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8 Weeks from CHAOS to CONTROL!

About Us

BVDT is a personal passion that has evolved into a thriving business. It's owned and operated by local teacher and family man, Joel Monroe, who is a gifted communicator with a love for dogs that has set BVDT apart.  Joel is also a national level competitor himself as well as a skilled helper and a DVG judge in the sport of Schutzhund or IGP.  His two talents combined  as a teacher and athlete have taken him far and wide, working dogs internationally, giving seminars and competing in Europe in the sport of Schutzhund or IGP.  He has distinguished himself as a trainer of dog trainers.

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His Story

California grown and educated at Azusa Pacific University on a basketball

scholarship, Joel followed in his father's footsteps and became a teacher.

He taught middle school in the Central Valley for 15 years. Joel is a

teacher by profession and a national-level competitor in the sport of

Schutzhund. He spends his time as the helper for 3 clubs training their

dogs, his own and teaching intermediate and advanced obedience classes.

He received a rottweiler for Christmas one year and was introduced into

the world of Schutzhund by a student. He apprenticed under leading

Schutzhund trainers like Gary Park and Dean Calderon. He quickly became

addicted to sport and later was the helper and training director for a

Schutzhund group on his own field. When his gifting as a teacher and

athlete merged in the sport, he found himself in demand. So with his

passions combined, Joel left public education to train dogs professionally

where his skills as a Schutzhund helper and excellent communicator have

been coveted by clubs from the Bay to Bakersfield.

Joel works over 150 dogs a week giving him a vast knowledge of

different dogs and dog behavior that has made doing public obedience a

natural outpouring. Years of experience and thousands of dogs of all

temperaments, breeds and ages, have enabled Joel to develop a program

that builds drives in dogs and utilizes that drive to carry out desired

behaviors while correcting undesirable ones without squelching

motivation. In other words, he has been able to bring that precision

training required in Schutzhund home where people need it with their own

family pets. Joel’s training program has been incredibly successful and

the result has been training methods and programs that give (teach)

people what they need to effectively train their dogs.

Meet The MAN

Joel Monroe competing with German Shepherd at BSP in Germany

Joel Monroe with Arna, at the BSP in Germany 

Decoy Joel Monroe catching a dog mid-air at Menlo Park Schutzhund Club

Joel Monroe doing helper work at Menlo Park Schuthund Club catching a dog mid-air

Giant Schnauzer sitting in front of an obedience class, other dogs laying down

Joel Monroe's Intermediate class at BVDT training field

Joel Monroe heeling a GSD at World Championships

Joel Monroe competing at the World Championships

Joel Monroe with rottweiler in the basic position

Joel Monroe with Lakeside Quest, aka Johnny the Rottweiler

Joel Monroe teaching an obedience class

Joel Monroe teaching an obedience class at Big Valley Dog Training

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