Star of the Discovery+ reality show, “THE MIGHTY UNDERDOGS”
I began training/showing dogs in 1963. Since then, I’ve worked with hundreds of dogs in home, class and shelter situations. Competitvely, with my own dogs, I’ve earned more than 32 AKC Companion Dog titles, 8 Companion Dog Excellent titles and 4 Utility Dog titles as well as more than 64 other AKC Championship, Rally and Obedience titles. Most recently, I brought a little rescue dog all the way to his AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer title, one of a handful of dogs to reach this level. I’m a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and certified as a Dog Trainer through The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Additionally, I serve as an AKC Canine Good Citizen, Canine Good Citizen Advanced and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator . I am also one of a select group of AKC evaluators eligible to do Temperament Testing. I am proud to be one of the most successful coaches of Junior Showmanship competitors in the country with numerous kids ranked among the top juniors in the nation. My kids regularly qualify for the AKC National Final Junior Showmanship Finals and the Westminster Kennel Club Junior Showmanship Finals. In fact, for the past several years, more students from my program have qualified for these two national events than any other single program in the history of these competitions. In 2021, I proudly had 12 juniors qualify for the AKC Nationals and 7 qualify for Westminster. And in 2022, with an even more stringent set of qualifying criteria, I still have a dozen Juniors going to FL and 5 going to Westminster! Finally, partnered with my Clumber Spaniel Josey, we deployed multiple times as a certified Search and Rescue team, assisting local law enforcement in locating missing persons.