Named The World’s Greatest Dog Training Company by the Bloomberg Network

At Blue Line K-9, We make dog training fun and easy

No matter the breed, No matter the size, No matter the problem.

You're One Step Closer To A Better Dog

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Empowering Owners

Our training programs will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a lifelong successful relationship with your dog.

On/Off Leash Training

Potty Training

Sit and Stay Commands

Food Manners

Home Manners


Agility Training

And More…




Our Platinum Program is the ultimate solution for you and your dog. This program provides 7 weeks of training with our certified staff. We provide customized training to achieve your goals and needs.

This program is one day a week for 7 weeks with exit lessons on one, three, and six. We will gift you with all the necessary equipment for success!

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Group Puppy Class


In our 6-week group training program, you and your dog will learn foundational obedience commands, handle common issues, and create a stronger bond with your pup.

This weekly puppy group will go over skills such as sit, stay, come, down, and heel, combined with socialization training to introduce your pup to new sounds, sights, and people.

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K-9 Country Club


The K-9 Country Club is the way to continue education and provide enrichment for your dog while you may be away, busy or simply stuck at work.

This is the best place to socialize with other dogs, explore new sounds and sights, practice their agility skills on our obstacle course, and reinforce all past training and education.

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6 individual lessons with a Certified Trainer

Work closely with a certified trainer and become actively engaged in the training process.

You will receive six one-to-one lessons with an experienced trainer to provide your dog and yourself with the skills necessary to reinforce obedience and manners beyond the program. We will gift you the equipment needed for your success!

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Our certified trainers have years of experience working with all types of dogs. We'll work with you and your dog to identify concerns and behavioral issues. 

After the evaluation, a trainer will work with you and your dog on training techniques to get you started on the path to enjoying life with your dog.

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Stay & Train


Our Stay & Train program is designed to take the heavy lifting off you. Allow us the opportunity to train your dog while you're away, busy, or need a quick jumpstart in your dog-training relationship.

This experience will take place over a two-week period. Your dog will be immersed in training while staying at our facility and working with certified trainers to provide proper instruction and achieve your training goals.

At the time of pickup, you will receive an exit lesson with our certified trainers and will receive all equipment necessary to keep up with the success of you and your dog's new relationship.

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What Our Customers Are Saying...

