After many long hours of writing and rewriting over the course of weeks and months, I have come to the realization I shouldn’t be worried about trying to convince you of who I am. I am who I am. People quickly sense the true character of a person through their actions and interactions with others. This definitely extends to people’s dogs. Why am I telling you this? For better or worse I can’t hide who I am and I definitely can’t hide it from your dog. I am a very passionate person in both my life and in the life of others, especially their relationship with their dogs.
I’ve decided I want to help dogs and their owners no matter the situation. That can mean simply helping with knowledge to prevent behaviors in puppy-hood, confidence building for a shelter dog with an unknown past, a dog with aggression or behavioral issues and I may be their last chance, or preparing a dog to be able to properly protect your family. The reason I can confidently take on and help you with any scenario you may have, is because of who I am, how I think, and what I continuously learn. I’m talking about the foundation and the building blocks that make me, me.
I didn’t grow up speaking dog and living a magical life among them. I grew up in rural Maine with a wonderful family and community that supported me. Here I learned about hard work, passion for life, and a deep respect for people, animals, and the powerful relationship they can have with each other. With this I went on to college and graduated with a degree in studio art. From here I entered the world of industrial construction and did a four year apprenticeship. I spent the next thirteen years working hard and being one of the best in my field. I still wasn’t where I wanted to be and over the next few years a path began to emerge before me.
When I started following it, I realized it always involved dogs. The more I searched, the more intense I became. I went from simple obedience of my own shelter dogs; to in-depth research on nutrition and health; to advanced obedience, aggression and behavioral rehabilitation, and protection training. This final stage happened when I made the decision, with the encouragement and support of my amazing wife, to enter a very intensive training program in Peekskill, NY at K9-1 Specialized Dog Training. I am now proud to be a Certified Foundation Style Dog Trainer (CFSDT) and be part of a growing community of like-minded dog trainers.
What I’ve come to realize, is that all of these experiences have helped to guide me to where I am today. They have contributed in one way or another to turn me into one of the best dog trainers out there with a skill set that really holds no bounds. With a continuous appetite for knowledge and learning, I’m constantly evaluating and adapting to the many situations life has to offer. Keeping an open mind and grounding my training in core values and principles instead of being stuck in a certain technique; I am able to truly customize a plan to fit your needs which will allow you to accomplish your goals. In order to be successful in training, and in life, you need to have patience, confidence, and above all respect.
With Respect, Confidence and Patience…
All Else Will Follow.
The Relationship You Build With Your Dog
Is Only As Strong As Its