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ALL STAR K9

16412 Heather Ridge Rd.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone:
301-992-2823




Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
Weekends and after 5 by appointment

About All Star K-9

My passion for dogs probably began the same way as most, by being born into a family of dog lovers. I cannot retrieve any memories of my grandparents, Ruth and Fred Unger, without an image of their shepherd, Keller, their boxer, Queenie, or their mutt, Nicole, along side of them.

My childhood pet was a shepherd named Zackson. He was not only my childhood pet, but at times, my friend and protector as my father traveled for business many days out of the week.

I remember thinking of myself as a dog trainer way back at the age of 11 when my mother and I would teach Zackson the obedience routines she learned at a basic obedience class. I can't say the training worked, but it sure was fun!  

Whether it was the passing of Zackson, my dislike for bookwork at school, the addition of 2 new shepherds named Hans and JoJo to our family, or a combination of all three, something happened when I was 15. I knew that being around dogs, training dogs, and stopping cruelty toward dogs, was what I needed to do. I got hired at the Washington County SPCA in Hagerstown, MD. I cleaned kennels, washed dishes, and met my wife. I moved up quickly and became an animal control officer for 2 years in which time I learned various tools, skills, and techniques geared toward developing better relationships between people and their canine pets. After struggling with the euthanasia of the animals, I left the SPCA and took a job in sales like my father. But in the summer of 2003 I believe God sent me a sign that led me back to this path.

A close friend of mine named Mark Frie had gone missing and was believed to have drowned in the Antietam Creek. Many of our friends joined the police and fire department's search efforts. After a long and painful 48 hours, and without the aid of any type of cadaver dog, Mark's body was retrieved and returned to his family. The next day I quit my sales job and began my search for the best dog training school I could find. My search ended when my wife and I read about the Tom Rose School for Dog Trainers in St. Louis, Missouri. This dog training school was the only dog training school recognized by the US Board of Education, it may still be. At the Tom Rose School for Dog Training:

I graduated top of my class as a Professional Trainer in 2004 from the Tom Rose School of Dog Training. The Tom Rose School of Dog Training is located in Jefferson County, Missouri, and is the only dog training school recognized by the United States Department of Education. Education program focused on the following:
  • Animal Behavior
  • AKC Novice routine
  • AKC BH routine
  • AKC open routine   
  • Schutzhund 2 routine
  • Agility
  • Tracking blind
  • Tracking Schutzhund
  • Search and Rescue
  • Article searches
  • Narcotics detection
  • Therapy
I trained and certified my own dogs

Khalua Bay - Chocolate Lab:
certified in AKC novice, AKC BH, narcotics: ( marjuana, black tar heroin, crystal meth)

Ty - Belgian Malinois:
certified in personal protection and narcotics: (marijuana, black tar heroin, crystal meth)

Boye - Belgian Malinois:
certified in home invasion, personal protection, and ring sport

Gandolff - Great Dane:
certified as a therapy dog

Andra - Shepherd:
AKC open routine, agility, and Schutzhund 2

I received top honors and certification from East Coast K-9 under the direction of Clay Meadow for the following law enforcement techniques:
  • Sport
  • Home invasion
  • Home protection
  • Tracking
  • Search and rescue
  • TNT detection
  • Narcotics detection
  • Helper work
  • Personal protection
  • High impact patrol dogs
  • Schutzhund 1, 2 and 3
 
I returned as a graduate from the Tom Rose School of Dog Training 4 weeks before the birth of my first child and began the new journey of fatherhood, dog trainer, and business owner. After 8 years, I am happy to report that I am still happily married, have 3 daughters, and I am managing the business one day at a time!

Volunteer Work:
I volunteer for local schools in Washington County to give demonstrations on search and rescue, animal protection, and puppy care.
  • Williamsport High School - Mr. Rowe's class
  • Broadfording Christian Academy - Mrs. Wyand and Mrs. Hawbaker's classes
  • Clear Spring High School - Mrs. Shank's class
  • Boxer rescue
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