Mike Pinksten, the proprietor and Training Director of Olympia Kennels, has been solving the training needs of pet owners and dog sport competitors for 30 years.
With over twenty-five thousand dogs trained, Mike’s experience is second to none. Among his students is everyone from first-time puppy parents to the owners of adult dogs deemed “untrainable” by others. Mike is also an excellent teacher of humans, and can help even the most frustrated or confused dog owner to gain understanding of the training process in a meaningful way. Because Mike has spent years working with such a great number of dogs, rare or “difficult” breeds are neither rare nor difficult to him!
The German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany (Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde) has awarded Mike their highest rating: Certified Schutzhund Teaching Decoy. He has been certified four times by four different German LEHR helpers and has traveled to Germany eighteen times to participate in trials and training activities with some of the world’s best Schutzhund trainers and instructors.
Awards and Accomplishments
1997 OG Boston High in Trial
1997 OG Boston High Protection
1997 OG Wesconn High in Trial
1997 New England Regional Championship High Schutzhund II Protection
1993 OG Boston High Schutzhund III
1991 OG Boston High Schutzund I
1990 Green Mountain Schutzhund Club Schutzhund III - High in Obedience & Protection
1990 New England Regional Competition
1989 Ocean State Schutzhund Association High in Trial
1986 Quebec Championship (3rd place) Schutzhund
1986 Regional Champion Boss V. Loherland
1986 New England Regional Champ Schutzhund III Champion - High in Protection
1986 OG Boston High Schutzhund I
1985 USA Nationals Boss V. Loherland
1985 OG Weende High in Trial (Gotteingen, Germany)
1984 OG Quahog High Protection
1984 New England Regional Championship 3rd place Schutzhund III