JOHN IMLER, Top Dog Training
John Imler with Top Dog Training has worked with the most severely abused dogs from Arrow Fund, a Kentuckiana-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides medical treatment to animals who have been victims of extreme torture, abuse, or neglect.
“We are excited to have his support,” GRRAND President, Nina Scott said about Imler. “He will be a great addition to GRRAND and our adoptive families.”
John walked away from a successful position at a Fortune 500 to turn a lifelong passion working with dogs into a career. “After watching frustrated people being pulled around parks and neighborhoods by their misunderstood dogs and seeing people their wit’s end trying to just “live” with their dogs, I knew I could help,” John explained.
He is a graduate of one of the country’s top live-in dog training schools, National K9. While there, John worked alongside trainers from all over and as far away as Greece. “I use a common-sense, non-militant, judgment-free approach to help clients build the bond and have the dream dog they thought they would never have,” he states on his website.
John has been recommended by several local veterinarians and currently handles specialized behavior issues for both the 5,000-member Louisville Dog Run Association as well as the Arrow Fund.
He is a member of the top two leading dog training professional organizations, the International Association of Canine Professionals and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. John, a University of Louisville graduate and an Army veteran, lives in LaGrange with his wife, Caroline, and their two girls and two dogs: Ava, a rescued large breed mix and Scout, a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
EMILY URCHUCK, The Pet Station Country Club
Meet head trainer of The Pet Station Country Club! Emily Urchuck began her training career becoming certified as a Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist at Starmark Academy outside of Ausitn, Texas.
After completion of the program she stayed on as an intern, was then hired as a trainer for Starmark Animal Behavior Center, and finally brought on as an instructor with Starmark Academy School for Dog Trainers.
During her time with Starmark, her experience was almost exclusively with shelter dogs that had a variety of backgrounds, temperaments, and behavior problems. Her own dog Buster was one of these shelter dogs who was in 3 different homes before he was assigned to her to train during her schooling.
She is a Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, Certified Trick Instructor through Do More With You Dog, and an evaluator with the AKC for Canine Good Citizen testing. Through organizations such as these, trainers are able to promote responsible dog ownership and enhance the communication between dog and owner!
Emily has 3 dogs of her own – Hurley (Siberian Husky), Buster (Cattle Dog mix), and Mako Ot Vitosha (Belgian Malinois).