Eric started his career volunteering at a local boarding kennel in St. Louis, Missouri when he was 15 years old. He continued as an apprentice for their training program and instantly fell in love with dog training. Eric went on to study Animal Behavior at Meremec College in St. Louis and shortly after started Happy Puppy Dog Training. In 2008, Eric moved to Los Angeles to further his career with hopes of shedding light on a more positive, humane, and scientific way to train dogs.
In addition to Happy Puppy, Eric also devoted his time to rehabilitate dogs in need, specifically German Shepherds at the Westside German Shepherd Rescue. As a foster parent, he found great joy helping dogs that displayed fearful and/or aggressive behavior pass their temperament tests so they could be placed in a welcoming home.
Along the way, Eric came across an 8 month old German Shepherd who had some behavior issues and unfortunate history. They formed an instant bond and the shepherd was later adopted by Eric. After a rehabilitation period, the lovable shepherd, now named Archy, was playing with other dogs, rolling over for belly rubs and off-leash hiking.
Eric has had the opportunity to see this transformation in many dogs he has worked with throughout his career and has even had the chance to provide his services in the United Kingdom and France. Regardless of culture, dogs learn in the same way all over the world. He continues to learn and his only wish is that we could live more like dogs.
Currently, Eric is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (A.P.D.T.), and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (I.A.A.B.C).