The Program

We are a group of people who are passionate about enhancing opportunities for youth and giving homeless dogs the chance they deserve to live a happy life.

 What We Do

Our 3-week programs bring local youth and dogs together to work one-on-one with the encouragement of our dedicated team members. We use rewards-based, force free dog training as a model for promoting self-discovery and nonviolence.

K9YA teens enrich the lives of the dogs they work with by providing much-needed socialization, teaching basic behaviors and developing trusting relationships.  K9YA dogs enrich the lives of the teens they work with by helping them understand the importance of empathy, initiative and a positive outlook.

Our Team

Our program team includes a program director, certified canine trainers, educational facilitators and one-to-one volunteer mentors.  We partner with youth service providers, area animal shelters and community presenters. 

If you or your organization would like to join our team please contact us at or call 424.272.5992.  

We’d love to speak with you!