Steve Hong


Steve Hong is a highly respected and accomplished trainer. His credentials as a trainer are hard to match and Steve is well versed on working with all types of dogs with all sorts of issues. Not only is Steve great with dogs, he is great with people and loves to teach both equally. 

Steve Hong was nothing short of groomed to be a dog trainer, his father raised, trained, and competed dogs throughout Steve’s childhood in Korea and continued when they moved to the United States. Steve was learning training and breeding from the very beginning, handling and showing numerous dogs, ranging from Korean Jindos to Pomeranians. From that time up to the present, Steve has traveled the world and competed at some of the highest levels of competition in the very competitive sport of Schutzhund with his German Shepherds and the occasional Belgian Malinois by his side. Steve has also specialized in the handling and training of Pit Bulls, a breed he has loved for many years and understands well. 

Steve’s talents in dog training include basic to advanced obedience, protection training, sport/ competition training, service work, movie work, aggression issues and puppy training.

He has instructed classes in basic obedience and worked extensively with Schutzhund, narcotic detection and explosive detection work. Currently, he provides training for private lessons and workshops for Schutzhund and working K9 dog/ handler teams.                                                                             

Recent Accomplishments:

(Championships Only)

2008 WUSV World Championship: 12th Place overall (High in Tracking 99pts)

*Youngest competitor

2007 NorthEastern Regional Schutzhund Championship: 7th Place

* Youngest Competitor

2007 GSDCA-WDA Schutzhund National Championship (World Championship Qualification)

*Youngest Competitor



*Trainer and Managing Director of K9KEY New York region

*President of New York Schutzhund & Police Dog Club

*President of Team Sport Club (Obedience/ Agility Club)


Past Career:

*Head trainer and Kennel manager of Key’s Feline & Canine Inc.

*Co-founder of K9KEY

*Writer of Health & Life magazine Pet section

*Head trainer and manager of V.I.P. (Very Important Pet)

Below are dogs that Steve Hong has titled and/ or handled:

~ Merlin von Conneforde (Pedro) 

3x WUSV, SchH3, IPO2, FH, ZW 76

2x WUSV High Tracking

International Events

*2008 WUSV 12th Place (99-86-92=277 High Tracking)

*2006 WUSV 3rd Place (94-90-98=282 High Protection)

*2005 WUSV 4th Place (98-93-94=285 High Tracking)

National Events

*2007 North American Championship FH Champion (99 pts Off Lead)

*2006 GSDCA-WDA National Champion (98-96-100=294 High Obedience & High Protection)

*2004 USA GSD National Champion (99-96-99=294 High Obedience & High Protection)

~ Karo V. Zeuterner Himmelreich

SchH3, (100-97-99) KKL2, A-Normal

2000 Mid-Eastern Regional Schutzhund III Champion

’99 Landesgruppen Sieger (99-96-96)

’99 Bundessiegerprufung Participant

’99 Pokalkampf Sieger

~ Queen vom Adamsgarten

SchH3, KKL2, ZW 87

2007 GSDCA-WDA National Championship/ WUSV Qualifier

2007 Northeastern Regional Championship

~Nicki von der Sigsliebe – SchH3

~Dixie van de Duvetorre – SchH2