Training Programs & Services
In Home Lessons
Private lessons done in the comfort of your home with your whole family involved.
Get the best of both worlds with in home lessons and a board & train!
Specialty Classes & Evaluations
Private lessons to focus on training beyond basic obedience. Also offering AKC Canine Good Citizen testing, temperament test evaluations, and trick dog assessments.
Service Dog Training Assistance
We can help guide you in the training of your service dog or assist in finding and evaluating service dog prospects.
About Smokey Oaks K9
We are a small training company, located in York, SC, focused on enhancing the bond between dogs and their people. We believe in addressing the mental and emotional state of your dog, instead of just focusing on obedience. Our goal is to teach your dog how to learn and communicate, and help you learn how to train your dog!
Happy Owners & Happy Dogs
"Justine has helped us with our boxer Koda and I still use things she taught us over a year ago. She is very knowledgeable and probably one of the best around. She’s confident and her work shows in her own dogs and how well behaved they are. I would highly recommend her for your training needs. In fact I wish I lived closer so I could use her more!"
"After growing up with dogs my whole life, I decided to adopt my own. Prior to adopting a puppy, I knew I wanted to go to a trainer afterwards. After a lot of research I decided on Smokey Oaks K9 and I am so glad I did. I did private lessons with my puppy, and through them my dog grew in confidence and obedience significantly (which is a challenge in itself considering her background as a rescue puppy). As someone who travels a lot and enjoys hiking, I am so glad Smokey Oaks gave me the tools to allow my dog to be comfortable in any situation. I always get compliments on how well trained my now 11 month old dog is, and it is all thanks to Justine and her training. Justine not only taught my dog, but first taught me which has allowed me to continue training after our formal lessons. There are few people I would trust with my dog and Justine is one of them. My (very shy) dog was comfortable with her quickly, which to me is a great sign. So if you’re looking for a dog trainer, Smokey Oaks K9 is the place to go!"
"When we decided we wanted a family dog we searched for trainers and are so happy we found Smokey Oaks K9. They are local and everything they offer is great! We decide to board and train when our pup was 14 weeks and Justine did amazing job. I love the group classes, I wish we could make it more often. When we go away for trips we have the peace of mind because he is left in such good hands. Both Justine and her husband Christian are a great team, extremely helpful and informative. If you want a dedicated and supportive dog trainer you will definitely get that from Smokey Oaks."
"I cannot say enough amazing things about Justine and Smokey Oaks K9!! We have a now almost 11 monh old Corgi who had started showing Resource Guarding behaviors around 6 months. Knowing we needed to get a handle on it sooner rather than later, I reached out to Smokey Oaks K9. Justine & Christian came out to do the initial evaluation.
We ended up doing a 2 week board & train in September. She worked on his resource guarding as well as leash manners, drilling basic obedience, being comfortable around other dogs and more!! Justine trained us when we went to pick up Murray so that we could stay consistent with his training. HUGE difference from drop off to pick up!! He was able to travel with us for a weekend with friends and their dogs. Justine always answers my questions and concerns in a timely manner and is full of knowledge and advice. I fully recommend Smoke Oaks K9 if you are in search of a knowledgeable, trustworthy trainer!! Definitely more than worth the investment."
"Justine is the best trainer I have ever met. She listens to the concerns you have and what you want to achieve and is super open and upfront on how to achieve those results. She's also great at setting realistic expectations as well. We happened across Smokey Oaks from a friend of a friend and I couldn't have been happier that we did. Not only are her rates insanely reasonable she also goes so far above and beyond. You can see the genuine love and care she has for all of the dogs she's training and has trained. You won't find a better trainer around. I would trust her any time any where with my puppers. Now if only she could train my daughter too!! lol! <3"
Interested in learning more? Contact us to set up a consultation today! We offer FREE 30min phone consultations, as well as, in home consultations for $100.
704-323-8341 (text friendly)