MikeMike ★★★★★ These guys have been great with our pup! I highly recommend them if you are looking for a dog trainer.Response from the ownerThank you so much! james whittakerjames whittaker ★★★★★ Blue Line K-9 helped shape our dog into a well mannered part of our family. We adopted Reese when he was 7.5 years old. He had some issues but Blue line helped us and him work through them. Reese loved going once a week. The staff was absolutely amazing. They were knowledgeable, friendly, answered all our questions and treated our dog as if it was their own. I would highly recommend Blue line k-9 in Joppa for any of your dog training needs.Response from the ownerThank you very much for the kind words! We are always here to help in anyway we can. Reese is a sweet boy! Don't forget to swing in for a "hello" or pop in on a Pack Walk or Open Training session! Alex WeisAlex Weis ★★★★★ Friendly staff, caring and compassionate about the dogs in their care. Can't recommend enough!Response from the ownerAwe! Thank you very much!! We love having your girl with us! such a sweetheart! Kadie StefankiewiczKadie Stefankiewicz ★★★★★ Christine JollyChristine Jolly ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you so much Mark MartinakMark Martinak ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you Mark! See you and Kuma next time at Pack Walks and Open Training! Susan LongoSusan Longo ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you so much! Theingi TunTheingi Tun ★★★★★ If you want to have a great healthy lifestyle with your dog take them here! ALL the trainers and staff here are amazing, extremely knowledgeable, respectful and so very kind to the dogs and owners. You can trust Blue Line with your dog. I did a HUGE amount of research finding the appropriate place to train and board my dog before actually committing to Blue Line. I drive 2 hrs just to bring Ace for training or boarding. I wouldn’t trust any other company with Ace.Response from the ownerYou rock and so does Ace. We are so very thankful for you both in our community! The work and time you put into your relationship with Ace is amazing! We look forward to seeing you both real soon! 💙 Darlene TarrDarlene Tarr ★★★★★ My dog was scared of everything and everyone. We're making progress. Wonderful people.Response from the ownerAwe. Thank you. We love your girl! She’s making wonderful strides. 💙 Karen SzymanowskiKaren Szymanowski ★★★★★ I enrolled my German Shepherd last year in one of their training courses. He graduated but after several months, I need additional help. All of the staff are amazing and put me at ease and we came up with a plan of action to get Tucker back on course and to help me gain confidence in handling him. Great place - thank you!Response from the ownerKaren, First THANK YOU! We adore you and Tucker! We are here to help in every way possible. Everyone on the team knows the potential you and Tucker have and we are all excited to see you get there. Feel free to contact us anytime. See you (very) soon. 😊- Your Blue Line K-9 Joppa Team - Diane WatsonDiane Watson ★★★★★ Did a favor for a friend. The dog loves it!Response from the ownerThank you so much! Tammy TozerTammy Tozer ★★★★★ Blue Line K-9 is AMAZING. Russ and Stephanie are absolutely fantastic. My dogs were always good, they just needed some confidence, but their owners…needed some training. If you are willing to put in the time and effort this training could save you in ways you didn’t even know was possible. I can’t thank Russ enough for all his guidance and help when we needed it. He has helped General and Willow so much and for that there are NEVER enough Thank You. Thank you for bringing such an amazing program to CMC.Response from the ownerThank you so much! Gwendolyn SaylorGwendolyn Saylor ★★★★★ Blue Line K9 has been an integral part of our dog Oscars well being. I cannot stress this enough. About a year ago we needed some pretty intensive training and Blue Line was there to help, I honestly don’t know where we would be today without them. Oscar was and is a very special case. They have given us the tools we needed to handle our boy and as a result he is living a happy, content life. Complete with “work” , structure and of course play… They just really know what they are doing there. Knowledgeable about all things dog. And really quite talented at helping us humans understand our canine companions as well. We have found them to be a wealth of information and support. Our trainer is very special to us and has become an extended part of our pack. So happy to have found such a great facility and trainers.Response from the ownerAwe --- BLUSHING HERE --- Thank you so much, we love Oscar! He really is a great boy and you two are amazing yourselves. We are so thankful that you were willing to put the effort that you have into your pup! It really shows. You know we are always here if you need anything. Ashlyn BeasleyAshlyn Beasley ★★★★★ Amanda is without a doubt one of the most natural “dog people” I’ve worked with! My pups were instantly accepting of her and responded so well to her techniques and advice. She’s gentle and patient which meant I had no trouble trusting her with my puppy. The sessions are catered to individual dog/family needs so there was no time wasted. Highly, highly recommend giving her a call!Response from the ownerThank you so much!! Geoff MetcalfGeoff Metcalf ★★★★★ Amanda is remarkable. Our Golden (Bella) was very territorial and doorbell sensitive. She would bark and chase deer along fence line and unresponsive. THAT