Jim began his professional training studies in 1978. Since that time he has trained thousands of dog/handler teams; for obedience, police K-9, Schutzhund, and personal protection. He has worked in Massachusetts, Arizona, and New Hampshire, where he now runs an all breed training facility…..training everything from toy breeds up to giant ones; helping people from all walks of life to learn relationship interaction and prevention of problems, and how to interpret and understand their dog's behavior. Jim was also schooled in professional all breed grooming, and managed two grooming shops in addition to establishing his present business. Granite State Dog Training Center is licensed by the state of New Hampshire as a post secondary educational facility, where grooming courses are offered for those who wish to enter into the grooming industry.
In 1991, Jim was one of the first two Schutzhund competitors in New England to receive "Schutzhund Teaching Helper Status". This prestigious title was conferred on him by Deiter Hupp; an official judge who traveled from Germany specifically to critique the abilities of all Schutzhund trainers in New England. This designation enabled Jim to hold Schutzhund Training Helper seminars anywhere in the United States. Jim raised and trained his dog Zack to Schutzhund III, the Master's level of the sport, where he competed in national and regional competitons. To this date, Jim and Zack are only one of two owner-trained pairs to have ever won the Schutzhund III New England Regional Championships twice. Zack is also the foundation dog of Warrior Kennels, where Jim has been breeding German Shepherds for the last 21 years.
Because of his broad range of accomplishments, Jim is sought after for seminars, lectures, and demonstrations in tracking, obedience, and protection. He has also been the guest of several radio talk shows, as well as television interviews.
Jim's wife Kyla graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is the Vice President and office administrator of the business. Kyla loves working with our clients and handling customer relations.
Jim, Kyla, and their three children reside in southern New Hampshire.