BROOKSVILLE — From pedigreed pups to obedience and specialized training, to grooming and boarding and dog-handling gear, "we're your one-stop canine special," says John Gore, owner/operator of New Sentry K9.
The business will have an open house 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Having retired after 20 years of training and handling working dogs as a canine officer in law enforcement, most recently with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Gore is now sharing his expertise and talents with the public, saying, "When you have that kind of experience with dogs, canine handlers don't want to be anywhere else but there."
His first working dog with the Brooksville Police Department — and that department's initial foray into canine deployment — was a German shepherd, which set the standard for Gore himself. He now breeds German shepherds, having imported his first bitch from Germany.
"Most dogs in law enforcement come straight out of Europe," he explained, "and we wanted that good breeding."
With three breeding females, Gore plans for no more than two litters a year.
"We're not a puppy mill," he emphasized.
Gore, 55, certified as a trainer by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, schools his and others' dogs, not only for police work, but also for sentry and guard duty, canine-assisted sports and family companionship.
Search and retrieve skills, de rigeur for law enforcement canines, come in handy even for a family dog, such as retrieving kids' thrown balls or finding an adult's car keys, he noted.
Gore's obedience and companion classes, most in demand, are one-on-one, typically over four weeks — six weeks for puppies — preferably with their owners, and cost $255. He is assisted by Kellie Parker, at age 18 already with two years as an apprentice trainer.
Or, Gore offers a four-week board-and-train option, with the student dog residing in New Sentry's kennel and receiving intensive training with daily reinforcement schooling. That type of schooling is often necessary to train out bad behaviors, such as aggression or excessive demands.
At the open house, Animal Rescue Friends Network will have dogs available for adoption, and K9 Good Citizen testing will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sheriff's Office canine deputies will stage demonstrations at 1 p.m. Canine groomers, various vendors and a display of miniature horses will be on site, and there will be a silent auction and sales of baked goods and refreshments.
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