Meet Our Trainer, Dion Studinski
Voted one of Denver’s top dog trainers in 2018, Dion has had dogs in his life since childhood. He grew up on a lake near Chisholm, Minnesota, with a German Shepherd at his side. Chisholm is at the heart of Minnesota's Iron Range — a fact the once semi-professional drummer recalls with pride. Dion studied entrepreneurship and graphic design in college, earning a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of North Dakota.
Mentored under top dog trainers in the U.S.
Dion has worked as a photographer, firearms trainer, and self defense instructor. He started and ran a company that trained civilians and private security guards, and spent time in the fitness world as a personal trainer. The impetus to shift his focus to dog training came through personal experience. When a dog trainer didn’t produce results with Dion’s working dog, he connected with the president of the High Plains Schutzhund Club in Parker, CO, a training club specializing in “martial arts for dogs.” Dion was enamored with their philosophy, their style of training and, most importantly, their results. He currently volunteers part-time as an assistant to the club. Mentoring under some of the top dog trainers in the U.S. has been invaluable in his work with his Ancillary K9 clients.
Problem dogs are Dion’s specialty
Dion has great success with obedience work and aggressive dog rehabilitation. Because he knows how to train dogs to react appropriately in situations involving protection, he understands how to break aggressive habits in a family pet. He’s able to fix—or prevent—challenging problems that other trainers won’t touch. He’s eclectic in his approach; he uses whatever tools are necessary to correct the behavior, including positive reinforcement and corrections when appropriate. Dion starts every relationship with the goal of correcting the issues that are preventing you from enjoying your pet. Eighty percent of his work involves teaching you, the dog owner, how to apply the techniques that get results.
He’s keen on remote places
Dion has lived in Colorado since 2010, landing here after a Google search for “best places to live.” He spent a year in Fort Collins, before moving to Denver, figuring Denver would be a better place for his business ventures. Now engaged, he and his fiancé enjoy camping and hiking. Dion loves to explore abandoned gold mines, and he’s apt to strike out on his own to discover an off-trail adventure—the hallmark of a man who describes himself as a serial entrepreneur. Dion looks forward to solving whatever problems your dog presents. He’s confident he can make a difference in your dog’s behavior and in the quality of your life.
We have already seen a huge difference in our dog's behavior after only two sessions with Dion. We rescued her as a stray from the Dominican Republic and she came with such aggression towards other dogs that we didn't know where to turn. After the first session, Dion gave us the tools and training to successfully walk her while she looks at me for guidance. Dion has been a tremendous help and we are excited to see what the future sessions have for us!
Our promise to you: If for any reason at all your dog regresses from our obedience programs, we will retrain your dog free of charge.