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Our Trainers

Rod Sparkowich, CPDT-KA

Since a 1977 Trainer’s course at Dixon Dog Training, Rod Sparkowich has been training Basic and Advanced Obedience, AKC Competition Obedience, Personal Protection and Tracking. In 1986 he opened Rod’s Companion Dog Training in North Hampton, NH. As a Sole Proprietorship where Rod was the only employee, he single handedly trained over 300 family pets in a 3 year period. Following that, Rod was accepted to the Police Department at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a Police Officer.

In 1991 Rod attended the NH Police Academy in Concord, NH, graduating 5th of 35 Cadets with an overall 93%. Rod then continued on to the Maine Reserve Officer Training Course. Upon graduation, Rod joined the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. He became a Maine Criminal Justice Academy Certified Instructor and earned the Rank of Lieutenant in the Corrections Bureau where he was responsible for training the 150+ Corrections Bureau employees.


Tracy A. Shaw

Tracy A. ShawMs Shaw brings over 20 years of canine training and behavior modification experience to Coastal K9. Prior to her position at Coastal K9, Ms Shaw was a contract Manager for the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Breeding Program.  She is also a former woman business owner of 15 years with Diamond Dream Dog Center in Southern Maine. Her foundation was set in the early 90's in the animal welfare industry working as the head dog trainer of the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk Maine.