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!