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Meet Our Team

When you train with us, you join a family!

THE BEST DOG TRAINING TEAM IN NEW ENGLAND

Ridgeside K9 is a veteran-owned business. Our company brings realism to the pet dog training world that is unmatched in the industry. Ridgeside K9 believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to dog training. Each dog and owner are evaluated for issues and their personal goals. Every training package is customized to meet your goals and your dog’s training threshold. We use a mix of marker training, free shaping, and classical and operant conditioning to establish real-world, measurable, and reliable obedience and control. We always push for clarity of task and understanding, communication is the key to success. Showing both dog and owner a new way!

Chris Martinese

Owner & Head Dog Trainer

Chris is a New England native both born and raised in Massachusetts. Chris enlisted in the Naval Special Operations from the young age of 17, and continued his military career in Virginia. After being given the opportunity to intern with a professional trainer on his way out of the military he was hooked! Chris went on to work for a few dog training companies before he landed at Ridgeside K9. The Ridgeside K9 family is filled with hundreds of training professionals where Chris got to work side by side with some of the biggest names in the business. Chris is always attending seminars, schools, and continued education while working hands-on with nearly every breed, age, behavior, and size of dog. He previously worked as head trainer for Ridgeside K9 HQ, and Ridgeside K9 Tidewater locations for years before taking the jump to open Ridgeside K9 New England in 2023. He currently possesses the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA) Certificate, American K9 Interdiction (AK9I) Narcotic Detection Certification, AK9I Explosives Detection Certification, Herm Sprenger Prong Collar Knowledge and Safety Assessment Certification, American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Approved Evaluator, US Military Skillbridge Dog-Training Internship for 1000+ hours.

"I believe every dog deserves the chance to enjoy training to their full potential, all while having fun! I look forward to forming a bond with your dog that will allow us to work together as a team and enable you, and your dog, to be confident and controlled in daily life situations."

Jake Fraser

Professional Dog Trainer

Jake is a New Hampshire native and has lived in New England his whole life. After years in the trades and successfully owning his own business, he found his true passion was working with dogs! Jake completed a year-long mentorship with Chris, and after 3 years of hands-on experience, seminars, and continued education in understanding dog behaviors and training methods we are ecstatic to officially have him a part of the team! 

"My dog training journey is continually growing, all while learning the unique needs of each dog and making sure owners build strong, harmonious relationships with their loving pets."

Jenna Martinese

Owner & Director of sales

Jenna is a MA native who first started her career in Animal Sciences at QCC with their Certified Veterinary Assistant program. She went on to become a Veterinary Technician (CVT) in VA where she spent years working in a specialty practice for canine physical therapy and rehabilitation. Jenna has worked closely training with her husband, Chris, and started understanding the business side of dog training as the Director of Sales for the Ridgeside K9 Tidewater location. Jenna & Chris welcomed their first daughter in 2022 which ultimately led them to the decision of returning to MA and opening the Ridgeside K9 New England location! 

“Training has dramatically improved the bond I have with my own dogs, and helped me understand how to simply enjoy life with them to the fullest!”

Amanda Rivenbark

Sales Executive for Ridgeside K9 New England
Professional Trainer for Ridgeside K9 Tidewater

Amanda has been training professionally full-time for 5+ years where she has worked with hundreds of dogs all ranging in size, age, breed, and temperament. She also has spent 10 years fostering, and working with rescues to rehabilitate and train adoptable dogs. With this experience, Amanda is an incredible addition to the New England team and will work with you and your family in choosing which program will be the best fit to reach your training goals! 

“I embrace the fact that all dogs are different and so are their needs.”

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*Offer Ends 11/13/23. New Bookings Only.