Our Dog Training Philosophy:
We believe that dog training starts and ends with a good foundation of relationship building and clear communication. We find that most training or behavior problems can be solved by simply communicating what you want in a way the dog understands, while other problems can be solved by taking into account what you dog is trying to communicate to you, and ultimately if you are the most important thing in your dogs life then you will be able to do anything together.
We are based in Pearblossom, CA and also serve Palmdale, Lancaster, Apple Valley, and the surrounding areas.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-993-4475
Check out our list of brags (handlers and dogs who have made achievements through our training): Click Here
Michael McManus CAPE, CNWI, CATT, Head trainer/Applied Ethologist
Michael McManus (Certified in Applied Pet Ethology, Certified Nose Work Instructor and Certified American Treibball Trainer) has been working with dogs for 8 years focusing on K9 Nose Work®, Treibball and Herding. His Siberian Husky, Lumi, has done well in Nose Work coming in 1st place in their NW1, 1st place in their NW3, and earning numerous placements in elements. They are now competing towards their NW3 Elite Title. Michael was among the first to title dogs not owned by himself in Nose Work. He has titled a Basenji, a Flat Coated Retriever, a Border Collie, a Doberman, a Spanish Water Dog, and a Bloodhound in NACSW sanctioned trials. He is also an NACSW Certifying Official, Camp Instructor and teaches seminars around the country.
Michael attended the first Treibball Training Academy at the American Treibball Association headquarters in Colorado in 2011 and has been teaching clinics and classes every since.
Michael is on a continuous path of learning and has studied with some of the best in the field of behavior and training including, Dr. Roger Abrantes, Dr. Ian Dunbar, John Rogerson, Penny Scott-Fox, Scott Glen, Janna Duncan and others.
Michael McManus is also an Official Mentor for the Catch Canine Trainers Academy
Dr. Roger Abrantes
Natalie McManus, CNWI
Natalie (Certified Nose Work Instructor) grew up with dogs – and cats, guinea pigs, and horses – and has been working with them professionally for 9 years.
She is also Certified Search Designer and Judge for United States Canine Scent Sports, a Judge for AKC Scent Work, and a Judge for PUSH Treibball. She has been active in K9 Nose Work for 9 years and teaching classes for 7 years.
She has titled an Australian Shepherd mix (5th mixed breed dog to achieve an NW1), Pomeranian (1st Pomeranian to achieve an NW1 title), Border Collie (2nd Border Collie to achieve an NW3 title), a Belgian Malinois, and another Border Collie. Natalie is currently working on Elite 3 with her Border Collie and Elite 1 with her Malinois.
CGC K9 Lumi L1C, L1E, L1I, NW3 Elite
Lumi is a Siberian husky. She does a little bit of everything but truly succeeds in K9 Nose Work®, where she competes at the highest level. Lumi was 1st place overall in her NW1 and two of her NW3s, and 2nd place overall in the third! She also loves Treibball, and Agility and is the star of many of our training videos. She’s now focusing on competition obedience.
K9 Hazel L1I, Elite 2
Hazel is a purebred Border Collie from cowdog lines. She is currently in training to work both sheep and cows, so look for her in upcoming competitions! When she is not herding, she is sniffing, just like all of our dogs. Hazel was the 2nd ever Border Collie to earn an NW3 title.
K9 Ghost L1C, L1I, L2C, NW2
Ghost is our second Border Collie and is working on her NW2. She loves nose work and cows.
CGC K9 Icie L1E, NW3 Elite
Icie is the newest addition to our family. She is a Belgian Malinois and is loving nose work and dabbling in IPO. She earned her NW1 the day after her 1st birthday, and her NW2 less than 3 months later. Icie has earned her NW3 Elite (3 NW3s) with a 1st place overall and two 4th place overall.
Our Dogs Who Are No Longer With Us
CGC K9 Cinnamon NW2, NW3-E, NW3-V, NW3-C, L1I
Cinnamon was a sweetheart Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix. We most loved doing nose work together, but she also had a blast with sheep herding, agility, rally, and just chasing a ball for as long as we would throw it. She died much too young from a neurological disease: Cerebellar Abiotrophy. She was our first dog together, and we could never thank her enough for all that she taught us and the places she took us.
Without you, we would never have gotten here.