a Master Trainer
The Best Dog Training in the Business
Owner of Optimum K9 Training, LLC, Pete Genovese, is a certified Master Trainer with the United Police Work Dog Association. Pete's experience as a master trainer spans the course of several years and his training methods are highly respected and sought after by dog owners in Charleston, West Virginia; Frederick, Maryland; Winchester, Virginia; Pennsylvania; and the U.S. East Coast.
Puppies Ages 10 Weeks to 4 Months
10-Day Board & Train
The personality and temperament of your dog will depend on several factors. The most critical learning period is within 14 weeks of age. This is the time that puppies are most receptive to altering their perception of and reaction to the world around them. During our 10-day board and training program we will create a solid foundation of structure for your puppy that includes socialization, leash handling, basic commands, basic behavioral corrections, and potty training.
Ages 5 Months and Up
4-Week Board & Train
This four week program is an extension of our three week program that will cover all aspects and elements of commands, behavior and socialization designed to provide a concrete foundation for your pup as he or she enters into adulthood.
Ages 5 Months and Up
3-Week Board & Train
This three week program is an extension of our two week program that will cover all aspects and elements of commands, behavior and socialization designed to provide a concrete foundation for your pup as he or she enters into adulthood.
Ages 5 Months and Up
2-Week Board & Train
A comprehensive program to include two-weeks of full board and training at our facility. Your dog will receive superior one-on-one training and the best possible care within a secure environment with proven results.
Puppies Ages 10 Weeks to 4 Months Private Training
At Optimum K9 Training we LOVE puppies and who doesn't! Our Puppy Training Program starts in the convenience of your home. To establish trust, understanding, to provide socialization, and to keep them motivated we then move outside of the home to safely and securely expose your pup to various forms of nature, public places, scents, noises and surfaces.
Ages 5 Months and Up Private Training
For individuals interested in doing their own training with the guidance and support of a proven and professional trainer, we offer a program tailored to your dog's needs. Rather it be a need for basic commands, or specific behavioral issues, this program will provide you with a hands-on approach to training your own dog.
All Ages Group Training
We offer a group training program that is held at several convenient locations throughout the region. Our group classes are the perfect socializing environment for most dogs. Our goal is to teach your dog some core behaviors and to teach you problem-solving skills you need to get those behaviors outside of the classroom.
Accolades From Optimum K9 Clients
Optimum K9 is fully dedicated to providing your dog with the best training by the best trainer.
Pete had our dog Apollo for training for 2 weeks. The transformation is amazing. I rescued Apollo Malamute/Husky mix. Before the training Apollo didn’t listen, he had aggressive tendencies towards many things and sometimes he was just off the hook crazy wild. Since I have gotten Apollo back. He listens. He does what I tell him, he doesn’t jump up. He leaves things when I tell him and he is calm. The most amazing part for me is that now Apollo excepts affection and love when we pet him. He actually wants to be pet. Before he would bite or mouth at us when we tried to pet him. I’ll be honest. I was very scared Apollo wasn’t the right fit for my family. I am so glad I went the extra mile and contacted Pete. Pete, I can’t thank you enough for helping Apollo’s behavior and making me so happy that I didn’t give up on my boy. I recommend Pete 100%
Pete did an incredible job with our puppy Mattis. As a puppy he still has a lot to learn but he has certainly come a very long way under your training. Can’t wait for more training as he gets older and thank you so much for laying this foundation for us. We absolutely couldn’t be happier.
Pete did an excellent job with our puppy Ares! We just picked him up from puppy board and train and we mainly needed help with basic commands and teaching him how to walk on a leash. Ares responds promptly when we tell him to “come” and listens very well to his other commands. Having Pete teach these basic commands helps set a great foundation for Ares’ future. Leaving a puppy for a while can be hard for anyone but we were confident that Ares was in good hands.😊 We plan on taking Ares back for the adult training as well. Definitely would recommend Optimum K9!
I am so happy we found Optimum K9 training. I just got my 3 year old pitbull back from his two week bored and train. I am so happy with his improvements. Diesel use to bark, and lunge at other people, and animals out while walking- now he is able to heel nicely next to me while waking. Diesel is very picky about who he likes and I’m so glad that Pete and him became best buds! My 7 month old pitbull tinsel will be going for her bored In train in the near future!
I love how Pete took the time to ensure that I was informed on all the new skills diesel learned and how I can reinforce them on my own.
Puppy class was exhausting!! Thanks for the great training morning.
