John Imler (Working Division Head)
After finding success in careers spanning the military, law
enforcement and corporate America, in 2014 John Imler realized
a dream and turned a lifelong passion of working with animals into
He uses on a comprehensive approach to helping dogs reach
their full potential through measurable standards via applicable
life skills. He also focuses on the humans where he guides them
to become informed stewards for the dogs they share their lives
He has a passion for working breeds and believes there is no
better thing to see than a canine safely express their genetics
alongside a supportive human.
He helps industry professionals as a coach through the The Pro
Dog Trainer Mindset, a platform where he draws from decades of
experience and uses as a science backed program to help
trainers successfully work, play and grow in this industry.
He is a Licensed Family Dog Mediator in both the Training and
Working Division and currently leads the Working Division.
He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a
number of industry certifications. He continues to pursue studies
in Ethology and Behaviorism under leading experts with the goal
of applying this knowledge practically in the field.
He is an Ambassador and Professional Member of the
International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and was
named Member of the Year in 2020. He has previously served on
the Board of Directors in roles as Director Oversight of the
Legislation, European Members and Education Committees.
He lives outside of Louisville, Kentucky with his family, 3 personal
dogs (a Bully/Shepherd mix, a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a
Belgian Malinois), a flock of chickens and a rabbit.