Based in Cave Creek, AZ our mission is to provide Pet Parents with a delightful relationship with their pups.
Founder and Training Director, Leighton
Leighton also served in the South African Police, Search & Rescue, and in the Military working dog unit, specializing in Explosive and Narcotic detection K9’s.
He started training dogs in 1973 at a mere 10 years old and in 1985 joined a pet training school as an apprentice, going on to become an Instructor and later, Head Trainer.
In December 1997, Leighton purchased an old race horse training facility in Cave Creek, named Lone Tree Ranch, and founded Partners Dog Training School. (The “Lone Tree” still exists on the main training field). This laid the foundation for what was to become one of the biggest dog training schools in the USA.
While training detection canines, he met his first civilian client, a Great Dane puppy, in a park near Paradise Valley Mall, and by word-of-mouth, Leighton built a following of dedicated loyal customers, most of which are still with him to this day.
His goal was the same then as it is now, “Training Good Dogs to be Great”, and as they say…the rest is history.
Leighton is a behavioral expert with over 40 years of dog training. He is a former K9
Leighton is also a World Champion target pistol
Kelli started with Partners as a client in 2008 and in 2012, joined the team. In 2017 she was appointed General Manager / Head Trainer. She has taught every level of class at the
She lives in Phoenix with her five dogs; Nessy,
Christopher has grown up at Partners. From the age of 3, he would walk through the kennels and could tell which dogs were “nice.” Since then he has been a trainer, content creator, and now manages all of the marketing and sales at Partners. He is Top 30 in the world for handgun shooting, has had photos published on Times Square, and has led 4 startups so far. He lives on Partners property with Leighton, Sarah, Alessandra, and their 6 dogs. He has also represented the United States multiple times in the World Pistol Championships.