Obedience Is Our Business

The relationship between an animal and its owner is a unique connection. With Thin Blue Line K-9, you get the finest professional Dog Trainer to condition your pet for the behaviors you desire. My proven techniques and unique approach have helped pet owners across Vermont train animals just like yours. Dog owners in Burlington, Williston, and Essex Junction, contact me today to schedule a consultation! 

Why We're different.

From Basic Obedience to Major Aggression Issues

Head trainer, Tom Radford has the credentials most dog trainers don't. To begin, he has been a member of the VT Police K-9 Program for almost 20 years. Tom was a long time instructor at the VT Police Academy and has been the Chairman of the VT Police K-9 Committee for the past 9 years.  Tom was the head instructor for the Burlington Police Department until his retirement.  He and his police dog "Stoney" were also inducted into the K-9 Hall of Fame, named Team of the Year three times, and set the record for most drug finds on duty. To say Tom knows dog training is an understatement.  

 

Tom has recently transferred his professional knowledge into the private sector.  He will come into your home, where most dog issues start, and will resolve any issues with any breed. If you'd like, you can also come to Tom's training facility in Williston for an in depth training session.  Tom is professional, knowledgeable and passionate.  He will work tirelessly until you are happy and proud of your dog's behavior. Tom utilizes a balanced approach to training dogs that is proven to be successful.

MY SERVICES

It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, and I believe it’s never too late to train any pet. My services are designed with you and your pet in mind, and I believe in working as much with you as with your animal. I’m proud of my high success rate and the level of satisfaction my clients, and their pets, come away with every time - guaranteed.

What many don't realize is that anyone can call themselves a dog trainer and start a business. This can lead to incorrect training methods, a waste of time and money, or potentially harm to your dog or others. Tom has a career of success to draw from to maximize the effectiveness of his sessions with your dog. He has trained countless dogs and trained countless dog trainers. Contact Tom today to schedule a consultation!

 
 

TESTIMONIALS

"I have had the opportunity to work with Tom for 18 years as a K9 handler, trainer, board member, and friend. He is well respected in all of these categories. In K9 training, we often speak of "your toolbox" of ideas, plans, tools, methods, and even tricks, all to use while training dogs. Tom's toolbox is overflowing with ideas, and he is able to combine these in a manner that will get teams what they desire. I would recommend Tom's training to anybody wanting to get the best out of their canine companion."

Dave Dewey

 

"I've known Tom Radford for over 16 years. He is extremely professional, and knowledgeable about canine behavior. He has personally helped me and many others with with training our own service dogs. The effort he puts in to his true passion is second to none and the patience he has with dogs and their owners is a truly welcoming feeling when learning how to train your own dog. I highly recommend Tom Radford and Thin Blue Line K-9."

Trent Martin

"I've known Tommy Radford for 20+ years, he is a true professional and knows his business when it comes to canine behavior & training. His experience truly sets himself apart from others in this field. I've referred him to friends and can't say enough about his abilities. I highly recommend Thin Blue Line K-9!"

James Brigham

 

SERVICES AND PRICING

Our sessions are competitively priced and we promise incredible customer service and expertise when resolving any and all issues with any and all breed of dog.  We offer a 10% discount to all law enforcement, military and rescue dog owners!
 

“I cannot say enough about Tom as a trainer and person, his knowledge, understanding of dogs and people coupled with his years of training police dogs shone through when working with us our rescue pup. Zach came to us at 9 months with basic training after only a few sessions with Tom, Zach had better recall, listening and leash skills.  Zach’s biggest issue was being getting overly excited on the leash and although it is still a work in progress the tools that were provided by Tom continues to help us guide Zach towards the success he will need to overcome this issue.  Although we completed Zach’s training Tom continues to support and offer advice to us whenever we need it. Tom cares greatly about the dogs and people he works with I would recommend ThinbluelineK9 to anyone who is looking for a great trainer!”

 

Lisa and Brian Campbell

SINGLE CONSULTATION:  $150 FOR APPROXIMATELY 1 1/2 HOUR SESSION.  BASIC OBEDIENCE CONCEPTS AND MINOR BEHAVIORAL RESOLUTION.

BRONZE PACKAGE:  3 SESSIONS - $125 PER SESSION ($375 TOTAL).  THIS PACKAGE WILL RESOLVE MOST MINOR TO MODERATE ISSUES (JUMPING UP, PULLING ON LEASH, ETC.) AND WILL EDUCATE THE CLIENT ON TACTICS THAT CAN BE USED FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR DOG TO HAVE A CALM, OBEDIENT AND HAPPY BEST FRIEND.

 

SILVER PACKAGE:  5 SESSIONS -$110 PER SESSION ($550 TOTAL). THIS IS FOR MINOR AGGRESSION ISSUES OR FOR THE CLIENT THAT WANTS TO TAKE OBEDIENCE TO A HIGHER LEVEL.

 

MAJOR AGGRESSION ISSUES: $175 PER SESSION. THESE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. SOME ISSUES MAY TAKE UP TO 10 OR MORE SESSIONS. THIS IS FOR THE DOG THAT HAS EITHER BITTEN OR HAS COME CLOSE TO BITING PEOPLE OR OTHER DOGS OR ANIMALS. TOM HAS THE EQUIPMENT (EX. BITE SUITS, BITE SLEEVES, MUZZLES, ETC.), THE CONFIDENCE, AND THE KNOWLEDGE HOW TO CURB AND ATTEMPT TO ERADICATE DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY EXPENSIVE (LAWSUITS) BEHAVIORS. HE HAS ACCESS AND CONTACT WITH OTHER TRAINERS, SOME WITH UP TO 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, TO GAME PLAN AND PREPARE FOR SITUATIONS WHERE HE MAY GET BITTEN HIMSELF. CALL TOM, A TRUE PROFESSIONAL, WHEN YOU ARE FACED WITH THIS HIGHLY STRESSFUL SITUATION WHERE YOUR DOG IS FACING POSSIBLE EUTHANASIA OVER HIS/HER ACTIONS.

