Helping dogs and empowering owners

Reno's #1 Dog Trainer

Helping dogs and empowering owners

Private Lessons

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The trainers are the best and you will have a new lovely relationship with your dog. From my family and Loki: THANK YOU!
— Magali C. w/ Loki

Welcome to Stand Proud K9 Training!


At Stand Proud K9 Training,...

...we believe in including your dog in your daily life by building obedience and manners while working through problem behaviors such as reactivity, fear, anxiety and more with our private lessons, group and puppy classes, and in-home board and train programs. We also provide boarding and specialty classes for clients...


Serving Reno and Northern Nevada

Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Sun Valley, Dayton.


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about us

Hello, welcome to our site! Here at Stand Proud K9 Training we believe in empowering owners and helping dogs become the best they can be through understanding and leadership. We are balanced trainers who strive to create a harmonious relationship between people and their dogs. At Stand Proud, we provide an in-depth look at what it takes to provide a calm and balanced environment for the entire family, this helps creates create a dog who does not beg, whine, pull, jump on your guests, or feel the need to lunge or growl. We want your dog to make good decisions and enjoy family life--no matter the situation.

Meet Casey

My name is Casey Lara, owner and head trainer at Stand Proud K9 Training!

The biggest little city has been my home my entire life and I don't think I could ever find a more diverse and interesting city. Traveling is a passion of mine and I take my dogs - a German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Miniature Australian Shepherd - with me any chance I get. It's very important for me to include them in my daily life but, like many folks, it wasn't always possible. My Shepherd was reactive, my Aussie was fearful, and my Golden had selective hearing. Training them took different approaches and I learned so much from them, the change I saw was incredible and I enjoyed training them so much that I had to turn it into a career.

I am always eager to learn and I attend training seminars at least once a year to further my knowledge and gain insight on the best way to help dogs of all sizes, breeds, and behaviors. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the transformations and milestones people reach with their dogs and I strive to see the smiles on peoples faces when they learn their dog is capable of so much more. .

I want every owner to enjoy time with their dogs. I want them to know there is hope and I'm ready to help!

Meet Katy

I'm Katy Ceccarelli, and as a born and raised Nevadan I've always had a passion for animals. From my time in 4-H during school to riding horses both for leisure and competition. I've maintained a steadfast, and hands-on approach to the training and well-being of all my animals. From middle-of-the-night treatments to helping a new life being born into the world, my life has consistently revolved around the betterment and realities of animal care and training.

Naturally, the next step in my career was to put my lifetime of training, understanding and accomplishments to productive use.  I decided to focus on how I could make a real difference to our community and stay involved in what my passion is. As such, I enrolled and graduated from Animal Behavior College Dog Obedience Program.  It is through this discipline that my passion continues.  Moreover, it is my personal mission statement to provide the best dog training possible for both the dogs and the owners.  It is my belief that the relationship between owner and dog is a nexus of both respect and discipline.  And it is through this partnership that I believe I can provide the conduit to facilitate this. I’m looking forward to working with you!


Our Services


Whether your dog struggles from jumping, barking, reactivity, aggression, pulling on leash, or just not listening, we strive to help your dog become a well-mannered member of the family!

Before signing up, are you familiar with our training methods and philosophy? If not, check out our FAQ section and Facebook page! 


Board & Train

2 Weeks

$1,350 Includes Lifetime Access to Our Group Classes

*Price does not include cost of e-collar which ranges between $180-$250 depending on your dog's needs

Quickly becoming a favorite here at Stand Proud! An on and off leash intensive lifestyle program, based out of our homes, that is effective by immersing your dog in our training routine which includes structure, daily walks, socialization, and exposure to the real world. Your dog truly becomes a member of our pack and will join us on trips to Home Depot, Lowe's, the Sparks Marina (weather permitting) and our facility. This program is suitable for adolescent and adult dogs without SEVERE behavioral issues and is ideal for owners who want their dog to listen in high distraction environments and may not have the time to attend private lessons every week. We strive to help you build a new foundation with your dog, a relationship built on understanding, trust, and clear communication. We want to empower you and your dog to excel in lots of new places! We will address issues such as:

  • Lack of manners

  • Barking

  • Jumping

  • Mouthing/nipping

  • Chasing the cat and other critters

  • Over-excitement

  • Reactivity

  • Nervousness/fear

We specialize in state-of-the-art low level e-collar training and is nothing like the methods of old. Contemporary E-collar training utilizes the gentlest remote communication, and is one of the most humane and effective approaches to dog training available.

In this program your dog will learn the following skills:

  • Sit/stay

  • Down/stay

  • Place/ stay

  • Walk calmly on leash

  • Recall/ recall with sit

  • Automatic sit

  • Thresholds

  • Waiting for food

  • Treadmill (upon request)

  • Controlled Jogging (great for people who want to run with their dogs. Upon request)

This program includes a 30-minute consultation on our starting day, two 1-1.5 hour follow ups at the end of the program where we will transfer all the information, strategies, and techniques to you to insure continued success. You will also have lifetime access to our weekly group classes.

