I was blessed with the best possible training from our United States Air Force. I was one of the first twelve Air Force Canine Handlers to be chosen to help support the First Marine Expeditionary Force in Operation Iraqi Freedom. My dogs seized drugs, explosives, and people. I was blessed with the best training possible from our United States Air Force. Needless to say, I am very patriotic and get nostalgic when I listen to “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood.
After the Air Force, I was a Canine Handler & Supervisor for Kontraband Interdiction and Detection Services (K.I.D.S.Inc), a job that helped me communicate with people how dogs should be trained. I trained at least 12 dogs to detect and alert illegal drugs, alcohol, and gun powder based substances to keep kids safe in their schools. I trained at least 15 associates, police officers, and sheriffs to train and handle their own dogs. I also gave demos at schools, worked with kids, and traveled up and down California. This job really helped me to become more of a people person when communicating how dogs should be trained. It also helped me transition from a military lifestyle to the “civilian world”. My favorite schools to go to were in San Diego; fortunately, my wife has many relatives there so I still have reason to vacation at Dog Beach in SoCal.
My beautiful wife, GiGi, transitioned from being a third grade teacher for 15 years to managing A+ Dog Training in 2016. I helped her pick her first puppy which she named Ammo. She always grew up with dogs, but she never raised one from a pup on her own. It not only taught me how difficult owning a puppy could be for others, but how important it is for a household to be on the same page with commands and communication. We love educating and helping others which is how A+ Dog Training became our business. Aside from managing A+ Dog Training, GiGi also walks dogs, assists with socializing your dog to be around other dogs, and takes pictures during training sessions for social media.
Like humans, not one dog is the same as another and I keep an open mind when training. If you ask me what my favorite breed/age to work with is, I will tell you that it’s the dog that will give me the biggest challenge! Communicating with people to help turn their dog into the healthy, happy, well-balanced dog they fell in love with is the gift God has blessed us with at A+ Dog Training. Feel free to set up a consultation where you can get to know more about us and how we can help your family.