Dog trainer Chris Perondi’s career with canines started with the proverbial doggie in the window.
As a child, Perondi got a dog from a pet store; a few years later, the dog became sick and the family learned the dog’s liver had not developed right because of bad breeding practices. It was then that Perondi said he knew he would never buy another dog again, and that adopting was the way to go.
At age 20, Perondi adopted a border collie/cattle dog he named Pepper. On a whim, he began teaching Pepper tricks and even started a Frisbee club for dogs and their owners.
Eventually, Perondi began competing with Pepper, now retired at 16, at Frisbee catching competitions, even winning the National Frisbee Championships. Perondi began getting requests to do stunt dog demonstrations, which eventually turned into an actual show.