April 26, 2017
 
A primary reason Christopher Banke stands among the best dog trainers in the business probably comes from his dog training experience, which covers more than 30 years. A highlight of that long career, of course, would have to be when Chris, along with his very own dog, “Dino von der Maineiche,” received the second highest Schutzhund/IPO III in the United States with a trial score of 297 during a competition. However, that probably ranks alongside the time the pair were featured in the Oscar nominated movie, “Frozen River.”

As a dog trainer, Christopher Banke can help you obtain the results you are looking for, whatever they happen to be. If he seems too young to have 30 years in the business, consider that he started at a very young age. He was just 15 when he discovered that he loved to train dogs and he founded the Algemeiner Schutzhund Club and he was just 19 when he established his own dog training business, “Chris Banke Protection Dog Trainer,” a company that is still alive and thriving to this day, up in northern Vermont.

Christopher Banke’s dedication to the dog training profession also has a lot to do with his sterling reputation. Well-known for his activism within the dog training community, Chris holds memberships in a number of important dog training organizations. Not only did he co-found both Mid-Island Schutzhund Club and The Pinebarrens Schutshund Club, but he has also served as a training director for both. In addition, he is a founding member of Schaeferhund Schutzhund Club and he has served as Vice President for that organization.
January 27, 2017
 
When he was no more than a teenager, Christopher Banke had already realized that he wanted a career in training dogs. It started when he trained his own Doberman, Dana. When he was just 15, he founded the Algemeiner Schutzhund Club. That was when an older, far more experienced trainer named Margarete Iaquinto took an interest in him and recommended that he turn his attention to training to German Shepherds, which turned out to be the best move for him. Before long, he was in the higher echelons of dog trainers nationwide and it led to him establishing his very own dog training facility, “Chris Banke Protection Dog Trainer” when he was just 19.

Over the course of a career that has now spanned more than 30 years, Christopher Banke has trained, coached and mentored a large number of dogs, but he has accomplished many other things, as well. At one point, for instance, Chris became the first American trainer to successfully compete in the RSV2000 World Championship with his dog, Iriac vd Maineiche in the IPO 3- handler-owner trained (HOT) category. A few years after that, his dog, "Dino von der Maineiche" (he prefers to call him “Dino”) received a trial score of 207, which is the second-highest Schutzhund/IPO 3 score in US history. Dino also played a guard dog in the Oscar-nominated film, “Frozen River” in 2008.

Not only is Christopher Banke’s facility in northern Vermont still going strong, but he also founded his own breeding kennel, which has also been very successful. These days, Chris is going strong as an independent trainer and handler for the film and television industry, but he also trains pets for regular pet people, who just want their beloved family member to behave. The passion for training is still going strong.