I was raised in a pack. It started for me as a pack of 6; my parents, 2 sisters, myself and Cheetah, our Pharaoh Hound. My father, a dog trainer in New York, often brought home dogs to train. Shelby “pack members” would welcome them but realize it was their jobs to teach the guests the rules and regs of our household through direction and consistency, what I like to call “tough love”. No matter the dog; shape, color, breed, or personality, they learned their place in the pack.
Every dog is different like every person, so each new guest was
Brett with Nyoki
treated according to his/her need. Over the past 8 years I have worked in Special Education and Spanish, teaching at the high school level. Good teachers realize that students have different learning styles and capabilities, well so do dogs.
This idea is the basis behind my training style. Therefore I like to call myself a “depends trainer”, because each lesson approach depends on a number of factors.
It depends on the dogs; breed, age, size and behavior but also with the lifestyle lived by the owner.
Over the years I have worked with dogs of all breeds, ages and personalities. I have helped with housebreaking and mouthing puppies to dealing with fear and all forms of aggression. I train
to achieve success accommodating to what will work in the most humane way that is effective and with the quickest results (in that order).
My father Tom started training dogs in 1972 in the Tri-State area around NYC. I have observed and worked professionally with him for about 8 years of that time while having the chance to do the same with Brian Kilcommons who is known as one of the top in the business. I took over and ran the training business in New York for the last 5 years before moving to Seattle. I was averaging about 400 appointments a year after school most evening and weekends.
Brett with Kelsey
Now that I am starting my life in Seattle, I am continuing with what I have grown to love, and that is creating harmony between man and dogs. Mark Twain said it best, “If you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life"
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