GSTK9 Trainers

Mike Caporicci

Owner & Master Trainer at Golden State K9 Training

Master Trainer, Aggression specialist, Behavioral Specialist, Personal Protection Training Specialist, and In-Home /customize training specialist, Training of all breeds, and specializing in Cane Corso’s and the Mastiff /Bully Breeds.

I'm a Master Trainer with over 27 years of Protection training for families. All of my trainers are trained by me, as of all of our dogs here at Golden State K-9 trained by our trainers. My passion is putting a well trained dog into a family. But our main concern at Golden State K-9 is that all of our dogs are and have to be EXCELLENT with children, or they do not get sold to anyone. I have always believed that we are only as good as our clients; this is why our clients get fully trained.

One thing about me is that I will not sugar coat, or cut corners to get a contract! I want my dogs going into a home where the clients understand this is not a “Robot” or a “Computer” where you can just program it to do what you want! Our clients come away with the complete understanding of what their new companion can do, how to communicate with them clearly and that takes complete training for them by my trainers. Our dogs are Body guard/Companion that our clients can and do take everywhere.

2yr old dilute formentino Cane Corso, 'Boo'  & Tim Hardester

Tim Hardester

Senior Trainer at Golden State K9 Training

Senior trainer Tim Hardester has been training Protection dogs for Golden State K-9 Training since mid-2000.

Under the guidance & mentorship of Master Trainer, Mike Caporicci, Tim learned everything from the basic behavior modification to advanced protection/agitation techniques, including, but not limited to, building search, pursuit, & vehicle agitation. Tim has experience in all working breed dogs and has personally trained Cane Corsos, German Shepherd Dogs, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Pitbulls, Akitas, etc.

When Golden State K-9 Training had the opportunity to expand out East in the early 2000's, Tim assumed (and currently leads up) all the West Coast business & clientele. About once a year, Tim travels out to South Carolina to meet up with Mike and participate in sessions with Clients in the eastern US.

Here he is pictured with his 2yr old dilute formentino Cane Corso, 'Boo'

Lynne Moore

Trainer at Golden State K9 Training

Lynne Moore has been with Golden State K-9 Training for 2 years. Prior to joining Golden State K-9 Training, Lynne is also the Owner/Certified Pet Sitter for her own company, More For Your Pet LLC, for over 5 years & a member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She has attended seminars covering: Advanced Behavior Studies, Aggression, Guide Dog Training, Health and Nutrition, Problem Behavior Evaluation and Solving; Training Techniques and Methods & Therapeutic Massage.

Lynne has personally owned & fostered all breeds – i.e.: Border Collie/Australian Shepherd, Cane Corso, Catahoula Hound, Cockapoo, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundland/Lab Mix & Various Mixed Breeds. Lynne’s Fields of Experience includes: Aggression, Animal Assisted Therapy, Assistance Dog, Canine Good Citizen, Foster Dogs, Functional Obedience, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Manners, Obedience Training & Instruction, Pet Placement, Problem Solving and Prevention, Service Dog, & Temperament Testing.

Skills:

  • Canine aggression (causes, treatments, management)
  • Canine anatomy, health, nutrition and medicine (traditional and alternative)
  • Compulsive behavior modification (use punishment - physical and verbal)
  • Breed specific knowledge and experience
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Dealing with people who are disabled
  • Effective verbal communication skills
  • Equipment use and misuse (training and remote collars, harnesses, leashes, clickers, etc)
  • General handling skills, including principles of therapeutic massage
  • House soiling prevention for puppies and adult dogs
  • Identifying problem dogs
  • Obedience instruction
  • Puppy raising and development schedules
  • "Reading" and explaining dog behavior
  • Responsible dog ownership
  • "Shy" dog training (including shy, timid and phobic dogs)
  • Training for all sizes and types of dogs
  • Lynne lives in Southwest Charlotte, North Carolina where she enjoys spending time with her dogs, Kolby, Sasha, Erin, Diablo – and cats. Lynne is passionate about animals.