Andy Krzus – Professional Dog Trainer; Owner of Obedience Unleashed Dog Training
Find a complete description of Andy’s experience and qualifications here.
Born and raised in Europe, Andy grew up around dogs and other animals on the family farm. At a young age he showed a great interest in dog training and obedience. As a teenager, he started training dogs for family and friends, always with great success. In his twenties, he travelled throughout Europe, North America and Central America volunteering his time toward charitable causes. Andy completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in the United States and took special interest in dog training studies through the history of psychology.
Throughout the years, Andy had many friends and even strangers comment on his dog training skills being highly effective. He always had entrepreneurial aspirations and he really enjoyed working with people and dogs, however, he had never thought of dog training as a career option. He simply thought, he just had a special way with dogs. The turning point was a camping trip with his family in 2008, when he had a very inspirational conversation with his wife and the idea of Obedience Unleashed Dog Training was born. Andy worked in the Public Sector as a Police Constable with the Vancouver Police Department and as a K9 Handler and trainer for the Vancouver Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team (CAN-TF1). After a long process of discernment, in 2014, Andy decided to resign from the Vancouver Police Department to pursue his dream of professional dog training full time.
He specializes in the fields of marker/clicker training based on Michael Ellis’ philosophy of dog training, plus tracking, search & rescue, protection, remote collar, and advanced on & off-leash obedience. Currently Andy is training with his Belgian Malinois “Paco” and competing in the canine sport of French Ring. Andy is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT) and is committed to continuing his education within the field of dog training by attending seminars and events, such as his attendance at a Train the Trainer K9 Search Specialist course at Manitoba Emergency Service College in 2011.
Recognizing the ongoing, great demand for highly trained assistance dogs, Andy co-founded Autism Service Dogs BC with his wife Marie Therese, to provide a unique service for Autistic children. He is currently the Executive Director and Head Dog Trainer. Autism Service Dogs BC (ASD-BC) is a Not-for-profit Association that is passionate about training personalized service dogs for those in need.