Owner/ Head Trainer
Robert’s journey in dog training started in 2014 when he attended the Veterans Affairs and K9 Soldiers Inc Program. During his time at his program he met his mentor who was a retired New Jersey State Trooper. His mentor was a Supervisor over 5 states of K9 Teams who responded to the 9/11 attack and was on a panel of elite dog trainers selected by the US Attorney General.
From there Robert continued his education in dog training by traveling across the nation to learn from other dog trainers and completed lecture and online courses.
Recently Robert was 1 of 3 select few to graduate the Harcum College and UPenn Working Dog Center Co-Op Program. Here he sharpened his capabilities as a trainer, specifically in Positive Training Techniques of working dogs.
Ryan’s journey into dog training originally started as an HD Dog Training client. Robert helped Ryan with his Cane Corso, Zucchini. During the time of being an HD Client, Ryan discovered his passion for training dogs and helping others to do the same with theirs.
Ryan has always been an animal lover, he has an extensive background from a career as a Chef, Ski-Guide, and studied Wildlife Sciences at Virginia Tech.
Here at HD, I have merged a hefty handful of core values that we honed in the military to make us into stronger, better, and more capable individuals. I now try to instill those concepts and capabilities into each client and I personally believe this is why all of my clients have had such insane results an amazing triumph and stories to last a lifetime about the things they can now do that they once could not do in the past. That is why I do this, for each dog, and every surprised face on every owner when the dog that they believed to be “not worth even trying with” turns into the neighborhood role model and local celebrity! Time and time again we have stepped up to continue to help make Philadelphia and the rest of PA (and the world). But for now, let’s bring peace to your family and home!
With that said, going into any training with us is to fully understand that YOU WILL GET OUT OF THIS PROGRAM, WHAT YOU PUT INTO THIS PROGRAM. That was the biggest saying we used while I was in the military and it directly applies to every aspect of all of our lives. I will go the extra mile for clients who are truly doing the work and doing their homework (that’s right, homework, daily, CONSISTENCY is daily!). During training, you do have non-stop support and after training you will have the ability to book shorter calls or sessions or even discounted refresher sessions to upkeep your training levels, who knows, maybe someday you’ll want to go up to intermediate, or even advance off-leash training!
HD Dog Training LLC works with non-profits and rescues to help out where we can. It is of very high importance to us as our entire philosophy of training stands on the same principles of being a good human being. With that said we are currently teamed up with Mr. Rodney Wyatt, CEO and Founder of Salute 2 Service; a non-profit which is determined to help all homeless veterans as well as veterans who will be coming back to the civilian life.
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