Cheryl Carlson has been breeding and training dogs for lives of significance and service since 1977; providing guard dog service, teaching family companion dogs (manners, problem solving and behavior modification), personal protection, tracking and physical assistance dogs. She has trained and certified more than 100 Police Service K-9's to date (many of her own breeding), with teams qualified in patrol, narcotics and explosive detection. She has also trained and certified many other dog trainers in police work (narcotics detection training and police K-9 decoy training). Cheryl's breeding program has produced more than 350 certified Police Service K-9s, over 100 SAR dogs, dozens of physical and blind assistance dogs as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service dogs, Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service Dogs, Seizure Assist service dogs and Emotional Assistance (EA) service dogs. She has also produced more French Ring Sport titled dogs, UKC Dog Sport (protection/police) titled dogs and UKC Nosework (detection sport) titled dogs than any other breeder in North America.
She owns and operates Cher Car Kennels in St. Johns, Michigan and breeds German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Belgian Shepherds (Malinois) and Parson Jack Russell Terriers. She is also certified as an E.M.S. instructor in the field of Environmental Emergencies (Dog Bite/Dog Attack) and has been certified as an expert witness in the state of Michigan since 1985 in regards to training of police dogs, dog attacks, and dog behavior.
Cheryl has rehabilitated and placed countless rescue dogs and conducted hundreds of Dog Safety Awareness Training seminars throughout the country. She is a highly sought after paid consultant teaching Dog Bite Prevention techniques to various organizations including the United States Postal Service, DTE Energy, Consumerís Energy, Arizona Public Service, Unibar Damage Prevention Group, GTE, Louisiana Gas & Electric, Duke Energy, Accu-Read Services, AT&T, Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, Cinergy, United Parcel Service, Delmarva Power, Olameter Corporation, Kentucky Utilities, the Visiting Nurses Association and many more.
Cheryl enjoys competition with her own dogs, and has titled in conformation, obedience, agility, rally obedience, herding, terrier racing, nosework, barn hunt, lure coursing, dock jumping, Schutzhund, French Ring Sport, Campagne and UKC Dog Sport. She has judged countless personal protection trials throughout the United States and Canada, is the ONLY woman in North America to EVER receive certification as a Campagne decoy (a French sport consisting of bitework, agility, obedience and tracking), and was one of the founders and former President of NARA (North American Ring Association).
Cheryl was also the first woman to be licensed as a United Kennel Club Service Dog Trial Judge for ALL classes of Dog Sports, allowing her to officiate at Police Dog I and Police Dog II trials, as well as all other levels of certification offered by the UKC Dog Sport program. She was additionally qualified to select and certify helpers/decoys for the program, and her license has now been expanded to include UKC Nosework (a scent work sport utilizing the dog's keen sense of smell and natural desire to hunt). Cheryl is truly unique among trainers for her vast knowledge, years of experience and unmatched expertise in every area of dog training.
Cheryl is truly unique among trainers for her vast knowledge, years of experience and unmatched expertise in every area of dog training!