About Our Trainer at The K9 Mentor

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Mike and Dakota


The K9 MentorSM In Home Dog Training

Mike Cruz (Owner of The K9 Mentor) is a lifelong dog owner, lover and trainer.  He has worked with over 1,500 dogs of all sizes, breeds, temperaments and behavioral issues with great success.  He believes that any dog can be trained and has the patience to work with stubborn breeds and difficult cases.  Mike has a gift for connecting with animals and finds that they often respond to him almost immediately. 

​His love of dogs and desire to help others led him and his Great Pyrenees named Dakota to be a therapy dog team at Kaiser Hospital Irvine, Children's Hospital Orange County (CHOC) in Orange and with Sunrise Senior Living and Alzheimer's Care of Mission Viejo where they visited with patients.  If you would like to learn about becoming a Therapy Dog team, please talk with Mike for more information.  You can also read a blog entry written by Mike about Therapy Dog programs, what they are and what to expect by clicking