Dogs have always been a very important part of my life as both pets and working/sport partners. I first got involved with competitive dog sport in the early 2000's when I was introduced to the sport of Schutzhund (now known as IGP), and have since been involved with a variety of different dog sports such as competitive obedience, conformation showing, protection sports, field trials, and hunt tests. I have over 15 years of dog training experience and education I received from a variety of different trainers, including some of the top sport and working dog trainers in North America including Jozie Nolting and Rudy Mietzner. Prior to becoming a professional dog trainer, I participated in a variety of horse sports as an amateur, as well as professionally training thoroughbred race horses. During my time in horse racing I had the opportunity to learn from a number of very successful trainers, and earned my way to working as the assistant trainer for hall of fame trainer R.K. Smith before going on to train my own stable of horses in both Canada and the US. My experience with training both dogs and horses has given me access to knowledge few dog trainers ever get the chance to obtain. I have had the opportunity to put many training theories and methodologies from all over the spectrum to the test in a wide variety of real life situations, and I know how to get results. I am an active member of CKC, GSPFCA and currently sit on the GSPFCA board of directors.
The key to any effective dog training program is a balanced relationship between the dog and their owner based on mutual respect. The canine mind is incredibly complex, so I do not advocate any single training method or tool. Each dog must be evaluated individually before the most effective method of training can be determined. I have studied a wide variety of different training philosophies under a variety of different mentors and I have learned something of value from all of them. I am not out to prove that one particular method of dog training is better than any other, I am only concerned about the best way to train the individual dog I am working with, which is why Elite Gun Dogs is able to offer one of the most well-rounded and versatile hunting dog training programs in Alberta. Click here for more details on my training philosophy.