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Mike came over for our first meeting with our adopted Border Collie. All we can say is that he is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and presents himself extremely well. He engaged my wife and I in the training and elimination of some behaviors that we were concerned about. He spent an hour in evaluation alone and then another hour for our first visit. There was a noticeable difference in our dog as she started to catch on right away. Now it is up to us to continue the behavior modification. Mike will be back in the next week or so to work on walking on leash. I would recommend Mike to anyone looking for dog training, sitting, etc., I will also refer him to friends that have issues with their pooches. Thank you Mike, from Tom and Nancy.
Elliot is conscientious, loving, kind, but firm with the dogs he's training. It's a wonderful experience and I love training my dogs under his tutelage. My dogs adore Elliot, too! This young man really knows his stuff when it comes to dog training and pet sitting and animal care overall. So glad he's on my team!
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I have been working with animals and instructing people since 1982. Initially focused on equines, I've provided countless hours of group and private riding lessons and judged local horse shows. My students and I have competed in both English and Western venues. I've served on the Board of Directors for Riding Unlimited and dedicated 4 years to the White Tanks Mounted Search and Rescue Team. In 1992, I successfully developed and implemented an Equestrian Therapy Program for a long-term residential treatment center serving chemical-dependent adolescents in Texas. Likewise, my experience with canines is just as strong and diverse. I've instructed in obedience, tracking and K9 Nose Work and have trained and handled narcotic and explosive dogs. A strong advocate for animal rescue, I've adopted several dogs and subsequently dealt with a variety of behavioral issues. I successfully trained my rescued Siberian Husky as a certified therapy dog and visited hospitals and nursing homes. I am currently an ANWI pursuing CNWI certification and teaching K9 Nose Work classes in Southern Oregon. Additionally, I am an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator, and a Canine Life and Social Skills instructor. Other professional affiliations include the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America, the North American Dog Agility Council, Canine Performance Events, the American Kennel Club, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC. Having the belief that continuous learning is key, I attend seminars on a variety of training methodologies. I understand everyone's experience levels and goals are unique and that personalized service is essential (one size does not fit all!). I am dedicated to learning about your personal goals and committed to building a training program that is focused on your specific needs.
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I offer schutzhund tracking, obedience, defense and personal companion training. I'm caring and lovable. I don't train dogs; I train you to train your dog!
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Horses have been my passion. I have a full care facility for vacation care or short-term stabling. When needed, travel to help care for farms or pets is available.