I grew up in southern New Jersey where I trained and obedience titled my first dog, an Airedale Terrier.
I left home after high school graduation and attended college for two years in Ohio and then enlisted in the Air Force. I trained as a Field Medic in Texas and was sent to Viet Nam for a year. When I returned I was assigned to the Nellis Air Force Base hospital where I worked as a medic in the emergency room and later performed minor surgery in the hospitals surgical clinic. After my discharge, in December 1974, I returned to New Jersey and completed a degree in Medical Technology at Rutgers University.
After college graduation I moved back to Las Vegas and then worked as a medical lab technologist for the next 40 years holding positions as a technologist in multiple fields including chemistry, hematology, immunology, special chemistry and virology. In 1995 I became registered and licensed as a Specialist in Virology and subsequently became the supervisor of Virology and Molecular Diagnostics at Quest Diagnostics in Las Vegas. I later served as Laboratory Manager at North Vista Hospital for a year before building and directing the laboratory at Desert View Hospital in Pahrump for 7 years. Subsequently I worked as a Technical Applications Specialist for Siemens Diagnostics until I retired from the laboratory business in 2015.
Throughout my years of making a living in medical laboratories I continued to train all breeds of dogs and trial my own dogs (Akita, German Shepherds, Border Collies and a Dalmatian) in various disciplines. In 1992 I became co-owner and president of Canine Behavior and Training Center in Las Vegas as well as teaching dog obedience classes for the Community College of Southern Nevada. In 2010 I joined the Pahrump Valley Obedience Club where I taught group classes to the general public as well as pursuing individual training as part of my separate business, Henry’s GR8K9s. Along the way I became licensed as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator along with being an Evaluator for the AKC ATT (AKC Temperament Test). As I continued to teach the public I pursued training and trialing my own dogs to advanced titles:
Obedience: Multiple dogs to Utility and Utility Excellent titles
Rally Obedience: Multiple dogs to Master titles
Trick Dog: Two dogs with Trick Dog Performer titles
Agility: Was involved in bringing AKC agility to Las Vegas with Gamblers Agility Club and had the second AKC Agility Excellent title awarded in Las Vegas
Schutzhund: Was the founding president of the Silver State Schutzhund club as well as having the only Schutzhund titled Border Collie in the state of Nevada
Flyball: Founding member of Flying Colors Flyball Team and recipient of both Onyx and Iron Dog Titles.
Herding: In the 1990’s had the only two titled AKC Herding Champions in the state of Nevada.
All of my experience training and successfully trialing dogs in various dog sports has given me a unique perspective and skill set that has led me to fully appreciate and apply the skills involved in training service dogs.