About The Trainer
Mr. O, Joseph Orsino Jr. is a dog trainer and behaviorist with over 30 years of experience. Actually, at the early age of 3 years old, his parents gave him a 6-month-old German Shepherd mix dog named Blackie. Blackie very quickly became Joe’s shadow, sidekick, and partner in crime. When little Joey was about 5 years old his parents as well as everyone else that knew or observed him and Blackie, were amazed by all the tricks that Joey not only taught his dog Blackie but even his friends dogs.
At that time Freda and Joseph Orsino Sr. knew that their son had a God given gift of communicating with dogs. They encouraged his ability and love for dogs by allowing him to have and do his thing with numerous dogs throughout his childhood.
When Mr. O was in high school he raised and trained Siberian Huskies and other northern dogs. He had a sled dog team in high school that consisted of 4 huskies, 2 Samoyeds, 4 malamutes, and an Akita. When Mr. O was a senior in high school he won the northeastern sled dog championship.
Two years after graduating from high school, Mr. O began his magnificent dog-training career by joining the US Army during the Vietnam Era. He was part of the 101st Airborne Military Police as a dog handler, while attending K-9 handling school at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The instructors recognized Mr. O ‘s training abilities and offered to make him a training instructor. So instead of receiving 6 weeks of dog handling training Mr. O received 1 year of K-9 instructor training. Then he was sent back to his 101st Airborne Unit as a K-9 Trainer. His duties included training K-9’s for Vietnam and continual training of K-9 handlers. Mr. O then became a squad leader of a bomb detection unit, in charge of 6 dogs and their handlers.
While in the service, Mr. O had the privilege of meeting one of the founders of the American Guide Dog Association, Dr. Clarence Pfaffenberger, who was just starting a guide dog training facility in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Pfaffenberger wanted to learn more about the Army’s Training Philosophies and methods and also to observe the Army’s breeding program. Mr. O was selected to show him around and to work with him for the two weeks he was there.
Dr. Pfaffenberger, like everyone else that meets Mr. O was extremely impressed with his knowledge of dogs and his training skills. He was so impressed that he offered Mr. O a position at one of his training facilities. Mr. O’s duties were to evaluate the dogs’ temperament and personalities to determine the dogs’ ability to be a guide dog.
Mr. O had been working for Dr. Pfaffenberger for 3 years when a friend started a training program for the handicap, which was what the assistance dog program was called back in the day. He was looking for a training coordinator for his assistance dog training facility in Columbus, OH. Six months later from the Grace of God and with blessing Mr. O was on his way to Columbus, OH.
After 2 years, Mr. O opened his first training center, Ruff and Ready K-9 Training. The name came from a cartoon that Mr. O watched when he was a little boy called The Adventures of Ruff and Ready, which were two dog cartoon characters.
Ruff and Ready K-9 Training offered numerous training programs: assistance dog training, on & off leash obedience, behavior modification, protection training, hunting dog training, in kennel program, and classes. His facility included a training facility with a 60 run kennel and 3 full time trainers, 3 assistant trainers. In two years Mr. O added Ruff and Ready K-9 Security, which trained security dogs for businesses. Mr. O also trained police dogs for some of the local Police Departments.
After another 2 years, Mr. O thought in would be interesting to train dogs for commercials so he started Ruff and Ready Animal Agency. A year later his father passed away at the age of 75 and left his mother who had severe health issues with a large trucking and scrap yard business to deal with, so Mr. O took a break fro dog training and took over the family business for four years to allow his mother to reside in her own home were she was very comfortable and her own boss.
That was a very difficult period for Mr. O, his 22 year-old son Matthew got killed in a car accident and his mother passed away 2 years later. During this period Mr. O became a born again Christian. The Lord put it in Mr. O ‘s heart to develop a program that would allow him to become more personally involved not only with the dogs but the dog owners. The dog could be more involved with the family and family activities. So the dog owner would understand their dog’s personality and build a better bond with their dog. This is how Mr. O’s greatest venture was created. Mr. O’s One Day Comprehensive Training Program, completely trains your dog in one day!
To learn more about this miraculous training program, please go to Training Programs on this website. God Bless you and your dog too!