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Dog Training Classes

Now offering Dog Training Classes with John Randall at Pet-Vet Too (inside of Tony’s Tree Plantation). This will be a once a week class for 8 weeks.  The cost is $99!  You can sign up at Pet-Vet Supply (1215 E. Lockheed Drive).

We are signing clients up for the next round of classes and will be trying to group the animals according to age so give us a call TODAY and sign up!

About John Randall

John Randall has been involved in dog training for 20+ years. He is well respected with breeders, trainers and Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. John is an elevator in the American Kennel Club (AKC) for Canine Good Citizen Award (CGC). Once you receive this award it shows that you are a responsible dog owner and have a dog that has obedience. He is also an elevator for the Therapy Dog International Organization (TDI). He was personally recruited by the founder of the organization because of his reputation of teaching obedience with the handler and dog teams.John Randall (3)

John has been involved with many breeds, some of his favorites include German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Belgian Malanois and Wirehaired Fox Terriers. John is a retired K9 Police Officer and now devotes his time to his favorite pastime, training dogs and their owners to develop a unique and strong relationship with each other.

John has worked as an instructor and animal behaviorist with the OKC Animal Shelter, is a certified decoy, Training director and Master Trainer with DVG America, for the field of Shutzhund. He is an active member with the Oklahoma Search and Rescue team. John and his dogs have competed in obedience, tracking, earthdog, agility, conformation, Schutzhund and working with therapy dogs.

John has trained numerous dogs to many different titles in show, obedience and working dogs. He was at Ground Zero on September 13th with his SAR “Gunner”. For this, Gunner and John, were inducted into the AKC Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden. Also, they were inducted into the Oklahoma Veterinary Association for work done with SAR. He is a consultant and trainer with Texoma K9 Training Center for working dogs for police work, drug work, and protection dogs.

John has also written many articles for periodicals. He has written articles for: American Rottweiler Club, Total Rottweiler Magazine, Pet Gazette, Dog World, The Rottweiler Chronicle, and the Fox Terrier Network. John Randall (4)Untitled

John’s titles for dogs:

Schutzhund – BH, Sch1, SchII, SchIII (all levels)
Conformation (Show) – Champion
Search and Rescue
Dual Purpose Police Canine
AKC Tracking – TD, TDX, VST
AKC/UKC Agility Champion
AKC/UKC Obedience – CD, CDX

 

A WEEK IN HELL
By Hugh Jones

John Randall thought he was ready. He worked the ruins of the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City after the 1995 bombing. He worked the ruins of neighborhoods after a massive F5 tornado tore through the suburbs in 1999. He saw bad things. But nothing prepared him for the week he and his search and rescue dog Gunner spent in lower Manhattan: “That was the worst–total devastation, no signs of life, flames kicking up, smoke rising, everything covered in dust and ash–kind of like the way I’ve imagined hell to be.” John Randall

Randall and his Rottweiler were the first team from this area in New York City after the World Trade Center disaster. Although Gunner is trained to find the live and the dead, he found only the latter.

“He had 33 alerts,” says Randall, “but they were for bodies (six) and body parts. Sometimes, we wouldn’t find a body, but a Port Authority hat and badge, a fireman’s coat. It was a humbling experience–makes you think twice about taking life and loved ones for granted.”

Gunner, a hundred pounds of toughness with a gentle heart, has plenty of experience in stressful situations. But this one had an effect on him too. “He got depressed, like the other dogs,” says Randall. “And yet, when he was out of the rubble, he’d revert to his therapy dog role around the workers, breaking the sadness, at least for a moment.”

Although Gunner got sick once, and fatigued overall, he faired better than several dogs that died at the site. And others were injured. Randall went in with hard hat, gloves, knee protectors and a respirator. Gunner went in with only little boots on his feet. The dogs go where humans can’t, and where they go is often unstable and dangerous.
“One dog fell into a depression; they couldn’t get to him, and he died of carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Randall. “The destruction was unimaginable: big steel beams bent like toothpicks, piles of rubble 200 feet high, next to holes six stories deep.”

Add to that, the challenge of darkness. The pair trudged through 12-hour shifts, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. That, at least, spared Gunner from the heat exhaustion some dogs suffered. John Randall (2)

Randall bears the weight of grim images in his memory. But he also witnessed uplifting sights.

“The mood of the workers was inspiring,” he says. “They were exhausted too, but they never gave up. And the horror stories you hear about New York and its people, not true. They were all great. As for Gunner, I’m proud of the way he performed.”