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Ralph Smith Owner/Head Trainer

ralph with dog for owner of business

Atlantic Coast K-9 Training Service was founded in 1999 by Ralph Smith. Ralph has been a dog owner his entire life. He got his initial start in dog training in 1991 when he became a member of Dogs East Search and Rescue. He spent 2 years there working with what he considers some of the Top Dog Professionals in the country and credits much of his training foundation to the skills he acquired there. Unfortunately, his search dog, a beautiful Doberman Pinscher named “Rocker” was tragically killed and he decided to take a break from training to regroup.
It took a couple of years to get over the loss of his dog but during the time off, he developed an intense desire to become a Dog Trainer. Not just any trainer though, he wanted to become recognized as one of the best in the world. He began that process by going to school at North State K-9 Academy (also called Tarheel K9) in Sanford, North Carolina where he had the opportunity to work with world renowned trainer Jerry Bradshaw. The experience there was incredible but that was only the beginning. In the years that have followed, he has had the opportunity to attend one on one workshops with the likes of Bart Bellon and attend seminars by such notable trainers as Dean Calderon, Michael Ellis, Ed Frawley,Tom Rose, Mark Chaffin and a long, long list of many others.
Ralph has garnered a tremendous amount of knowledge on the subject of Dog Training over the years and has gained respect among his peers as being one of the best. Still though, he continues to reach for a higher level of excellence. Currently he has 3 dogs which he is training in IPO/Schutzhund and plans to compete in 2015 with the hopes of taking one or more of them to the Nationals. In addition, he has started to work with Service Dogs and has found it a very rewarding experience to give back to our troops.
Ralph Smith gives seminars nationally on Dog Training at every level as well as seminars on Pet Nutrition. If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend, it is an informational opportunity that you don’t want to miss. As for training of your dog, there are few better. Folks from across the country bring their dogs to Ralph to have trained. If you are looking to get your dog to a level that you never imagined possible, whether it be a well behaved family pet or a World Class Competition dog, look no further!


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