At Marengo Creek Farms we offer:
In Home Training
Private Classes at your Home
Private Classes at the Farm
Basic obedience training
Advanced obedience training
Barking, Chewing, Digging Resolution
During training, your dog will work with resident dogs, other dogs here for training, sheep, chickens, turkeys, the horse, and even our cow! In-home training means your dog stays in our home. Training lasts 30 days. Your dog will learn to get along with the other dogs, be respectful in the house, and stay in a crate. Since we only take a few dogs at a time, your dog will receive a lot of one on one time. Once your dog has completed training, they will be accepted back for boarding. Included in the boarding, your dog will be trained every day. We work on any bad habits they have learned, and keep them refreshed on obedience.
Basic commands we teach are:
walk on a loose leash
respect the word "NO"
heel, sit when you stop
Every dog has a unique personality and disposition. Because of this, every dog needs to be trained differently. This requires a unique trainer, with a wide range of experience and a wealth of knowledge. Whether you want to train a working dog, or a pet dog, you need expert guidance to effectively train your dog. We Train All Breeds!
About the Trainer
Stewart Harvard recieved his first Border Collie when he was 10 years old to help out with herding cows on the farm. This sparked an interest in him as a young boy so, in 1978 Stewart attended the American K-9 Training Center, where he was formally taught the handling and training of dogs. After becoming a "Professional Dog Trainer", Stewart opened Harvard's K-9 Training and Boarding Center, offering obedience, family protection, police dog, and herding training. Since that beginning, he has trained over 9,000 dogs.
He and his wife, Candy Harvard, began hosting Border Collie trials in 1983, and continued for many years, bringing in judges from as far as England and Scotland.
They have trained police dogs and their handlers from police departments and sheriff's offices all over Alabama and Georgia. They have imported in excess of 300 quality dogs for police and personal use. Stewart and Candy's interest grew rapidly for dog sports and training. They began competing in AKC shows in conformation and obedience, and have titled more than 20 dogs.
Stewart has been court-certified as an expert in dogs and behavioral problems, which has led him to conduct training sessions for employees of Alabama Power and Tallapoossa River Electric, educating and protecting the employees against attack while performing their duties.
Stewart has trained in the sport of Schutzhund where he qualified his dog as one of six to represent the USA in the 1993 world competition. Schutzhund involves many hours of diligent training and mutual respect as the dog and handler compete in three phases: protection, tracking, and obedience.
Stewart sold the kennel in 1998, so he could take a few years off to concentrate on his own dogs. He continues training at Marengo Creek Farms.