Introduction: Natalia is the most accomplished female dog handler and trainer in the United States, having qualified for the world team six times for both Poland and the USA. She has trained and competed with her Malinois B'Aiko Ot Vitosha (Aiko) in IGP competitions nationally and at the world level, FMBB Malinois World Championship and FCI, All Breeds World Championship.
Before moving to the States, she had been traveling all over Europe to gain knowledge from the top dog trainers in the world about dog training including to Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, and regions all across her native Poland. Besides training her own dogs, her Cane Corso (Kleo), her German Shepherd (Nero) and all her Malinois, Natalia has trained literally hundreds of canine companions for people of various backgrounds.
Natalia has been professionally training dogs for over 15 years, learning from the top trainers in Europe and the USA and currently teaches private lessons (companion dog obedience, IGP, and IGP tracking), as well as, a training camp for all breeds of dogs using the unique training style she has developed over the years. She has worked and is familiar with most of the dog training systems used in European countries, as well as, learning from many of the top dog trainers in the USA. Natalia strives to always have a clear approach when working with dogs, and has a keen eye to understand what each individual dog's need to excel and enjoy learning.
Originally from Posen, Poland, and now living in the sunny state of Florida, USA, Natalia’s dedication to the dog training world and her deep love of dogs began at a very early age. Although, for as long as she can remember, she always wanted a dog and had always felt that connection with animals, her very first dog, a Cane Corso, Kleo, only came into her life when she was in her early twenties.
At the time, the thought of becoming a dog trainer had never crossed Natalia’s mind, nor had she planned to enter into any kind of training, however, as her dog began to develop so many behavior issues, she had decided that perhaps she should seek help and go to some dog training classes to work with her after all. Natalia and her dog then joined a basic obedience class, they ended up being the best in the class and they went to advanced classes. The advanced training classes were her introduction to the possibilities of dog training, traveling and competing together, and that is how this unbelievable journey began. It was the moment Natalia discovered dog training brings huge amount of joy into her life.
While working with Kleo, she learned much of the old school training, which worked well with her dog, but she strongly believed and felt somewhere deep inside, like a gut feeling, that there was a technique, a style of training and communication that was better for the dogs overall. She was sure something out there could make a dog even happier, that would work even better for dogs. Listening did not mean they did not have to be happy doing it.
It was this desire to find a better way to bond with her dog, and her unrelenting drive to accomplish what she dreams of, that encouraged her to travel all over Europe to find the best trainers in the world, watching them, and training with them. It was the beginning of a continuing journey which started out to find the best for her dog but evolved into finding something for all dogs, not just her own. Though, she had the chance to train dogs at an obedience school full-time, she knew there was something more, and that she could reach and achieve much more. This was also the time when she had started to hear all the alluring words of Schutzhund/IPO (now IGP), competitions, championships. She had watched the sport, met those involved and their dogs – she just fell in love.
Natalia had always dreamed of having a German Shepherd Dog, and now that she was living on her own, and wanting to compete, it was the opportune time to get the dog of her dreams, her German Shepherd, Nero, from the Czech Republic. Together she and her shepherd began training in IGP sports. They traveled all over Europe and he was rather good, completing the IGPV, a preview of IGP titles. Having completed that and starting to travel she realized that her German Shepherd, though very good, would not be able to take her to the World Championship. By this time, Natalia had already seen top world level training, often hearing the word "Championships", she needed a dog who could compete at a higher level, and began her search for such a dog. Nero taught her a lot and gave her the opportunity to aim higher. She was reaching for her big dream – to go to the World Championships and one day be a World Champion!
It was at this time that someone suggested that she should get a Belgian Malinois if she wanted to compete at a higher level. Since she enjoyed training dogs of all breeds, she began her thorough research, and that is when her first Malinois came into her life, the first Maddox. Things really took off after this. Every weekend, every month, in a different city in Poland, in a different country in Europe, long days in multiple training camps in Poland, Czech Republic, Austria filled with training and more training. Natalia and her Malinois, Maddox, would train and train continuously until their first Nationals.
Her dedicated passion for dog training allowed her to take Maddox to his highest level – at their very first National Competition, they qualified for the World Championship team of Poland. It was absolutely a dream come true! Although the outcome was not what she had expected, it was a great learning experience for both her dog and herself. She saw how much more knowledge she would need to acquire, how much more work would be involved, before achieving her goal. Maddox also had to mature more before competing at that level. They may not have been ready but they learned a great deal by entering.
Maddox, her Belgian Malinois, truly opened the world for her in the world of competition throughout Europe. Besides competing, Natalia would go whenever she had a chance to watch the world championships, and she knew, yes, this was where she wanted to be one day ,not only once but every time she trains her dog for competition. It was her strong drive and determination that gave her the opportunities to achieve her objectives and work toward developing her own unique training technique.