CHANGING THE LIVES OF FAMIILES AND DOGS
At Solid K9 Training, we understand the importance of developing a unique real world dog training program that brings out each dog’s full potential so they can exist in harmony with their owners each and every day. We are not just focused on teaching your dog obedience commands, but more importantly to make good choices on their own, access a calm and relaxed state of mind, and live harmoniously with you, as their leader and guide. When all of these things are in place, you will see a significant improvement in your dog, and your relationship will transform into the type of bond you may have never imagined possible. We will train any dog, regardless of breed, shape, size or history. Solid K9 is one of a handful of trainers that, not only WILL work with, but successfully trains and rehabilitates aggressive dogs that have a history of biting other dogs, and/or people.
Every dog deserves a chance to learn and to live, and we believe every dog has the potential to be simply awesome. Solid K9 Training has a world renowned reputation with working with and rehabbing aggressive dogs. Most likely your dog will need intense training in order to prepare your dog for a group setting as well as certain safety protocols will need to be in place to protect your dog, other dogs and staff.If your dog has been kicked out of or refused entry into other training and daycare facilities, here at Solid K9 Training we have a program for you and your dog. Jeff has an incredible staff of trainers, kennel staff and office staff that keep the facility running 24/7/365. If you are struggling, we want to help. We can't wait to meet you, we can't wait to meet your dog. You've come to the right place, so let's get started.
JEFF GELLMAN | OWNER
I’m Jeff Gellman, the dog trainer other trainers recommend for dogs that have INTENSE behavioral problems that have not been fixed elsewhere. But I do not just work to correct behavioral problems with dogs – I can prevent such problems from happening in the first place.
The greatest thing I have found with rehabilitating dogs is that no matter what the issues are, if we focus on the small things on a daily basis, then most of the big things do not manifest. Bad behavior is just the manifestation of losing focus on the basics. In all of my experience, I have seen time and time again that if we focus on the daily rituals, structure, balance, accountability along with corrections for behaviors we don’t like and rewards for things we do, most bad behaviors become a thing of the past.
I will work with all dogs – it doesn’t matter how severe the aggression, how bad the bites, how nervous or anxious, their history, breed, age, or past experiences. I have seen it all, and I’m excited to get you on the path of living with your dog in the best way possible.
When I am not training dogs, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a beautiful wife, Linda, and am the father of six wonderful daughters and one son.
As for my hobbies, I actually consider helping people one of my most enjoyable hobbies. I’m always striving to put out more and more free content to help as many people with their dogs, their businesses and themselves. There are so many folks struggling and in pain due to their poorly behaved dogs. The best way for me to help as many people as possible is to put out so much free content so that owners can train and rehab their own dogs. In this way, we can help reduce and hopefully eliminate the euthanasia of five million dogs a year in the United States. Most dogs that are at shelters and are turned into shelters can be easily trained and rehabbed with the information in my training videos available on many different platforms.
Traveling the world doing dog training and business building seminars also brings me great satisfaction. The Jeff Gellman Seminars series has allowed me to help even more dogs, dog owners as well as rescue and shelter volunteers and staff. And as a part of the incredible business building seminar series, Train the Trainers with Sean and Jeff, I have the privilege of helping train, support and guide new dog trainers in how to excel in the dog training industry.
MEET THE TEAM
BRITTNEY | TRAINER
Brittney, a Starmark graduate, is one of our board and train trainers and runs our trick training and agility programs. Growing up she always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. She works with all the board and train dogs, helping them in their rehabilitation process, and takes great pride in helping improve the relationship between people and their dogs. Brittney loves teaching her dogs, Spot and Angus, new tricks! She teaches our trick training class, where you and your dog will learn tons of cool tricks to enhance your relationship and have fun. Building confidence in the dogs she works with is the highlight of her day, as she enjoys watching dogs become the best versions of themselves.
