My name is Tony Mooney and I have owned and loved dogs since I was a kid. I always took an active role helping my mom train and care for our pets. In 2004, while working as a Regional Manager for a metal distribution company, I became really interested in training dogs after seeing an expo in Charlotte. I worked with several trainers in the Charlotte and Mooresville areas learning different styles, philosophies and techniques. It was a great learning experience for me. In 2008, I was introduced to dog sport and my love for training grew from a passionate hobby to something I wanted to build into a career. I attended the Canine Enlightenment Trainers School in Mocksville where Master Trainer Buddy Lawson has shown me everything from building a strong foundation and behavior theory to the use of different training tools and techniques. I have also traveled to learn from some of the top dog trainers in the southeast. I would love to share my passion of dog training with you. I feel that a well-behaved pet is more acceptable in a family and it lessens the likelihood of animals being abandoned or dropped off at animal shelters. Remember, we are all trainers, just on different levels.
After many years as a supervisor for a construction company in Massachusetts, Corey needed a change of pace and applied to The National Canine School for Dog Trainers. He had adopted Aliko his German Shepherd, Nahla his Rottweiler, and Seiko his Akita, and soon realized that he preferred spending time with his dogs more than people. Training his dogs after work became the highlight of his day and he knew that becoming a dog trainer was the path for him. At NK9 Corey and Aliko learned Basic and Advanced Obedience, Tracking, Socialization, Behavior Modification, Police K9, Scent Detection, and Search and Rescue work. He applied to work at The Dog Wizard because he appreciated the business model and wanted to learn more from a long standing company. He now works with both the dogs and the students of The Dog Wizard Academy and is able to impact many lives with his knowledge of dog training. Corey’s three assistants are Aliko, Nahla, and Seiko pictured above. Corey says he chose these breeds to help break the stereotypes about aggressive behavior in German Shepherd’s, Rottweiler’s, and Akita’s. He has achieved his goal by raising three lovable companions.