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Training Through Trust

Specialty Dog Training Fosters Lifelong Bonds Between Canines and Their Human Companions

mp_specialtydogtraining2Specialty Dog Training (SDT) has earned a reputation throughout the San Diego community and beyond for providing high-quality, customized, comprehensive dog training. Founded by husband and wife team Graham and Kyrié Bloem, SDT uses positive reinforcement, structure, and clear communication to help local dogs and their families.

“No two dogs are the same, and we understand that each needs to be approached as an individual,” Graham explained. SDT offers obedience training from basic commands to advanced off-leash obedience, as well as Canine Good Citizen preparation and testing. Graham and his team work with all ages and breeds, offering private lessons and boot camp programs depending on each family’s needs. They also offer programs for behavioral issues and rehabilitation, therapy prep courses and service dog programs, and placement of pre-trained family and personal security dogs.

Graham draws on his nearly two decades of experience to run a program that pet owners can trust. He’s a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, and International Association of Canine Professionals, and he’s an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer and Authorized Mentor Trainer. He has won a number of awards, including the American Red Cross Real Heroes Award, 10News Leadership Award, Waggy Award for Animal Welfare, and a finalist for the Inspiration Awards.

mp_specialtydogtraining3Graham, Kyrié, and the entire SDT pack are proud of the difference they make for local families. They also give back through Shelter to Soldier, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Graham and Kyrié founded in conjunction with SDT. Shelter to Soldier adopts local shelter dogs and trains them as psychiatric service dogs for post 9/11 combat veterans in need. “We knew Shelter to Soldier wouldn’t succeed without leaning heavily on SDT, so we launched both simultaneously,” Graham said. “This allowed Shelter to Soldier to maintain low overhead and in turn help more homeless dogs and veterans in need of highly trained service dogs.”

SDT and Shelter to Soldier have created countless success stories over the years, but some have stood out – including Nubs, an abused dog who befriended a U.S. Marine in Iraq under extraordinary circumstances. When LtCol Brian P. Dennis brought his canine companion back to the United States, Graham volunteered to guide Nubs through the rough transition. “Graham spent countless hours every week with Nubs for the better part of three months,” said LtCol Dennis. “What he was able to do was nothing short of miraculous. He took an abused, confused, terrified dog and eased him into the busy world of Southern California.”



Name of Business: Specialty Dog Training
Owners: Graham and Kyrié Bloem
Years in Position: 6
Year of Establishment: Professionally training dogs in San Diego since 2001
Address: 2909 San Luis Rey Rd., Oceanside
Phone: 855-287-8659
Description of Business: Southern California’s elite dog training company. With over 45 years of combined experience, there is no problem too big or too small for this team of certified dog trainers. Regardless of your dog’s breed, age, personality, or history, Specialty Dog Training can create a customized dog training program to fit you and your lifestyle.