Long before J.D. ever watched one of his canines launch into the air, he had an appreciation for terms like Big Air! Hang time! For 13 years J.D. was a professional snowboard competitor and he currently has a Signature Series Snowboard with SnoPlanks out of Bend, OR. It seems quite appropriate that his team of canine athletes would continue his tradition of amazing high flying stunts. In the mid 90’s, while still an active snowboard competitor he met a disc dog entertainer who introduced him to the sport of canine flying disc. It wasn’t long before he was hooked on both the competition of canine disc and its amazing way of providing crowd pleasing entertainment.
Over the last 23 years J.D. has developed his own unique approach to the sport. As a kid and adult he was always involved with being an entertainer or athlete and growing up he always had a passion for animals. His company K9 Kings Entertainment seems to be a reflection of his life story combining all of his talents. He’s been blessed with entertaining millions of people around the United States with his special and diverse team of dogs.
In addition to entertaining he also loved competing for years around the country at disc dog events and has earned numerous titles like four time world finalist, FDDO national champions, multiple state champs and two-time Purina national finalist. He’s also been featured on Animal Planet’s Pet Star and appeared on the first and only dog reality show on CBS called “Greatest American Dog” where over 100 million people saw him compete for $250,000 with his dog “Galaxy”.
Bend, Oregon (40 years)
1979 – 1985 Top Ranked Junior Olympic Skier
1980 – 1984 Professional Breakdancer
1990 – 1994 Professional In-Line skater
1987 – 2000/2016 -? Professional Snowboarder
2006 – 200? Professional Disc Golfer (PDGA #24431)
1996 – 200? Professional K9 Entertainer / Trainer
K9 Competition Highlights:
1996 – 2005 Top 10 Local & Regional Competitions
2001 NW Champions
2001 7th Skyhoundz World Championships
2002 4th Purina National Finals
2003 FDDO National Champions
2003 12th Ashley Whippet World Championships
2003 9th & 13th Skyhoundz World Championships
(FIRST person ever to qualify for World’s with TWO dogs)
2003 California State Champions
2004 West Coast Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Champions
2004 5th Purina National Finals
2004 Animal Planet’s Pet Star Winner & 5th at $25,000 Finals
2004 Indiana State Champions
2005 1st Flying Disc Dog Open
2005 Ashley Whippet World Finalist
2008 3rd Place CBS Reality Show "Greatest American Dog"
K9 Career Media:
CBS Reality Show “Greatest American Dog”, Animal Planet’s Pet Star, People Magazine, Star Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Dog World Magazine, Disc Golf World, USA Network, VH1, TBS, ABC Sports, Outdoor Life Network, NBC Sports, PAX, CTV, A Channel, Local Stations
K9 Career Sponsors:
WolfGang Man & Beast, DCurve Optics, Les Schwab Tire Centers, High Desert Veterinary, Dealin In Signs