About the Trainer

David Knopp is a Master Graduate of the internationally-recognized Tom Rose School for dog training. He graduated in 1997 and has been helping people reach their dog training goals ever since.

What should you look for in a dog trainer?

A dog trainer is a dog trainer, right? The problem is, there is no official standard for dog trainers. There is no national test to verify competency in the dog training world, so a trainer could have any level of experience, many years or zero and call themselves a dog trainer. Not all dog trainers are equal, so what separates them in terms of ability and value to you? It's safe to assume you want the best results in the shortest amount of time for the least amount of money...

When a trainer has trained dogs to competitive levels of obedience, certification levels of narcotics, practical levels of search and rescue, competitive levels of tracking and protection, you can bet they have a depth of understanding that overshadows other trainers that learned by apprenticeships or through online correspondence courses (a very popular method of becoming a dog trainer these days)...

There are trainers who have experience only training for obedience and they may get good results for certain issues in obedience, but having experience with all facets of training creates a depth of understanding dog behavior that simply isn't possible without it.

Here is David placing second in the 2016 Southwest Regional IPO Championship. He earned High in Protection and High in Tracking.

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