Diane & Larry Palmer
Excellent trainer. Pete is very knowledgeable and easy to work with!
Pete did an amazing job with our bluetick coonhound. It has been a few days since he returned home and his time away really made a difference. I was highly impressed with what he learned in 2 weeks. I would highly recommend to anyone in need of dog training.
We adopted a rescue who knows nothing about being with people or in a house. We started to see some undesirable behavior and weren’t sure what to do. Pete came out the same day and gave us some basics on how to handle the situation and what to expect in the coming months. I would definitely recommend Optimum K9 Training for any and all training needs you have. Pete is very experienced and makes the whole experience fun.
This by far was the best training for our dog, we have a High energy, prey driven Husky and would never be able to leave him off leash until now!! Great experience, amazing results!! I hope to work with them again!! it was a lot of fun and Iam now 100% confident in myself and my dog with recall and using the e-collar!!
Our dog Stella was a menace to society. People wouldn’t come to our house because they were afraid of being jumped on, bitten (love bites) or having their food stolen. She was also attacking our other dog and generally acting out. With a new baby in the house we were seriously considering re-homing her.
I reached out on Facebook to friends looking for recommendations on dog trainers. I was afraid to send my dog away to “boot camp” after hearing some horror stories on the news, and wanted some personal recommendations. A close friend recommended Optimum K9 Training. We attended a group training with Stella to check out the trainers. Within 5 minutes of walking in, Pete was able to get her to walk politely on a lead in an arena filled with other dogs. We were sold and signed up for the 2 week board and train program (we called it boot camp).
Stella has been home for a week now and we are more than impressed with the results. She is a much calmer dog, that understands her new rules and is easier to manage. Most importantly, she is still the happy dog that left as and loves showing off her new tricks. While she was gone Pete stayed in touch via text, phone and Facebook videos. Since she has been home he has followed up with us, even making a second trip out to the house to help train my husband and I.
This has been an fantastic experience and I couldn’t recommend Optimum K9 training more.
If you want the best trainer around, look no further.
Highly recommend!! We did the 14 day board and stay for our 9 month old GSD, Floki. We just got him back today and Pete spent 2 hours with us going over everything he did and answered all our questions we had. We never trusted Floki off leash and would pull me. I am amazed with the results in just 14 days. Floki walks next to me with no pulling. I can remove the leash without fear of him running away, chasing animals. I put him in place and he will not leave unless I free him. I couldn’t be happier with the results. We knew after meeting Pete for the first at a group training that he knew what he was doing and most of all, we trusted him. thank you Pete for all you have done for us. Lisa, Greg and Floki
We had our GSD puppy, Blu, trained. After the first round of training he’s a much better listener….when we call him he comes right away but most times it doesn’t even come to that. He sees us and comes over right away without even having to say anything…so that alone is night and day… He’s also A LOT calmer. I working on his commands for 5-7 mins and make him work for his meal before I give him his bowl. And actually other dog is learning too…he will copy whatever I tell Blu to do! We’re super pleased with the results from the training and will definitely continue on with round 2 of the training. Thanks Pete, we’ll see you again in a couple months!
Fantastic with dogs. Love the results I have seen.
After struggling with our HIGH prey driven German Shepherd for almost 2 years and after 18 months of looking for the right trainer, we found Pete!
After being told we’d have to rehome Luna by another trainer, and actually contemplating just that, we found Pete!
Pete is not all hype and false promises, he IS THE REAL DEAL!
His extensive knowledge and training has given him all of the skills to be an excellent trainer, but it’s his compassion and empathy that set him clearly apart from the rest.
Luna would pull excessively on the leash, lunge at cars, bark uncontrollably, and just had her way with us, but thanks to Pete’s board and train program all that has changed.
He has transformed our very wild yet loving Luna into a very manageable member of our family.
it’s so nice to have her back in the house with manners.
The cost of the program was minimal compared to the results that were achieved. He enabled us to keep our precious girl!
I highly recommend Pete and Optimum K9 Training to anyone with the need. He has many different options and can work with you to get the results you want.
Phenomenal trainer. Highly recommended.
Today we got our lily back and couldn’t be happier with Pete’s work with her. I can already tell now moving forward she will have the best free life as possible and know that we still have complete control over her. Just from the first day experience back at home she was able to stay out in the room with us while we ate dinner ( before she would be put away because she would always jump up on table after the food ) she is freely roaming the house not destroying all the kids toys. I am so excited for our new beginning. Pete is amazing, lily was always so happy in her videos with him, I am so glad we took this step and getting help from Pete at optimum k-9 training!
