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.

Natalie Dalton - Lead Dog Trainer

Natalie has been a professional dog trainer for the last 6 years. She is certified through the APDT and IACP and is knowledge-assessed through CCPDT. She specializes in working with service dogs, reactive dogs and behavior modification. Natalie has always been interested in animal psychology, specifically positive reinforcement training and classical conditioning. This ultimately led her to pursue a career working with dogs and people.

She moved from her hometown of Springfield, Virginia to California to learn all that she can from the best trainers and canine professionals in the business. One day, she hopes to train service dogs for veterans and those in need. For now, she is focused on-teaching people new and effective ways to communicate with their own dogs.

Her favorite thing about dog training is building confidence in both canines and humans, as well as helping dog owners to refine their training skills. Natalie currently resides in Lompoc with her terrier mix Sugar Rae. She is looking forward to helping you and your best friend achieve your training goals!

I used a different trainer before coming to K-Nine to Solutions, BIG mistake. I am so happy I decided to invest in our dog, Luna's happiness and future by using K-Nine Solutions. We have done 1v1 training with Eric and he has so much knowledge about our dog, she is a Malinois. Every one is really nice and knows so much about what it takes to be the best dog owners. K-Nine Solutions are balanced trainers, not "yank and crank", which is very important to me. I think we will be clients for life, I cannot say enough positive things about this place and the people who work here.
Corina Trevino

Important Announcements


By K-Nine Solutions on Mar 27, 2020 in in Important Announcement

Dear K-Nine Clients,

We have closed the training facility to private lessons temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we are still open and doing business online and off-site. The changes surrounding this public health situation have come at us all very rapidly and we are doing our best to adapt and overcome the challenges we are all facing. We wish to thank you in advance for your patience with us as we work to re-schedule and switch our business model to one that practices Social Distancing and takes advantage of self-quarantine. So, for the time being, all in-person transfer sessions and 1 on 1 appointments are going to be held via Zoom.

We are going to be offering some new services that should accommodate many of your other needs. See below for details. As always, you are free to call, Instant Message, Text or email us with any questions, for help you may need with your dog. Please keep an eye on your email for updates and details on how to access our services.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration and look forward to being able to continue to serve you.

With much gratitude ~ Eric