3-5 Weeks Behavior Modification

$1,550 to $2,600

*Price does not include cost of e-collar which ranges between $180-$250 depending on your dog's needs

This is an intensive program geared to help owners with dogs who suffer from severe behavioral issues including

  • Aggression (toward humans or dogs)

  • Resource/ food guarding

  • Fear/ anxiety

  • Separation anxiety

  • Severe reactivity

This is the only program we offer for dogs who have bitten humans or other animals, have intent to do harm or have debilitating fear and/or anxiety issues. Due to dogs needing extra time to acclimate and build trust in our leadership and guidance, longer stays are necessary. Please contact us so we can discuss the extent of your dog’s behavior and build a program that will work best. We focus on changing your dog’s state of mind by removing them from their current environment, creating a solid foundation, having clear expectations, and building good habits.  A dog whose life is permission based greatly improves the human-dog relationship and helps address behavioral problems at their source. This program includes a 30-minute consultation on our starting day, as well as three 1-1.5 hour follow ups at the end of the program where we will transfer all the information, strategies, and techniques to you to insure continued success.


Private Lessons

Unlimited Lessons

$950 includes Lifetime Access to Group Classes

*Price does not include cost of e-collar which ranges between $180-$250 depending on your dog's needs

Dogs without severe behavioral issues such as aggression, severe fear/anxiety or obsessive behaviors are eligible for this program, this ensures the safety of those involved. You will learn with your dog at our facility and implement what we teach when you get home, and in your daily life. Commitment to homework is required and crucial to your dog’s success, we need you to follow rules and the foundation set by us. Private lessons run for one hour, once a week, this allows for practice at home and is very important to ensure the results you’re aiming for. This is the only program where private lessons are available for the entirety of the dog’s life, if you ever need to fine-tune a behavior or decide you want to advance your dog’s obedience further, simply contact us and we’ll work with you! Access to unlimited group classes is also included, group classes are ideal for proofing your dog in a wide array of distractions and stimulation in a controlled environment. We will also address minor behavioral issues such as jumping, counter surfing, barking, pulling, bolting through doors and more.  In this program your dog will learn:

  • Sit/Stay

  • Down/Stay

  • Recall/ e-collar recall

  • Place

  • Auto sit

  • Thresholds/ doorways

  • Manners getting in and out of the car

  • Walk calmly on leash

  • Sit and down at a distance

  • Move into heel position

  • Intro to Ecollar

4 Lesson program

$450, $75 Per Extra Lesson, includes Group Classes for 1 Year

This program is for owners who’d like to learn with their dog, start to finish, and is suitable for dogs without severe behavioral issues. You become the trainer! Dogs with severe human or dog aggression are not eligible for one-on-one training, this is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Training is done once a week for 1 hour at our facility, and includes a 15-30 minute introduction to the prong collar. We  address behaviors such as jumping, barking, pulling, and more. Homework is given every week to practice and is essential for your dog's success.

Your dog will learn the following on-leash skills:

  • Sit/ stay

  • Down/stay

  • Place/stay

  • Thresholds/ Boundaries

  • Auto sit

  • Walk calmly on leash

  • Intro to Recall

Puppy Program

$200 Includes four private lessons

Start your puppy off on the right paw with our puppy program! Perfect for first time puppy owners or people who have raised puppies in the past. During these lessons we will teach you how to potty train, crate train, and properly socialize your new member of the family. This covers basic obedience as well as preventing and managing different behavior such as fear, nipping, chewing, and barking. Puppies 8 weeks to 5 months are eligible for puppy lessons.



Not only are they amazing with dogs, but they make sure you’re comfortable and confident every step of the way. Best trainer in town! —Taylor H. w/ Atlas

Adrian w/ Cat

Cat, our Catahoula puppy, had an amazing board and train experience with Casey and Katy! She learned so much (recall, place, heel and more). The Stand Proud team also did a great job sending photos and updates during Cat's training. Highly recommend!


Christine w/ Roxy

"I just wanted to tell you guys how great you have been for us and Roxy. She is an amazing dog and with your help she is a very well behaved Rottweiler that I can take anywhere! I litterally take her everywhere with me. The E Collar has made a HUGE difference in her recall and other commands. We have been trying some off leash things around the house and at the park. WOW is all I have to say. We are thinking about getting another puppy in the next 6 months or so. Thank you again for the training and we look forward to the future with you guys! I love that you customize the training to my dog and that this is a lifetime relationship. Roxy is proving the Rottweiler stereotype wrong! "


Krista w/ Sadie

I was so skeptical at first because I was worried my pup, Sadie, just wouldn't be able to learn wholesome behavior and boy am I glad I was so wrong!! The ladies not only helped me use positivity with Sadie, but they used it with me and it made me feel like I was helping Sadie to the best of my abilities! Sadie has been to 4 classes and they invited her to group class...after FOUR classes!
I could cry I am so excited that Sadie and I can go on walks and hang out in a calm way that doesn't involve me raising my voice at her or tugging on her leash all the time!
These ladies are AMAZING and I will recommend them to everyone I know!!

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Hailey w/ Max and Molly

Our dogs are now SAFE because they know boundaries and our expectations for them. They will not run out the door and they are not in danger of running off and potentially getting hit by a car. Everyone who meets them comments on what well behaved dogs they are!!! We so look forward to our weekly training and know that the dogs love it as well!


Karen w/ Zoe

What an amazing place! We have had a wonderful experience training our Belgium Malinois for the last year, very personalize training, informative and knowledgeable about Zoe's breed. We are extremely happy wth our results, Casey has been great!


Jeanine w/ Reicher

I have had the best experience learning along side with my owner. Learning together making the bond between dog and owner stronger.
Thank you Casey and Katy your the best.



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Our Training Center

5301 Longley Lane, Bldg E, #198
Reno, NV, 89511

I will be forever indebted to them both for their help and patience. I will never hesitate to recommend them when anyone asks about training. Thank you both so much. —Kathryn B. w/ Zara