all changed FAST. In short order Bella has changed for the better. She still chases deer, but if I call her name, she immediately comes. I don't even need to correct her outside. We are still working on 'Place' but she has improved significantly and making real progress. We are very pleased to offer a big FIVE STAR rating and welcome any queries.Response from the ownerThank you guys !!! Your doing such a great job ! T SeamansT Seamans ★★★★★ Amanda is wonderful. She responded immediately after I left her a message. I was nervous as I have a GSD, but she put me at ease with a plan and the training has gone better than I could have expected. Amanda communicates during and after training. Here are a few pictures from Luna’s training. I highly recommend Amanda for all your training needs.Response from the ownerThank you so much! Love my time with Luna!! Maria MaurielloMaria Mauriello ★★★★★ Amanda is my go-to for all things dogs! Not only does she have a deep knowledge about dogs and dog training, she truly LOVES dogs and helping them learn to be their best selves! She has been an invaluable resource, not only with my personal dog, but with several of my foster dogs. When one of my adopters decided to bring a second dog into their family and the two dogs didn't get along, I referred the family to Amanda. Under her guidance, the dogs are doing great and working towards a more peaceful coexistence. Bottom line: If someone asks me to recommend a dog trainer, Amanda is the one I refer them to! You and your canine family members are in great hands with Amanda!!Response from the ownerThank you !!! Kim OrrKim Orr ★★★★★ I reached out to Amanda for my dogs aggression issues and anxiety. He is a rescue and had a pretty awful history with his previous owner. He’s very timid and protective of me. With Amanda’s help, I’m able to be confident in him around new people and other dogs. She gave us all the tools we need to make sure that everybody is safe and happy.10/10 recommend if your looking for a trainer!!!Response from the ownerThank you so much!! Kelly RKelly R ★★★★★ Amanda is fantastic! She has made a huge difference in how our dogs interact with each other. She works with positive reinforcement and is very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!Response from the ownerThank you so much MikeMike ★★★★★ Highly recommend. Russ does awesome work and has a great program down.Response from the ownerThank you so much!! Marla RushingMarla Rushing ★★★★☆ Very nice people. Unfortunately were unable to board my senior dog at the Singer Rd, Joppatowne, MD location. Unless you enroll your dog for training classes they don't provide boarding services. But they did refer me to Hickory Kennel in Harford County for boarding/kennel services.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words. We apologize that our services do not align with your needs. You are correct, our boarding services are only available to training clients, as we are a dog training company who provides limited boarding services. We appreciate your understanding. Hope you have a fantastic day! George BowmanGeorge Bowman ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you so much Rudy CarrollRudy Carroll ★★★★★ Well run training facility , with kennel's. Employees there love there dogs. And I guess most important our dog loves going there.Response from the ownerThank you so much! Your boy is so much fun to work and train with! Tony TurnerTony Turner ★★★★★ Best dig trainers ever!Response from the ownerThank you so much! See you guys again soon! Debbie CarrollDebbie Carroll ★★★★★ Our puppy loves this place and so do we! They work with him for the day and he gets to play with his friends in a safe controlled environment. He also comes home tired which is a bonus.Response from the ownerAwe! That yellow ball of fur is just so much fun! We love seeing him every week! Cheryl BCheryl B ★★★★★ BLK9 has been a lifesaver! Our dog came from Iraq last year, full of fear and anxiety which presented as aggression. She is a large dog and was very hard to handle in every way. In just a few short months, we have a different dog!Everyone at BLK9 has been wonderful to work with. They are very knowledgeable and responsive. Working with both our dog … and us has been a great experience.Response from the ownerOh my! Thank you so much. You and your girl have been a joy to work with. She is an inspiration and testimony as to why we do what we do. We enjoy our continued time with her and surely look forward to seeing her grow and thrive even further. 😊 Tracey ForanTracey Foran ★★★★★ Mike spent HOURS on the phone with me to help me with our English mastiffs behavior issues. I was very stressed out about our upcoming trip because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to have anyone take care of our boy while we are away….. Thankfully, after talking to Mike, and all the suggestions he gave me, I’m much more confident that we will be able to work this out and my dad will be able to take care of him for us! Will be updating soon!Response from the ownerThank you Tinylobster123 dont nowTinylobster123 dont now ★★★★★ At this point, Blue Line K-9 is family! They have been a life saver for us! Our Snoopy loves everyone at Blue Line! We wouldn't trust anyone else with him. Thank you for ALL you have done for us! We are eternally grateful!Response from the ownerAwe. We are blushing all over again. ☺️ We love Snoop so much! (Some of us may have started looking at fall sweaters and bow ties already)! We really thank you for your