DTW – Dog Training Warehouse is comprised of 3 partners that all have the same thing in common: We Love Dogs!!
We are Dog Experts providing educational info, training tips and assisting you in finding the right products for your dog!
We are also very proud of our non profit organization, Shelter to Soldier! Through this organization, we rescue dogs and train them to become service companions for combat veterans. DTW donates a portion of every sale to Shelter to Soldier to help our mission!
DTW was previously PetMallAmerica.com and operated successfully for nearly 4 years. Father son team, Graham and Alec Bloem, added a partner and changed the focus of the site as well as the sites name. We knew we weren’t just a “Pet Mall” and we wanted to share that with everyone. Now partnered with fellow dog lover, good friend and USMC combat veteran Major Brian Dennis, our company is more successful then ever before! Read about each of the owners below:
About Graham Bloem
Graham Bloem was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has had an affinity with animals all his life, although his true passion is for dogs. At age five, he immigrated to Toronto, Canada with his family, but enjoyed frequent trips back to South Africa. His experiences in wildlife settings instilled a dream of one day working with animals. From Canada, he immigrated to the United States obtaining US citizenship and he now resides in sunny San Diego, CA with his amazing family of six (fiance’ Kyrié, two wonderful children, and dogs Lucy and Juno, a Heinz 57-rescue sweetheart and a giant Bernese Mountain Dog).
Graham initially worked as the manager of a local pet nutrition store and used this opportunity to learn about the nutritional needs of cats and dogs. He then attended Animal Behavior College, and in 2002 graduated with honors as an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT).
After college he joined the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s adoption facility in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. working in several roles ending as senior dog trainer. Over the years, he has worked with thousands of dogs, continuing his studies to further his understanding of dogs’ behavior and needs. Graham specialized in behavior modification and helped to save the lives of thousands of dogs from an uncertain future. After the valuable experience at Helen Woodward, Graham established his own dog-training company, West Coast K9. He also accepted a position of senior mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, sharing his dog training knowledge and passion with new trainers and certifying them in California.
Graham has participated in several TV interviews and fundraisers, has featured in Dog Fancy Magazine, run seminars on dog care and training, and appeared on many news and radio shows with NBC, CBS, FOX and CNN. Some of these interviews resulted from his involvement with dogs rescued in the war zone in Iraq. This began with Lava, a puppy rescued during the battle of Fallujah who and brought to the USA by Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, the New York Times Best Selling Author of “From Bagdad with Love” and “From Bagdad to America,” in which Graham had honorable mentions. Lava is an amazing, loving dog that made an impression on Graham with his outstanding senses and incredible intelligence. Graham helped to socialize and train Lava for his new life in America, teaching him both basic and advanced obedience commands.
In 2006, Graham served the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, CA as their contracting trainer for two years, responsible for behavior assessment, evaluation, treatment plans, staff training, creating and running training programs including volunteer based programs, and other training related tasks. In 2007, Graham was the trainer for another famous dog rescued from the war-zone in Iraq by Maj. Brian Dennis of the Marine Corps. Major Dennis bonded with a stray mixed-breed dog, Nubs, while serving his country in Iraq. Brian later wrote the NY Times Best Selling Book, “Nubs – The True Story of A Mutt, A Marine and A Miracle,” in which Graham is prominently mentioned. This story is now in production to become a motion picture with the screenplay and production headed by Justin Zackham of Two Ton Films.
In 2008, Graham joined Snug Pet Resort & Absolute K9 Training team, a five star pet resort and training facility co-owned by an all-pro NFL star. Snug Pet Resort & Veterinary Hospital is also a basic and luxury boarding facility, grooming salon, and training facility where Graham has had the privilege of working with many dogs, their owners and families.
Graham stepped down from his position of General Manager and senior dog trainer at Snug Pet Resort in July 2012 to once again pursue his passion of dog training, particularly behavior cases & service dogs, and has also started a non-profit “Shelter to Soldier™”, which will provide service dogs to military personnel.
