Koru K9’s mission and promise to you is that we will provide the best and most progressive balanced dog training, with the highest of quality service. Our goal is to help you and your dog feel confident to go anywhere together. We want to unleash your dog’s true potential and allow you to experience a better life with your dog!

From the simplest to most severe behavioral problems, our number one goal is to consistently deliver results that surpass our clients’ expectations. We are the dog trainers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle Metro, Denver Metro, Dallas-Fort Worth, and St. Louis areas that many people call as a last resort. It’s our passion to help our clients prevent or fix behavioral challenges in their dogs and to help our clients achieve the happy and harmonious relationship that every dog owner dreams about.

Koru K9 Dog Training and Rehabilitation is an award winning dog training company owned and operated by Ray and Bridget Murphy. Together, with our team of dog trainers and dog behaviorists, Koru K9 Dog Training is on a mission is to guide dog owners through a process that will help them understand, communicate and work with their dogs to resolve training challenges and behavior problems in a real world setting. From the simplest to most severe behavioral problems, our number one goal is to consistently deliver results that surpass our clients’ expectations. We work with all breedsany dog, any problem. Our mission is to help turn your dog into an amazingly balanced and well-behaved dog. So if you are ready to transform your dog, and your life, we are ready to help.

Awards & Recognition: 

Winner of Bay Woof Beast of the Bay 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Thumbtack’s Best of 2015: Best Animal Behaviorist San Francisco,Bay Area A-List Top 5 Pet Trainers

Any Breed, Any Dog, Any Problem Big or Small We Help Them All

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Choosing a dog trainer can be a daunting task. First and foremost, the depth of their knowledge and experience should be something you ask about. Have they ever raised a puppy themselves? Have they rehabilitated their own rescue dog? Are they certified and/or what is their education? How long have then been training dogs? What work do they do with their own dogs, or have they titled a dog? What do they do to push themselves to be a better trainer than they were the day before?

Our dog trainers are all hand-selected by Koru K9’s owners. All our dog trainers are highly experienced, dedicated, and successful trainers who have met our intensive screening process.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TEAM

Tierney Silver-Goeden
Tierney Silver-GoedenDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Tierney’s passion for dog training started over 20 years ago on the Minnesota prairies that her grandfather hunted. Through years of dedication and work, she fine tuned that passion into a successful career.
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

Jefferson Simmons
Jefferson SimmonsDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Jefferson has over 15 years of experience training and rehabilitating dogs. He holds a Foundation Level Huntsmith Trainer Certification through Ronnie Smith Kennels, where he spent a month as an apprentice.
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • IACP MEMBER

  • BALANCED SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS CERT

  • AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN EVALUATOR

Lindsey Sommer
Lindsey SommerDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Lindsey has been training dogs for over 13 years. Her passion for dogs started as a child, and only grew more as an adult. After volunteering at a dog shelter in college, she decided…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • MICHAEL ELLIS SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS
Sofia Perkis
Sofia PerkisDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Sofia Perkis is a Bay Area native who grew up using every wish or gift request opportunity to ask for a puppy. She hasn’t been dog-less since. Sofia has an incredibly wide range of…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • BALANCED SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS CERT
  • IACP #P8766
Kristin Castro
Kristin CastroDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Kristin has had a lifelong interest in behavior and cognitive processes. This interest led her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and her Master’s degree…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • IACP #A8921
  • AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN EVALUATOR

  • MICHAEL ELLIS SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

Ericka Duggan
Ericka DugganDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Ericka has been training dogs since 2000. Ericka has run her own dog training business, that included running a working sheep ranch with 200 sheep and 11 working dogs, developing…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • MICHAEL ELLIS SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS
  • TRAIN TO ADOPT

Heather Dodson
Heather DodsonDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Growing up on a working horse ranch, Heather’s work with animals began at a youn age. With 30 head of cattle, several dozen chickens, and various other species to look after; she began training…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • BLUE BUFFALO TRUE BLUE CERTIFICATION
  • AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN EVALUATOR
  • IACP MEMBER
Debbie Port
Debbie PortDog Trainer & Behaviorist
As a kid Debbie was always interested in training horses and dogs. She had a great opportunity to become a professional horse trainer and took it. She trained and still trains horses in dressage…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • MICHAEL ELLIS SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

  • AKC EVALUATOR
Mahogany Gamble
Mahogany GambleDog Trainer & Behaviorist
As a child, Mahogany’s favorite pastime was spending time with her uncle’s and friends’ dogs, and could often be found observing their behavior or training them in between school, homework, and sports.
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • CANINE GOOD CITIZEN EVALUATOR

  • MICHAEL ELLIS SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

Susan Blanchard
Susan BlanchardDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Susan has been working with dogs in San Francisco since 2007. She began doing basic puppy and recall training early in her career, and has continued to help set dogs up for success both on group walks…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • MICHAEL ELLIS SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

Becca Contreras
Becca ContrerasDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Becca has been training dogs professionally for over six years. During that time, she has made the transition from a purely positive trainer to balanced training, after seeing the limitations…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • BALANCED SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS CERT
Jeremy Friedman
Jeremy FriedmanDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Jeremy has had a strong passion for working with animals since a young boy. After spending some time in the military, he began his quest into working dogs. Jeremy apprenticed under…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