continued trust and your kind words. See you and Snoop next week! Bonnie GandyBonnie Gandy ★★★★★ Love,Love, Love this place 🐕‍🦺🦮❤🏅👩‍✈️👮‍♀️I am very impressed with there amazing techniques and positive Training ,yealding quick responses to the training techniques applied .. I have never seen anything like it..well thought out and Proven 100% positive experience for your PET as well as fast impressive,long lasting results . No Quick fixes though you have to be willing to keep up with the New learned training as well. Very rewarding and valuable experience for your PET and your whole family as well...and follow up refreshers available if needed you will never feel left in the dark or on your own . I would Recommend bluelinek-9 to anyone looking for non frantic, valuable , and only positive results after training is complete.Response from the ownerThank you so much!!! This truly means the world Jessica Evans-SmythJessica Evans-Smyth ★★★★★ I brought my rescued GSD to Blueline in January of 2021. She was a little over a year old and was an abuse case from an Amish puppy mill. There had been instances where she bit people, and other dogs, and as an owner it was the most terrifying thing I’d ever endured. I was terrified I’d lose my baby, and I hated how scared she was. Blueline K9 helped me identify that she was indeed fear aggressive and developed a plan specifically for my dog. We started with K9 Country Club to boost her confidence level and help her realize not everything was a threat, and then moved onto the Ultimate training program. My girl finished her training in the Summer of 2021, and to this day I still take her to Blueline 2 days a week. Now the rest of my dogs go there as well, especially my working breeds. Whether it’s something big or small Blueline can handle it. If I could give them a 100/10 I would. They’ve not only given my dogs the confidence they need, but as an owner I have it too, and that is priceless in my book.Their entire staff genuinely cares about your dogs the same way you do. There is no other trainer I would ever trust with my dogs. Hands down, they’re the best in the business and no one will tell me otherwise.Response from the ownerAwe. We’re blushing over here! Thanks Jess! You and your pack are a fantastic and welcome addition to our day, every time you’re here! Lyndsay AmesLyndsay Ames ★★★★★ Everyone is very knowledgeable, friendly, understanding, and accommodating to me and my pup at Blue Line! We have really enjoyed our experience. My pup has been challenging in many ways and everyone at Blue Line is happy and ready to jump in and help us.Response from the ownerThank you so much Lyndsay! We absolutely enjoy working with you guys! Can’t wait to welcome any and all future additions to your family too! William LakeWilliam Lake ★★★★★ Very through, helpful, respectful, and most importantly handled my Beligan malinos puppy with love as if she was theirs! I cannot stress it enough how much I felt at home at blue line k9!!Response from the ownerThank you so much! We look forward to working more with you, Lina and Asher! See you soon! FrontLineK9, LLC Michael BogoslavskiFrontLineK9, LLC Michael Bogoslavski ★★★★★ Some of the most knowledgeable and personable trainers I've came across in my over 18yrs working with dogs. Highly recommend for all your dogs needs.Response from the ownerThank you so much Lance PageLance Page ★★★★☆ Your dog will receive excellent training. The reason I deducted a star is because the office portion of the business is almost unpalatable. Once you start working with the trainers you will be glad you endured getting your dog in. I own a care dog. I was able to train the care disciplines I need and never asked them to. The owner diagnosed the behavior issues we were having and his staff has taught me and her how to work through and reduce them with constant training and reinforcement. Without Blueline I would not have an obedient dog that I can take out in public to perform the service needs I have.Response from the ownerThank you so much for your kind words. We love Noodle here at Blue Line K-9. I appreciate your insight to our front office, we are always improving and have focused more on getting our office team more prepared to assist our training clients that have more specific concerns. We look forward to continuing to assist you and many others with their training needs. 😊 Edward DolanEdward Dolan ★★★★★ Helped a lotResponse from the ownerThank you for your review Helen LevinsHelen Levins ★★★★★ Love working with Russ. Cooper looks forward to his training sessions and canine camp!Response from the ownerThank you so much! Carson WrightCarson Wright ★★★★★ Quality training, at reasonable prices. They are often very busy though, so make sure you are proactive in booking.Response from the ownerThank you so much! We strive to make sure everyone receives top notch training and care, every time they visit. We look forward to seeing you again. Art WhartonArt Wharton ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you Tamira PattersonTamira Patterson ★★★★☆ My dog was a hot mess express before coming here. Ivy and the staff did a wonderful job calming her down but leaving that puppy spirit!Response from the ownerThank you so much!! Dennis RothouseDennis Rothouse ★★★★★ Excellent trainers!!Response from the ownerThank you! Gabrielle KarikasGabrielle Karikas ★★★★★ I haven’t worked in person with Judd yet due to the circumstances of the world right now. However we speak on the phone daily & he is patient & beyond helpful!js_loader

