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Rich Hartman is a Northstate local, born and raised in Chico, Ca. He is a 25 year veteran of law enforcement. For 15 years Rich was a full-time K9 Handler.  

Rich has been a Police K9 Trainer for the last 7 years, responsible for the training of  multiple Police and Sheriff K9s in the Sacramento and Bay Area region. Rich also raises puppies that are trained to work as Police K9s.  He has placed several Police Dogs into service in the Northern California Region.  

While training K9s, Rich has taken on several pets for people in need of help with their personal dogs.  It has become clear that there is an overwhelming  need for pet dog training and behavioral rehabilitation in Northern California. Rich has teamed up with Aaron Taylor (founder and owner of Ridgeside K9 LLC) to bring the proven Ridgeside K9 brand, training and service to all of Northern California. Ridgeside K9 NorCal was born and opened in 2021.

Kiersten Friedman

Kiersten has been training dogs for over a decade.  She has titled two dogs in protection sports with multiple podium finishes! Kiersten is also a trained Veterinarian Emergency Room Assistant.  She has worked with hundreds of pet dogs with behavioral issues.  

Gregg Tawney

Gregg has been involved in police dog training for twenty five years. He has handled four different dogs as a police K-9 handler and has been a K-9 Sergeant and a K-9 Lieutenant. He has been a SWAT team member, SWAT team leader and a Tactical Commander. Gregg has had the opportunity to train with the Dutch police as well as numerous KNPV clubs throughout the Netherlands. Gregg has taught classes on marker training and the importance of positive reinforcement at K-9 Conferences across the country. Gregg has trained dogs for over sixteen law enforcement agencies throughout Northern California. He is a certifying official for P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standards and Training). In addition, Gregg is a Judge and certifying official for W.S.P.C.A. (Western States Police Canine Association). Gregg has been recognized as a subject matter expert and was selected as a consultant for P.O.S.T. for the newly revised State of California K-9 Evaluation guidelines. 

Jason Miller

Jason Miller is a native of the Sacramento Region.  Jason is a 17 year veteran of law enforcement at a local agency. Jason has owned and trained dogs his entire life. At first, it was a hobby and consisted of training family dogs to be obedient and do tricks. The training of dogs became a full-time job when he was selected to be a K9 handler for his agency in 2014. Jason has handled multiple K9 partners and assisted his fellow handlers with the training of their dogs. Becoming a K9 handler is when Jason took his dog training studies to new levels. Having the opportunity to work and train with the industry leaders in his region has helped Jason develop a knowledge of the positive methods of training. Jason expanded his knowledge base by attending training events and conferences put on by trainers from around the country and world. Jason is a firm believer in ethical and humane training methods that enrich the bond between dog and owner. Jason  continues to further his studies into training our four-legged companions and making a better life for them and their owners.

Jason and his wife, Kacey, currently have two dogs. The first is Jason’s current K9 partner and the second is his retired partner. Jason’s retired K9 partner, Blu, was credited with saving Jason’s life and is a K9 Purple Heart recipient.

Jason is excited to be working with Rich Hartman and Jeremy Friedman at Ridgeside K9 NorCal.

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