Dan’s dog training and handling journey began when he moved to Canada from New Zealand where he was a K9 handler being teamed up with a Czech import German Shepard named Yuri. After immigrating to California, Dan worked for a Service Dog Training organization before starting his own business. Dan is also an accomplished student of the Michael Ellis School of Dog Training, a world renowned dog handler and trainer.
Unique to his style, Dan specializes in letting a dog think and make a positive choice as opposed to other styles that reinforce a particular trick. He also likes to see dogs learn useful tasks that are traditionally taught to service animals.
Luring, play, positive reinforcement, and understanding what each dog and owner’s goals and needs are the foundation of his teaching and behavior rehabilitation. All dogs that train with Dan have access to veterinary medicine and canine behaviorists thanks to his wife, Dr. Jenna Cooper.
This method of training is not “one size fits all.” Each program is tailored to reduce stress and anxiety for your family and aimed at enjoying and having fun with your dog in ways that aid them fitting into your daily routines.