Our clients come from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common.. they're all dog lovers.



We got our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in February 2010. We have 3 kids and felt we were finally ready for a new addition. The kids were thrilled at his arrival, but we didn’t have any idea what we were doing and we wanted to do what would be best for all of us. A friend recommended that we give Steve a call. Steve came to us when Buddy was about 8 months old and definitely made a difference right away. He integrated the kids into the training sessions so that we could all learn how to interact with Buddy and help him grow into the family pet we hoped to have. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I am not sure who was happier to see Steve, Buddy or the kids. It is such a comfort to know that we have Steve to call on as Buddy grows. We have recommended Steve to a friend who is training now and couldn’t be happier.


Port Washington, NY



Having an out of control Doberman was hardly what I imagined when getting Hera. Before getting Hera, I did a ton of research, and decided that I wanted a Doberman – a dog highly trainable, sharp, intelligent, and magnificent. But things hardly turned out that way. By the time Hera was 8 months old, she was out of control – exhibiting all the dreaded problems that dog owners faced – food possessiveness, dog aggression, handler aggression, destructive behavior in house, etc. Luckily, I was able to find Steve and his father, Ki. After boarding Hera with Steve, Hera came back a completely different dog – a more manageable dog that I can enjoy living with. More importantly, Steve and his father continue to provide valuable guidance to me so that I can better understand Hera. It has been almost a year since I first met Steve and we have made a lot of progress and continue to. Since meeting Steve, Hera and I have been training in the sport of Schutzhund and preparing her for the BH in Spring 2011. I would have never imagined that this would have been possible a year ago. I am truly grateful to both Steve and Ki for the incredible work and time they have put into training Hera. I truly lucked out when I found K9Key!

Jimmy M. 

Brooklyn, NY



To K9Key and friends,

I am writing this letter to proclaim my sincere gratitude for the outstanding German Shepherd Dog that I received from you three years ago. She is a beautiful sable bitch out of your old dog Karo and Yoshi daughter, Nikki. I have been training dogs for about eight years. It is a pleasure to have a dog that loves to work. Kara has finally matured and has become the dog that I was looking for three years ago. You are truly a Master at breeding. The support you have bestowed upon me has allowed Kara to become the dog she is today. I plan on breeding her to a male German Shepherd of your choice. I already have a list of homes for at least two litters. People who encounter Kara are impressed with her temperament. I am an administrator at St. Martin de Porres Marianis School, which enrolls students aged three to fourteen years old. My students absolutely love her and never leave her alone. Kara believes that she belongs in the classroom with the students.

I have seen Kara’s obedience improve during every training session with Ki Hong, founder of Canine Key Kennel Institute. David will always use the natural drives that my dog has to create ultimate focus and end on a successful not.

Ki’s son Steve has done the protection helper work with Kara. He truly knows how to read the dogs that I have seen him work. Steve consistently brings Kara to a higher level every time he works her. I feel that her confidence is at a high level due to Steve Hong’s natural ability. Steve has also done protection work with my bullmastiff bitch. I could write a full length novel on the wonders he has done with her.

It has been a blessing to learn from Ki Hong and his son Steve. I truly look forward to working with you both soon.

God Bless,

John Holian



To K9Key and friends,

We are writing this letter to express our appreciation to Ki Hong and his son Steve. We enrolled in Canine Key Kennel Institute with a special request. We no only wanted Ki to teach us basic training, but wanted to get a foundation in Schutzhund training as well. It was in the course of the next 10 weeks that we realized how blessed we were to have found this institute.

We thank you for the extra effort that you put forth everyday to assure that we had a good understanding of the lesson at hand. Whether you were teaching us the correct way of performing a simple command, like sit and stay, or teaching us the intricacies of competition style obedience, it was always your attention to detail that made the lesson a special one. With a combination of film, class discussion, and hands on training, we graduated from your institute well prepared.

We traveled from Connecticut to New York everyday, but you and your family made us feel at home. It was an honor to have the chance to learn from a person with such a passion for the craft of dog training and we will continue to look to you for advice and guidance.


Donald Dinkins & Edward Taylor



Dear K9Key teachers & staff,

First of all I would like to thank you for the great experience that I had from attending the professional dog groomer/ dog trainer courses at Canine Key Kennel Institute. I have always loved dogs since I was little, and I have always thought that later on in my life I would want to work with dogs. Last winter I decided to make a big change in my life. I am very thankful of all the things the teacher and staff have done for me. Even after I graduated, you would let me come to the school and do more work until I was ready for the real world. Then I was able to get a job as a dog groomer and now after all this time and great foundation that I built at school, I have finally opened my own shop at Sunnyside, NY.

Thank you once again for your knowledge and support, which I definitely needed to become a professional dog groomer and dog trainer.

Best wishes,

Shin Hye Jung

Super Doggy Wonder Kitty