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Dustin began his career in 1999 as a United States Marine Corps Working Dog Handler when he graduated from the 341st Training Squadron, Military Working Dog Handler Course in Lackland Air Force Base Texas. During his active duty career in the Marine Corps Dustin was sent or deployed to "Ground Zero", Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom. After his active duty service Dustin continued his career as a canine trainer with private security companies tasked with the physical protection of U.S. dignitaries in the Middle East. In 2012 Dustin left the Middle East and took a position as a Multi-Purpose Canine (MPC) Trainer with Naval Special Warfare where he served for two years before taking a position with the Department of Defense as an MPC Instructor. During the course of the last 20 years Dustin has honed his dog training skills and developed a unique training style through experiences and lessons learned. His passion for dog training and desire to create an unbreakable bond between dog and owner is second to none
Jessica Bancells - Canine Trainer
Jess started her career as a dog walker/pet sitter in 2013 and soon developed a passion for canine training and animal behavior. During her position as a dog walker/pet sitter she was directly responsible for the well-being and training of over 100 dogs. This position offered Jess the ability to develop her training knowledge and better understand animal behavior. In August of 2019 Jess completed her apprenticeship under Dustin and enhanced her training background. Her ability to connect with dogs and her attention to detail makes her a highly skilled trainer/behaviorist. Jess works with all breeds, ages and offers numerous specialties to include: obedience, behavior problem solving, Agility, and scent detection work.
Obedience implies compliance with the direction or command given by the handler. For a dog to be considered obedient rather than simply trained in obedience, it must respond reliably each time its handler gives a commands. Training a dog in obedience can be an ongoing and lengthy process depending on the dog, the methods used, and the skill and understanding of both the trainer and the handler. The level of obedience the handler wishes to achieve with the dog is also a major factor in the time involved, as is the commitment to training by the handler.
A personal protection dog is not only a companion, it is a dog selected for a job, and trained extensively for that job. Along with the training, this type of dog also comes with a special responsibility. As the dogs owner, you must be trained in handling the dog through obedience, as well as through all your protection scenarios. Just like training law enforcement and military k-9's, protection dogs require maintenance, control, and proper guidance. You cannot expect your dog to perform well if you don't maintain their training. Dog selection is critical for this capability.
An emotional support animal (ESA), is a type of assistance animal that alleviates a symptom or effect of a person's disability. An emotional support animal differs from a service animal. Service animals are trained to perform specific tasks (such as helping a blind person navigate), while emotional support animals receive basic obedience training for public access. Any animal that provides support, well-being, comfort, or aid, to an individual through companionship, unconditional positive regard, and affection may be regarded as an emotional support animal.
In scent detection dogs learn how to search for a specific target odor or odors and locate the source. Dogs can start by searching for their favorite food or toy reward hidden in a variety of environments, increasing the challenges and adding new search skills as the dog progresses. Most people will choose to have their dogs learn to find target odors used in K-9 Nose Work such birch, anise, and clove. Those looking for practical applications would use explosives, narcotics, currency, etc. Once target odors are introduced to the dog, he/she will search for the odor and find its source, then get rewarded by the handler with a treat or toy.