Owner and founder of K9 Spectrum (formerly Canine Manners), James Kohout, started his career in college at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. While pursuing his goal to become a veterinarian, James found his passion to lie in animal training after he adopted his first dog, Tobias James. Rescued from a pit fighting ring and used as a bait dog, he realized the typical "treat training" method could not cure the issues Toby had. Once leaving college and moving to Akron, Ohio, James enrolled in Animal Behavior College (A.B.C.) where he furthered his education. Through the course James realized that the method of treats did not fix behaviors, but actually made them worse. He pursued even more education at National K-9 School for Dog (www.NK9.com) where he received certification in many areas of professional dog training including puppy development and temperament testing, search and rescue, police K-9 and service dogs. Since then James has owned 10 dogs and has already trained over 3,000 animals in his relatively short career. Through these experiences James has developed an individualized method of training that best suits you and your household. Even with owning 10 dogs, each individual pup had their own temperament, personality and method of learning. At K9 Spectrum, we train you to train your dog. Our motto is: "Training humans one dog at a time."
James is also a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (www.canineprofessionals.com) and was a part of the 2012 Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce (www.gjchamber.org). We strive not only to excel at what we do, but also be able to give back to the community in any way possible.
James was also a part of the City of Montrose v.s. Jeremiah Aguilar (the Dutch case), where he was titled as an expert and advisory witness by the United States Supreme Courts. Based on James' evaluation and evidence in this case, Jeremiah was acquitted of all charges and Dutch was released back into the custody of his parents.
Canine Manners (formerly Doggy Manners) was established May of 2007 in Akron, Ohio. We have since moved our way across the country to Denver, CO until finally settling in our final home, Grand Junction, CO. With our wide variety of training, we have developed programs that suit the owner and dog based on both personality and lifestyle. We use all methods of training to ensure you and your dog receive the best results possible! K9 Spectrum is currently offering in-home and residency training obedience programs.
Over the years I have owned over 15 dogs, 4 horses, 7 goats, 2 mini pigs, ducks, chickens, geese, rabbits and cats. Through the years they have taught me about pateience, kindness and respect. Without these animals in my life I wouldn't be where I am today.
For the first time in 15 years I sadly had to send my last boy over the rainbow bridge in June of 2022. I am ready to share all that my fur kids have taught me over the years with you!
James graduated from NK9 in 2006 and gained the skills and knowledge to train police k9s, scent detection, soft mouth retrieval, tracking, utility training, personal protection and service k9s.
The service dogs K9S has trained are; diabetes alert, seizure alert, stability, para/quadriplegic, autism (non-verbal children), hearing alert and PTSD/mental health.
Please contact James for more details.
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