Lindsey started her dog training career as a young adult by seeking out and gaining canine experience through various jobs, such as doggie daycare, boarding, working as a veterinary technician and training. Her most rewarding training experience was while she was living in Nashville, TN, and had the opportunity to work with a local men’s prison and a greyhound rescue where they would teach the inmates how to train basic obedience to the retired greyhounds so they would be better suited for adoption to loving families. It was so exciting to see the bond between these dogs and the inmates through positive communication!
Most recently, Lindsey has become obsessed with elevating her skills by immersing herself in the sport of PSA (Protection Dog Association). She has achieved a Protection Dog Certificate, as well as three legs of her Level 1 Title with her Belgian Malinois, Aero, and is now training in the upper levels. She has also been ranked as a coveted Certified PSA Decoy, which allows her to travel around the country and internationally to test these dogs at trials. There’s just something exciting about being a strong female who can catch dogs, but mainly she is excited to continue learning how to develop a dog in, what she believes to be, one of the toughest dog sports there is!
Dogs have been a staple in Tristan’s life for as long as he can remember. Having grown up along side German Shepherds, his love for dogs not only as pets but family members is something that’s deeply rooted in him! From the young age of 16 his training experience began, as he worked under a trainer at a local German Shepherd rescue! In 2018 he made the move to California where he joined a training business there and his knowledge really began to grow. He learned the ins and outs of dog behavior and body language, expanded knowledge on training tools and methods, and began his journey in taking lead in training programs and sessions. In 2019 he took a leap and officially began his own training company. He worked hand in hand with local rescues and shelters to help human aggressive/human reactive and dog aggressive/dog reactive dogs find forever homes. His cliental really bloomed working with dogs from every background, age, and end goals get to where they needed to be to help them thrive with their families. In 2021 he made the move back to his hometown in South Carolina where he joined the FreedomK9 Family!
In his free time he trains his 2 Belgian Malinois in a vast amount of sports including; PSA, WDA, Dock Diving, Competitive Disc and lure coursing! The rest of his dog crew (4 other dogs) loves enjoying hiking, swimming, Bikejoring and just being couch potatoes.
In addition to being passionate about equipping owners and their dogs with the skills necessary to achieve more FREEDOM, we are also very passionate about the freedoms we have been given in this country. Without the men and women who serve our country, that freedom would not be possible, therefore we want to be sure that we take part in honoring our Veteran & Active Duty Military and First Responders.