Nelson comes from a family with a strong tradition of dog training; both his father and brother are dog trainers. While Nelson was growing up, his father was a hunting dog trainer and he would tag along as his father taught clients both basic and advanced hunting skills. Nelson would help with the dogs as much as he could and saw firsthand how happy the dogs would be when given a job to do. Those early childhood moments laid the ground work for a lifelong passion of working with animals.
While still a teenager Nelson worked for a national chain pet store. He started stocking shelves and worked hard to become a trainer and eventually the head trainer at his location. After completing all training programs that were provided to him from the store, Nelson still had a thirst to learn. He began researching additional methods and techniques for training dogs. It was during this research that he found Suburban K9 and a new mentor in company founder Matt Covey.
Given Nelson’s wealth of knowledge and experience he has truly flourished in his role at the company and is one of our busiest trainers. He is the main trainer working with West Suburban Humane Society’s S.T.A.R. program helping some of the more challenging shelter dogs learn the skills and manners that are vital in giving them a new shot at life, and finding that forever home. Nelson takes great pride in the fact that he gets to make a difference in the lives of so many dogs and people.