Rob Gunsel was a dog person from the first day he can remember as a child, thanks to his very first dog, Koko. Koko was a black lab and they grew up side-by-side. Rob’s favorite part of the day was coming home to Koko, because he always knew she would be at the door waiting for him. When she passed, Rob was sad of course, but was thankful for the time he got to spend with her. Rob carries that mindset with every dog that he has the pleasure of coming into contact with and training.
When Rob first arrived at University of North Carolina Wilmington, he was undecided on what he wanted to do with my life. He intended to become a therapist for those with depression, because depression runs in his family and has impacted him directly. In his heart, however, he knew he was just settling for that career choice; it never felt like what he actually wanted. This all changed when Rob stumbled across an open slot in a class called “Assistance Dog Training”. Remembering Koko, he entered the class, and the rest is history.
From the first week of class, something inside him felt different, in a good way. Rob loved going to class and soaking in as much information as I could from his instructor. As he progressed to the next class, an opportunity arose for a full-time internship with PAWS Training Centers, and he was the first person to turn in his application. This was the chance he was looking for, and once learning he had been accepted for the internship, he immediately left his job to jump into the dog training world.
Rob has fallen in love with all aspects of dog training. He has trained dogs in obedience and behavioral training, facility dog training, Service Dog training, human remains detection training, and he is currently working with JASE, a service and bed bug detection dog in training. He is so excited to continue with PAWS Training Centers, for it has changed his life for the better, and now it’s time to give back.