Jon’s passion for dogs started as a young child. That passion flourished when the Sarabia family purchased their first dog, a Rottweiler, twenty-three years ago. In 2001, Jon was able to enhance his training skills for the profession when he began his K9 narcotics and explosive detection handling and training career. During his tenure, Jon trained hundreds of dogs and handlers for the military and for civilian departments. Jon worked side-by-side with the United States Secret Service, providing presidential, vice presidential and foreign dignitary K9 support. His knowledge in training, handling techniques, and expertise in behavior is recognized and sought from handlers, trainers, owners and professionals from across the country. Jon possesses a raw natural talent - training dogs and helping people develop and build a canine/human bond. Today, Jon’s passion is Amor K-9 Training, LLC, where he can teach owners how to effectively communicate with their dogs – garnering long term results, while creating confident, well-mannered happy dogs, and providing the most professional services available to his clients.
Jon regularly engages in continuous education - learning new techniques of training by staying current and actively training and participating in AKC Obedience, AKC Rally, K9 Nose Work®, Schutzhund/IPO, French Ring Sport, PSA, and Mondioring. He activily participates in webinars and attends seminars presented by top obedience, dog behaviorists, and sport dog trainers in the world. Dog training is not a constant – new methods and theories are regularly evolving. To date, Jon is an approved American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator #85966, is a certified K9 Nose Work® Judge, member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC #M004336, a fully approved AKC Scent Work Judge #102715, for Novice, Advanced, Excellent, Master, and Detective Class, a member of the American Rottweiler Club, the KC Working Dogs Club and The American Working Malinois Association (AWMA).
Michelle’s passion for dogs follows in her husband’s footsteps. Michelle has been a study of dog behavior and training for over twenty years. She is active in the community, held the position of Vice President of her local Kennel Club, and is a leading advocate for responsible dog ownership through education and training, with the belief that every dog, regardless of breed should be a productive canine good citizen. Michelle’s specialty is working with puppies and adolescent dogs. Through her teachings, Michelle focuses on the critical periods of canine development, confidence building, proper socialization, boundary setting, problem solving, and shaping behaviors and teaching impulse control and more! Michelle also teaches school-age children about proper canine safety through her Dog Bite Prevention classes and presents free Learn to Speak Dog: Understanding Canine Body Language seminars to adults within her community. Michelle actively competes in AKC Obedience and Rally, and is active in the German Sieger style and AKC conformation show rings. Like her husband, she regularly participates in continuous education - attending seminars presented by top obedience and dog behaviorists in the world. Michelle is a member of the American Rottweiler Club and is an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator and AKC Trick Dog Evaluator, #93957.
The Sarabias believe it is important to give back to the community they call home, a community where they and their sons have grown to love, which is why they are proud sponsors and supporters of:
Bark in the Park
Sedalia Animal Shelter
Sedalia Kennel Club and annual Dog Show
Smith Cotton JROTC
Smith Cotton Theater Department
Smith Cotton Track & Field
They supported the Missouri Department of Correction's Puppies for Parole program, by volunteering their professional services, training selected offender handlers and shelter dogs at Tipton Correctional Center, Tipton, Missouri. Additionally, they supported the Warrensburg Police Department's K-9 Unit, K9 Gunner, by lobbying and securing the procurement of a bullet/stab resistant vest. They currently work effortlessly with the national non-profit - Dogs on Deployment, an organization that helps board our troop's pets during deployments and change-of-duty-station moves and provides grants and other finanical assistance when emergency needs occur.
The Sarabia's Rottweiler, Bram, was named DoD's 2013 Military Pet of the Year and Mascot! For more information about DoD and how you can help our troops and their pets, please visit Dogs on Deployment today!