We are Coffelt's Black Rock Kennel
(CBRK), a/k/a the Coffelt family. My name is Andrew
Coffelt. This is my wife Jess and our four kids. I would
like to take a few moments to tell you who we are, where
we are going, and what led us here.
First of all, when it comes to our study of working
dogs, we benefit greatly from the guidance, insights
and often the profound wisdom of others. Among our ever
growing list of mentors are top
experts in the Schutzhund IPO and non-IPO Personal
Protection dog fields, award winning breeders, world reknown
breed developers, full-time obedience,
and Personal Protection dog trainers, and last but certainly
far from least, my own brothers in arms: America's
Military and Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) K-9 handlers
- the best in the world.
As I look back and consider how many people have and continue
to invest their time into our vision of working
American Bulldogs and Bandogges - family
dogs, I am humbled and deeply greatful. To all of those
who have encouraged, advised and supported us along the
way, thank you. You can be assured that your efforts to
lead and instruct us have not been wasted and your words
have not fallen on deaf ears. We value your counsel.
FOCUS: Continuous Training...
For Us, Our Clients & Our Clients' Dogs
With this guidance we have fully immersed ourselves in
books and scholarly articles, close observation and sometimes
friendly debate. We actively study such topics as
dog welfare and genetics, scientific dog breeding protocols,
the best practices of animal husbandry and the scientific
and philosophical basis of various dog training methods
in use today, and in the past. We have spent six years
in study to build a solid, professional base of knowledge.
At the same time we have been actively training dogs
now since 2010. I learned by leading men on the battlefield
that knowledge with limited experience contributes
basically nothing to solving real world problems.
To be truly proficient at something - do it. As
such CBRK trains continuously.
Surely in part this is because we know our clients really
need our help. It is rare that professional competition
trainers make themselves available to the general public,
and valuable. However, this works for us too. By
dealing with many different types of client dog behavioral
issues, we are kept sharp as we prepare our own dogs for
their Advanced Obedience and IPO Trials. Therefore CBRK
is pleased to offer select clients our one-on-one, results
oriented dog training services.
VALUES: In Life, In Family & In Business:
In Order To Be the Best... We Need To Do Our Best
As a family we are determined to do our very
best at anything we commit ourselves to. I try hard to
be the best husband and father I know how to be. Jess
tries hard to be the best wife and mother she knows how
to be. Our kids are also learning to do their best at
anything they do. Together as Christians we try daily
to live lives that glorify God. These are the Coffelt
family's values. We do our best to live by them.
When it comes to dogs and what we deliver
to the public we are similarly commited. Apart from providing
elite family guard dogs, we also insist on providing only
the highest level of one-on-one professional training
services available to our clients. We pride ourselves
not just on knowing what we're talking about, but on actual
real world success.
However, the CBRK story all really
began a lot longer than six years ago...
I have been around dogs my entire life
and I first began working with dogs when I was in high school.
Growing up I cant remember a time in which our family
did not have dogs. They have just always been part of my
life, part of my family.
Real World Introduction to Working Dogs
Military Search & Bomb K-9 Teams & Police Dogs
Joining the Army, I served
in the 82nd
Airborne Division for seven years with two combat tours
to Afghanistan. The U.S.
Search & Bomb K-9 teams deployed there are infamous.
teams searched vehicles for ordinance keeping our war
fighters safe. Their skill level and the bond shared between
handlers and their dogs fascinated me. I knew I had to do
similar advanced work with dogs upon returning home.
I served in a Pathfinder Company on my
second tour. Our primary mission was Personnel Recovery.
teams were well known for their heroics, fearlessly
charging into massive Air Assault missions. Their skill
and efficiency saved countless lives. My resolve to work
with dogs in this capacity became even stronger.
After being stop lossed (kept longer than
my initial six year contract required) I received an Honorable
Discharge from my military service. I entered the Police
Academy and became a police officer, serving in that capacity
for two years. I was then offered a position at the Federal
Law Enforcement Training Center. Accepting that advancement
opportunity I continue to serve there to this day, also
running CBRK REAL
WORLD DOG TRAINING and providing quality American
Bulldogs and Bandogges to the public through Coffelt's
Black Rock Kennel.
While serving as a police officer I was
able to see working dogs from a whole new perspective. Although
K-9s and LEO
K-9s have many similarities they have very distinct
differences. Every chance I got to see the dogs work, I
took it. I absolutely love what they can do. They serve
a very important, high stress function and they are incredibly
skilled and effective. However, it is also true that many
military and police dogs are not calm or friendly enough
to be left unobserved with small children. Here in the real
world (my living room), I need dogs that are.
of Both Worlds: My First Working American Bulldog Daisy
EXTREME Guard & Working Drives & Total
Family Safety & Stability
I had found my first ever American Bulldog
during that last deployment to Afghanistan.
She was ready for pick up about four months after I returned
Daisy was a smaller, Standard type American Bulldog. She
was amazing and this is coming from someone who has seen
some of the most incredible working dogs the world has to
offer: Highly trained US Military and Police dogs.
Daisy was a sweet, gentle dog, full of
love and with perfect temperament. There was never any period
of winning her trust, her respect, establishing dominance,
showing the dog who's boss. Nothing like that. She formed
deep bonds with us almost immediately. Daisy just knew at
an instinctual level where she fit in within our family
dynamic and what baseline behaviors were expected of her
as our dog.
That bond which I had observed in Afghanistan
between Search and Bomb K-9 teams was
something established between them in difficult, high stress
training followed by deployment to the battlefield. Handlers
have to work for relationships like that with their dogs.
With Daisy I had a very similar bond, every bit as deep
and fully trusting, but that was just the way she was with
us naturally, pretty much from day one.
from her having nearly perfect structure as you can see
for yourself, Daisy had this intense drive during play and
as a natural born family guardian. She was capable of the
kind of full throttle drive you see in military dogs having
had serious training. However, with all that drive Daisy
was still a well balanced, self-controlled and friendly
dog. She was also easy to train and always totally focused
on wanting to please me. She was a lot of fun to work with
and really was just a perfect family dog. I can't tell you
how much I loved that girl. Daisy was truly fantastic.
CBRK's dog training
as a family activity began at that time with our girl Daisy
and still continues to this day. I do the primary training
with my wife Jess doing reinforcement training. My four
children are also involved in many aspects of training -
our hope being that they too will one day be highly skilled
professional dog trainers.
VISION: Breed Development
Of American Bulldogs & Bandogges
Today Daisy is gone but not forgotten.
Now we have a big American Bulldog boy named Camo and a
soon to be even bigger exotic Bandogge girl named Sophie.
You can read more about our Camo
and his pretty Sophie
girl at their respective pages.
CBRK's goal is
to develop elite working American Bulldogs and Bandogges,
breeding dogs that excel in the IPO circle and can be used
in the military and law enforcement community. This is not
an easy task as the current industry only has eyes for the
GSD and Mals. Here at Coffelts
Black Rock Kennel we are committed to developing a multidiscipline
dog that can serve in the work force as elite working dogs,
come home at the end of the day to snuggle, and not respond
poorly when accidentally hit in the head with a toy metal
truck by your crazy four year old. Our dogs are proving
that already and we only expect things to get better. If
you desire to work your Coffelts
Black Rock Kennel Dog you will not be disappointed.
Questions? Just ask. We are 100% transparent. We have nothing
to hide and you can expect thorough and professional interactions.
Having a problem with your dog? CBRK
Real World Dog Training Services
can help! Serving Washington, DC and the northern Virginia
area we come to you! Just send
us an email or give us a call 540.905.3155
and describe your problem or tell us what you need.