Award Winning Dog Training Services

Russ Norcross

“It takes one to know one” is how we describe Russ Norcoss. Born and raised in Cape May County, retired police Sergeant, Dog Handler, and Master Trainer, Russ is an inspiring role model and impact maker in Cape May County.

His passion for training dogs began early on growing up in a family who raised Rottweilers. Having realized the power of the bond between animal and handler, he crafted his expertise and pushed the boundaries of traditional obedience training. Russ says his favorite part of the training process is opening up the lines of communication with the dog. 

“It’s a moment you can actually see when it clicks and the dog shifts from confused and frustrated to recognizing they have a way to communicate with their owners. From that moment on you just get to witness a whole new level of engagement from the dog and owner. It’s really cool to be part of it all.”

Russ has volunteered countless hours to advance resources for dog handlers in Cape May. His dedication gained the attention of the National Police Bloodhound Association, and Cape May became the first fully accredited and recognized National Bloodhound Academy for training search and rescue and criminal-tracking dogs. 

Russ’s 20 year law enforcement career created a deep understanding of the unpredictable nature of life and the sacrifices that come with serving others. Post-retirement Russ began to explore new ways to serve his community through dog training and in 2020 opened the Cape May location of Blue Line K-9 Dog Training. 

 “When you work a job where change is inevitable, you look for resources in your community that are constant and reliable. Our community needed a reliable dog training company that knows how to train for the job and the home. I wanted to be the one to bring that to our community, it’s my way of giving back.”

In everything he does Russ thinks about his community, this combined with his straightforward approach and laser-focused dedication to providing an exceptional training experience is what makes Russ and his team such a remarkable addition to the Blue Line K-9 franchise family.

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Our Theory

Dog training based on the scientific methods of Operant Conditioning and Classical Conditioning. Through operant conditioning, behavior that is rewarded is likely to be repeated, and behavior that is punished will rarely occur.

Empowering Owners

We empower Owners to train so their dog knows who to obey at all times.


We deal with problem behaviors on a personal basis.

Environment Specific

We train wherever issues tend to arise (i.e. jogging, park, home).


We support Owners in the off-hours (when training is "not in session").


We work with all members of the household.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 20 min/day follow-up practice.

Continued Training

Additional programs / group sessions offered after in-home training.

Lifetime Investment

We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.

Customer Satisfaction

Our high client satisfaction rating sets us apart from competitors.

Why Blue Line K9?

Lifetime Investment

Structured training to build muscle memory that will form lifetime habits and behavior.

Training For All Environments

At the end of the program your dog will go home with manners and you will have the ability to be confident with his/her behavior wherever you are.

Effective Communication

Programs will focus on introducing you and your dog to the communication you need to enjoy each other and your adventures to come.

Build A Bond

Build a bond and relationship with your dog through obedience.



Come Meet Us!

We are often at home shows in your area! Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do. We want to build a community for our clients that love their dogs just as much as we do and once you begin the training process with us, you become a part of the Blue Line K-9 family.