Dog Training-Punta Gorda, Charlotte County Florida

Dennis Dalia, The founder, and trainer for over 30 Years.

Let us instruct you on how to train your dog properly with our In-Home training program.

We also offer dog training at the local park.

We are here to help you with the joys of dog ownership and help you solve any behavior problems your dog may be experiencing.

The most common dog behaviors their owners are challenged with every day include:

Jumping        Biting                      People Aggression
Digging         Running away         Pulling on leash
Chewing       Dog Aggression       Other Behavior Problems

Does one or more of these describe your situation?

Southwest k-9 Academy Dog Training SchoolSouthwest k-9 Ademy, LLC., is owned and operated by Dennis Dalia. Dennis is a graduate of the Florida Canine Academy, Inc., where he studied canine behavior and worked with dog trainer Gus Nauro in the field of behavior modification and obedience training.

Dennis has also lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked with Tom Rose, an international police dog competition winner and author of Training The Competitive Dog and Dogs That Love And Protect.

We specialize in Dog Training and Behavior Modification and all levels of Obedience Training.

I have been taking dogs to Dennis for over 15 years. I have attended many seminars, group lessons, and individual lessons with several family dogs over the years. We worked with a scared/aggressive rescue dog (Piper) over many sessions and now she is one of the most well behaved pups we have ever had. I have also worked with Dennis on my current pup (Blue) from the time he was a puppy to now (1.5 year old), he has become a great loving companion that is well behaved in all situations. I could go on forever with stories about how Dennis has helped me, my family and most important my puppy pals.


Hi Dennis. I’m getting so many compliments on how well-trained she is, we know that’s not how she started out. She was a rescue and came from a bad situation. I just wanted to say if we hadn’t found Dennis I really don’t think we could have kept Luna. She would launch at anybody that came close to me or even said a word to me, now she sits when asked, comes when called, she is very obedient. She’s a totally different dog!

Thanks to Dennis at Southwest K-9 Academy. He is the best dog trainer. Tina & Pasquale.

Our training will show you how to train your dog and provide you with the education and understanding that you need to establish the proper love and respect required to build trust with your dog.

You’ll learn how to handle any type of training challenges that come your way and how to solve them. We believe in giving you all the tools you need so you can enjoy your dog for many years to come.

Amazing dog training with Dennis and his Border Collie Lindy.
A Trained Dog Is A Happy Dog!

Watch Students In Training

Sandy: A few years ago, about the time we were ready to have a new puppy again, we were lucky enough to run into a breeder of AKC Registered German.

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Glen: Libby has a lot of energy. We were looking for a trainer and training program that would allow us to control Libby’s working drives.

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Dave has been working with his Rottweiler for the last two weeks learning how to polish up his obedience skills.

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Our Mission

Southwest K-9 Academy custom tailors all dog-training programs to fit your needs.  We offer the best training services and support for our clients. When you book a Consultation with your dog, Professional Dog Trainer Dennis Dalia will evaluate your pet and instruct you how to get the best and quickest results while training your dog.

We give custom, hands-on training to all clients. Our training is designed to provide tailored training programs that will give you the results you need for a happy, confident, and obedient dog and a satisfied owner as well.

Some Client Testimonials

My Golden Retriever, Amber, has been going to rally trials with AKC and has 4 titles: Novice, Advanced, Excellent, and Advanced/Excellent. She is currently working on getting her second Advanced/Excellent title. We have been working with Dennis, a professional trainer, and he has really helped us get these titles. Thank you, Dennis Dalia. JEAN & Amber.

I contacted Dennis for obedience training when I first got my puppy from a kill shelter. I knew he would be a bigger dog and also knew I didn’t have the skills to properly train him to be a well-adjusted dog. Dennis guided me to the point that my dog can go anywhere with me. Vickie & Jack.

Hello Dennis, I just wanted to tell you to thank you for all the great training you taught us. Our dogs are so well behaved in public places, on the leash, and off the leash. To anyone reading this, we highly recommend Dennis’s services for any puppy or a grown-up dog.
 Sincerely Alex & Amy and Cleo(Belgian Malinois) & Scrappy(Dutch Shepherd).

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Southwest K-9 Academy has been serving these areas for over 27 years: Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, North Port, Englewood, Fort Myers, and Naples Florida.