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Hello there! My name is Andy and I’m the founder of Andy Moyle Pet Services aka AMPS! Why don’t you have a seat and I’ll tell you about how I came to be one of the foremost Dog Obedience Instructors in the Wasatch Front.

Origins

Like many in the craft, my love for dogs started in my youth. I guess you could say that dogs were my first “academic” interest when at 6 I memorized all the breeds in a large “Dog Breeds” book I obtained at the Scholastic Book Fair. To this day, the knowledge that I retained helps me identify and evaluate breed traits and potential mixes in the dogs I meet!

It wasn’t until my college years when dog obedience entered my mind as a possible career-path. In my Junior-year seminar on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein I came across a book called Adam’s Task by the philosopher, poet, and animal trainer Vicki Hearne. Never before had I encountered such a deep and moving treatment of the types of relationships possible between humans and animals through training, and I resolved as a post-graduate to investigate this remarkable field of animal-human companionship.

No fewer than 3 years later, I had already embarked on my first training journey with a very special dog, “Flea,” the little heeler-mix you see in the center of the photo above. But to my dismay, things weren’t exactly going as planned. No matter what or how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get through to the little bugger, who although exceedingly smart and motivated, was displaying awfully problematic behavior both at home and out in public.

That’s when I remembered a trainer Vicki Hearne had mentioned in Adam’s Task. Bill Koehler was his name, and from what I remembered he had a no-nonsense dog-training method renowned for being particularly effective with problem-cases like this. So, I bought a copy of his book The Koehler Method of Dog Training and we got to work.

Koehler’s method worked remarkably well. I was seeing major improvements in Flea’s behavior. But based on certain statements Koehler made in his book, particularly when it came to off-leash training, I was starting to get the impression that it wasn’t working as well as it should have been.

Puzzled, I searched the web for anyone who might know something about this Koehler Method. Given that the book itself was published in the ’60s, I fully expected that anyone associated with it was probably long-gone at this point. Boy was I wrong.

It wasn’t long before I discovered that Bill Koehler’s protégé, Tony Ancheta, was still running the same business Bill started long ago. Furthermore, he offered online instruction for folks just like me who were having trouble getting the method right. I reached out to Tony, let him know my situation, and he agreed to help me train Flea…on the condition that we start over from Week 1 of the Koehler Method. Done deal!

Flea and I re-starting the longe line Foundation work

How to Train a Dog in 10 Weeks

Tony took me under his wing and within no time at all we were working past the hangups I had run into trying to train Flea on my own. Tony let me know that since the book was published in 1962, trainers associated with the Koehler family including Dick Koehler (the author’s son) had made certain adjustments to the material as presented that made the application of the training method more cohesive, effective, and repeatable, making it the most effective system of obedience training ever devised. Fascinated, Flea and I worked through the full 10-Week training course together, passing our final exam totally off-leash (no electric collars either!) in a public area: something I would have never imagined possible before.

I was hooked. Flea and I moved into Open obedience, and it wasn’t long before I had gotten myself another dog, Heloise, a sparkly little Border Collie gyp eager to please. Tony encouraged me to train her myself, letting me know that he had an Instructor’s course coming up in a few months if I was interested.

Was I?!? I rounded up a family dog to use for the course, got to work, and shortly thereafter had finished my third Companion Dog in under a year. In fact, I was walking down Main Street SLC, just having filmed my project dog’s final test, when I ran into a college buddy who had a dog that needed help. My first training-for-hire lead!

Final Test for Tony’s ISTA course

Word got around quickly that I knew my way around a dog and the rest is history. I’ve been training dogs now for over 7 years, and I’m proud to say that I’m the only Koehler Method Instructor located in the Salt Lake Metro area. I’ve made it my goal in life to Help Dogs Keep Their Homes and Homes Keep Their Dogs, and I’d love to share with you all the wonderful insights, companionships, and feelings of accomplishment that come from developing this unbreakable bond with your dog. Get in touch with me today and let’s make your relationship with your dog ROCK!

Stay lookin up,

Andy Moyle

Heloise says, “We’ll see you in the ring!”