Brian and Jennifer
are a husband and wife team that run Cirius Kennels.
They are both graduates from Cornell University with a
B.S. in Animal Science. Their
coursework gives them insight into topics such as canine
nutrition, behavior, anatomy, and reproductive issues.
This added knowledge helps them understand the dog from
the inside out.
Brian has almost 25 years of experience training dogs. He began his career
with dogs at the age of 10 racing, training, and showing
purebred Siberian Husky sled dogs. Throughout his work
with sled dogs, he worked as an obedience assistant and
a handler for AKC obedience and conformation shows. He
earned various titles in the show ring, and won a
multitude of sled dog races over the years. Brian furthered his
interests in dogs at Cornell working as a research
assistant for Arleigh Reynolds, DVM who specialized in
sled dog nutrition. During his work at Cornell, Brian
completed research for Iams dog food, as well as learned
about the nutritional requirements of working dogs.
In recent years, Brian has been working with his 6 year
old chocolate Labrador Retriever,
Trek, on perfecting his tracking/trailing
techniques. Brian is also an evaluator for the
Canine Good CitizenŽ (CGC) Program .
Jennifer also has
a background in animal research at Cornell as a research
assistant working with exercising racehorses. She has
been training obedience dogs for almost 15 years. Her
Australian Shepherd, Gage, earned his CD title in three
straight shows, taking 1st place in his final show. He
also completed his CDX title in four shows by the age of
1 1/2. Brian and Jennifer are currently working with
their two newest additions,
and Candy, on their hunting
titles, AKC obedience, and tracking.
This past year, we
are excited to begin working with our field labs on
their hunting/field work. Candy has is getting
ready for her first season of field trials this spring
and Boomer will be ready this fall. We recently
became members of the
Westchester Retriever Club in order to be able to
train with others interested in training and working