The Journey Begins
While he thoroughly enjoyed German Shepherds, Wayne was also open to learning about other breeds. He became interested in the Rottweiler breed while working in a fiberglass plant when he was a young man. Wayne ended up purchasing one from a co-worker. Once after working the night shift Wayne returned home at 1 a.m. to find his dog in the front yard chewing on a bone, while the back door had been kicked in. Wayne discovered that everything of value inside the home was gone. The police were called to investigate the scene but nothing was ever recovered. The invasion of his home was very disturbing and Wayne was determined to prevent it from happening again. It made sense to him that if his dog could be trained to be obedient, it could be trained to be protective as well. This event facilitated Wayne’s extensive research of other methods of dog training. After scouring the area for someone qualified to train protection dogs, he was finally referred to a local Schutzhund club where he learned the three disciplines of Schutzhund: tracking, obedience and protection.
During Wayne’s first visit to the club, the training director asked him if he wanted to experience being on the receiving end of protection work. Wayne suited up with the protective clothing and took a bite for the first time. Wayne found it to be a very exciting experience, which prompted him to start learning everything he could about the art of training protection dogs. Wayne discovered that he was especially talented in this field. He advanced to being the helper in two trials the first year he was in the sport.
The Start of it All
The eldest son of a working class family, Wayne Curry has been passionate about caring for animals from a very young age. As a child he would beg his mother for guinea pigs, hamsters, and pigeons. Wayne’s father had owned German Shepherds, and when Wayne was eight years old he became seriously interested in the breed. To feed his growing passion for German shepherds, Wayne and his father went searching for a dog for Wayne. Like many victims of boyhood “puppy love,” they visited local shelters and responded to several newspaper advertisements.
Through this process they found “King” at a shelter and obtained “Willy,” a retired breeding female. Wayne began working with them and preparing them for shows. While Wayne was excited to compete with his dogs, he soon discovered that he did not find the show ring very rewarding, and as performance competitions were not common, he looked for other ways to compete with his dogs. Wayne found what he was looking for when he purchased a book on obedience training. “I can still remember the first time my dog sat on command without help,” Wayne said.