My name is Anthony Schwickrath, owner and head trainer at AFT Dog Training. I have a lovely wife, Jessica, we have been together since we were 14 years old. We have 3 children; two boys, AJ and Masen and one daughter, Summer. We own 5 dogs, 1 boxer, 1 boxer/chow mix, a PomChi, and newfoundland mix.
Growing up my father always had a large range of pets; lizards, turtles, ducks, crows, snakes, cats, and dogs, he even had a pet monkey. At one time, we had as many as 16 dogs in the house and they began behaving badly. Actually, they were behaving horrible and at times were even fighting with each other. This was before the Cesar Millan type shows and we were at our wits end with what to do to correct these major issues.
We began to get things under control by changing our unstructured habits towards our dogs and becoming better leaders for them. While our day to day life of pet ownership continued, I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University and my wife, Jessica, graduated from Kean University. Jessica began volunteering at our local animal shelter and quickly became the Canine Manager. Over a few months we realized our true passion was working with animals, specifically dogs. So by 2006, we began to fulfill our dream of owning our own dog day care. While pursuing my Master's Degree in Business, I also began my dog training certification from Animal Behavior College and building our dog day care businesses, A Furry Tail Come True. We currently have 2 successful dog day facilities.
With a dog certification under my belt and lots of hours spent training dogs, I decided to start offering my training services outside of the day care facility and so AFT Dog Training was born. I enjoy working with all dogs and dog behaviors, but I am especially drawn to rehabilitating aggressive dogs.
We still give back daily to our local animal shelters and typically have a dog being rehabilitated or fostered at any given time. I am also a board member and Treasurer of The Center for Animal Health & Welfare (formerly the Northampton County SPCA). I am well versed in various dog behavior issues and obedience training. I look forward to meeting you and your dog(s).
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AFT dog training is well versed in various dog behavior issues and obedience training. We offer group classes, private one-on-one classes as well as board and train programs. AFT specializes in aggressive dog rehabilitation.