Aubrey Moore- Navitskis
Pete did an amazing job with our 10 month old 90 lb baby Axel. Axel was so hard to handle because of how big and playful he was. He would jump, lunge, play bite which hurt, we couldn’t walk him on a leash or control him when he saw a person or an animal. Axel would constantly take our granddaughter’s toys and be way too rambunctious around her, shes 3 and her brother was just born. So we were very scared of Axel hurting them. We didn’t think Pete was going to be able to control him but in the first two minutes of meeting Axel it was obvious that Pete was very capable and confident in his work! We felt very comfortable letting him training/take care of Axel. Pete kept us updated on Axel’s progress which was comforting. We got Axel back today and we are amazed by his transformation! Axel is a totally different dog! Pete took his time today with us, explained and showed how he trained Axel and also came into our house to see how Axel would react to certain behaviors he had before which was great. We are so grateful to Pete for training Axel and giving us the tools to continue teaching Axel and to be able to enjoy having Axel in our home. I would recommend Pete from K9 Optimum to everyone! Seriously a great experience!
Can’t believe what an incredible job Optimum K9 has done for Iris in just two weeks!!! She is a completely different (and obedient) dog. I can walk her without struggling. She comes to me when I call. I feel more confident about taking her out in public now. Thank you SO MUCH!!! Highly recommend!!! Pete really knows the dogs and it shows!
Pete is excellent coach! Personal training, studying, explanation for owner “why and how”. New videos every day and direct connection for all questions. It’s outstanding job and we will connect to Pete for next courses! Highly recommend!
Tracey Davis Specht
I cannot say enough positive things about Pete at Optimum K9. We rescued Marble a few years ago and have been literally petrified he might get loose because the few times he did he took off full blast running away from us and we struggled to get him back. He pulled us hard on a leash and his strength was too much to handle. Today he returned from a 14 day board and train with Pete and he’s a changed dog. He got out of the truck off leash and stayed right with us on the carport while we talked. He walked in a heel right down our street off leash and on leash he does not pull at all. We watched him come on command even with the distraction of our new puppy. As a dog owner of many years, I’ve never seen anything like it and I also felt so comfortable knowing Pete was taking him into his own home as one of his own and he became part of the family for 14 days! How awesome is that!!! We missed him so much while he was away but now I know he’s going to miss Pete and his family too! I can’t thank him enough for returning him to us a changed dog who can now enjoy life while understanding there are rules to live by also. We can’t wait to take him out on his first field trip when In the past we were embarrassed just to take him to the vet!!! If you need some help with your dog I highly recommend Optimum K9 and thank him for helping me realize I’m not a dog trainer but I can maintain a trained dog!!! And now he’s resting quietly as he’s exhausted after two full weeks of work!!
Our 2 Golden Doodles, Leo and Tess, and I just finished our 6 session training program with Pete. I can’t say enough great things about our experience with him. His knowledge and experience are second to none. He is steadfast in his training routine, but also is very patient, positive and adaptable in the execution of that training, depending on the temperament and focus of the dogs and their owner. He gave me so much information and insight in this short period of time that I couldn’t have received anywhere else. We now have a great foundation for us to work from in raising our dogs. Pete, I thank you for training me as well as training Leo and Tess.
Pete did an outstanding job with our dog Cooper. Initially we were reluctant to use the e-collar, but after one lesson with Pete we became supporters of this training method. Over several months and 8 or so 1 hour sessions our dog learned 6 very important commands; come, sit, heal, leave it, off, and quiet. Mastering these commands has enabled us to take Cooper off his leash when in open spaces allowing him to live a free life. Throughout the training Pete was patient and explained to us everything we needed to work on between lessons, he gave us the tools to work with Cooper. We also learned that the e-collar trains by rewarding not by punishing, if you wonder how, give Pete a call, you will be glad you did.
If you would have told me 3 months ago that we’d be able to take Jax outside without a leash, I would have told you that you were NUTS! Jax has always been my “baby” but he was totally unmanageable. The transformation over the last several weeks has been unbelievable. He now knows and acknowledges the rules. He’s always been stubborn and did what he wanted without consequence. Not anymore. I am so thankful for Pete and Optimum K-9. He has truly changed ALL of our lives. There are no words that can describe how happy and pleased we are. I highly recommend them!
