At the young age of 19, Chris Banke started his own dog training business titled, “Chris Banke Protection Dog Trainer.” He did this after having found success in the training world through competitions and having some wonderful opportunities to train under some of the most reputable dog trainers in the United States. During that time, he discovered more than a passion, but a love for training dogs. He then went on to train multiple dogs to IPO/Schutzhund III and continued coaching and doing helper work for other competitive handlers as well. He also was the first American to compete in the RSV2000 World Championship with his dog Iriac vd Maineiche Ipo3. After that was when Chris Banke started his own breeding kennel named “vom maechtigen Turm.” Many of the dogs he bred would go on to compete in Schutzhund IPO on regional and national levels or to work in law enforcement. The success of his training facility as well as his kennel is a reflection of the passion and dedication in which he runs his businesses.
A passion for dog training has always been what has inspired and fueled Chris Banke. When he first began training as a teen with a doberman named “Dana” as his first student, little did he know that it would become his career. His passion for training grew after that and at 15, he discovered the Algemeiner Schutzhund Club. At the Algemeiner Schutzhund Club is where he met Margarete Iaquinto. Margarete helped develop Chris Banke’s passion even for more breed specific training, and to be more specific, the training of the German Shepherd dog.