I grew up in northern California, in a small town called Oakley. It is located on the Sacramento River. I grew up as a hunter and spent many seasons hunting ducks, pheasants and other game birds. My dog training started at a young age working with Chesapeake Bay retrievers as flushing dogs, as with any hunting dog, obedience is the key. After high school, I joined the military (USN) and served my first two years aboard the USS John C. Stennis CVN 74, where I was then deployed to the gulf during Operation Iraq Freedom. After that deployment, I screened for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and was selected to become a Riverine. I was stationed in Little Creek, Virginia. I finished my career after serving a total of eight years. I then moved to Georgia and currently am a police officer. I have two German Shepherd dogs: one male (Thais) and a female (Ava). Ava is my protection dog and we have been training with Southern K9 Solutions since she was a puppy. She started with obedience and we have worked her up to protection. Along the way, I have become a handler and decoy working alongside Jay and Jerry Lyda. I have always enjoyed training dogs and am glad to have become part of the Southern K9 Solutions team in training obedience, protection, and patrol dogs.