I was lucky enough to be brought into the wonderful world of dog training at the young age of 11. I started working with a pro trainer at his kennel doing the grunt work. By the time I was 13, I was doing a lot of the obedience and young dog training, and I also started running AKC Hunt Tests. When I was 14 is when I fell in love with working with dogs. The trainer that I had been working for gave me a very well-bred field golden with a lot of potential. It was my job to train and get her ready for competitions. He was there to help, but it was mainly on me. I really started getting into training and working with my puppy (Amber). I built a bond with this dog like no other. She not only became my best pal, but she was my hunting buddy, and really the reason for me becoming a dog trainer. Amber and I trained with many different people, and in many different avenues of competition including: Hunt Tests, Upland, Dock Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Field Trials, Obedience, Agility, and as of recently Shed hunting. I really acquired a lot of training knowledge working with her.
When I was 16, I started offering in-home obedience and hunting training. My business took off. I always had 6-8 dogs in training. I started giving all sorts of training demos at schools in the area. I also got into different competitions quite heavily. I kept a puppy out of Amber and continued to train my own dogs also. I also started teaching group obedience classes at different training and boarding facilities in the area.
After high school, and some business courses, I decided to open a small natural pet supply and grooming shop in Winneconne, WI. I made the decision to put training on the back burner while I got my new business up and rolling. Taking a break from training lasted a whole month. I started getting calls from someone that really wanted his new lab puppy trained for duck hunting. He was very set on me training his dog because he didn’t want to have to send her off to a kennel for training. Long story short… We got her into training, she became a star pupil that I really had fun running, testing, and training with. We became great friends and training buddies, and I started right back into training hard core.
As of lately, I work at the shop in the mornings and train in the afternoons and evenings. Amber is 10 years old now, and living the high life fetching ducks, flushing pheasants, and finding shed antlers. My younger dogs and a lot of my client dogs are training and competing in Hunt Tests, Field Trials, and Shed Trials. I run a few training groups, and take part in a few others working with all sorts of great trainers. I really have a passion for working with dogs. I am excited to become a part of the team at Everythingsheddog.com and Everythinggundog.com!