STK9 Training Company
6735 Gulfport Blvd. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

(727) 744-5914

About STK9

Samantha Triplett

Certified Master Trainer

Samantha Triplett is STK9 Training Company’s Certified Head Master Trainer. Samantha received her certification
through The North State K-9 Academy of Tarheel Canine Training, Inc.

Her certification includes:

  • Professional Obedience Training 
  • Patrol
  • Detection 
  • Man Tracking and Trailing 
  • Behavior Modification

Samantha began working with pet dogs at the age of thirteen at The Pasadena Pet Motel. Soon after, she began training Schutzhund dogs. Samantha attended the University of South Florida, where she graduated with a double major in Criminology and Social Justice. To pursue her passion for dogs, Samantha decided to attend North State K-9 Academy of Tarheel Canine Training. There she received hands on training with police, military, sport and pet dogs. She graduated as a Certified Master Dog Trainer and returned home to open her own business, STK9 Training Company.

Samantha is also a working member of The National Tactical Police Dog Association, The International Association of K-9 Professionals, The American Pet Dog Trainers Association and is listed as an American Kennel Club Trainer.

She now competes in The Protection Sport Association with her Belgian Malinois, Ruco. Samantha and Ruco competed in PSA nationals in 2014. Ruco has earned his SVV1, PDC, and PSA 1. Samantha also owns a German Short Hair Pointer, Scarlett Begonia. Begonia is STK9’s primary Certified Narcotics Detection Dog.

Matt Taylor

Head Police Dog Trainer

Matt graduated from South Florida University with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences. He went on to graduate from The North State K-9 Academy of Tarheel Canine Training, Inc’s Protection Sport and Decoy Trainer Certification course. Matt is a certified PSA Decoy and the Head Decoy of The Tampa Bay PSA Club. He is a working member of The National Tactical Police Dog Association.

Matt has a Dutch Sheperd, Kados. Together they compete in Protection Sport Association. Kados is also a trained narcotics detection dog. 

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