Terry McCormack is the President/CEO of Saint Francis German Shepherd Service Dogs Inc. and National Training Director for SDS (Service Dog Schools). He is also an AKC Star Puppy, CGC and CGCA evaluator, a proud member of and registered breeder with the USCA, and the only person licensed in the State of Massachusetts to operate this type of business specifically. (License to operate Hearing Dog Business, MA State License #1). Terry has over 30 years’ experience training dogs. He apprenticed for 10 years under his late father, Command Sargent Major Francis X McCormack U.S. Army Retired. His father was a Master Working Dog Trainer, disabled highly decorated WWII, Korean and Vietnam veteran who trained dogs with the 82nd Airborne, Military Police K-9, Schutzhund trainers in Germany (Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde, also known as the SV), and also privately for disabled and non-disabled individuals, state and federal agencies for a total of over 40 years.
Terry has used the knowledge and hands on training passed down from his father to train, title, certify and evaluate a total of over 1,000 dogs since the completion of his apprenticeship in 1986. The methodology behind his training is for reliable performance of the dog during real life situations. Because Terry feels the majority of what he learned from his father can be directly transferred to dogs for different applications, he has transferred much of the no-nonsense, hands-on philosophy and methodology he learned from his father to training service dogs for disabled people specifically today.