Serious NEPA Dog Training & Breeding

Fellow Sports Friends,

My name is Nikki Banfield. My career as a dog trainer, competitor, and Schutzhund USA judge began 31 years ago. I became a member of the St. Cloud Dog Training Academy in Minnesota in 1980. My obedience instructor, Sylvia Hirt was active in A.K.C. obedience trials, training the K-9 dogs in St. Cloud and in Schutzhund sport. She successfully coached me through my first CD and CDX on a German Shorthaired Pointer and a CD on a Doberman. I was invited to become an apprentice trainer under Sylvia’s sharp eye, she said I had a natural talent with dogs. I was introduced to the world of K-9 and Schutzhund dogs with the St. Cloud PD K-9 unit.

It was explained to me that Schutzhund was a sport that originated in Germany as a temperament test for the GSD. I was impressed with many things, the intensity and drive of the dogs, the control demonstrated by all the handlers, and the bond and relationship that was shared between the dogs and handlers. So began my journey into the sport. My initial involvement was with the Twin Cities Working Dog Association headed by Dave and Donna Rednour. They were instrumental in guiding me down the path of Schutzhund. It appears there is no turning back now. I spent 7 years abroad in Germany training with my friend, Roland Seibel. Roland was instrumental in my achieving a Sch 3 title on my Rottweiler. I was a member of a local club, PSGV, in Weiderstadt. We hosted the FCI qualification for the world championship in tracking 2 years in a row. I am proud to have been chosen as a tracklayer for those events.

I have dedicated my life to the care, training, and evaluation of the German Shepherd and all working breeds.

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