I started training dogs at the tender age of 9 through the 4-H clubs. By the time I was a teenager, I was teaching obedience classes for both the 4-H and area clients instead of babysitting. I have owned bouviers since 1991, but had decided on the breed years before that. Life does choose the right time/right place for us. I started small with miniature long-haired dachshunds, did so well in obedience that I talked my parents into a "real" obedience dog and moved to a golden retriever. Then to a more challenging breed of a Kuvasz which did a lot of prep work for me prior to owning bouvs. A Dobe was added to the mix along the way as I worked as a trainer at a Doberman training center learning personal protection training and the tracking along with all forms of group and private instructions before finally getting my first bouv. I have bred 3 generations of Spiritbouvs and require both performance titles and conformation titles prior to breeding my own dogs.
I have trained and titled in obedience, rally, nosework, agility and carting. Julie Cramer got me started with carting and my boy Rebel took to it like a duck to water. Living in Chicago, we get a lot of stopped traffic watching our carting expeditions around the city parks. I currently share the house with Rebel and his daughter Kanti who reminds me daily how hard it can be to raise a very "driven" puppy after enjoying mature bouviers for years. I work as a clinical lab manager for a large Pulmonary/Allergy and Sleep disorder physicians group in the Chicago suburbs.
We luv Bouvs! Learn more on the American Bouvier des Flandres Club website at bouvier.org.