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Like so many, dogs have always been a part of Ian’s life. As a young child, he helped his family’s giant black Labrador overcome his fear of stairs so he could sleep on Ian’s bed each night on the second floor of the house. Growing up, Ian looked after the neighbor’s Shih Tzu, his relative’s German Shepherd and made friends with many other dogs along the way. Ian’s passion for dogs eventually led him to working dogs, as part of his 15 year law enforcement career. While in the K9 Unit at the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office, Ian worked and trained two dual purpose explosive detection canines -  Janke and Thor. Ian has worked and trained canines for the Lake Michigan Carferry in Ludington, Michigan since 2022.


Constantly on the lookout for new training ideas, methodologies and strategies, Ian meets each dog and owner/handler where they are, never applying a “one size fits all” training method.  During his law enforcement career, Ian trained and certified as a K9 handler through Mike Morgan of Mid Michigan Kennels, and attended various seminars and conferences throughout the Midwest. Most recently, Ian spent six months training working dogs and pet dogs under Jerry Bradshaw and Derek Beckleman of Tarheel Canine in North Carolina, through their intensive Master Trainer certification program.


Ian opened Fresh Coast K9 to foster better human-canine dynamics and connections. His goal is to help pet owners and professional handlers alike reach higher levels of communication and understanding with their canine partner or family companion.

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M&G, Traverse City

My husband & I have a 2+ year old German Shepherd (GSD) who is full of confidence & has plenty of drive (read: he can be a handful!).  With just the 3 of us around the majority of time our GSD has not taken too kindly to visitors (barking, mildly confrontational - he likes to see what kind of reaction he gets from humans when he acts up).  An upcoming visit from out-of-town relatives lead us to Ian for tips on how to handle the meet & greet and week-long visitors.  Ian established a protocol for us to follow.  We met with our relatives off site & explained their role, then took them to the house & put our training in motion.  It worked flawlessly!  By the end of the week our GSD was taking his toys & flying discs to them, initiating playtime!!  We will definitely continue working with Ian - we couldn’t be happier with the results!!
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