Our Training Philosophy
The way your dog behaves is a product of how you interact with him. Don’t blame the dog. Your dog’s behavior is directly related to your ability to understand and implement the three training principles: Timing, Consistency, and Motivation. These principles are the core ingredients to behavior modification, whether training the family pet or teaching a service dog tasks. Understanding how these principles work is the secret to clear communication between you and your pet.
Timing has to do with the way a dog’s brain processes cause and effect. Timing says that any behavior a dog acts out must have a consequence or reward within 1.3 seconds in order for the dog to associate that behavior with that consequence or reward. Too often people reprimand a dog too far after the event took place and they associate the consequence that took place later with a whole different circumstance and behavior. Here is a simple and common illustration. Owner lets their dog out in the yard to potty. The dog goes potty and when he returns to the door he is given a treat and praised for going potty. The behavior reinforced is the dog at the door, not going potty outside.
Consistency is clear communication between a pet and owner. It means promptly reacting the same way to any significant behavior your dog acts out. Again, correction or praise must ALWAYS occur within the 1.3 seconds of the specific behavior. Each time you miss a chance to reward or correct your dog, you send a strong message to the dog that you have no ability to influence his decision making.
Motivation is what you do to influence your dog’s decision making. Motivation requires action from the owner. If your dog acts out a positive behavior, you must quickly act in a positive, rewarding manner. Talking to your dog is not enough; rewards must be physical — a small treat or a good petting can go a long way. If your dog acts out a negative behavior you must quickly act in a negative manner using a training aid or a tug to their leash. Again, talking or scolding your dog verbally is not sufficient.
Meet the Team
Head Trainer & Owner
Miranda has always had a passion for animals, primarily dogs, from a young age. Her passion led her to explore careers in the dog industry, where she discovered training was her niche. Miranda studied Professional and Master Dog Training courses with honors in 2017 receiving both certifications. Miranda is Multi-Sport K9's founder, head trainer, and manager. Training over hundreds of dogs from basics to advanced obedience, service dogs for both children and adults with different tasking needs, and facility therapy dogs for many schools including United Services for children with disabilities. Her main focus in training is to help create a bond with handler/owner and their dog that will make life more enjoyable for everyone changing their lives and those around them.
Miranda's Current Personal Dogs
Gunner her 15-year-old Siberian Husky who is Certified in Canine Good Citizens, trained in Rally, advanced off leash obedience, & therapy dog work. Retired!
Ryker is Miranda's 6-year old Dutch Shepherd who has competed and done well in weight pulling, obedience trials, and is certified in all Canine Good Citizens testing. He is trained in advanced off leash obedience, bite work, and scent detection.
Her 6-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever is trained in special retrieves, IPO tracking, IPO 3 obedience, Trick Dog, scent work, Agility, therapy dog, Disc, Dock Diving, Canine Good Citizens, Rally, & has many titles in AKC including Urban Canine Good Citizen, Rally Advanced, Advanced Trick Dog, Open, & competed in Rally Nationals this past year finishing 11th out of hundreds competing with a score of 199/200. Rambo is currently working towards his Rally Excellence.
This fiesty 2 year-old Malinois lives up to her name. She's full of energy and takes on new challenges with ease. Kruella and Miranda took on their first trial together this spring and Kruella gained her first title/certification through PSA (Protection Sport Association) a PDC (Protection Dog Certification). She is currently training to compete for her PSA Level 1 Title this upcoming fall.
Abbie is a 7-year-old female Dutch Shepherd who is owned by both Miranda & Cassie two of Multi-Sport K9's trainers. She is currently preparing for her PSA PSA1 (Protection dog Certification Level 1) certification that she will competing in this coming fall. Abbie competed for her PSA PDC (Protection Dog Certification) with Miranda and earned her first Title last year.
8 month old Golden Retriever. Currently working on basic and advanced obedience training.
4 month old Dutch Shepherd. Currently learning basics. Future Protection Sport Competition Dog.
Kendall has always had a love and passion for all animals, but especially dogs. She grew up with her family breeding Labradors and that is where her love began. If there was a litter of pups that’s where you would find her! Kendall graduated high school with her associate in science from Southwestern Illinois College in 2023, then went to pursue her certification in dog training from Kennelwood Dog Training Academy. Kendall is certified in basic to advanced obedience as well service dog training which is her true passion!
Trainer & Kennel Manager
After high school graduation Cassie attended Petropolis now known as The Academy of Pet Careers. Cassie studied basic obedience training, show obedience training, dog temperament and characteristics, dog psychology which includes the ability to understand dog behaviors as well as signs of stress, service dog training, and narcotic and scent detection training are skills Cassie has mastered. Cassie received certifications in: Pet Empowerment (aka Dog Psychology), Professional Trainer, Pet Stylist, and Law Enforcement K9 Operations.
After receiving her certifications at Petropolis, Cassie attended The Tom Rose School of Professional Trainers known as the World’s Elite Dog Trainer Academy. There Cassie studied personal protection, different categories of obedience, agility and the importance of exercise, continuous in-depth narcotic detection, article location and tracking work. Cassie received her Professional Dog Trainer Certification from The Tom Rose School in 2022. Cassie Peck is the owner, operator, and trainer of High Caliber K9 Training LLC.
Cassie currently has two Dutch Shepherds and a Belgian Malinois she has personally trained that are proficient in scent detection, article location, agility, narcotic detection, basic and show obedience, service work, tracking and protection work. These dogs are used for professional missions as well as demonstrations and trainings.
Cassie also assists her friend, classmate and fellow dog trainer Miranda Matuszewski, founder, owner, operator, and trainer of Multi-Sport K9 LLC with training as needed. You will also find Cassie assisting or holding group training classes with WagMore! LLC.
Trainer & Protection Decoy
Matt grew up caring for and hunting with quail and pheasant dogs since he was 13. Thats where he developed a passion for working with dogs. As he got older his passion grew and he began to raise and work with his own upland hunting dogs. When he got his first German shepherd he began training obedience leading to owning more German shepherds and later getting involved into competitive obedience sports. I’m addition to the German shepherds Matt rescued an 8 month old Belgian Malinois “Heidi” who pushed Matt to expand his knowledge into more advanced obedience and competition protection work. With the help of many well known trainers Heidi and Matt have many accomplishments in PSA (protection Sport association). Receiving titles, including PSA PDC, PSA One, PSA 2 leading them to competed in PSA nationals and receive many awards including, First place in PSA 1, PSA 2, highest owner trained obedience & high in protection. Today they continue to compete for the highest level of protection & obedience in PSA. Matt is now working with 3 young dogs Tuco (1 year old Belgian Malinois), Raven( 6 month old Dutch Shepherd), and Hank ( 12 week old German shepherd puppy co-owned by Matt and Miranda. He hopes to continue on trial field to follow up Heidis success. Matt also works as a club decoy in his spare time to help develop future competition dogs for others.