Alas, none of it worked.
I still had quite a desperate desire for my own dog.
And then my parents dropped a bomb on us kids (I’ve got four brothers and one sister).
We were moving!
I may have been the only 13 year old kid in the country who was excited to leave his home, friends, and school. Most 13 year old kids who move get pretty ticked at their parents.
But I was excited because we were moving to a small town (at the time) called Tracy, California. And we were moving to a house on an acre. And I was promised that, now that we were going to have land, I was finally going to get a dog!!!
At 14 we moved and it was not long after that I was back to begging.
We found a dog in the classifieds named Heidi and we went and got her.
I was in love. I spent all day training her, walking her, and caring for her.
Only, new problem…
It STILL wasn’t enough.
I loved working with her so much that I wanted to work with more and more dogs.
Shelters wouldn’t let me volunteer. Veterinarian offices didn’t want a 14 year old kid around. What to do?
Well, I opened up the Yellow Pages (those were a thing back then) and started cold calling dog trainers.
One of them answered. His name was Jack and I told him how I wanted to work for him.
Wouldn’t you know it, that’s exactly how HE had started training dogs. As a 16 year old kid he went and begged another dog trainer for a job.
So he took pity on this animal nerd and let me apprentice for him during my high school years.
That’s my story, folks.
From there I was able to get a job in my early 20s working for a protection dog company in Boston. After doing that for a couple years, in my mid-20s, we (my wife and I) moved here to Utah and started our company.
For over a decade we’ve been training dogs and growing our business. We’ve got four beautiful daughters and every day is different. Here are a few things that have happened in my career: