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the Podium schutzhund club

Master Trainer/ Decoy's::

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Hardy Ernsting

Head / Master Trainer

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Hardy started in the Schutzhund sport in 1978. Soon after it was very clear to him that he loved the sport.

A few years after joining the Schutzhund sport he was elected training director followed by LV teaching helper/decoy.


In 1988 he was elected to be the Regions Training Director.


Multiple times he was selected for LV Championships and he was pre-selected for the VDH in 1990 as a decoy/helper.

Hardy showed multiple dogs on local, regional, national and international championships as well.

He helped many dog teams successfully compete at local, regional, national and international events.

Over the years he has worked over 300+ dogs at different club, regionals and national trials as a decoy as well.


Now, due to multiple knee replacements he is no longer doing the decoy work himself, but gives his knowledge to our new coming decoys. Just like he did for many years.


He also continues to trian with individual dog teams to help them achieve their goals!

Marcus Hampton

Marcus is the true athlete of the working dog world!

By far he has been the most selected decoy far our National Championships over the last decade!

He keeps our dogs safe at all Championship levels, workshops and club training. From puppies to National competitors, Marcus enjoys working with you and your dog.

His motto is to bring the best out of the team. 

By far one of the best decoys in our county. Fast safe, powerful and always fair.

His skilled training technic will elevate every dog to the top of its level. 


Yannick Ernsting

Yannick started his decoy work in March of 2021. He is certified through DVG LV America since April 2022.

He is a very young, and very skilled decoy already and is working on becoming the best.

His mentors Hardy and Marcus are helping Yannick along his journey. 

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