The Full Story
We have a lifetime of experience and have trained almost every dog sport imaginable with champion results and a lifetime of happy dogs. We have developed our proprietary training method with foundation obedience as the corner stone for all dogs sports and activities for family pets and emotional support dogs to dog athletes that compete in sports across the country. We are committed to providing excellent customer service and sharing our knowledge and experience to help you achieve results for your dog to be well balanced and trained to fit your lifestyle.
Our mission it to keep dogs in their homes and out of shelters by sharing our expertise, building a community and ensuring each service we provide has a cornerstone of training and support to keep dogs in their homes.
Through a solid foundation of expert training developed by Kelly Roll's lifetime experience and achievements with her dogs we will utilize dog sports and enrichment activities in all of our services and offerings to build a community that is supportive and knowledgeable and helps dogs stay in their homes.
Meet Kelly, K9cation Founder
Kelly developed a passion for dogs and began showing her beloved dogs at the age of two years old. She grew up on a small ranch in Erie, Colorado where she spent her days playing with and training her Aussies. Kelly remembers feeding, watering, and cleaning up after about 15 Aussies at the young age of nine years old. Kelly would walk her dogs by herself at a young age about a mile each day with her pack of 15 dogs, off leash out in the country in a pack. Each dog under voice control, amid live stock and other prairie animals such as rabbits, prairie dogs, etc. Kelly ensured the safety and control of her dogs with an aptitude to train her dogs to stay with her even though she was young and they were in a pack. Little did she know that her youth and early care for and training of her dogs would be her life’s passion and afford her the ability to help dogs for the rest of her life and develop K9cation with her youth experience paving the way for enrichment activities for dogs.
Kelly, at two years old, had practically learned to walk in the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) show ring traveling to dog shows across the Nation with her dogs showing in all ASCA dog sports and trailblazing with versatile Australian Shepherds that had the ability to compete and excel in performance sports. Kelly traveled to dog shows with her mom, Margaret, and was a named partner in their ASCA registered and foundation registered kennel, Mar-Kel Versatile Australian Shepherds. Kelly’s family raised performance Australian Shepherds starting in the mid 1970s and the dogs became a primary aspect of Kelly’s life, her passion. Kelly began her conformation show career showing in junior handling, puppy, and regular conformation classes throughout her early years of life. Kelly put her first conformation champion on her dog, ASCA CH Cinnamon Frost CDX OTDd of Mar-Kel which was out of the Hall of Fame kennel Las Rocosa Kennel in the early 90s. She and her mom raised performance puppies and Kelly helped to socialize and ensure each puppy got a quality foundation before going to their new home. Kelly also showed in 4-H starting at the young age of eight and was awarded numerous wins of Grand Champion at the Colorado State Fair and Boulder County Fair in both obedience and showmanship, overall. Kelly titled many of her dogs in obedience with the highest level completed being in Open including off leash, retrieving, out of sight stays, broad and high jump, earning the title of Companion Dog Excellent. She also completed numerous stock dog titles on her dogs including her first trained and owned Working Trial Champion in the mid 90s with her dog, WTCH Trostel’s Elvis, Elvis.
In the early 90s Kelly and her mom began co instructing dog obedience classes and 4-H classes to students of all ages sharing their passion for dogs, knowledge and experience. They provided conformation, obedience, trick dog, and puppy socials, agility and more to their students who brought all breeds of dogs to them for their expert help. In the mid 90s and not even 18 years old, Kelly independently began offering private lessons including stock dog herding lessons to her very own clients.
Kelly set a record as the top National Junior Handler three times in a row, competing in versatility with her dogs, conformation, obedience, and stock dog herding with cattle, sheep, and ducks. Kelly was featured on the cover of the International magazine “The Aussie Times” with a special full page write up three times during her junior handling career. Kelly led her families Aussies in versatility for her handling career. At age 18 Kelly aged out of 4-H and junior handling and earned three full ride academic scholarships to pursue her interest of marketing.. Kelly loaded up her dog, Sassy and went to College from 1998-2002 earning her degree in Communication with emphasis in business and marketing at the University of Colorado Springs, magna cum laude. Kelly began working for the State of Colorado in the early 90s as an elementary teacher aid and during college worked as an administrative assistant for the budget office of the Department of Public Safety.
Kelly took some time off from showing dogs, but always had a dog at her side, and continued training and enjoying dogs as her natural talent and passion and abilities allowed. In 2013 Kelly, her husband, Steve and daughter, Haley purchased their dream acreage in Hudson, CO. with a second house for her mom, Margaret and her husband Dan. Kelly and her family worked their property, farming hay and operating a 35+ horse boarding facility specializing in reining and cutting horses and raising cattle and sheep. Kelly’s last of her show Aussies, Sassy who was with her for the start of college, college graduation, the start of her professional career, marriage, and birth of her daughter Haley passed away in 2013. Kelly was devastated. Steve brought home a young pup for Kelly that was a working dog. Kelly trained the dog and the subsequent pups to help on their ranch. Training the dogs and herding from horseback inspired Kelly to once again return to her love of showing and training dogs and she began offering dog training at her Ranch with the help of her family and so began K9cation. Haley, Kelly's daughter showed in her very first show in Junior Handling at the young age of 5 years old, following in mom's foot steps and has also competed in obedience, agility, Rally, conformation, and barn hunt all by ten years of age, winning High In Trial Junior Handler and putting titles on her dog Shooter.
