I have a pitbull/Akita mix who decided he was the boss. I searched for a Dog Trainer and Found The K9 Coach. Mike was amazing in teaching me how to be the boss, so the dog and I have come to an understanding. He was patient with me, and awesome with my dog!!!


Kim Rowe
We adopted a puppy and he seemed to have anxiety and sometimes was aggressive with other dogs. We searched for dog training in Bradenton and we opted to have Mike take him for his 2 week Board and Train and it was as if we had a new, confident and relaxed dog after the training. Not only do we notice a huge difference, our friends and family have commented on how well trained and obedient our dog is. Mike is definitely what I would call a dog whisperer and he was able to get right to our dog’s issues and help turn him into an amazing family pet!


Jill Smith
We highly recommend Michael and his training.We were looking for a dog trainer in Sarasota. Our puppy went away for the Board-and-Train and the results are amazing. We couldn’t be more thankful and look forward to attending classes to further develop our pup!


Brian R Gregg
My husband and I have a mini Australian Shepherd that had high separation anxiety and did not listen to commands. From jumping on house guests and furniture to pulling on his leash to chasing after cars to establishing a lot of bad habits at home, we were beyond frustrated. Then, after having a baby, we knew we needed help! I did a Google search hoping to find a trainer. After researching many dog training programs in Bradenton, reading reviews and completing three different consultations, my husband and I went with Mike Harvey. Our mini Australian Shepherd stayed with him for a 2-week boarding program. During that time, Mike kindly communicated with me regularly regarding his progress. When our dog came home, we were amazed by his transformation. He LISTENED . . . no longer jumping on us or the furniture, coming on command, staying in place, etc. He is a JOY to have! My in-laws have even commented on how impressed they are with his change of behavior. I would highly recommend Mike Harvey (aka: The K9 Coach) to anyone in need of a dog trainer! The program is well worth the investment!
Codie Moss

Mike is amazing! He is truly one of a kind. The depth of his understanding of dogs and how they think combined with his ability to teach us as owners how to communicate with our dogs has been priceless. His passion and commitment to what he does comes through in every interaction we have had with him. When other trainers gave up (one even recommended we re-home one of our fur babies! ?) we were determined to find better dog training in Bradenton and we did! With what Mike has taught us, we have been able to maintain a calm, cooperative, loving relationship amongst all 4 of our 50-70 lbs rescues! We were even able to introduce a cat into the mix! There are not enough words to express our gratitude and there is not enough money in the world to establish his value. He is quite simply the best at what he does and we are very fortunate to have him as our go-to for all things dog! Thank you, Mike!

Allysa Rowe
Where would I be without the K9 coach Mike Harvey? For one thing, I know that I wouldn’t be a dog owner. In Nov ’15, I had the great idea to adopt a 2 yr old American Staffordshire Terrier rescue, “Shamus”. After I brought him home, the real problems surfaced that I couldn’t detect at the adoption place. He was living with other dogs and cats, so this seemed to be a great option because our family already had a cat. Well walks with Shamus was a daily dose of leash pulling, dog aggression towards other passing dogs, leaping at joggers, kids riding by on bikes or skateboards…it was a stressful mess!!! Trips to the vet, FUHGETAHBOUTIT!! He would lose his ever loving mind at the site of another dog coming by and 70lbs of muscle is tiring to hold back. I needed help and fast because this couldn’t last. Other options were way too expensive and PetSmart would only scratch the surface of what’s needed. So in my search for dog training in Sarasota then I got Mike’s card at the vet…HALLELUJAH!

We had our evaluation on Jan 25th, then three private lessons at our home. Getting our timing down and learning great stuff (sit, come, down, place, heel, etc.) and by Feb 20th we were attending the group class with a dozen other dogs. He’s even walking off leash and knows his role. It’s a continual process and he can be a bone head sometimes, because he’s just that kind of dog. I have a completely different dog that’ll be part of our family for a long time coming.

Just because your dog may “listen”, that doesn’t mean they’re trained to act appropriately. This was the absolute best value and decision for my money and I endorse him without hesitation. I and Shamus are so grateful for the K9 coach Mike Harvey. I get great dog and he gets to keep a home
Bryan Morrison

Was in search of dog training in Bradenton. We found Mike Harvey of K9 Coach is great! I have (had) a very nervous dog. She was afraid of people, animals, sounds, everything! But not Mike! His approach with her was fantastic and she wasn’t skeptical of him for long. Since working with him, she responds SO much better to commands and even learned some valuable new ones. ‘Heel’ has changed our night time walks forever! She wags her tail every time she sees Mike and has even warmed up to everyone in class! My husband and I just adopted a new puppy and we’ll also be enrolling him in training with K9 Coach.

Jillian Kolesa

I was looking for a Dog Trainer in Bradenton and Found The K9 Coach. Mike has done an awesome job with our dog Cooper. Cooper was a completely different dog after just a couple weeks and is very slowly losing his dog aggression issues after about a month of training. This is a slow process and Mike has shown to be fully committed to helping Cooper. I would also like to mention that Mike doesn’t just train dogs, he trains the owners. We had an electronic collar long before we met Mike and were doing a couple things wrong. Cooper’s training would not be successful if Mike had not also worked with us. The programs at K9 Coach are not your 20 minute programs at the big name pet food store. These are in depth and well worth the investment in your dog and also yourself. 

