Welcome to Southwest Florida K9 Services
Sunday, October 22 2017 @ 09:03 pm UTC

My Name Is Russell Graham

I retired from the lee county sheriff’s office with 25 years of service with 18 being in the field of k9. I was a k9 handler, k9 trainer and k9 unit administrator during my time with the department. I understand dog behavior but I know that generally speaking it is the behavior modification of the animal and his handler that makes for a good, lifelong bond between dog and owner. I believe that training in the civilian world must be based on behavior modification and adaptation through positive reward and reinforcement. I feel strongly that both the owner and pet need specialized training in order to understand one another and to bond.

When I started Southwest Florida K9 Services in 2004 I did so with the intention of training dogs for both law enforcement and civilians. I soon realized that training by civilians outside the law enforcement community was not going to happen and therefore I have focused my efforts on generalized dog training. Yes I can train a dog for law enforcement work but I choose to focus on pet training exclusively. I now train and board dogs for the civilian side. My methods for dog training are traditional. I use positive food and praise rewards and my course outlines are available to read on the site. My classes are socialized training and help to focus the animal on their owner and their owner on dealing with the animal in a dynamic setting.

My kennel operation is done here at my home and at times I combine kenneling with training where appropriate and time permitting. I have worked closely with various rescue groups such as Pit Bull Rescue out of Naples and SW Florida German Shepherd Rescue out of Punta Gorda to help train dogs for them and those adopted by them. My training rates are competitive and are made at convenient times.

It is my intention to begin training and selling specialty trained k9's in the near future

We can provide a truly safe and structured temporary home for your pet.