The aim is to train service companions for military men and women battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or other psychological or physical ailments from their service in Iraq, Afghanistan or other active areas. In addition, this program will change the lives of many dogs, rescuing them from their uncertain lives in shelters and instilling in them the meaningful opportunity to become lifetime companions for our struggling service men and women.
Graham is also the proud co-owner owner of this online pet supply company, Dog Training Warehouse (DTW), offering professional guidance and behavior advice assisting pet owners on the use of tools and supplies sold through the website.
- Graduated Animal Behavior College in 2002 top of his class as an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer
- Apprenticed with renowned Master Dog Trainer, Rick Klassen.
- Dog Trainer to Helen Woodward Animal Center, a world renowned animal shelter in California, for 4 years.
- Dog Trainer & Consultant to Rancho Coastal Humane Society, a pioneer in rescue programs, for 2 years.
- Dog Trainer to Nubs Dennis, the world famous rescue dog from Iraq. Nubs’ children’s book is a NY Times Best Seller and is one of the most successful children’s books of all time. The story is now being produced into a motion film.
- Dog Trainer to Lava Kopelman, another famous rescue dog from Iraq. Lava’s owner has published two NY Times Best Sellers.
- Managed and directed Snug Pet Resort & Absolute K9 Training for nearly 4 years.
- Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
- Behavioral Evaluator & Specialist
- Service Dog Specialist
- Therapy Dog Specialist
- Partnered with a team of professional trainers with a combined 60 years of experience. Specializing in competition obedience, Police K9 training & evaluation, detection dogs, family protection dogs, executive protection dogs & Schutzhund.
- Business & Dog Behavior Consultant to boarding facilities, doggie daycares, veterinary hospitals, animals shelters & rescues
- Featured on local and national radio
- Featured on local and national news – CBS 8, ABC, 10News, KUSI, FOX, NBC, CNN
- Mentioned and Praised on Ellen DeGeneres Show, Today Show & Tonight Show
- Contributing writer to Dog Fancy Magazine & Dog’s Life Magazine
- Founder of Shelter to Soldier™ – a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from shelters and trains them as service dogs for military men and women in need of a service companion.
- Mentor and Trainer to men and women from all branches of our armed forces.
- ABC 10News Leadership Award recipient
About Brian Dennis:
In July 2012 Brian was assigned to duty near his hometown in Tampa, Florida. He works at USSOCOM and lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now Brian and Nubs live together in St. Petersburg and have all kinds of fun. They love going to the beach and running around Brian’s neighborhood. Brian’s life long love of dogs is as strong as ever… after all, he made it his mission to save a wild dog injured in the deserts of Iraq and would do it all over again without even thinking about it. Brian is also a partner of the growing online pet supply company, Dog Training Warehouse and works with Graham on their new non-profit, Shelter to Soldier.
About Alec Bloem
With almost 40 years experience in the Heavy Civil Engineering Industry, working on numerous projects in many capacities, Alec has also been in Senior Management for almost 35 years.
Alec was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. After High School, and one year in the army, graduated with a Diploma in Civil Engineering. He completed numerous Management and Business administrative courses at various Graduate Schools and Specialty institutions.
Alec worked as a Site engineer on many projects in and around South Africa, including Power stations, Dams, Nuclear Plants, Railways, Highways and bridges, High rise buildings, Chemical Plants and many more.
He was a site engineer for a large deep foundation company for several years, then Project Manager for a large Dam construction. Alec joined a very large public Company as a site engineer, and over a period of 8 years rose to Managing Director (President) of one of its companies. He received the first ever President’s Award from the South African Society of Civil Engineers for an innovative project for the South Africa Railways.
Alec immigrated to Canada in 1986 as National Project Manager for a large North American Company and became President of this North American Division 6 years later.
In 1993, he decided to relocate to the USA, joining an International Construction Company as its US Chief Operating Officer. Alec later became Senior Vice-President, Concrete Products of a large public Construction Company, and President of three subsidiary companies.
In 2006, Alec decided to leave the corporate world and started an Ace Hardware in San Diego as a sole proprietor.
More recently, Alec, (in conjunction with his son, Graham Bloem, and Major Brian Dennis), revamped the online pet supply company Pet Mall America into the new Dog Training Warehouse.