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Profile: Dog Trainer Christopher Banke

January 27, 2017

When he was no more than a teenager, Christopher Banke had already realized that he wanted a career in training dogs. It started when he trained his own Doberman, Dana. When he was just 15, he founded the Algemeiner Schutzhund Club. That was when an older, far more experienced trainer named Margarete Iaquinto took an interest in him and recommended that he turn his attention to training to German Shepherds, which turned out to be the best move for him. Before long, he was in the higher echelons of dog trainers nationwide and it led to him establishing his very own dog training facility, “Chris Banke Protection Dog Trainer” when he was just 19.

Over the course of a career that has now spanned more than 30 years, Christopher Banke has trained, coached and mentored a large number of dogs, but he has accomplished many other things, as well. At one point, for instance, Chris became the first American trainer to successfully compete in the RSV2000 World Championship with his dog, Iriac vd Maineiche in the IPO 3- handler-owner trained (HOT) category. A few years after that, his dog, "Dino von der Maineiche" (he prefers to call him “Dino”) received a trial score of 207, which is the second-highest Schutzhund/IPO 3 score in US history. Dino also played a guard dog in the Oscar-nominated film, “Frozen River” in 2008.

Not only is Christopher Banke’s facility in northern Vermont still going strong, but he also founded his own breeding kennel, which has also been very successful. These days, Chris is going strong as an independent trainer and handler for the film and television industry, but he also trains pets for regular pet people, who just want their beloved family member to behave. The passion for training is still going strong.