|I have spent my entire life learning about and training dogs. Starting at a young age with 4H, I progressed on to training for competition obedience, then later protection dogs with Project Safe Run in the late 80s and early 90s. After graduating college I began a successful career as a Computer Programmer, but continued to foster my love of dog training, and increase my knowledge base, spending much of my spare time training and competing with dogs in French Ring, MondioRing, Schutzhund, PSA, NADF, Herding, Agility, Obedience, Tracking, Weight Pull, Flyball and other venues. When time permitted I also took in the occasional board and train dogs for clients, ran private and group obedience classes, and have coached many competitive teams in a variety of venues, helping them overcome obedience and/or behavioral issues that were preventing their dogs from excelling. I have worked with a wide range of dogs, from shy fearful dogs who needed help understanding the world is not something to fear but to explore and enjoy, to dogs with aggression issues, to happy go lucky dogs who just needed to understand some boundaries to be a polite member of society.|
Over the years I have owned a wide variety of breeds, including Dobermann, Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Beauceron, Boxer, APBT, Am Staff, Jack Russell Terrier, and Belgian Shepherd Dogs, AKA Malinois and Tervuren. The Malinois eventually became my primary breed of choice, although I do still dabble on occasion with other breeds.
I have walked on the trial field over 400 times in over 12 different venues and and put over 100 titles on various dogs, most titles requiring 2-3 legs to complete. My personal dogs have been the #1 dog in the Nation in both French Ring and Herding, in addition to winning local and regional trials in many venues. I’ve been a founding member of a number of sport dog clubs, held office in local and nationals clubs, and hosted numerous seminars and demonstrations. As a breeder I have produced dogs that have won Regional, National and World Championships, worked for the military and police, earned numerous performance and working sport titles, worked as ranch dogs and medical assistance dogs, protected their owners from assault, and even finished a few conformation championships.
I believe that learning never stops, and have attended numerous seminars over the years, and continue to soak up knowledge wherever I can find it.
In 2021 I decided to return to the field of pet dog training, taking on a small selection of clients helping them achieve their goals of a well rounded pet who is a joy to live with.
| Kadi and Calice du Dantero|
FRII, PSA1, SchH BH, CD, HCTs, HIAs, HTDIs, HRDIs, TFE-I, FDCh-G, CL1-R, CL1-H, CL1-S, CL1-F, CGC, Best of Breed, HOT, 2003 NARA FRI Vice Champion, Herding High in Trial and Reserve High in Trial, #6 Belgian Malinois 2007 AKC Herding Rankings, High in Trial Alternate Breed, Obedience and Agility 2008 WPTCA National Championship, GDC Hips – good, GDC Elbows, Shoulders, Tarsus, Stifles – Normal, CERF, CHIC