Joseph De Simone, founder of Canine Command has been a long time volunteer trainer and handler of dogs at various Humane Societies throughout the United States. Joe and his rescue/therapy dog Karnak currently volunteer their time at Hope Hospice. Joe previously served as an instructor for the Naples and Bensalem (Pennsylvania) AKC Dog Clubs. Joe has worked with the staff at both the Gulf Coast & Naples Humane Societies to help their behaviorally challenged dogs become adoptable, obedient pets. Joe's experience as a shelter volunteer and a shelter dog advocate has underscored the importance of proper training to avoid dogs having to be surrendered to a shelter in the first place!
Joe is certified in canine behavior evaluation, obedience training and problem solving from the Animal Behavior College where Victoria Stillwell of Animal Planet's " It's Me or the Dog" received her training. Animal Behavior College has trained many of the leading trainers in our profession. Joe is also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the leading trainer education association in the United States, devoted to positive reinforcement methodology, best training practices and animal advocacy.
Numerous local veterinarians refer their clients to Canine Command for training including Mission Hills Veterinary Center, The Animal Wellness Center, Bonita Veterinary Hospital & Clinic, Naples Safari Animal Hospital, North Naples Veterinary Hospital, Old 41 Animal Hospital, Angel Animal Hospital, Hakim Hamaci, DVM, Animal Oasis Veterinary Hospital, All Creatures Animal Hospital, White Sands Animal Clinic, North Collier Animal Clinic, Crossroads Veterinary Clinic, West Coast Veterinary and Golden Gate Animal Clinic. Joe is also Red Cross certified in canine first aid.
Mr. De Simone obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology from Lafayette College. He went on to obtain a law degree from Antioch College. He is frequently consulted as an expert in canine legal issues including adoption contracts and shelter liability. Mr. De Simone has been a longtime advocate for shelter dogs and currently is the happy owner of three shelter rescues- Daisy May a hound dog mix, Karnak a boxer/cattledog/staffordshire mix and Cleo a pointer/staffordshire mix.
As a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Mr. De Simone's Code of Professional Conduct and Responsibility requires he: