Stay Calm and Be Assertive

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In 2014, Eric Smith and Justin Davanzo partnered up to form the dog training company, K Nine Solutions in Santa Barbara, with the intention of training and helping as many owners and dogs as possible. Their motto is “Any Dog, Any Age, Any Problem” and they mean it.

K Nine Solutions practices a training philosophy that is built upon the art of leadership, positive reward and reinforcement which some in the dog training world call “Balanced Training”.

At K Nine Solutions the goal is to educate and help people understand better ways to live their life with the chosen dog for them. The team at K Nine Solutions successfully show owners how to cope with things by slowing down and going back to the basics of relationship, engagement, and management which, in turn, often changes the tide for them and their dog.

Meet The Team

K-Nine Solutions is your one-stop-shop for evaluating your dogs’ behavior and getting the training, tools and solutions to correct any problems you may have. By using a balanced/humane approach, our unique and highly-effective training methods consistently deliver results that surpass our clients’ expectations, creating the kind of happy and harmonious relationship that every dog owner dreams of. K-Nine Solutions is often the last stop for dog owners who have exhausted every other option and have still have not found the help or results they need.


Founder/Head Trainer

Hi everybody, my name is Eric, founder and owner of K-Nine Solutions. I founded K-Nine Solutions with one goal: To provide dog owners with the help, answers, and results they desperately need, along with the care, compassion, and understanding they deserve. As someone who started many years ago with a dog that had serious issues, I know firsthand what it’s like to feel frustrated and hopeless. The good news is, there is hope! I have worked tirelessly to develop a program that offers the very best answers and solutions to even the most challenging K-9 issues. These training methods are easy to learn and implement and have enabled us to regularly perform “miracles” with dogs that other trainers have given up on, or are unwilling to work with. Our mission and our commitment is to create amazingly balanced, well behaved dogs, and happy, highly satisfied owners. So if you are ready to transform your dog, and your life, we are ready to help.



Justin Davanzo is a native of Santa Monica and considers himself lucky to now live and work in Santa Barbara with his wife Nita and his dog Apollo. He is a photographer, a carpenter, a certified ski instructor, an actor, and above all a lover of all things DOG. Justin embodies all of the attributes and skills it takes to make a great trainer. Patience, empathy, presence, consistency, humor, effective communication, and problem-solving skills. And did I mention, patience? For Justin, working as a dog trainer is more than just training dogs to “Sit, stay and come” – it’s about learning to communicate effectively and developing a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. Justin firmly believes in and teaches our “Train as you live” philosophy which supports developing a great lifestyle for owners and their dogs. Justin looks forward to meeting and training with you and your dog, to be the best dog he or she can be.

Maureen Guerrero


Maureen Guerrero was born and raised in Santa Barbara and joined the K Nine Team in 2016. Dogs have always been a big part of Maureen's life and when she was younger Maureen would train all the family dogs and help out with them as much as possible. Maureen started dog sitting for relatives and they spread the word about how well she would care for them and how much their dogs loved her. Through doing this, Maureen discovered her true calling. She knew that she had to work with dogs in some way. When Maureen found out about K-Nine solutions she knew right off the bat that becoming a professional dog trainer was what she wanted to do. After an intense apprenticeship and training program with the K Nine Team, Maureen was hired as an Assistant Lead Dog Trainer. Maureen has infinite patience and a contagious, positive attitude. Her knowledge of, and care for, our clients and their dogs shines through with each and every one she works with. Her life outside of work involves good food, fun and spending time with her her own two dogs Blue and Daisy.