Mike Pinksten - Owner
Mike Pinksten, the proprietor and Training Director of Olympia Kennels, has been solving the training needs of pet owners and dog sport competitors for over 40 years.
With over twenty-five thousand dogs trained, Mike’s experience is second to none. Among his students is everyone from first-time puppy parents to the owners of adult dogs deemed “untrainable” by others. Mike is also an excellent teacher of humans, and can help even the most frustrated or confused dog owner to gain understanding of the training process in a meaningful way. Because Mike has spent years working with such a great number of dogs, rare or “difficult” breeds are neither rare nor difficult to him!
In the sport of Schutzhund, Mike is internationally recognized and has successfully competed with his dogs in Europe and North America. His extensive travel has enabled him to work with many of the world's toptrainers, and breeders.
The German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany (Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde) has awarded Mike their highest rating: Certified Schutzhund Teaching Decoy. He has been certified four times by four different German LEHR helpers and has traveled to Germany eighteen times to participate in trials and training activities with some of the world’s best Schutzhund trainers and instructors.
Gina White - Breeding Manager
Gina has been Olympia Kennels Breeding/Importing Manager since 2010. She is also the foundation trainer for our pups on site, introducing all the facets of Olympia's Puppy Starter Program. As a longtime German Shepherd owner and handler, for almost 30 years, she's had vast experience with pup through adult development. Recently certified as a AKC CGC evaluator, she will be offering certification to all breeds of dogs beginning in October 2017.
But her primary goal at Olympia remains - to provide clients with that once-in-a-lifetime companion, who will be both best friend and protector.
Anes Dulas - Training Manager
Anes began his apprenticeship under Mike Pinksten in 2007 and has since become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. He has worked one on one with Mike training hundreds of dogs in obedience and behavior modification with emphasis placed on solving problems with family dogs. Anes also has a great deal of experience working with personal protection dogs and dogs competing in the sport of Schutzhund. He has helped prepare many top Schutzhund competitors for the obedience and protection phases. In 2009, Anes became one of the youngest helpers certified as a protection decoy with the United States Schutzund Clubs of America. Anes also received high praise from the USCA Director of the Helper Committee in his second certification in Albany, NY. We are very proud to have him part of our team!
Heather Meader - Trainer
Heather joined the Olympia training family in 2015, her innate instincts with dog handling moved her up the training ladder quickly as an apprentice under Michael Pinksten. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a dual major in Wildlife Conservation and Biology, and Justice Studies, she uses knowledge of human delinquency, rehab & recidivism and applies it to our behavior modification program. She takes every behavior case very seriously, putting in tireless hours to be sure the job is done right EVERY time. Her background in the animal industry started at a young age riding and training horses for her family's breeding program, Meader's Granite State Belgians, coaching new riders, restarting problem horses, and instilling ground manners in 2,000 pound stallions. She brings this experience and more to dog training which affords her an ability to teach confident leadership to the handler and motivate the full spectrum of canine temperaments to work willingly.
Heather also is a certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluater through the American Kennel Club, and an approved AKC Farm Dog Judge, too!