Kelly began offering dog classes to help dogs and their owners better communicate in 2015 at her family ranch in Hudson. She specialized in offering dog sports for fun to help owners of dogs better understand and communicate with their dogs. Kelly is a balanced trainer, who has developed her own training methodology, Origin dog training which is based on natural dog behavior and communication. Kelly is certified by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and offers AKC certifications to include AKC temperament testing, AKC Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog, and Farm Dog training classes and certifications.
Kelly retired after 24 years of service for the State of Colorado, retiring from the Colorado State Patrol as the Director of Strategic Communication and Director of Strategic Engagement and Brand Management to operate K9cation full time. K9cation offers boarding, daycare, training, dog sports and facility rental, a first of it's kinda facility located in Metro Denver.
Kelly continues to excel in dog sportcompetition, a natural dog sport performance trainer, earning titles and recognition in dog sports such as ASCA stock dog herding, obedience, Rally-O, agility, NADD and Rock Mountin Dock Diving, Barn Hunt, Rat Games, USSC Nose Work, and handling in AKC conformation. Kelly trialed her Border Collie, Ice in the National Western Stock Show and placed in the top third of the dogs. In 2022 she was invited to judge an AKC Fun match at the AKC Terry All show in Denver, CO. Each dog Kelly owns is trained in all dog sports and each dog has a sport specialty, Kelly believes in versatility in her training and her dog’s accomplishments and ensures each dog is high performing in a variety of sports with a foundation of obedience which is used in all of her training classes. Kelly has created a community of dog lovers with her offerings at K9cation and ensures that a welcoming community that is supportive and prioritizes dogs over ribbons, with the ultimate goal being happy and satiated dogs that get to experience all that their abilities are capable of.
Kelly truly is a natural dog trainer, and some even refer to her as a dog whisperer. One of the gifted people who translate so that dog’s and humans can develop a deep bond. The mission of K9cation is to provide services that help dogs stay in their home through community, training, dog sports, daycare, boarding, and more.
Kelly enjoys helping people with their first dog, and pet dogs so that their dog can be the best all around dog and live it’s life to the fullest. Kelly sprinkles in time to compete with her dog’s but her priority is to care for and help dogs that are their families’ pet. Kelly has mentored her students to win in competition throughout the years but has found a great need for introducing dog lovers to dog sports for fun without the pressures of competition. Kelly's clients have earned wins and achievements that are too many to list from AKC Grand Championships, Versatility Championships, ASCA championships, Stock Dog Titles, Obedience and Rally wins, barn hunt, dock diving, fast cat, and more.
Kelly has recruited 35+ of her students to participate in the International Agility League (IDAL) for fun and the team has ranked in second and third, Internationally two years in a row on the 50x70 course. Kelly believes all dogs and their owners, especially shelter dogs deserve the opportunity to experience agility and gain confidence and a deep relationship and understanding with their dogs and owners.Kelly’s mentoring of 4-H students and training classes she offers them has earned the youth she has mentored Grand Champion at CO State Fair among other awards and a deeper connection with their family dog.
Kelly does not specialize in service dogs, but has helped many people obtain the title of therapy dog, and she has helped service dogs have a foundation to pursue service dog and search and rescue. Additionally, Kelly has provided private lessons to special needs individuals for wheel chair and other disability training of their dogs. Proficient training in tasks that assist special needs is offered by Kelly and her team. Behavior modification to assist with emotional support dogs being well trained and having excellent manners and behavior as well as confidence is public is offered at K9cation.
Kelly helps people who have behavior and aggression issues, and has even provided training and analysis of dogs who are court ordered to seek training because of their behavior. Kelly is passionate about giving every dog a chance and ensuring through use of proper training tools, rewards and training dogs can be rehabilitated to have quality of life and safety with families.
Kelly is passionate about helping dogs and offers her services to all breeds and dog owners of all ages. Kelly’s Origin methodology is based on using dog’s natural and instinctive abilities with a foundation of obedience to excel in dog sports to increase their communication and partnership with their owners and families. She works closely with families who have young puppies to ensure positive training is used to make learning fun for the puppy and the family. Some dogs once they become a certain age, or have had negative experiences or a lack of behavior modification and training or often to help the owner better communicate with their dog requires a variety of tools. Kelly’s knowledge and experience and balanced approach ensures that training tools are escalated only when necessary and that tools are deescalated as possible to ensure results and common understanding for both the dog and the family.
We hope you'll come out and meet us and experience all Kelly and K9cation can offer you and your dog.