STK9 Training Company is a leading dog training company. We are licensed, insured, and a family owned and operated dog training company. The owner, Samantha Taylor, is a Certified Master Trainer and our other trainers are certified in their specific fields of expertise.
Certified Master Trainer
Samantha Taylor is STK9 Training Company’s Certified Head Master Trainer. Samantha received her certification through The North State K-9 Academy of Tarheel Canine Training, Inc.
Her certification includes:
- Professional Obedience Training
- Man Tracking and Trailing
- Behavior Modification
Samantha began working with pet dogs at the age of thirteen at The Pasadena Pet Motel. Soon after, she began training dogs for a Schutzhund club and kennel. Samantha attended the University of South Florida, where she graduated with a double major in Criminology and Political Science. To pursue her passion for dogs, Samantha decided to attend North State K-9 Academy of Tarheel Canine Training. There she received hands on training with police, military, sport and pet dogs. She graduated as a Certified Master Dog Trainer and returned home to open her own business, STK9 Training Company.
Samantha is also a working member of The National Tactical Police Dog Association, The International Association of K-9 Professionals, The American Pet Dog Trainers Association and is listed as an American Kennel Club Trainer, and Certified Pet Dog Trainer.
Samantha is the president of Tampa Bay Protection Sports Association Club. She now competes in Protection Sports Association with her Belgian Malinois, Badfish. Prior to Badfish, Samantha competed with Ruco at PSA nationals in 2014. Ruco earned his SVV1, PDC, PSA 1, and had eight showings for his PSA 2. Ruco is also a trained narcotics detecton dog for STK9. Samantha also owns a German Short Hair Pointer, Scarlett Begonia. Begonia is a narcotics detection dog for STK9. Scarlett Begonia competes in Ultimate Air Dogs Big Air, where she qualified and placed for Nationals in 2017 and 2018. Samantha also competes in Ultimate Air Dogs with her German Shepherd Dog, Tatonka, who qualified and placed for Nationals 2017.
Head Police Dog Trainer
Matt graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences. He went on to graduate from The North State K-9 Academy of Tarheel Canine Training, Inc’s Protection Sport and Decoy Trainer Certification course. Matt is a certified PSA Decoy and the Head Decoy of The Tampa Bay PSA Club. He is a working member of The National Tactical Police Dog Association. Matt was selected as a National Select Decoy for Protection Sports Association's (PSA) 2019 Nationals.
Matt has a Dutch Shepherd, Kados. Together they compete in Protection Sports Association. Kados recieved his PDC and PSA 1 and also competes in Ultimate Air Dogs where he qualified and placed for Nationals 2018. Matt and Kados are currently training for their PSA 2 title. Kados is also a trained narcotics detection dog for STK9.
DJ graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Social Work. DJ, then spent 9.5 years in the United States Army. During that time she completed 3 combat tours as a Criminal Investigator. Upon leaving the military she wanted to find something she could be just as passionate about as serving our country. That passion was working with dogs. In addition to being a pet dog trainer for STK9, DJ owns a German Shorthaired Pointer, Classified. DJ and Classified were selected to be members of Sarasota Search and Rescue. Classified also competes in Ultimate Air Dogs Big Air. DJ and Classified qualified and placed for Ultimate Air Dogs Nationals in 2018. DJ enjoys doing therapy dog visits with her own dogs Romo, a Great Dane, and Nettles, a Yorkie mix. She frequently opens her home up to foster rescue dogs. During this time she gives them a soft place to land teaching them basic obedience and socialization skills until they find their forever home.