devoted to protecting
you and your Family
K9 Unleashed, located in Richmond, Kentucky, was founded in 2005 by Tommy and Vickie Dillon.
The Dillon's saw a need for affordable well trained Family Guardians.
K9 Unleashed is here to help you protect your family and those that matter most to you.
Owner / Trainer
Tommy grew up in Winchester, Kentucky and graduated from Flagler University with a degree in Business Administration. He is a wonderful example of how varied life experiences can be a recipe for a talented trainer who has superb communication skills with dogs and their owners.
After his apprenticeship in 2000 with one of the worlds most famous trainers, Tommy also worked for PetSmart in 2004 as the top area trainer for central and west Florida. While at PetSmart, Tommy earned his nationally recognized Certified Professional Dog Training Cerfification (CPDT). The belief in Tommy's abilities brought him back as the General Manager and Trainer at Protection Dog Sales, a multi-million dollar training/boarding facility.
Tommy's passion for teaching people how to better communicate with their dogs stems from a long career in coaching. His teaching experience includes 18 years of coaching college basketball in which he worked for such legends as Billy Donavan (University of Florida), Happy Osborne (Georgetown College), Travis Ford (Eastern Kentucky University) and Eddie Barnes (Tallahassee Community College). His years as a Head Coach have only enhanced his ability to analyze, break down and teach new behaviors. For pet owners, this means focusing on dog-friendly training, enrichment, and consistency.
Tommy has helped train many dogs who went on to achieve AKC obedience and IPO titles. More importantly, he has helped many struggling dog owners achieve success within their own homes by teaching "manners" that allow for owners and their pet companions to live together in a peaceful environment.
Vickie grew up in Kentucky surrounded by a loving family and great friends. She graduated from Eastern kentucky University with a degree in Sociology. A constant hard worker, Vickie graduated with a 3.6 GPA. The hard work she put into education is only matched by her hard work in canine training.
While Vickie will not admit it, she is one great trainer. She took her German Shepherd, Dixie, and titled her at nine months of age, beating out Tommy and his companion by crushing him twice and placing first. Vickie has continued working hard at learning new ways of training and has a very eclectic style. Her belief is in short intermittent sessions anywhere and everywhere.
Vickies main specialty is in our boarding school training program. She loves to have the dogs visit and learn the basic manners that the pet owners endeavor to have. Vickie also admits that she has used her training skills on her husband, without his knowledge (of course). Her philosophy is "make it fun" so that they do not know they are being "trained".