Chris Banke: Profile of a Dog Trainer

Christopher BankeThroughout the course of a truly stellar dog training career that is well into its fourth decade, Chris Banke has trained and coached a great many dogs to be the best they can be. He is also known as an activist and an advocate for his profession as a dog trainer, having worked with many other coaches, trainers and competitive handlers. In all, hundreds of dogs have gone on to compete successfully at all levels, thanks to the training acumen of Chris Banke.

That’s not all, however. In addition to his dog training activities, Many dogs from his breeding kennel have gone on to work in a great many professions, including the law enforcement and entertainment arenas. Quite simple, Chris Banke has the skills and the talent to train nearly any dog to do nearly anything. All dogs can be show dogs, of course, but every dog can be trained to behave better and to serve their dog parents within the context of their lives, whether they are competitive dog people or not.

How Christopher Banke Became a Dog Training Icon

Christopher BankeChristopher Banke was only 15 when he discovered passion for dog training. It happened when he founded the Algemeiner Schutzhund Club, which was about the time a more experienced trainer took an interest and helped him focus his already formidable training skills on German Shepherds. This changed everything and he was soon counted among the top trainers in the United States. He even founded his own dog training business, “Christopher Banke Protection Dog Trainer” when he was just 19. That business, located in northern Vermont, is still going strong, years later.

Over the three decades since, Christopher Banke has trained and coached many great dogs. He also has helped to coach and mentor a large number of other competitive dog handlers. Christopher founded his own breeding kennel at one point and many of those dogs went on to compete and win at a number of local, state, regional and national level competitions. A significant number of the dogs from his breeding kennel have also gone on to work in both law enforcement and entertainment.

How Christopher Banke Became a Dog Trainer

Christopher BankeChristopher Banke was an extremely young man when he realized his true calling, which was to train dogs to be the best they can be. He first exhibited an aptitude and a strong love of dog training when he was training his Doberman, Dana at the tender age of 15. That was when he founded the Algemeiner Schutzhund Club and was assisted by a far more experienced trainer, Margarete Iaquinto, who not only took him under her wing, but who also encouraged him to focus his keen training skills to German Shepherds. That turned out to be a fortuitous switch that made a profound difference in his career. Before long, Chris Banke was being considered among the finest dog trainers in the United States.

For the next 30 years, he maintained that distinction by working hard and training a lot of dogs. He also honed his skills when he opened his own dog training business, “Chris Banke Protection Dog Trainer” before he turned 20.That training facility, located in northern Vermont, is still going strong and is very busy. In that time, Christopher Banke has accomplished a lot as a dog trainer. For example, one year, he became the first American ever to successfully compete in the RSV2000 World Championship with his dog, Iriac vd Maineiche in the IPO 3- handler-owner trained (HOT) category.

Later, Christopher Banke’s dog “Dino von der Maineiche” (Dino) received a trial score of 297, which is the 2nd highest Schutzhund/IPO 3 score in the history of United States dog competition. With Dino, Chris reached another milestone when Dino was featured as a guard dog in the Oscar-nominated film, “Frozen River,” directed by Courtney Hunt. Some time ago, A while back, Christopher also founded his own breeding kennel, which was also successful, with many of those dogs entering competitions at the regional and national levels. Chris Banke has trained numerous dogs for a many different careers, including many in law enforcement and the entertainment industry.

Christopher Banke’s Dog Training Career

When he was just a teenager, Christopher Banke already realized his unerring passion for dog training. He was just 15 when he founded the Algemeiner Schutzhund Club, so it was clear that, even back then, he knew he’d found his true calling. Thankfully, an older, more experienced trainer worked with him to help him focus his impressive training skills on German Shepherds. Before long he was considered one of the premier trainers in the United States and that provided him with enough work to improve his dog training skills even more. He was so good that he founded his own dog training business, “Chris Banke Protection Dog Trainer” before he even turned 20.

It’s been more than 30 years since then and that business is still going strong. Overall, Christopher Banke has trained and coached many dogs in many areas and he has coached or helped to coach many more, working with some of the greatest competitive handlers in the business. At one point, Chris founded his own breeding kennel, with many of those dogs going on to compete and win at a number of local, state, regional and national level competitions. Many of the dogs from his breeding kennel have also worked in entertainment and law enforcement.

Christopher Banke is highly regarded for his activism within the training community. In part, he gets that reputation because of his membership in numerous training organizations. For instance, he was a founding member of Schaeferhund Schutzhund Club, for which he also serves as a vice president, and he was a founding member of The Mid-Island Schutzhund Club and served as training director for a time. If that’s not enough, he is also a founding member of The Pinebarrens Schutshund Club.