 

BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS:  $175 FOR 6 CLASSES. 

A WELL MANNERED DOG IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND THE FREEDOM OF BOTH DOG AND OWNER.  DO YOU LONG TO BE ABLE TO TAKE YOUR FAITHFUL FRIEND ON THE BURLINGTON BIKE PATH OR TO YOUR CHILD'S SPORTING EVENT WITHOUT FEAR OF YOUR DOG'S REACTION?  TOM IS NOW OFFERING A BASIC OBEDIENCE COURSE THAT WILL COVER SOCIALIZATION WITH PEOPLE AND OTHER DOGS, THE 5 ESSENTIAL COMMANDS NEEDED, PROPER LEASH WALKING AND OTHER TECHNIQUES TAUGHT AT THE VERMONT POLICE ACADEMY.  CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT OUR TRAINING CENTER, 126 YANTZ HILL RD, WILLISTON,  VT, FOR A 6 WEEK DURATION.  CLASSES WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS PER CLASS.  TUESDAY CLASSES WILL BE AT 6:00 P.M. AND WILL RUN FROM JANUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 12, 2019.   

INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE CLASS:  $175 FOR 6 CLASSES.

THIN BLUE LINE K-9 IS NOW OFFERING AN INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE COURSE THAT WILL TAKE YOUR DOG'S OBEDIENCE  TO THE NEXT LEVEL USING POLICE DOG TRAINING TACTICS.   MUST HAVE ATTENDED A THIN BLUE LINE K-9 BASIC OBEDIENCE COURSE OR COMPARABLE CLASS FROM ANOTHER VENDOR.  CLASSES RUN FOR A 6 WEEK DURATION AND WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS.  ALL BREEDS ARE WELCOME.  CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 P.M. AND WILL RUN JANUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 14, 2019. 

SCENT CLASS: $95 FOR 3 CLASSES.

THIN BLUE LINE K-9 WILL BE OFFERING AN INTRODUCTION TO SCENT TRAINING CLASS BEING TAUGHT BY THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DRUG DETECTION K-9 HANDLER IN VT POLICE K-9 PROGRAM HISTORY. TEACH YOUR DOG A FUN, CHALLENGING NEW SKILL, SEARCHING FOR SPECIFIC SCENTS USED FOR CIVILIAN DOGS. CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 P.M. AND WILL RUN NOVEMBER 27, DECEMBER 4, AND DECEMBER 11, 2018.

BITE REVIEW:  $200 PER HOUR.  TOM WILL UTILIZE HIS EXPERIENCE OF 9 YEARS AS CHAIR OF THE VT CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRAINING COUNCIL CANINE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW INCIDENTS IN WHICH YOUR DOG HAS BITTEN A PERSON OR OTHER ANIMAL. HE HAS LED REVIEWS AND WRITE-UPS OF NUMEROUS INCIDENTS WHERE HE HAS IMPLANTED HIS KNOWLEDGE OF DOG BEHAVIOR INTO THE INVESTIGATION AND HAS SAVED DOGS FROM BEING EUTHANIZED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. HE WILL TAKE A NEUTRAL LOOK AT THE FACTS AND RENDER A DECISION ON WHETHER HE THOUGHT YOUR DOG WAS AT FAULT, OR IF HUMAN ERROR PLACED YOUR DOG INTO A SITUATION WHERE HE/SHE BELIEVED THEY WERE PROTECTING THEIR OWNER. BEFORE YOU MAKE THAT FATEFUL DECISION TO PUT YOUR DOG DOWN WHEN INEXPERIENCED PEOPLE ARE TELLING YOU TO DO SO, HAVE AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL REVIEW YOUR CASE. 

BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS:  $175 FOR 6 CLASSES. 

A WELL MANNERED DOG IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND THE FREEDOM OF BOTH DOG AND OWNER.  DO YOU LONG TO BE ABLE TO TAKE YOUR FAITHFUL FRIEND ON THE BURLINGTON BIKE PATH OR TO YOUR CHILD'S SPORTING EVENT WITHOUT FEAR OF YOUR DOG'S REACTION?  TOM IS NOW OFFERING A BASIC OBEDIENCE COURSE THAT WILL COVER SOCIALIZATION WITH PEOPLE AND OTHER DOGS, THE 5 ESSENTIAL COMMANDS NEEDED, PROPER LEASH WALKING AND OTHER TECHNIQUES TAUGHT AT THE VERMONT POLICE ACADEMY.  CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT OUR TRAINING CENTER, 126 YANTZ HILL RD, WILLISTON,  VT, FOR A 6 WEEK DURATION.  CLASSES WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS PER CLASS.  TUESDAY CLASSES WILL BE AT 6:00 P.M. AND WILL RUN FROM JANUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 12, 2019.   

TRAVEL PRICES:   

 

MORE THAN 30 MIN. - EXTRA $25 PER SESSION
MORE THAN 45 MIN. - EXTRA $40 PER SESSION
MORE THAN AN HOUR - CALL FOR PRICING.

 

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126 Yantz Hill Road
Williston, VT  05495

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(802) 922-5376

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