How did I become the K9 Trainer / Expert that I am today?
My first dog back in college was a Doberman. Raven was my protection dog, & I quickly learned that he was my friend as well. I had always wanted a dog as a child but Mom said ‘no’, so I had to be happy with a guinea pig named Cuddles. I knew that I wanted my Doberman to be obedient & well mannered but most importantly, protective. I fell in love with both my Doberman Pinscher & training K9s.
My first experience with training Raven was at a Schutzhund club in Gainesville , FL. I learned on/off leash obedience. I was so happy for the knowledge that was available at this Schutzhund club. I learned commands in German because Schutzhund means ‘Protection Dog’. Heel is Fuss!; Sit- Sitz!; Down- Platz; Stay- Bleib!; Come- Hier! and Watch or Attention- Pass Auf!
The K-9 Protection Work was so much FUN!
Schutzhund is known as a Sport System but it sure got me ‘hooked’ on training. Many of my training commands include 6 foreign languages which are German, French, Slovak, Czech, Dutch & Flemish. I still use Hopp! Pronounced Hupp for Jumping Up Suck! For Search & Pfui! Or Fooey for Shame or Stop That; A different command than Nein! for NO! At the time, Schutzhund training was a Hobby for me, as I was working at Red Lobster and going to Engineering School at UF.
I realized that Training Dogs was my Dream!
My next adventure was In Home Dog Training, which I did for 7 years. This involved going to a Client's home to train puppies and Dogs for Housebreaking, Obedience, Problem Solving- such as jumping on people, chewing up furniture and stealing food from the counters (which I now call ‘Counter Surfing’), even unwanted Aggression toward people, food, or other dogs: and Family Protection Work, which again, I found to be the most FUN! I loved watching the ‘Decoy’ teach the dog to defend it’s master and territory. At that time, the Decoy use a Bite Sleeve to train the Dog.
Home Dog Training
In Home Dog training was where I learning the majority of my dog training skills which involved an endless variety of clients, dogs and dog training problems. I use these skills today when I still do All Breed In Home Dog Training, or teach a Service Dog the special tasks involved in PTSD work and Mobility Assitance & deliver a Fully Trained Service Dog or Family Protection Dog to a Client.
I really enjoy the work that I do.
The most rewarding part of my work is in being able to help people & dogs together, stay together, my training can save a life of a dog that would otherwise be put aside as too aggressive, too friendly or just plain ‘bad’.
When you are able to work closely with a client & their dog, there is a bond that occurs which is necessary to solve a behavior problem; more often the human's fault & not the dog's fault.
I have been in business for over 25 years. I take pride in my work as a professional.