the Chief Animal Trainer for Walt Disney’s
Studio for more than 21 years. His
professional experience dates back to Junior High
A lifelong love for dogs, and the ability to put common
sense into effective practice - these have been combined
by Bill Koehler into training methods that make him a
giant among dog trainers.
His credentials are impressive and authoritative - U.S.
Army K-9 Corps Instructor; Training Director for the
world's largest dog club; author of a comprehensive
series of top-selling books on dog selection, training
and management and development; recipient of numerous
awards from the
Humane Association, the Dog Writer's Association
of America and many other groups devoted to the
well-being of companion animals in our society.
innovative - and sometimes controversial trainer,
Koehler developed effective programs to train receptive
dogs and devised ways to correct problem animals that
would have otherwise been destroyed. He was famous for
being able to communicate with both owners and
140,000 dogs had been trained under his supervision
since 1946, and at least a half a million more
were trained through the use of his 'Koehler Method'
books for every Obedience and Guard Dog levels.
Bill Koehler personally handled the training of such
famous award-winning actors as 'Asta' in MGM's The thin
Man, Bullet for Roy Rogers' Productions, all but one of
Disney's big dog features including The Incredible
Journey, Big Red, The Shaggy Dog, The Swiss Family
Robinson, Toby Tyler, The Ugly Dachshund, Savage Sam,
and Boomerang, Dog of Many Talents. He also trained
' Wildfire' and furnished a cast of 178 dogs for 'It's
a Dog's Life.'
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