Over 30 years combined Experience


Rick and Emily Johnson bring to Gateway a vast range of experiences.  From breeding, vet care, grooming, and much more.  Both completed the professional and master's programs at the well known Tom Rose School in High Ridge.  With continuation of their education with therapy groups, service dog organization, police forces and more since finishing school over 12 years ago.  Gateway K9 was started in 2005 in Florissant  Missouri and grew very quickly through word of mouth.  We're now situated in Jefferson County Missouri, down hwy 30 in Dittmer.  Ever growing, we're excited about the next 12 years of training and working one on one with pet owners and their dogs.

Natural Training

Every dog, every owner is different, and should be treated as such.
At Gateway we don't believe in a one size fits all training motto.  We believe in learning to read each individual dog, learning what motivates and moves them, and teaching those skills to their owners.  Our methods focus on clear communication with the dogs, without harsh methods, or excessive bribing.  We focus on natural instincts every dog is born with, to establish a well behaved dog, and a bond between the owner and the dog.  


Our Team

Our Facility

We are located just outside of Cedar Hill in Dittmer, MO, off of Hwy's 30 and B.  We currently are operating out of our home, so all lessons and visits are by appointment only.  On our 6 acres of land we offer many perfect scenarios for training, with many more to come!