Duke
Dogs have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My first dog Duchess was always by my side, she started my love and passion for dogs by being the best, best friend any boy could ever ask for. Over the years I’ve owned several different breeds but in 2009, a 16-week-old Bernese Mountain Dog “Zoe” captured my heart and started me on my current path.
I served in the Army (Infantry re classed to Medic) for 8 years with 2 deployments (Afghanistan and Iraq) when I was stationed at Fort Carson. One step off the airplane and I knew I had found home. The mountains called to me, that and the fact I could leave a bag of chips open and they didn’t go stale within the hour. In 2009, I met my wife and together we started the adventure of AKC purebred dogs. Having “Berners” has changed my life, together we have traveled across the United States and formed a “family” with our colleagues in the sport. Not to mention, training two Versatility Dogs so far, and achieving Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Drafting, Farm Dog, Trick Dog and Canine Good Citizen titles. Maybe soon we’ll have Bernese Mountain Dog Dock Divers too?
Over the years, I learned a variety of different techniques, tips, and tricks for training dogs. Testing each of them through trial and error has helped form my own style of training dogs and their owners. I thoroughly enjoy being able to help others bridge the gap between themselves and their dogs to build a better relationship, improve dynamics, and be successful in their endeavors for performance.
I truly believe because of my dogs my life is so much richer and fuller than it would have been without them. I have seen firsthand how a dog can help people and save lives, which is why I’m thrilled to be a part of the Under the Sun Dog training programs.
AKC certified CGC and Trick Dog evaluator.