Dog Training Team

Meet The Team

Santa Barbara's Best Dog Trainers

K-Nine Solutions is your one-stop-shop for evaluating your dogs’ behavior and getting the training, tools and solutions to correct any problems you may have. By using a balanced/humane approach, our unique and highly-effective training methods consistently deliver results that surpass our clients’ expectations, creating the kind of happy and harmonious relationship that every dog owner dreams of. K-Nine Solutions is often the last stop for dog owners who have exhausted every other option and have still have not found the help or results they need.

Eric Smith K-Nine Sokutions Santa Barbara

Eric Smith - Head Dog Trainer


Hi everybody, my name is Eric, founder and owner of K-Nine Solutions. I founded K-Nine Solutions with one goal: To provide dog owners with the help, answers, and results they desperately need, along with the care, compassion, and understanding they deserve. As someone who started many years ago with a dog that had serious issues, I know firsthand what it’s like to feel frustrated and hopeless. The good news is, there is hope! I have worked tirelessly to develop a program that offers the very best answers and solutions to even the most challenging K-9 issues. These training methods are easy to learn and implement and have enabled us to regularly perform “miracles” with dogs that other trainers have given up on, or are unwilling to work with. Our mission and our commitment is to create amazingly balanced, well behaved dogs, and happy, highly satisfied owners. So if you are ready to transform your dog, and your life, we are ready to help.

Justin Davanzo K-Nine Solutions Santa Barbara

Justin Davanzo - Lead Dog Trainer


Justin Davanzo is a native of Santa Monica and considers himself lucky to now live and work in Santa Barbara with his wife Nita and his dog Apollo. He is a photographer, a carpenter, a certified ski instructor, an actor, and above all a lover of all things DOG. Justin embodies all of the attributes and skills it takes to make a great trainer. Patience, empathy, presence, consistency, humor, effective communication, and problem-solving skills. And did I mention, patience? For Justin, working as a dog trainer is more than just training dogs to “Sit, stay and come” – it’s about learning to communicate effectively and developing a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. Justin firmly believes in and teaches our “Train as you live” philosophy which supports developing a great lifestyle for owners and their dogs. Justin looks forward to meeting and training with you and your dog, to be the best dog he or she can be.

Natalie Dalton - Lead Dog Trainer

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