JOELLE | TRAINER
Joelle is a trainer at Solid K9. She works with the board and train dogs, and dogs have always been one of her passions. She grew up always having a pack of dogs in the household, and she found at a young age she had a way with animals. It wasn’t long after getting her first working line German Shepherd that she realized dog training was something she wanted to pursue. Joelle began attending Jeff’s dog training seminars, she is a T3 graduate, and she completed a two month internship with solid k9 before becoming a permanent part of the team. Every day is a new opportunity to learn and grow, as Joelle believes that Dog trainers are forever students. When she is not training dogs, you can find her outdoors enjoying nature with her two dogs or in the gym. She is a fitness enthusiast and certified personal trainer. She loves working with humans just as much as she does dogs, and she is truly passionate about her work.
CLAIRE | TRAINER
Claire, “The Puppy Whisperer”, is originally from Connecticut where she earned a BA in Psychology and Biology. Shortly following graduation, she went on to pursue a certification in Professional Dog Training. She’s filled many roles in the dog industry including vet assistant, doggie daycare supervisor, and scent detection canine handler. Claire’s variety of experiences help her to find new and creative ways to strengthen the human/canine bond through training. She always looks forward to teaching classes like puppy manners, obedience and nosework.
JESSICA | OFFICE MANAGER
Jess runs the front desk and is the first person you will talk to when you call Solid K9 Training. She is in charge of keeping the training center running smoothly, from booking board and trains to swimming dogs, Jess does it all. She came to Solid K9 Training when her own dog, Chewy, needed training. She has always had an interest in dog training and started working here immediately. Jess started working in the kennel and eventually transferred to the office. Jess’s other passion is riding horses, which began at the age of four. Since there are many similarities between horses and dogs, Jess is able to apply her degrees in Equine Business Management and Marketing Management to her position at Solid K9 Training.
KRISTEN | JANE OF ALL TRADES
Kristen is a Jane of all trades, who enjoys working on ships and riding her motorcycle. She is an ardent activist and loves outdoor activity, classic board games, reading, writing, painting, crafts, and trade work. In 2014 she adopted her Amstaff mix, Argo, who proved to be a handful. During her struggles with training, she found SK9 and implemented their free content, with amazing results. She wanted to share these results with other struggling dog owners and in March, 2019 she joined the SK9 family. Every day is what she calls "dog college", and she couldn't be happier! Because of Kristen 'taking work home' with her, Argo is doing the best ever! She now loves a structured walk, trick training, and running next to a bicycle.
DOMINIQUE | KENNEL STAFF
Dominique began interning with Solid K9 Training out of her desire to learn how to train and handle dogs properly and in a balanced way before moving on to working with us. She works as a member of our kennel staff while also learning our training methods and values. Dominique aims to one day work with us as a full-fledged dog trainer. While currently learning the basics and the Solid K9 way, she also aims to find a specific field of dog training to learn and specialize in with the hopes of being able to bring those skills to Solid K9 Training. Like many in the dog industry Dominique has always had a strong passion for learning about and working with animals. She has also volunteered often with the Rhode Island Parrot Rescue.
Dominique is a classic and XL American Bully enthusiast and an advocate of the American Pit Bull Terrier breeds. She has the goal of one day shaping her own responsible, ethical, and unique health and temperament focused breeding program for American Bullys.
In her spare time Dominique loves to write, create artwork, tinker with machinery, build PC's, and learn how to make new recipes. She loves learning and expanding on new skills and is confident that working with us will help her to improve herself and grow.
BEN | KENNEL STAFF & TRAINER
Ben has always had a passion for dogs and has been working with dogs for 12 years. He has been around dogs his entire life and enjoys watching them succeed and be happy in life. He has recently joined our team as a kennel worker and part time trainer, while also overseeing the facility at night. He hopes to become a full time trainer here with us in the future. In his spare time, Ben enjoys taking hikes and playing fetch with his dog, Maggie.
BETH | KENNEL STAFF
Beth has been a part of our kennel staff for about a year and a half and has always been around dogs her entire life. She enjoys the reward of being able to see the light turn on with the dogs when they begin to understand what they are being taught. Beth is in charge of overseeing all of the boarding and daycare dogs while they are here and their activities. In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her friends and riding her bike.