SpitzeK9, is German, meaning from the apex, or from the top. Here at SpitzeK9 and Von der Spitze Kennels, our names take on multiple meanings. We breed and train German Shepherd Dogs from top European working lines, for Sport, Personal Protection, Military, Law Enforcement, and as an all around family dog.
Antonio is the owner and director of SpitzeK9. His journey into dogs began when he was a little boy with a Doberman named Sprocket, and a Rottweiler named Katee. Sprocket would lick Antonio’s face in the morning on school days, like clockwork, to wake him up for school. Katee was independent and protective. Amongst Antonio’s other childhood chores he was charged with the tasks of grooming, feeding, exercising, and cleaning up after Katee. It was at the age of fourteen that his life changed.
The boy in the article was Antonio. After months of doctors, appointments, surgery, and physical therapy he recovered, but a question lingered in his mind; What was the difference that separated his dogs from the dog that attacked him?
It was not until his service in the United States Marine Corps when he was exposed to military working dogs that his question was answered. Over the last decade, he learned more about animal socialization, basic and advanced obedience training, protection training, explosive and narcotics detection training.
After multiple deployments and an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps, he started working with various law enforcement agencies and police dog kennels across the United States and Internationally.
Since 2010, he has been actively involved in the dog Protection Sport of Schutzhund, which has three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection.