A lifelong love of dogs, a fierce entrepreneurial spirit and a laser focus on quality canine care and training has made Andrew one of the top dog trainers in Maryland, and DogiZone one of the most popular dog training, daycare and boarding facilities in the region. The love began in 2003 when Andrew rescued a year-old mutt named Tanner - or maybe he rescued Andrew. Either way, it gave new purpose to Andrew's life and made it his personal mission to help keep dogs out of shelters. How? By making it easier for dog owners to enjoy their pets. Andrew reasons that if you give dog owners everything they need all in one place - lodging for when you’re away, daycare for when you’re at work, training to get rid of problem behaviors, etc. - fewer dog owners will give up on their pets, and fewer pets will end up in shelters. Andrew founded DogiZone because he loves dogs and loves to help people form strong and lasting bonds with their pet dogs.
One of the industries most sought after thought leaders, Andrew is highly trained himself. He is a graduate of the National K-9 Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, is recognized as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the International Association of Canine Professionals, is a Pet Tech First Aid and CPR instructor, a certified Canine Fitness Trainer - one of very few in Maryland - as well as a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
The programs offered at DogiZone training school all begin with caring. They teach dog owners an innovative, kind and safe method that’s considered among the best in the world, and especially effective for family dogs. DogiZone’s training methods focus upon educating clients on how to interact with their dogs in a way that creates a safe, happy, healthy and low stress relationship for both the dogs and owners.
While Andrew is canine-focused, he is also community-minded. In 2015, he was awarded the Peerless Rockville Award by the Maryland General Assembly for his efforts to elevate the image of Rockville by converting an old auto shop into DogiZone, a premier dog training, daycare, and lodging resort.
The combination of Andrew’s educational experiences, highly effective training skills (for both dogs and other trainers/staff members), and business acumen, Andrew has mentored many future trainers and, through the courses he has developed at Montgomery College, helped them launch successful dog training careers of their own, as well as mentoring business owners and managers from around the country.
It probably won’t surprise you that Andrew is a dog owner himself. During Andrew’s free time, you’ll find him and his wife out enjoying a swim with their mutt - Lily, Belgian Malinois - Kayla, and British Field Labradores - Foxy, Vader and Kymber.