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.
Anes Dulas - Business 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!
Mike Dziura - Head Trainer
*bio coming soon*
Gina White - Breeding Manager
Gina has been Olympia Kennels Breeding Manager since 2010. She is also the foundation trainer for our pups on site, having trained hundreds of puppies during that time. Introducing all the facets of Olympia's Puppy Starter Program, our clients are guaranteed a pup with the best foundation from which to build upon. As a longtime German Shepherd owner and handler, for almost 30 years, she's had vast experience with pup through adult development. Certified as an AKC CGC evaluator, she has been offering certification to all breeds of dogs since 2017.
Gina also owns and manages three dog-friendly vacation rental homes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the coast of Maine, and the beautiful mountain town of Bethel, Maine as well. These stellar locations are the perfect getaway for you and your Olympia dog. Please see VRBO numbers 946390, 1907108 and _____.
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.