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Hands down the BEST board and train I could have ever asked for and more!!!! My boys came back not only happy as ever, but with a great foundation to allow us to continue to train and groom them into even more stellar dogs than they already are. This has taught us to communicate in a more thorough and appropriate way human-to-dog & dog-to-human so that every expectation is met. Pete was also in contact with me non-stop showing me via video the boys progress, which not only helped ease my anxiety of them being away, but also showed that they were making astounding leaps and bounds in their behavior and tactics. Most importantly they were treated as if they had been a part of their family forever, which to me honestly was the most important. 💕 PHENOMENAL experienced trainer and individual!!
I am so happy we found Optimum K9 training. I just got my 3 year old pitbull back from his two week board and train. I am so happy with his improvements. Diesel use to bark, and lunge at other people, and animals out while walking- now he is able to heel nicely next to me while waking. Diesel is very picky about who he likes and I’m so glad that Pete and him became best buds! My 7 month old pitbull tinsel will be going for her bored In train in the near future!
I love how Pete took the time to ensure that I was informed on all the new skills diesel learned and how I can reinforce them on my own.
I highly recommend Optimum K9 Training. Pete is extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about training dogs. He has been assisting my husband and myself with training our 4 month old puppy. Pete has made sure that the training sessions are fun, and that all of our questions/concerns are answered. He has been a huge help with building the foundation blocks to teaching our puppy great manners. She is on her way to being a well-behaved dog, thanks to Optimum K9 Training.
My wife and I brought our dog Cooper, a Cavapoo, to Pete, and it was one of the BEST decisions we’ve ever made. Our entire family is so impressed by his transformation. We’ve always loved Cooper’s happy-go-lucky personality, but we were absolutely exhausted by the end of the week from chasing him around the house, him pulling on the leash during walks, biting at random objects, and never coming when called, to name a few. After his two weeks with Pete, we were shocked by his responsiveness to commands. It was immediately clear that he was actually looking for direction, which was never previously the case. The guidance we received in order to continue that obedience was straightforward and easy to follow. Pete taught us how to use the e-collar the right way, that ensured Cooper’s safety and well-being. Cooper’s still his same happy-go-lucky self, but we no longer have to monitor his every move to make sure he’s staying out of trouble. Pete, his wife, and children treated him so well. We felt very comfortable leaving Cooper with them, knowing they were treating him just as we would want. From what we’ve seen so far, we would’ve paid twice the amount for these results. We would absolutely recommend Pete and would be happy to speak to anyone considering his training!
Pete did an amazing job with our dog Rhakarro- the difference in just two short weeks is incredible! I really appreciate that he took the time to get to know my dog and understand his breed and also made training a positive and fun experience. Pete is a great communicator and sends frequent updates and videos during the two weeks. If you are looking for a trainer, give Optimum K-9 a call, you won’t be disappointed!
So far, we’ve had 3 private sessions with Pete. My dog Abraham and myself have benefited immensely. We have both increased our confidence and instead of avoiding other dogs, we now eagerly approach with no issues. Thanks so much!
My dog was demonstrating extremely aggressive behavior toward another dog in our home. He spent board and train time with Pete and he’s like a new dog! Pete worked with him and now Si behaves in every way. It is easy to see how much his thought process has changed, and he’s making great decisions. Where he used to attack the other dog, he now avoids him. When the situation doesn’t allow him to keep his distance, he looks to me for guidance and has done great. Not only has the aggressive behavior been modified, he can now be off leash on our property and chooses to stay close by and responds to what is asked of him. Pete, I can’t thank you enough for helping us regain harmony in our family!
Colt is our 16 month old Berner/Pyrenees/Newfi mix. He is a goofy, big strong guy, that we couldn’t walk or take places due to crazy dog behavior. Now thanks to Optimum K9 Training, Colt can go and have lots of fun and exercise and just be a happier dog. Hats off to Pete and Wade for all the great work.
First I have to say, Pete Freaking ROCKS!!!!!! I want to Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done with Josie and Giorgi, the manners, place training, food obedience have done wonders to these guys and calming of many situations. I’m still working on Giorgi and her desire to herd me(nipping on back of my legs) but we’re making progress. Josie the Lug, is great with everything and can I just say your skill to notice her want to please but knowledge that with her “growing pains” she needed more rest periods. I can’t Thank you enough, I was a happy owner before, now I’m Estatic. Please don’t hesitate to have anyone personally call me as a reference for your training ability. Wish I had you back in all my rescue days, i believe that with your help anyone willing to do the work can have success with there dog.
