Introduction To Your Dog Trainer
Knowing how to train your dog or puppy creates a lifetime bond between pet & owner. Bob has helped many owners learn the right techniques and put them on a path to success with their pets.
Bob operates Academy Dog Training of Central Jersey as a private business to help NJ dog owners train their pets with rapid and predictable results. Courses include Puppy Orientation & Socialization, Housebreaking, Behavior & Obedience (Basic & Advanced Classes), and Barking & Aggression Control. Dog training is done in-home at your NJ location.
We also provide Hunting, Tracking & Birddog classes with special arrangements. We are located in Allentown, NJ between Princeton & Freehold NJ (near the Jersey Shore). Service areas are N.J. counties of Monmouth, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Somerset, Hunterdon.
My love of animals and dog training experience started at a very early age with his grandfather, who ran a private animal supply and feed business. We were always delivering and brokering animals to a wide variety of farms and pet owners. My grandfather was also an avid conservationist and hunting enthusiast. Hence, I spent many hours working Beagles with my Grandfather in a hunting & rabbit tracking environment.
Needless to say that I always had a wide array of animals at my own residence. These included many dogs, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and a few more exotic pets. After years of working primarily with Beagles, property development in rural areas took it’s toll, and rabbit hunting areas became harder to find. We then started running pointer breeds including German Shorthairs, Brittany Spaniels and German Drahthaars.
While in college, I accepted a job delivering payroll checks to businesses at night. It didn’t take long to realize that I needed a Protection Dog for my travels. This experience introduced me to another realm of dog training, the sport of Schutzhund, a German dog sport involving three disciplines: Tracking, Obedience, and Protection training; “this was my new found love”! In the late `80’s, I joined a local Schutzhund Club where I worked as the agitation helper for the club and successfully competed in the sport for over a decade. During that time I bought, trained and sold many dogs, mainly German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, for both Federal, and Local Law Enforcement agencies, as well as general Schutzhund work.
During this time with the Schutzhund club I was very fortunate to have training, and bunked with many top trainers, and international champions from Europe.
In 1995, I coached two people for the Schutzhund 1 Nationals. They placed 2nd & 6th!!!
In 2004, I was searching for a new hunting Dog, when I ran into a group of DD (Deutsch Drahthaar) folks training on a NJ state wildlife management property. I was so amazed by the natural ability I saw in the one day of training, I immediately started investigating the club and the breed. On July 15th, 2004, I bought my first DD, and shortly after on November 19th, 2004, joined the VDD-GNA.
Since then I also competed at the 2006 International Armbruster Zuchtprufung in Ohio with my second DD and scored in the SG category. At that time, I accepted responsibility for Tattoo Administration in the Atlantic Chapter as well as Vice Chairman. On July 19th, 2007, I registered my DD Kennel, Vom Drahthaus. Prior to the DDS I also owned an American breed German Wirehair Pointer. We attended the SE Hunter Chapter Annual Meetings 2007 to participate in the breed show to qualify for coat and conformation. In 2008, I again attended the annual meeting to participate in meetings and seminars.
I attended Track Fest 2008 in Reading, PA by John Jeaneney. This was a very detailed Blood Tracking Seminar. I also assist at all VDD-GNA training days and now handle game orders and assist in planning day events for training. I have also conducted a Foot-Tracking seminar in Iowa relating to the Pre Armbruster Evaluation.