I grew up with German Shepherds and my mom owns a kennel where she raises German Shepherds. I have over 30 years of experience in dog training with various breeds, with 17 years in search and rescue work for the state of Virginia and 2 years in England with Dartmoor Mountain Rescue. I am the only trainer that does search and rescue that has had state certification with Virginia Department of Emergency Management that trains within the Hampton Roads area. Having worked with law enforcement and many officials over the years in various venues, the quality of my training must meet the highest standards. My dogs have to meet the highest standards of training as well. Always do checking on individuals who claim to do this type of work as well as with state and local law enforcement and search agencies.
I grew up around dogs. I have 2 dogs of my own, Nitro and Gemma. Learned everything about training dogs from my mom Brandy. I started as kennel staff and worked my way up to assistant trainer. I work with the day training dogs and puppies. I also teach the AKC S.T.A.R puppy class.
I also believe there is a consequence for undesirable behavior. I use the analogy of being ticketed for speeding in your vehicle......it doesn't hurt but makes you think twice before doing it again!
I have shown dogs in obedience, trained therapy dogs and work dogs in Schutzhund, along with having trained pet quality dogs for the past 12 years. I also work with Virginia German Shepherd Rescue in the rehabilitation of dogs with behavioral issues so that they can be adopted out as lifelong quality family members. I am also a published author of a training book. With 30 years of experience in many aspects of dog training, it would be my pleasure to put my extensive experience to work for you!