Sam Armour

I honestly don’t know where my dog would be if it wasn’t for Mike and integrating his techniques into our (my dog and I) daily lives. I have never met another dog that was so fearful and aggressive. It was to the point that I stopped taking her anywhere for fear of what may happen, when she used to love being around other people and animals. I don’t know where we went wrong, I just know that she became fearful of everything. When it came to the flight, fight, or freeze my dog was pure fight. We were rejected by another trainer who didn’t think they could handle my dog and were becoming despondent at the notion that there may not be a trainer who could possibly train my dog in the way she so desperately needed training. It was to the point that my vet was urging me to put my dog on medication to reduce her fearfulness/anxiety when outside of her “safety zones.”

However, I happen to find dog training near me. When I met Mike and he came to our home for the private lesson he was able to interact with my dog in a way that I hadn’t seen anyone other than myself be able to do in just under 10 minutes. Since then, and continually going to training, I have seen huge differences in my dog.I am no longer fearful of taking her into public. I am not sure she will ever like other people/dogs but she is at least able to handle the situations we put her into without becoming a hot mess and my heart going into my throat at every car, dog, person, or motorcycle going by. She has always been extremely smart and able to pickup on commands, but she was absolutely unable to listen to us and would go berserk outside of the safety of our home and I simply couldn’t let her be a risk to others (she’s 80 lbs of pure muscle and stubbornness). My dog’s behaviors and anxiety at the beginning of the training and where she is now is so vastly different that it’s almost a miracle. She listens to me, she is more trusting of her environment, and she doesn’t seem as fearful of everything. She is always going to be a lot of work and constantly reinforcing what has already been learned. But honestly, that is small potatoes compared to what we were dealing with at the onset of training. Thanks to Mike, my girl is able to have a beautiful quality of life with less anxiety for her (and let’s be honest, myself). I really do not know where we would be without him. He is simply the best and I would never take any possible future dogs anywhere else moving forward.

Leah Abramoff

Mike Harvey is an amazing dog trainer and I highly recommend him. I immediately started training Matilda, my Blue Heeler puppy, after bringing her home. I first went to a national chain and even after attending all three classes at 6 weeks each, my dog was still unpredictable. I was looking for a dog trainer near me. I found Mike and after just two sessions with him, I saw major progress in Tilly’s behavior. As we continue training in the group lessons, the improvements keep coming and my bond with her grows stronger. Training is as much about the owner as it is about the dog and I am so pleased with the changes in both of us.

Arline Bermer

I am so grateful to have the pleasure and experience to know Mike Harvey and his excellent K9 Coach classes. I have learned so much about dogs in general and the training has been exceptional for me and my German Shepherd.If you are in the Sarasota or Bradenton are and are looking for a Dog Trainer I highly recommend Mike and his services to any one with a dog, whether you have obedience issues, aggression issues or just want your dog respond to your commands. You will be amazed how your life can improve just through proper training and the relationship with your K9 friend will bond immensely.

Scott Curts
Mike is the best dog trainer that I have seen in years. I was looking for a Board and Train in Sarasota Florida. He obviously does his training out of love and respect for the dog. He trained my Rottweiler so well that my dog was helping me learn. Highly recommend Mike Harvey to train your dog.
Cindy Simon

Just when you thought your puppy had no chance of being a Good Boy….along comes Mike to the rescue! We were looking for dog training in Bradenton Florida and found Mike.
He has not only trained our German Sheppard but has successfully trained we the owners as better parents. Our handsome, loving and gentle young man is now two years old and has successfully
graduated from this most prominent Sarasota K-9 Ivy League finishing school as an obedient loving and social butterfly. Thank you Coach Mike. We are so greatful.

Jean Meyer

I was looking for a dog trainer in Sarasota Florida, I found Mike Harvey kK9 Coach. Mike has a very successful aproach to dog training. I am very pleases with results, I could never imagine that my German Shepherd could be trained to have such a great discipline and control while service people in out home. Simply amazing!

Thanks Mike

Paul Tomass

Mike Harvey is truly an amazing trainer! I sought out training (help) in Bradenton Florida, when my dogs were in a brutal dog fight (WITH EACH OTHER!) Not only has he done wonders for my girls but I’ve seen very aggressive and antisocial dogs completely change! One month they are foaming at the mouth to attack and the next month they are actively participating in group events with other pups!!!! He is the real dog whisperer!!!! 

Bobbi Smalley

Background info about my dog. He is 3 years old and developed very aggressive tendencies which caused me to have to isolate him when people came over or around other dogs. Would not listen to commands when distracted and any little noise would fire him up and cause anxiety.
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Omar Morell

Our Golden Retriever puppy was 9 months when we started training classes with Mike Harvey and the K9 Coach program. While she didn’t have any aggression or serious issues, she pulled constantly on leash, wouldn’t come when called and often jumped on people.
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Cate Douglas

Working with Mike Harvey these last few weeks has been just what we were looking for for our small (but mighty) rescued Terrier mix Goose. We found Goose after he had been dumped on the beach in the Caribbean; after several weeks fending for himself, he was uncertain, anxious and, at times, aggressive. While several months of living in our home calmed many of these issues, he still was dog-aggressive and suffered from separation anxiety.
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Emily Gershen