The Rio Grande Valley’s 1st
K9 Training Centre!
Situated on 10 acres….
with plenty of training and play space. Fields, pool, indoor training space, large kennel areas…
Leslie Garbutt Vielma
Originally from the mountains in Canada, Leslie began boarding, hiking and training pets for many years with Canine Energy. She was actively participating with local shelters in helping dogs become more adoptable and organizing fundraising events for shelters such as The World Ski and Snowboard Festival. She is a huge advocate for rescuing dogs and has placed many in their “furever” pet and/or working homes.
Her experience begins in scent detection for search and rescue with the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association where she developed the foundation to her training today. With this association, she had the opportunity to go to Germany to learn from the Bergwacht Mountain Rescue Teams, dappled in the film industry, conducted demonstrations for fundraisers and also filmed segments for the Outdoor Life Network’s “Avalanche Dog” series.
Eager for more, she attended and graduated 1st in class at the Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers as a Master Graduate and continued on to her Advanced Master Graduate certification. Here she developed, what she calls, the second part of her foundation training pets, service dogs and competing in AKC obedience and Protection Sports.
Today Leslie and Marty have developed The RGV K9 Training Centre for all pet, sport and working dog training/rehabilitation needs. Leslie is most passionate about educating the younger generation on responsible pet ownership and she hopes in this centre, she can provide a positive experience for all ages of dogs and owners.
Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Marty’s experience begins with the police force in scent detection and patrol work. He spent many years working, training and educating with his K9s, studying case law, receiving and winning multiple acknowledgements through competition and dedication to his goals as a handler and educator.
He gained experience in the pet industry as well as the dog sport industry when diving into his certifications. He competed in PSA (Protection Sports Association) and is a certified decoy for Police, PSA and NADF (North American DogSport Federation). His over-all experience ended up steering him to be a judge and trainer for the Annual K9 Tactical Competition in Vera Cruz, Mexico and has become a certifying official for narcotics and explosives detection and patrol work with the NPCA (National Police Canine Association). The seminar hosts and owners of PetVille Hotel in Vitoria, Brazil brought him to educate a large number of departments including the military last year. His “some of many” certifications would include Bart and Michael Bellon’s NePoPo system from Belgium, Professional Dog Training certification from Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as the Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers where he graduated 1st in Class as a Master Graduate in St. Louis, Missouri.
Marty expresses that “dogs need a job or focus just as humans do”. He is open to all techniques and philosophies…every dog is so unique and therefore he approaches each and every dog differently. His theory, after all said and done, is that your dog must be a happy dog!