Emily Wills Smith

Emily has been working with dogs since she was approximately 10 years old.  Starting in 4-H with her family pet, Lucy, a rough collie.  She competed in obedience, junior handling, and conformation.  She won the Kentucky 4-H Dog Show at the KY State Fair.

After acquiring her Basenji, Apollo, Emily traveled across the country and Canada handling Apollo and other Basenjis, in AKC breed classes and competing in junior handler and obedience.  Emily was a top junior handler in Basenjis.  Emily was invited and attended the Eukanuba Tournament of Champions in Orlando, FL while still in high school.

She later started working with German Shepherds, handling several dogs professionally in the German ring, training for Schutzhund/IPO/personal protection and becoming the first female certified by the Working Dog Association (GSDCA-WDA) as a regional level Helper/Decoy (levels are trial, regional and national).  She has been a helper/decoy for national, regional, and club level schutzhund/IPO trials.  

She also has organized and conducted several training classes for dog owners both youth and adults seeking obedience, competition, and puppy socialization.  Presented demos in detection work, obedience, behavior, selection, training, sport, and general knowledge on canines. She is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator through AKC, and a certified Nose Work judge with AKC, UKC, and NACSW.  She is a certified Farm Dog Test judge, Husband Jesse is a certified North American Diving Dogs Judge.

Emily after meeting Jesse and marrying converted him into a K9 lover, and more a K9 sport competitior.  With 3 young daughters, and showing as a junior growing up, Emily has started a Prime K9 Junior program. Hosting K9 Kids Camp and more programs coming for juniors interested in dogs and dog sports.

She has tested and sold several police K9's to service police departments across the United States. Emily was a Police K-9 handler for the explosive detection and tracking K-9 at the police department.  

Her partner, Odie, have a few finds under their belts.  When Emily left the department Odie retired and lives with his partner and family. He recently finished his dock diving title and is going to work towards his work in retrieving.  Ask to meet retired police dog Odie, he loves to meet his fans ;).    

About Us

Model, Labrador

Retired K9 Odie, Labrador

Hendrick, Border Terrier

Jemma, basenji

Chico, Hanging Tree CattleDog

Prime K9 training is located on Storm Run Farm in Winchester, KY, just east of Lexington, KY.  Prime K9 is a full service canine facility based on a family farm.  Storm Run Farm's Prime K9 Training offers quality puppy dog obedience classes, basic dog obedience, advanced  dog obedience, and specialty classes for all types of canines.  We take great pride in our dog history and treat every dog like it's our own. 


Thank you for visiting our website and contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to helping you with your dog becoming a Prime K9.

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