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.