Meet the Trainer

For more than a decade, Kevin Knartzer has been pursuing his passion of training dogs to help others using positive reinforcement training techniques.  Positive reinforcement builds a dog's confidence and reinforces his bond with his human by rewarding the dog for voluntarily performing desired behaviors and never "punishing" the dog physically or verbally for undesired behaviors.

Though Kevin has perfected his positive training techniques training more than a dozen public access service dogs to help people with disabilities to become more independent, his training tactics can be used to shape any dog behavior.  Kevin specializes in serious behavioral issues including dog aggression and resource guarding, but he also enjoys working on basic obedience and puppy classes with his clients.  About his pet clients, Kevin said, “I really enjoy working with people to help them better understand their dogs and to work towards building a better relationship with them.”


Director of Training and Canine Development, Bargersville Veterinary Hospital

2007 to 2011:  Director of Training and Client Services for Paws and Think

2003 to 2007: Training Coordinator for Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN)

Former Board Member, Vice President & President for Central Indiana Lab Rescue and Adoption (CILARA)

Registered Service Dog Evaluator

Association of Pet Dog Trainers Member Number: 73375 (since 2006)

Passes all Criminal Background Checks and Fully Insured

Services Offered

Please Contact us for information, dates and prices on Puppy Training, Therapy Dog and Group Obedience Classes!

Private sessions in your home are available for all training services.  Multi-session packages include unlimited email support before, during, and after your sessions (for up to 3 months and on the same topics covered during sessions).  A per session mileage fee of $.50 per mile will be applied.  Private Sessions are also available at Bargersville Veterinary Hospital with no mileage fees.

Private Sessions-

Private sessions are $175 for the first session, additional sessions $50. Buy three sessions to start and receive a 20% Discount! A 25$ fee is added to each session starting after 4:00 PM and an additional 25$ Fee is added for each in home visit plus mileage

Puppy Primer Sessions-

Two sessions at the Bargervsille Veterinary Clinic with your puppy to get things off on the right foot! Learn how to housetrain your puppy quickly and efficiently, reduce problem chewing and learn more about your new family members needs! 2 sessions $100

Walking 101!-

Tired of being pulled down the street? Can't get your puppy the exercise it needs? Well we have a mini package of sessions just for you! The package includes a Gentle Leader or Easy Walk harness depending on your dogs needs. We will teach you how to be in control on the walk and allow you to take your pup on those much needed walks! Two sessions for $125


Group Obedience Classes-

We are currently offerring Group Obedience and Puppy Socialization Classes at Bargersville Veterinary Hospital.

Class is six weeks and $150. However if we receive payment before class starts to reserve your spot we will give you a free $15 treat bag and donate $5 to the Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana! We also have classes at other days and times depenging on demand so Please call or email for dates and times!

Note we have package prices on everything above for any dog currently being fostered for a Rescue, Shelter or other non-profit. Please Contact us for details! 

TUPD on Pet Pals with Patty Spitler

TUPD was fortunate to place two Facility Dogs at G.H.Herrmann Funeral Homes as Grief Consolers! Not sure what a working dog can do at a funeral home... well take a peek because Patty presents a very touching story! Way to Go Jax and Lady!

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Who's Talking about TUPD?

"I know a lot of dog trainers -- Kevin is the best. He knows his subject extremely well. He knows and can read people, and let's face it, he's training us so that we can train the dog. One of the things I respect about Kevin is that he knows his limits. There are situations that are not conducive to training. Kevin knows when to proceed and when to hold back so as to not frustrate all parties involved. I recommend Kevin Knartzer without reservation."

Nick Milano, Owner of all Central Indiana Pet Supplies Plus

"Dog training done properly is a gift...and Kevin Knartzer possess that gift. He talks to the dogs in their language. The effect is one where the dogs want to please him and show their understanding.
I admire Kevin's strength of character...the dogs know it, sense it, and respond. Kevin's calm nature is also reflected in his dogs. They know he's not going to 'hurt them' to make them perform or behave. They love him, because he knows their mind. Kevin Knartzer touches the heart of a dog."

Patty Spitler of Wish-TV and Pet Pals TV


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