Western States K-9 College - Ph 801.703.3870
"The trainers you can trust"

About WSK9CO - Meet our team!
Western States K-9 College is locally-owned and operated right here in Salt Lake City. Other companies may offer similar services, but I believe our services are the best, and come with a personal touch.

​WSK9CO is based on the belief that our customers and their dog's needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of my business is from repeat customers and referrals.

We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver the best service in the industry.  We are the Trainers you can trust!
Committed to helping each customer (human and dogs alike) achieve their goals!
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Joe Dickinson
Principal Trainer and Behavioral Consultant
Serves; Salt Lake County and Summit County
Michelle Comeau - Staff Trainer
Michelle Comeau
Staff Trainer
Serves; Salt Lake and Utah County
Joe met Michelle 7 years ago, as a client, working with her Papillon who had some behavioral issues. She knew that one day if she ever had the opportunity to hire her, she would.

Michelle has such an amazing connection with her own dogs, and she loves the outdoors, but more than anything, she loves being out with her dogs exercising them both mentally and physically. She comes with significant depth of experience including showing to agility, and even rally training, let's not forget some herding too. Michelle also has experience with behavior modification. Michelle approached WSK9CO over 2 years ago and asked about working for us. We were ecstatic!! Michelle is such an amazing trainer and she's an amazing asset to WSK9CO.

Michelle has the soul of a dog, and she gets it...so began her journey. Just like any new journey, there's a learning curve. Not because she didn't know how to train dogs, but because training is more about teaching the owners how to train their dog. Although Michelle has worked with a ton of dogs, she's never had to put down into words how or why she's doing what she was doing.  Training owners to be the dog trainer is what WSK9CO is all about. What we're saying here, if you haven't guessed already, is that there's another Joe in town building on an already strong, team oriented, foundation here at WSK9CO.
Joe has been working with and training animals for over 23 years, she affectionately likes to say that she trains owners more so than the animal. Starting as a young girl, Joe and her border collie, Sam, were involved in sheep herding trials where she quickly learned the ropes from some of the most senior and seasoned herders.
Joe has been training dogs professionally since 1996 and has established and owned two dog training businesses in this time. While also a small business owner, Joe spent much of her time with a well respected veterinary clinic within the Salt Lake valley where she had progressive responsibly in the roles she earned. From Vet Tech to Office Manager, Vendor, and Client Relations, Joe had oversight and responsibility for nearly all of the office's on-going operations and programs. Joe also established this clinic's private and competitive training programs.

Joe's training philosophy is not one of a single "method" or training "tool". Training tools in and of themselves are not good or bad, it is how they are used that makes them effective in training. Joe's priority is to educate her clients on their dog's behavior. Each dog is an individual and must be approached in this way. We should let the dog show us how to train based on the dog’s personality, social development, past and present behavior, aptitude for learning, and the client's goals. In most situations, there is often more than one possible approach or method to training. We should not try to make the dog fit into a singular "method" of training.
Joe is the Principal Trainer and Behavioral Consultant for Western States K-9 College. While in this lead position, Joe has been spotlighted on each of the local news channels for; bite prevention, tricks and games, along with various adoption events. She's also written numerous training and behavioral articles and assisted owners in animal behavioral court cases. She was also Utah's Regional Representative for PAWS with a Cause; a national non-profit organization that provides and trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. In the past, Joe has also served as the Lead Trainer and Behaviorist for Salt Lake County Animal Services.