#1 Rated Dog Trainers in Knoxville, Tennessee

Get your dog to listen and obey your every command — every time!


Dear frustrated dog owner, are you experiencing any of these issues with your dog?

  • Difficult to walk on leash
  • Constantly pulling leash when walking
  • Uncontrollable Barking
  • Aggression with other dogs and people
  • Biting or nipping
  • Being stubborn
  • Digging holes
  • Lack of basic obedience
We can help! We don’t believe in the cookie-cutter method of dog training. Ridgeside K9 Knoxville adapts our training to the specific dog in front of us to achieve the best results.


Serving All Knoxville, Alcoa, Chattanooga, Nashville, Sevierville, and Maryville, TN

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We focus on owner training as much as dog training!

one-stop shop for all your dog training needs.

We've Successfully Trained 1000's of Dogs Locally In The Knox County and Surrounding Areas.

We Guarantee Results. Here Is What Our Customers Say...

Happy Customers. Real Results.

Guy D
Guy D
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I attended a tracking seminar run by Mike Lilley and it was exceptional! I recently go into working dogs within the last year and was really inspired by Mike's understanding of dogs and how to shape their behaviour. What we learned could very easily applied towards pets and working dogs alike. It was amazing to see someone handle dogs so effortlessly; in a way that only decades of experience could develop.
Matthew G
Matthew G
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Best training I have had the pleasure of going to. Mike is great whether your LEO or a pet dog owner check RSK9 out.
Mike E
Mike E
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Mike Lilley is an incredible dog trainer. He uses modern training methods which worked miracles for my dog. He is very responsive to any questions I have and is always willing to help. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of dog training.

Ridgeside K9 Knoxville

Training Services We Offer

  • Board and Train
  • Private Dog Training
  • Puppy Training
  • Behavior Modification
  • Personal Protection
  • Group Dog Training Classes
  • Crate Training
  • Police K9 Training
  • Search and Rescue
ridgeside k9 trainer with puppy

Puppy Training

These lessons with your puppy are just the first step in a great training journey. We encourage all to continue training past the puppy stage in order to reach high level obedience and control.

Dog Obedience

This is best for those who want to be very invested in the dog training process. Similarly to our other programs, the private lessons are all based off what you want from your dog.

Behavior Modification

Through balanced training and counter conditioning we can modify the dog’s behavior. Behavior modification is the most complex training process that we offer but we are also trying to change the way the dog looks at the world.

Personal Protection

In an age where personal security is of high importance and where crime is prevalent, the most effective way to defend your family and home is with an effective home protection dog.

Big or Small, Sweet or Aggressive, Old or Young

Are You Ready To Take The First Step?

Simply fill out the form above. Tell us a little more about your dog and why you need professional dog training. One of our expert dog trainers will contact you back to give you more details. 

Who is Ridgeside K9 Knoxville?

"We strive to provide families all over Tennessee with a clear communication system and ultimately keep misunderstood dogs in good homes and out of shelters."

Getting to know Ridgeside K9 Knoxville’s owner, Mike Lilley … Training working dogs was a skill passed down from my father at an early age. This knowledge proved invaluable during my K9 handler recruitment as a Law Enforcement Officer and once again during my certification as a Police K9 trainer.

My first K9 partner, Roscoe, was a yellow Labrador we rescued from a local shelter. He put all my training to the test, but we became an unstoppable team. Roscoe showed me the potential of misunderstood dogs and sparked what would later become my driving philosophy as a pet dog trainer.

It wasn’t until my second Police K9 partner, a Belgian Malinois named Neko, that I rooted my training principles and began helping local dog owners in my area with their unruly pets. Neko and I decided to retire in 2018 after an outstanding career in law enforcement and quickly embarked on the adventure of managing a pet training business.


We Offer Dog Training In The Following Areas

Knoxville, TN; Alcoa, TN; Northern Georgia;  Southern Kentucky; Nashville, TN; Chattanooga, TN. 


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