Owner & Head Trainer
I grew up in SW Florida, during a time when hunting and being in the woods was common place around here. We raised American Bulldogs, as well as, some Heinz 57’s, for working in the woods. I don’t think I ever had a time when we didn’t have dogs around our house. I’ve always been good at handling dogs and teaching them to listen to me, but I had never had to teach other people to do what I did. My parents raise show and working American Bulldogs. For years, I had people ask me how to get their dogs to act like my dogs. I really didn’t have an answer for them, because it was just something I did. I didn’t know how to tell other people to do it. I could’ve taken their dogs and trained them to do what I wanted, but truly, dog training is 40% dog and 60% owner. Without knowing how to teach the owners, training the dogs would’ve been futile. Finally, I decided to go to a dog training school. I chose to attend Top Tier K9. This school focused not only on how to train dogs through a balanced method of training, but had a large focus on how to train the owners. As a trainer, I want to the training to be successful and last. The only way that can occur is if the owners know how to maintain the training once the dog’s training with me is over. I hope to continue training for many years to come!
Born and raised in SW Florida, Brandi has come from a long line of dog handlers. She has been officially apprenticing as a training for 2 years, though she has handled and trained most of her life. Though young, her knowledge and intuition surpasses many who are her seniors. She is the youngest person in the world to pass the written National Kennel Club's conformation judge's test, at the age of 14 yrs old. She has spent plenty of time in the show ring as a handler and apprenticing as a judge. She loves to spend her free time playing with her German Shepherd, Vito, and training him to pull her on her skateboard! He sees his harness and he knows it's time to work. There is nothing he loves more than to go skateboarding with his partner, Brandi!
Apprentice Level I
Rena is a wonderful addition to our team! She is a 5th generation native SW Floridian! Growing up in the country, she had her hands on more dogs of various breeds than you can count from pets to working dogs. She has shown her natural abilities to communicate with dogs for years. Now she wants to hone those skills and offer her passion and knowledge to others.
Apprentice Level II