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Kraftwerk K9

Kraftwerk K9 founder Wayne Curry, is the only breeder in history to send dogs back to Germany to compete. Never before in history have any American bred dogs been able to qualify and compete in Germany and….Kraftwerk K9 Dogs don’t just compete – they win!

Wayne Curry

Wayne Curry

Founder/Trainer

Multiple National Winner & World Championship Competitor.

About the Owner

The beginning

The eldest son of a working class family, Wayne Curry has been passionate about caring for animals from a very young age. As a child he would beg his mother for guinea pigs, hamsters, and pigeons. Wayne’s father had owned German Shepherds, and when Wayne was eight years old he became seriously interested in the breed. To feed his growing passion for German shepherds, Wayne and his father went searching for a dog for Wayne. Like many victims of boyhood “puppy love,” they visited local shelters and responded to several newspaper advertisements. Through this process they found “King” at a shelter and obtained “Willy,” a retired breeding female. Wayne began working with them and preparing them for shows. While Wayne was excited to compete with his dogs, he soon discovered that he did not find the show ring very rewarding, and as performance competitions were not common, he looked for other ways to compete with his dogs.

Wayne found what he was looking for when he purchased a book on obedience training. “I can still remember the first time my dog sat on command without help,” Wayne said.  READ THE FULL STORY

The Team

Dakota Deal

Dakota Deal

Master Trainer

email: operations@kraftwerkk9.com

Dakota has been with the company for over 5 years now and is the embodiment of what it means to be a part of Kraftwerk. He knew early on in adulthood that training dogs was his passion and has been with us ever since. He has risen to the title of Master Trainer and is a mentor to our younger generation of dog trainers.

Alex Shelton

Alex Shelton

Handler/Office

email: k9media@kraftwerkk9.com

Alex came to Kraftwerk with various skill sets. He has both a passion for dogs and business management. He has been vital in reimagining our digital media content and has Kraftwerk K9 trending on multiple platforms. He is vital in our customer relations department and ensures a happy/healthy community of Kraftwerk clients.

Spencer Hawkins

Spencer Hawkins

Media Executive/Website Designer

email: k9media@kraftwerkk9.com

With 8 years of customer service and sales experience, along with his degree in computer science, and experience with media marketing and web design, Spencer brings valuable interpersonal and customer-oriented skills to the Kraftwerk team. He is a valuable asset to the success and digital impact of the Kraftwerk brand, as well as the satisfaction of our Kraftwerk customers.

Teresa Petta

Teresa Petta

Office/Reception

email: officemanager@kraftwerkk9.com

With 30 years of experience in expert level accounting and top of the line customer service, Teresa provides a warm and welcoming environment for Kraftwerk customers whenever they call or visit, as well as efficiently managing operations and finances for the Kraftwerk team to ensure operational success and efficiency day after day.

Lonzo Fanony

Lonzo Fanony

Handler/Trainer

Lonzo came to Kraftwerk in pursuit of meaningful work. He is one of the hardest working people we have had the pleasure of working with and takes great pride in his work. Because of this, he has been a key factor in the upkeep of our property. He can work with anyone on anything you ask of him, with a smile on his face!

Jessica Dzinbal

Jessica Dzinbal

Handler/Trainer

Jessica has worked with her family for over 16 years to foster and rescue animals of all kinds, but mainly horses and dogs. The last two years of her life, she’s spent working closely with a non-profit animal rescue based in Texas, where she fosters animals for them, as well as home checks and local rescuing. She brings her passion and devotion to animals with her to work every day, and provides a loving and caring environment for all of the dogs at Kraftwerk.

Nate Kilmer

Nate Kilmer

Handler/Trainer

Nathan knew right out of high school that working with dogs was going to be a great fit for him. Not only did he get to work with dogs, but he was given the opportunity to learn training skills, which he has enjoyed and embraced ever since. His interest in Kraftwerk came from his parents owning a Kraftwerk K9 dog, and ever since he knew that this was the place for him.

Payton Pekola

Payton Pekola

Handler/Trainer

While new to the Kraftwerk team, Payton has experience working with her family on their farm, raising not only livestock, but also breeding and raising German Shepherds of their own, as well as her experience with dog sitting and dog walking in her spare time during her college courses. She provides an active and engaging environment for our Kraftwerk dogs by keeping them exercised, as well as socialized and cared for.

Vanessa Franson

Vanessa Franson

Handler/Trainer

As one of our Kennel Technicians, Vanessa brings her hospitable intuition from her previous experience as a Veterinary Assistant, as well as her time at the local Humane Society. She grew up working on her parents’ farm, raising all types of livestock, and has an enormous passion and love for animals of all kinds. She demonstrates this passion every day with the expert level care she provides for Kraftwerk dogs.

the facility

A Kennel is Born

When he began his breeding program, Wayne wanted a “brand name” to identify the Schutzhund capable dogs he was working so hard to develop. He chose the name Kraftwerk K9 to fulfill this role. The name is a combination of two words from the German dictionary. As “kraftig” means power and “werk” means work, the name Kraftwerk perfectly defines the fundamental principles of Wayne’s breeding program.

The property on which the Kraftwerk K9 kennels are located, was found by Wayne while he was on the way to a farmer’s field to practice tracking with his dog. It was a five-acre parcel of young Christmas trees and nothing else. After purchasing the property, Wayne found a used manufactured home and had it placed on the land. Wayne and his friend, a deputy sheriff, then built the first four kennels.

 

 

Aerial photo of Kraftwerk K9
maternity center kennels

To get started, Wayne filled the four kennels with dogs from the animal rescue shelter and anyone else who needed their dog trained.

The demand for well-trained dogs was very high. Subsequently four more kennels were built. Later another addition to house another 12 dogs in the main building was added along with a front office area. At this point Wayne wanted to create the ideal kennel for his dogs.

 

A Natural Environment

Through observation he had noticed that a concrete ring around the perimeter was the main area used by the dogs and the inside was used to relieve themselves. Utilizing his observations, Wayne designed four kennels around the Christmas trees in order to provide shade and privacy for every dog. These kennels were very successful so Wayne has continued to add kennels within the trees annually. The land surrounding the original property was acquired one five-acre section at a time. Training fields, houses for managers and trainers were added helping to create the twenty-five acre state of the art training and breeding facility that it is today.

Kraftwerk employs a staff of around twelve full-time people year round who are actively engaged and devoted to the dogs and puppies. The german shepherds from Kraftwerk K9 are sold to families, police K-9 departments, Schutzhund handlers and other working sport homes as well as high profile individuals with security concerns.

 

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