The K9 Training Academy

Our Team

Meet our Team

The K9 Training Academy is built on the principles of no excuses, just results. Our certified trainers take pride in bridging the gap of communication between people and their dogs.

Become part of our team

Find out how you can become part of the K9 Training Academy team. The opportunity may be yours.



CEO & Founder

Richard is the founder of The K9 Training Academy. Richard is a certified Master Canine Instructor with over 27 years of experience. He currently holds a certification in the following; Police Tactics Training, Police K-9 Handling, K-9 Detection, Business Management, K9 Protection Decoy and Service Dog Training.  Richard has made his life goal to study human and canine behavioral studies. He has found his God-given purpose which is to help guide people and their dogs towards a disciplined life.   


Co-Founder & puppy kindergarten specialist

Behind every successful man is usually a very supportive and dependable woman,  Elica has proven to be that. With over 10 years of experience standing by her husband Richard she has proven to be a great asset to The K-9 Training Academy.  Elica is currently our puppy kindergarten specialist and director human resources. 



Chris has been handling dogs since the age of five. Being born in a dog training empire allowed him to easily find his calling. Certified by The K9 Training Academy he is following in his Father’s Footsteps.He is currently team leader and manager at The K9 Training Academy. 


Jr Trainer

Sean is the youngest team member of the K9 Training Academy.  Sean has been handling dogs since he was six years old.  He has taken a liking to working with service dogs.  Who knows what the future holds for this bright young man.



Kristin is a graduate of The K9 Training Academy Master K9 trainer course. Kristin is destined to lead her own team one day.



Jean is also a graduate of The K9 Training Academy Master K-9 trainer course. Jean is our ambassador to our Latin community. Being multi talented, he is also our media development specialist.



Leilani is an owner operator for our West Palm Beach territory. Leilani is also a graduate of The K9 Training Academy Master K-9 trainer course. 



Diana is a great asset to the team, she serves as administrator assistant to Elica and content creation