Why choose us to train your dog? You have probably scrolled through many dog trainers on the internet trying to figure out which trainer is best for your four-legged friend. Dog trainers credentials are hard to sort out and with many accreditation's being subscription based on an online course. The complexity of dog behaviors and communication involved with teaching and modifying these behaviors not only takes experience and working with many different disciplines, but also understanding a dog’s way of communication and responding appropriately. Having a trainer that has a broad knowledge of many different dogs that teaches many different disciplines, is like having every tool ever made available when building a house. A trainer completing a 6 week course or an online certification is not the same as someone who is successful in training and handling dogs in competitions, raises and breed puppies, and trains and works with service/working dogs. Just because a trainer “has been around dogs my whole life” doesn’t mean you’re a qualified. Nowadays if you have not been around dogs your whole life, well then, you’re in the minority!
Why I have an advantage over my competition. Experience is hard for my competition to keep up with. I am going on 20 years of experience with dog training that has spanned the globe. I have seen and experienced many methodologies and techniques. First and foremost is my career competing in schutzhund (IPO). For those unaware of schutzhund, it is the most widely used test for working military/police dogs. It has evolved over the years to become a very competitive sport that tests dogs in many ways: Tracking, Obedience and Agility and Protection. The dogs are tested in their ability to use their nose in tracking. The training to teach mental focus in a dog is undoubtedly the toughest of all sports. The obedience and agility portion of this sport has become so increasingly difficult in the past 10 years. This has also been a great advantage to the training that I offer to the everyday pet. Dogs must show a happy, stress free attitude in obedience. The dogs must show that they want to offer behaviors and NOT be forced into behaviors. This type of training has spilled over into my pet program to the advantage of my clients. Pet clients have dogs that want to work for them and are not forced into it. The protection of handler phase of the sport is very complex and requires great understanding of aggression and control. Once again, this phase has also given me an advantage over my competition when it comes to dealing with dog aggression issues. Dealing with aggression and learning how to create and control it in competition, has been a specialty tool that helps with those unique problems. Once you’ve handled tough aggressive German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Rottweilers and other working breeds, there is nothing above that left to work with. Lastly, my competitors may say they “train” in schutzhund or dog sports, but there is a HUGE difference in the person that trains at a local club versus a National Champion or world competitor. I have won three National Championships and have been Top 10 at the World Championship twice. I have qualified and been invited to the biggest National German event (Germany is considered the pinnacle of our sport), the VDH Deutsche Miesterschaft, as an American. These accomplishments were also achieved with a dog raised from a puppy by myself.
Breeding and raising dogs. I also have a very small but successful breeding program. My breeding program is designed to produce dogs that I can compete with. Everything is scrutinized from health, temperament, structure and genetics. When breeding dogs for a specific purpose (working and performance dogs) you must really have a great understanding of genetics. Genetics greatly influence dogs temperament and abilities. If you understand what a dog has genetically then you know what is possible and what is impossible. Some dog’s genetics limit what they can do and no matter what methodology used, it won’t help. You must learn to work within the dog’s capabilities and not try to make him something he is not.