NEIL MATHEWS: Neil's first memory of training dogs was when he was about 12 years old. He watched a program on TV about dog training and immediately began trying these techniques on his family's Boxer, Misty. The rest, as they say, is history. Since then, Neil's love for dogs and his desire to find better ways to make the relationship between dogs and their owners the best it can be has pressed him into being the trainer he is today. Neil is a 1997 graduate of National K-9 School for Dog Trainers in Columbus, Ohio. There he completed the Master Trainers course and was certified in:
Basic and Advanced Obedience
Utility and Retrieval
Basic Police K-9
Neil has been training dogs professionally for over 20 years now and has personally trained over 5,000 dogs himself and has overseen the training of hundreds more. This kind of experience has given him the ability to read dogs and understand how to bring out the best in them. He also has the ability to pass this understanding on to their owners in a way that allows them to continue the training their dog received at Certified Canine Services camp at home. Neil opened Certified Canine Services training camp in the spring of 2000. He has been a guest on such shows as Ted and Amy in the Morning show on 93Q in Syracuse as well as many other appearances around central new York. Neil is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.
RACHEL MATHEWS: Growing up, Rachel could almost always be found surrounded animals but her interest in dog training began when she was in need of a trainer for her own dog Brutus, a Rottweiler with some aggressive tendencies. Her search for help proved to be harder than she thought. No one seemed to have any idea what to do with him and the few ideas she was given didn't work well for her dog. She thought "There must be a better way of dealing with this." A few years later she was able to pursue her dream and goal of being able to better understand dog behavior and how to better communicate with dogs. Rachel's love for working with dogs and people alike makes her the great trainer that she is today. She is a 2007 graduate of National K-9 School for Dog Trainers where she also completed the Masters Trainers course and was certified in:
Basic and Advanced Obedience
Rachel is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the National Dog Trainers Association. She continues to attend workshops, conferences and seminars to continue her education in the field of dog training and behavior modification.
Meet Our Certified Professional Trainer
BRAD DAWLEY: When looking for trainers to join our team, we look for not just the experience, but for several personality traits that help separate a good trainer from a great one. Patience, compassion, and enthusiasm are just a few examples of the characteristics that are ideal. A combination of all of these can be hard to find, but we were lucky enough to find them all in the newest member of our team, Brad Dawley.Brad is also a graduate of National k-9 school for dog trainers. He graduated in Feb 2017 and was certified in:
But dogs have been a part of Brad’s life since childhood as he was always surrounded by them growing up. Having this exposure at a young age allowed him to better develop the necessary skills for training over the years. Today, he has a Pitbull-St. Bernard mix at home named Rudder, so the training never stops for him. In the time that Brad has been with Certified Canine, he has consistently shown the positive impacts that possessing the aforementioned qualities can have on dogs as they are being trained. In an effort to always provide our customers with the best service and for their four-legged family members, Brad will be continuously attending seminars and workshops to always be improving his practices.