Pete has been a miracle worker for us. We have a 13 month old GSD named Tucker who knows basic commands and some tricks BUT we didn’t have control of the undesirable behaviors in everyday life. We had a session with Pete on Sunday where he helped us address Tucker’s issues with the vacuum, being off leash, excessively nipping me and his obsession with the cats. We have tried several other training techniques including e-collar since we brought him home but hadn’t found the right trainer to help us understand how to correct those everyday behaviors. I know it’s only be a day but this is the first time in 11 months that I’ve been able to work from home and have him out of his crate for the entire day. We’re confident in going out in the yard to play without our leash and run the vacuum so we can have a clean house! Lastly, we’re still working on the cat issue (as it was very severe) but are seeing vast improvement. We cannot thank Pete enough for not only taking time to come spend a few hours with us but also listen to what our frustrations were and help us correct them. We highly recommend Optimum K-9!
Pete was exceptional to work with and produced dramatic results in six sessions!
We were apprehensive at first about leaving Jax with someone for 2 weeks but as soon as we met Pete with Optimum K9 Training, LLC we knew it was the right choice. He was great with Jax and great at keeping us updated on his progress. Pete truly cares about your dog when they are in his care. Jax is a totally different dog. When Pete brought Jax home, he took his time to explain things to us and help train us!! Now that Jax is trained, we are still progressing ourselves. Pete had laid such a strong foundation with Jax that even when we screw up, it doesn’t take much to get Jax back on track. We searched around alot prior to selecting Pete and we were not disappointed! If you are searching for an excellent Trainor who cares about your dog, we strongly recommend Pete with Optimum K9 Training, LLC.
Ashley Christ Elmore
We had the best experience with Pete and his company! Prior to finding Optimum K9 training we tried multiple other companies with little to no success. Pete took the time to come to our house, introduce himself, meet our dog Leo, and explain his method of training. It made us feel hopeful about the whole process!
Leo is an 85lb pitt-american bull dog- mastiff mix who, prior to training, was very excitable- jumping on anyway who walked into our house, barking at people and dogs walking by, and constantly lunging/barking uncontrollably at dogs and moving objects (bikes, scooters, etc…) on walks. His size and strength made him VERY hard for us to control. We purchased the 2 week board and train, and couldn’t be happier with the results!
Pete has a passion for what he does, is very personable and took care of Leo like he was his own. He sent videos and text’s throughout the 2 weeks to update us on Leo’s progress. When he returned Leo he made sure we understood how to implement the training. We went on a walk around our neighborhood and I was blown away by the difference in Leo’s demeanor and reactions. We HIGHLY recommend Optimum K9 Training and will be using Pete in the future when we get another dog!
Big thank you to Pete and his family for everything.
Pete was an amazing help to my 2 1/2 year old German Shepard hank! We had him come out for a session and even before the session he spent over a half hour explaining everything to me about what he thought might be going on with our sweet boy. Hank is the most lovable goofball but very protective, it got to a point where we were so anxious to have people over we knew we needed to do something. He was also terrible in a leash. Pete came out for a session and went over and beyond!” “He didn’t just train hank, he trained us to understand our dog and realize what he needs! I HIGHLY recommend him for anything you’re going through with your fur baby. He was so helpful to us and so available! We are so thankful we found him!
Pete and the crew at Optimum K9 are the best. We got our Moose (great dane) as a rescue from a puppy factory. He had a lot of issues that we were slowing working through. From the time that we adopted him I started talking with Pete and he was able to give me some hints, tips and tricks to get Moose ready for the 2 week boot camp. For a 7mo puppy the change is amazing. He focuses as soon as you call his name and follows the commands given. Pete gives each dog their own personal touch and does an amazing job with these animals. He kept us updated with pictures, and videos throughout the training. He followed up with us for weeks after to ensure that we were doing what we needed to and to check on how Moose was. I couldn’t recommend Optimum K9 any higher. It is well worth the cost!
Pete did an outstanding job with our almost 2-year-old dog Jameson! Prior to Pete’s training, I had to use the Gentle Leader leash to maintain some control over him during our walks. He is super distractible and gets super excited when he sees other animals, especially other dogs. I am still shocked that I can now walk him without the Gentle Leader and without him pulling me down the street to try to meet other dogs. He now heels on command and walks with a very loose leash otherwise… it’s so nice and such a difference from before his stay with Pete. I finally feel like I have control over my dog!! I also loved that he stayed in Pete’s home with his family while he was being trained. Pete was also amazing at keeping us updated during his training with texts and videos. I would absolutely recommend Optimum K9 Training to anyone in need of dog training!!