K9-1 was officially founded in 1998 by Mike D'Abruzzo. Currently all training is based out of Peekskill, New York.
self taught, Mike began his career by training difficult "unadoptable" dogs at local shelters in 1993. He continued
this practice while receiving his degree in Veterinary science and attending the Tom Rose School of Dog Training, the most
respected school for trainers in the country and possibly the world. Mike also studied canine behavioral problems
at Cornell University and specialized working dog techniques at Global K9 in Sumerset, TX. Mike's first
proffessional work was as a sub-contractor for other highly regarded trainers, taking on their "problem cases" as personal
challenges. In late 1998, he decided that he should start a business of his own, where he would have the ability to implement
his own brand of value based training.
He took the skills that he had learned through hands on work with different
trainers as well as his schooling and own ideas to come up with a method that he felt would be the cornerstone to the most
successful dog training business in the country.
Mike has trained dogs for the department of defense, film, competition, police, security agencies, celebrities, and was chosen
as the training coordinator for the explosive detection canines used by FEMA during the post 9-11 recovery efforts.
Mike's favorite area of expertise is taking on the over-aggressive, fearful, and very difficult dogs that fail out or
are refused service by other trainers.
K9-1's philosophy is that with knowledge, respect, and patience no dog is untrainable.