Sparky grew up in a small Port Townsend, WA where his love of dogs and fascination with animal behavior began at a very young age with his clever and quick-witted Border Collie. He spent countless hours working with this dog, teaching her obedience and new tricks where eventually he convinced his parents to let him get a German Shepherd, under the circumstances that he would train the dog. Not only did Sparky keep this new dog under control, he dedicated his life to training him and soon was introduced to the sport of Schutzhund and began learning the tedious training process of advanced sport and trialing for the next few years, truly unlocking his passion for dog training. After finishing high school, he made the decision to dedicate his life to dog training and make it a career, thus not even a month after graduating, Sparky ventured to the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers to take their long-term immersion program. This program opened up so many doors and directions for Sparky and allowed him to dedicate all of his time and energy to the work he truly loves, including introducing him to the Belgian Malinois breed where he now owns two of and is preparing them to compete in the ring sports. Sparky is dedicated to keep growing as a trainer by continuing his education in dog training by attending seminars, sport work clubs, shadowing other trainers all over the west coast, and routinely returning to the Michael Ellis School.