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 56 police K-9's to date (many of her own breeding), with teams qualified in patrol, narcotics and explosive detection. She has also certified many other dog trainers in police work. Cheryl's breeding program has produced more than 250 certified Police K-9s and over 100 SAR dogs, along with dozens of physical and blind assistance dogs. She has also produced more French Ring 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, GTE, FIA, Consumers Energy, UPS, 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, lure coursing, dock jumping, nosework, 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 certifications, as well as all other levels of certification offered by the UKC Service Dog program. She is additionally certified to select and certify helpers/decoys for the UKC Dog Sport program.
Cheryl is truly unique among trainers for her vast knowledge, years of experience and unmatched expertise in every area of dog training!