In 1998, Rob Bachrach adopted a beagle/shepherd/lab mix named Keira from the Harrisburg Humane Society. Keira was listed as being given up because she was “un-trainable”. Although Rob did not know how to train dogs, he was enamored by Keira’s eyes and loving disposition. Immediately after adoption, he enrolled them both in local training classes.
They had so much fun working together that they kept enrolling in more classes, sometimes taking 3 different classes in any given week. They were spending so much time in training, that the instructor offered to train Rob as a training instructor, with Keira as his demo-dog.
Rob was trained in dog behavior, ethology (how they learn), nutrition, training techniques, and how to run a class and was certified as a training instructor in August 2000. He then spent the next 15 years helping dog owners train over 700 dogs to be great pets. Training not only improves a dogs behavior, but makes them safer, lowers the stress levels of both the owner and the dog, and strengthens the bond between the owner and the dog. Rob’s goal is to make sure that lack of training is never a reason for a dog ending up in a shelter, getting hit by a car, or injuring a person.
Ian is our in-house Professional Dog Trainer here at Keystone K9. He has been training dogs for 21 years and has a wide variety of different training experience. In the late 90's Ian began training dogs for the Seeing Eye Program which trains dogs to assist the Visually Impaired. It was during those four years he knew that his passion in life was to train dogs.
In 2004, Ian began working for The Humane Society where he expanded his knowledge of dog behavior and specific breed traits and later became Lead Trainer for the "Behavior Team" from 2008 to 2012. While there, he became experienced in all canine related behavior assessments, rehabilitation, training, evaluating and placing rescue dogs of all personalities and demeanors into new homes.
Later in 2010, Ian attended a 10-month program at Consummate K-9 to achieve Certification as a Professional Dog Trainer. There he mastered skills with puppy rearing, complete obedience training, off-leash training, group class leadership training, handler communication and client relationship training. In addition to obedience, Ian has also trained law enforcement dogs to be used for Scent Detection work (explosives, narcotics, human remains), Bite Work Handling, Dog Decoy Training, as well as Search and Rescue Training.
After graduating the program, he took it upon himself to learn and achieve certification in the Canine Good Citizen program (CGC) and the Therapy Dog International program (TDI). Since then, Ian continues to pursue his passion of helping families achieve strong bonds and loving relationships with their dogs. Ian's dedication has given his clients new skills,
confidence, and ability to display leadership that carries over into their work and personal lives as well!