Born in rural Alabama during the Great Depression, early in life Dave learned the value of good bird dogs. In 1952 he joined the U.S. Navy and saw active duty during the Korean conflict. He spent most of the first half of his naval career aboard ships; the last half he was a recruiter and an instructor for the U.S. Naval Reserve. During these years, he began professionally training dogs on a part-time basis. When he retired from the U.S. Navy in 1973, he secured a VA loan, built a dog kennel, and began training dogs.
Through the years Dave has trained hundreds of dogs and helped countless dog owners and handlers become better dog people. As the old saying goes, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating," and Dave's method has proven its worth. The dogs he's trained and helped others train are what he calls good citizens - well-trained dogs. They do what they're supposed to do - hunting or field trialing - and are a joy to their owners. He has always shared his knowledge and expertise with anyone who asks for help.
A few years ago friends and fellow dog lovers prevailed upon Dave to begin developing some dog training videos. In response to their requests, he developed the following series of videos:
- Puppies Started Right
- The Electric Collar
- The Field Trial Dog
- Correcting Problem Dogs
- The Finished Dog
- Meat on the Table
- The Dual Dog
- Teaching Your Lab To Point
Dog trainers and dog owners continue to call Dave to thank him for doing the videos and to tell him how useful they are in training dogs and correcting behavior problems.
When Dave is at home in the beautiful rolling hills of southwest Idaho, he helps dogs become better bird dogs and dog owners become better handlers.