A few years later at the age of 13, Ryan started being a helper for the sport of Schutzhund. Putting on the protective gear and letting the dogs bite him. Ryan helped out with the training of the police dogs with his father, as well as training all the personal dogs of his father and the dogs in the Salem Schutzhund Club. Ryan traveled working dogs with his father and was certified as a level 1 helper at the age of 15, the youngest that anyone in America had been certified. Within 2 years by the age of 17 he had moved up in the helper class to be certified as a level 2 then level 3. A level 3 is the highest certification you can receive and you can work competitions on the National and International level.
Since then 10 years later, Ryan is still training dogs in all phases of competition. Working with many different police agencies, private training, and obedience classes and doing helper seminars.
Working closely with his father Ray, mother Janice and sister Jennifer, dog training, and running Pet Village has stayed a family affair, and will stay that way for many years to come. Ryan enjoys having a family, working with animals, working with family, as those are the things that mean the most to him in his life!
Jennifer Reid started working for Pet Village in 1991 at the age of 14, although she was helping with puppies, training, and caring for dogs from the time that she learned how to walk.
She teaches on average 8 evening classes per week year round, which include puppy kindergarten, novice and advanced obedience and agility. She also works with people during the week on private instruction, whether it be behavioral problems, temperament evaluations, or just to work on having a well mannered pet. A very popular program which keeps her busy also is her boarding and training program where people who may not have the time, leave their dogs for her to train during the day. In her daily work of training she states that the hard part is not training the dogs, but training their owners.
Jennifer is currently the General Manager of Pet Village Ltd. She is responsible for all aspects of the business including but not limited to the day to day operation of the Boarding, Training, Grooming, and Pet Supplies. She is also the Head Trainer for Pet Village Ltd. and has been training dogs for 20 years. She has been competing with her own dogs for the past 15 years in the working dog sport of Schutzhund. She has helped handlers train many dogs as well as train and handle her own in local and national competition.
In May of 2007 Jennifer received her International Judge's license to judge working dog competitions and is the youngest in the United States to achieve this honor.
She has been involved in German Shepherd Rescue for many
years and has rescued many dogs and has done
She has worked closely with her father Ray over the years
and has learned how to evaluate litters of puppies, and
Jennifer's love of animals can be seen in her teaching the owners
as well as her training of the dogs.
Ray Reid has been training dogs professionally and teaching obedience classes for over 35 years. His expertise covers many facets of the dog world including, but not limited to, AKC, Schutzhund, Police K-9's, Narcotic dogs, Personal Protection Dogs and Family Pets. He has worked with over 10,000 dogs and taught more than 400 training classes.
As well as training, Ray is a licensed International Working Dog Judge, judging local, regional and national trials throughout North America and has presented many lectures and seminars.
He has trained 14 dogs to Schutzhund titles, 7 out of the 14 to Schutzhund 3; the other 7 were trained to Schutzhund 1, 2. He fondly remembers one of his dogs that earned the Schutzhund 3 a total of 18 times. Also 8 of the 14 were from my breeding, and raised from puppies. Five of the 14 have been trained to FH. (Advanced tracking degree) I have also put RH, (Rescue Dog), and StP 3 (Random Article Search) titles on dogs he has owned. He presently has a young dog that he is working that is fourth generation of his breeding.
Police work is another aspect in which Ray has specialized. His courses have been certified by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. (DPSST) He has worked with many K-9 units to achieve certification and begin working the streets.
The development of a quality German Shepherd breeding program is another one of Ray's achievements. Puppies
and adult dogs are sold throughout North America, with over two hundred of his puppies earning their Schutzhund
titles to date.
Complimenting Ray's skills and merit, are his 4000 sq. foot training facility and his American Boarding Kennel Association accredited Boarding facility, offering not only training services but quality boarding, grooming, tattooing and pet supplies for over 35 years.
Ray has since retired from the active day to day operation of Pet Village. His daughter Jennifer and his Son Ryan are now the Owners of Pet village Ltd. Ray still continues to help in Pet Village by continuing the breeding of German Shepherd puppies and helping in the training of the adult dogs.