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Featured Merchants March 27th, 2008


The Training of Dogs

Jake Macken has spent 20 years training dogs. He says he got started early, at age 10 he fell in love with both dogs and learning how to get the most out of them.

As just a young boy he went to an AKC type obedience class. He was hooked! From that point on he maintained an interest in training. Later, he attended the Northeast Canine Academy, a school for trainers who learn training techniques for obedience, protection, and police dog training.

While he trains all breeds of dogs, his favorites are German Shepherds. He loves his work so much that even when he’s not training dogs for clients he pursues a sport known as “Schutzhund.”

Schutzhund is a German word that means “protection dog.” This is a sport that focuses on developing and evaluating those traits in dogs that make them more useful and happier companions to their owners.

While most of us are familiar with the obedience work and, perhaps the tracking elements of dog work, Schutzhund standards for the third phase, protection work, is similar to those for dogs in police work.

Schutzhund is intended to demonstrate the dog’s intelligence and utility. As a working trial, Schutzhund measures the dog’s mental stability, endurance, structural efficiencies, ability to scent, willingness to work, courage, and trainability.

We caught up with Jake recently at Kit Carson Park where he was exercising Marco, one of his two German Shepherds. Judging from the activity, Marco was enjoying the workout even more than Jake was. Clearly, the two had a close and powerful bond.

You don’t need to train your dog for Schutzhund . . . Jake can help you in all phases of training your dog, regardless of breed. The bulk of his training deals with nuisance problems, usually behavioral such as barking, jumping up, etc. Often, a one to two hour visit is sufficient for the training. Or, there are more thorough training schedules with five or six sessions scheduled. It’s all a specific schedule, designed for what the owner wants to accomplish and what the dog can handle. It’s a two part training period, however. The owner attends the training sessions so as to understand what to do when the dog is at home and needs repeat training. If competition is your goal, then plan on a regular training regimen.

Of Jake’s two German Shepherds, one is from Rescue, the other, Marco, is competitive.

While training can be conducted at a park, it is more typical that Jake comes to the client’s home to work with the dog and owner. His is not a 9 to 5 job. He pretty much adapts his schedule to meet the needs of the client and his family.

You and your dog just might discover a whole new life by getting acquainted with Jake Macken. Give him a call at 760.443.7795 (cell) or 760.746.8268.

Jake Macken and Marco







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