Our Pack Leader/Owner/Founder
Sam has had a long history working with dogs and teaching humans how to communicate on a natural/primal level all around the world.
Sams history with dogs dates back to younger than he can remember. Raised in a pack of 7, he quickly learnt about hierarchy and who the leader was. Being exposed to farm dogs, helped him grasp the importance of having a dog work with you, out of respect, and a strong bond.
Sam grew up travelling a great deal to some strange third world countries and spending a lot of time in the jungle with wild animals, learning quickly about the natural energy and body language which every animal uses and understands. He felt he understood animals better than humans sometimes as they “spoke” the same language no matter where he was in the world.
Back in my home town (Palmerston North) he would use his knowledge of animal behaviour and pack structure, be out walking packs of neighbourhood dogs for fun and exercise, while studying everything he could get his hands on about training dogs – and practising everyday.
After leaving school, Sam went over to help his parents in Papua New Guinea running medical clinics and starting schools. In his off time, he was out earning the trust and respect from the wild dogs and joining packs – Yep, he was the weird kid 😉
Since then Sam has trained people all over the world with their dogs, he has helped to start up a dog psychology centre in Australia, taking on all kinds of highly aggressive, anxious and fearful type dogs, and rehabilitating them to be balanced pack members. He ran a prison program training prisoners to rehabilitate ex-racing greyhounds to be family pets. And has worked police dogs in packs, teaching social skills and Pack structure.
Then Balanced K9 was born – Sam has built on this and trained a bunch of other passionate, like minded people to help and walk packs of dogs all around New Zealand.
Sam continues to work with hundreds of dogs per week and teach owners how to better understand their dogs, and work with them on a natural/primal level.
“I believe we are never done learning, and my best teachers are the dogs themselves.”
Sam recently attended an Internationl conference in America to meet a number of leading dog trainers from around the world to share and compare what we know about dogs and current training techniques.