Meet the Trainers

Joris Kerckhof
Franchise Owner & Trainer

My name is Joris Kerckhof and I am originally from Belgium.
Before I came to the USA I was a member of the Belgian Federal Police where I worked as a K9 handler with multiple dogs in detection and patrol work. Above that I have been a trainer for multiple agencies around the world to help them set up their canine program. Dogs have been a part of my whole life.
In 2016, I came to the USA to fulfill my American dream, I worked for multiple companies involved in government K9 contracts and meanwhile I started to train pet dogs also. I specialized in the dog psychology because I wanted to help people and their dogs. The dog is mostly the easiest to train, the challenge is to make the people understand what is going on.
There is a reason why people want their dog to be trained. Perhaps they don’t have the time and knowledge to do it by themselves or they tried and made it worse. There is nothing wrong with that, everybody makes mistakes and no one is perfect.
For me, in dog training it is important to understand the dog, to read the dog and to find a way to have a better communication. Wouldn’t it be nice if dogs would speak the same language as we do. Unfortunately that is not the case and that is where I come into the picture.
A dog is not like a smartphone that you can update, there is a way deeper sense, it’s all about finding the balance between good and wrong. With my system I condition the dogs into what they need to do, I will reinforce what is good not what is wrong.
Most people who have the time and the knowledge don’t need a trainer, but from time to time we all need to look in the mirror and realize that we have our limitations.
I will take my time to communicate with your dog and to find that balance so that you as a client find the happiness with your lovely pet.
We want happy dogs, we want dogs that do things with heart and soul and in return give you back that smile on your face.

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Training Programs

Board and Trains

Extended Day Training Program

Board and train programs are great for clients that have busy schedules and need help getting a jumpstart in their training.  Although a big part of the program’s success lies within you the client, we can get a major jump on the repetitions and practice, making it a much easier process for a busy owner to follow through.  Essentially, it is like you send you dog away to learn a new language, and when we bring them home, you have to continue to speak and follow through with the new language.  Board and Train also include a lifetime of free support to clients that receive their program graduation certificate. You can find more specific program information on the location page specific to your area.

Puppy Programs

Puppy class is a lot like breakfast

The most important meal of the day. Starting a puppy off right is like giving your puppy the roadmap to success with the fastest route already highlighted. We can prevent so many behavioral problems that we see in older dogs. Bad habits can form quickly, so please do your puppy the best favor you can: sign up for for a puppy program! You can find more specific program information on the location page specific to your area.

Private Lessons

Private & Group Training

We have several programs that offer private lessons.  Private lessons are best suited for clients that have tricky schedules or prefer to meet one on one with a trainer.  Depending on your dog’s needs, your trainer will create the screws to make your program a success. Private programs will consist of a set number of lessons and include a lifetime of free support to clients that receive their program graduation certificate. You can find more specific program information on the location page specific to your area.

Additional Programs & Services

Testimonials

Joris is honestly the best! If it weren’t for him my 4 month old German Shepard would be a mess! He  is helping me train him one session at a time and believe me you would notice the difference. Thank you so much.

– Karla S.

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