Ashley Reeley
Ashley ReeleyDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Ashley has held a lifelong affinity for dogs. Through her childhood and teenage years, she trained dogs and volunteered at an animal shelter. As Ashley went on to college, she realized she could turn…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • MICHAEL ELLIS SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

Jourdan Murphy
Jourdan MurphyDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Jourdan was born and raised in Santa Cruz County. Her passion and love for dogs started at a very young age. Jourdan has owned high drive, working breeds her entire life, and realized, at a young age…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

Irini Diaz
Irini DiazDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Irini started her journey into the world of dog training through sport work. Competing and training at higher levels allowed for Irini to learn and understand how to read dogs, understand their drives…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

Brian Knight
Brian KnightDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Originally from Rhode Island, Brian has had a love for dogs his whole life, especially his old lab/ridgeback Zeke from Providence. That feeling has continued out here for his twelve years in the Bay Area.
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • BALANCED SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS
Celeste Schmidt
Celeste SchmidtDog Trainer & Behaviorist
From the time she was young Celeste always had a deep passion for animals. Learning as much as she could and spending her free time with the family dogs. In her early teens she got her first dog Dakota…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

Tino Contreras
Tino ContrerasDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Tino has been involved with dogs his entire life. Growing up on his family’s ranch, Tino helped to raise dogs for ranch work, and hunting. Learning how to build respect, structure, and shape…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

Jake Gregg
Jake GreggDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Jake is a native of the Bay Area, and has been involved with dogs his whole life. Jake grew up with dogs ranging from toy breeds to sheepdogs. In college, Jake made the switch to professionally training and working dogs.
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • THE BALANCED SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

SEATTLE TEAM

Kim Rosin
Kim RosinDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Kim grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO — riding horses, and helping her family breed and raise hunting line Golden Retrievers. From a very young age it was clear that Kim had a special connection…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • MICHAEL ELLIS SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS
Damian Blanton
Damian BlantonDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Damian grew up in Northern Indiana, playing sports and spending as much time outdoors as possible. After high school Damian started an apprenticeship at an automotive paint and repair shop…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • THE BALANCED SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

DENVER METRO TEAM

Kareena Moore
Kareena MooreDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Kareena Moore is a Certified Master Dog Trainer who graduated from Tarheel Canine in Sanford, North Carolina. She grew up in the beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington where she competed in 4-H with her horse…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • TARHEEL CANINE – MASTER DOG TRAINER CERT
  • LOGAN HAUS KENNELS PUPPY IMPRINTING SEMINAR
  • THE BALANCED DOG PODCAST CO-HOST
Cory Arola
Cory ArolaDog Trainer & Behaviorist
A Colorado native, Cory grew up exploring the outdoors through camping, hiking, snowboarding, hunting, and fishing. Graduating college with a B.S. in Psychology he started a career in the medical field…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • THE BALANCED SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

DALLAS-FORT WORTH TEAM

Kim Cerio
Kim CerioDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Kim Cerio began training dogs, professionally, in 1999. Kim attended her first obedience class, with her family golden retriever, Mandy, when Kim was 10 years old. She failed that obedience class…
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

ST. LOUIS TEAM

Sean Hagner
Sean HagnerDog Trainer & Behaviorist
Sean is a veteran of the United States Navy and the United States Army, serving his country from 2005 to 2012. Sean served as a NCO and as a MOS 37F Psychological Operations Specialist.
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • TOM ROSE SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS MASTER GRADUATE

KORU K9 OWNERS

Ray Murphy
Ray MurphyCo-Owner
Ray Murphy is the co-owner, Training Director, and Lead Behaviorist of Koru K9 Dog Training and Rehabilitation, co-owner of The Balanced School for Dog Trainers, and High Risk Deployment Police K9.
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  • TRAINING DIRECTOR, SR. TRAINER & DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • IACP MEMBER A-5830

  • TARHEEL CANINE PRO TRAINER CERTIFICATION

  • FOUNDER, BAL. SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

  • AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN EVALUATOR

  • POLICE K9 INSTRUCTOR & DECOY

  • CO-FOUNDER HRD POLICE K9

Bridget Murphy
Bridget MurphyCo-Owner
Bridget and her husband, Ray, co-own Koru K9 Dog Training and Rehabilitation, The Balanced School for Dog Trainers, and High Risk Deployment Police K9.
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  • DOG BEHAVIORIST

  • DOG NUTRITION

  • FOUNDER, BAL. SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS

  • CO-FOUNDER HRD POLICE K9

  • THE BALANCED DOG PODCAST CO-HOST

OUR AMAZING OFFICE TEAM

Jilian Daniel
Jilian Daniel
Jilian was born and raised in Texas, and attended the Florida Institute of Technology for her B.Sc. in Marine Biology, and minored in Psychology, with an emphasis on Animal Behavior.
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Sammy Cave
Sammy CaveOffice Coordinator
Sammy grew up with a humongous family surrounded by all types of different animals. She has owned dogs, cats, chickens, horses, goats, bunnies, and so much more! Sammy grew up…
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  • BEING AWESOME
Seyonna Henrick
Seyonna HenrickCustomer Support Specialist
Seyonna grew up around dogs — mainly field Labs. Seyonna would always sneak animals that were hurt or injured into her room — just in case her mom wouldn’t let her keep them.
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  • BEING AWESOME