1999 Virginia Wesleyan College B.A. International Relations (focus Central & South America)
1999-2002 Independent contractor acquisition, rehabilitation & resale of homes in Norfolk, Portsmouth area.
2002- 2008 A resident of Costa Rica working as an independent contractor who planned, managed and coordinated all phases of new construction.
2005 I purchased a working dog trained in protection. A Belgian Malinois named Jack. We were together constantly. We went to the bank, gym, restaurants, job sites, beach, everywhere together. Jack quickly became known to the local population as a friendly dog, but one with skills to be respected. One morning at a local restaurant we were eating breakfast. A dog attacked Jack as he lay under the table. My natural reaction was to place myself in harms way and protect Jack. On another occasions Jack would defend me. We were a team with a very strong bond. I was perplexed and eager to learn how dogs were trained, how dogs learn.
2009 Entered and completed an intensive 3 year dog training program with Fidos for Freedom. Fidos for Freedom is a non-profit group in Maryland that raises, trains and places assistance dogs with clients. Assistance dogs are highly trained in obedience and taught to turn on & off lights, open & close doors, cabinets & drawers. Unzip & remove jackets, pants, socks, shoes and other apparel. Retrieve any object such as a phone, keys, credit cards, pens, clothes, shoes, hair brush, wallet or purse, utensils, canes, crutches.
The program required participants to live with, socialize and train dogs. Participate in and lead structured training classes held 2 and 3 times a day, complete 3 years of Penn Foster College, read books & watch videos. Participants were mentored by other professional & experienced trainers. Participants performed demonstrations to various national and international groups. As well as training various dogs for service.
1999 Virginia Wesleyan College B.A. International Relations ( focus Central & South America )
2009 Penn Foster College Dog Obedience Trainer / Instructor
2010 Penn Foster College Groomer
2011 Penn Foster College Veterinary Assistant
2009-2012 Fidos for Freedom Assistance Dog Program Graduate ( 3 year program )
2013-19 Association of Professional Dog Trainers
2014 Angies's List Super Service Award
2016 Angies's List Super Service Award
2013-2020 Train as a decoy in IPO for continued education
Adam is a native of Virginia Beach, fluent in Spanish and has a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu