In 1996, I graduated from National K9 School of Dog Trainers where I had the pleasure of being taught by school founder Scott Mueller. Scott pioneered the use of dogs for handicapped support service, having trained the first dogs for this purpose in the 1970’s.
I am very proud of the education I received at National K9 and am thrilled that Scott was recently inducted into the International Association of Canine Professionals Hall of Fame. Scott is in excellent company; with the likes of the Weatherwax Family who trained Lassie, The Monks of New Skete, Dr. Ian Dunbar, and Cesar Milan; all having also won this incredible honor.
My experience of being taught by Scott gave me an amazing foundation of knowledge about dogs and how they think. He encouraged me to work extremely hard towards my Master Trainer Certification.
Scott was the first to suggest that I start my own business, giving me the confidence boost I needed, telling me that he believed I would achieve tremendous success. He helped design my school logo and inspired my professional career.
While at National K9 I learned how to properly raise puppies for service and family, how to effectively train handicapped support dogs in all manner of assistance work, scent detection for Search and Rescue, protection dog training, and so much more. I was instilled with a strong sense of professionalism and respect for all the trainers who came before– pushing the field to higher levels of understanding and achievement.
Scott gave me a strong start in canine training and has been a mentor to me through my career– over the years I have been taught by the best of the best and am thankful for all my teachers that have given me so much. -David