Club Competition

  • Aggression Problems

  • Behavioral Problems

  • Police K9 Trainer (the only civilian Police K9 trainer in San Diego County)

  • DEA Certified (the only trainer in San Diego County)

  • California P.O.S.T Certified Police K9 Evaluator

  • California POST Instructor

  • Canine Liability 360

  • Member of the California Canine Narcotic Association

  • Certified Narcotic Detection Trainer

  • Kennel Tech Certified

  • Certified Patrol & Detection Police Dog Trainer

  • Certified Advanced Police K9 Decoy / Agitator

  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

  • Certified Kennel Technician

Our Awards and Honors

  • Top Dog Award

  • Judges Choice Award

  • 1st place in Obedience

  • 1st. place in Agility

  • 1st. place in Area search

  • 1st place in Building Search

  • 1st place in Protection

  • 1st place in Narcotics Vehicle Search

  • 1st place in Article Search

  • Top Team Award

Our Awards and Honors
  • San Diego Humane Society

  • San Diego Obedience Club

  • North County Humane Society

  • Oceanside Police Department

  • Carlsbad Police Department

  • National City Police Department

  • Chula Vista Police Department

  • El Centro Police Department

  • Huntington Beach Police Department

  • Riverside Police Department

  • El Cajon Police Department

  • Bakersfield Police

  • Tulare Police

Dog Training Service Pricing

Private Lessons



A 4-week package of private one on one lessons with you, your pet, and the trainer covering obedience, control, or behavioral problems. Each lesson is one hour once a week for 4 weeks.

$50 Non-Refundable Deposit due at time of booking.

Single Private Lesson



A private one on one lesson with you, your pet, and the trainer covering a simple issue such as help with obedience, control, or behavioral problems. Each single lesson is one hour. $20 Non-Refundable Deposit due at time of booking.

In-Home Lesson



In-home sessions are recommended if you are having behavioral problems at home such as charging at the front door, jumping on people, chewing, being overly protective toward the house, or you simply have a difficult time controlling a hyperactive dog.

$50 Non-Refundable Deposit due at time of booking.

In-Lodge Training

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In-Lodge/Bootcamp training is recommended for dogs between the age of 3 months and 2 years! We offer a boarding and training package all in one! This training package is best for building a basic foundation for sit, stay, down, come, and heel.

Non-Refundable Deposit Due at time of booking.

*Not available during the holiday season*

Service Pricing for exclusive One on One Training with Training Director Manuel Villanueva

Dog Training Services

Consultation, Behavior Problem Solving, Private Lessons, Puppy Training

Private Lessons, Dog handled exclusively by Mr. Villanueva

In-Home Lessons

Protection Training Course


Our Testimonials

Ash Drake

I cannot say enough good things about ManK9. They are extremely knowledgeable, and they really understand dogs of all types. They cater the training to your dogs specific needs, and not cookie cutter training like other trainers out there. Ricky and Fon were extremely patient and understood our dogs way of thinking to ensure he was successful. Safety is a focus, and we had more headway in 4 private lessons than we have in the 3 years we’ve had our pup. They’ve made walks and taking our dog in public stress free and enjoyable for the first time ever! Thank you so much for everything!

Chris Madsen

I cant say enough good things about Man-K9. Laurie was great at answering the multitude of our questions and getting us scheduled for our puppies training...We could immediately see the difference in Vern. He was calmer and in more control. We received nearly 1.5 hours of personalized training for us to practice and reinforce the behaviors that were taught to Vern. Much to our surprise, the last step in the process was for a trainer to come to our home 2 days later to see how things were progressing, add any other in home training we needed and answer any questions we had.

Jorge Cuevas

If your looking for the best place to have your dog trained regardless of dog breed, look no further. Man-K9 is the best hands down! We’ve been taking our boy GATOR here for training and boarding as well since he was a puppy and we couldn’t be happier with the results and customer service they provide.


I would give a million stars if I could!! Man-K9 changed my life and my dog’s life. I came to Man-K9 to train my golden retriever puppy. I am not sure who learned more, the dog or me. They gave me the tools and confidence to train my dog and any other dogs I may have in the future. The things I learned here I will carry with me in all K9 experiences in the future.

Our Dog Training Facility in San Diego

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5050 Santa Fe St, San Diego, CA 92109
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