Chip joined the Canadian Forces in 1973 and has been involved in dog training since 1975. His career in the military gave him some unique opportunities to get dog training education in all levels of Obedience, Tracking, Scent Detection and Protection Training from a Canadian Forces Kennel Master, RCMP and OPP Canine Handlers and the RAF Marham Dog Unit. In 1978 his first German Shepherd "Max" earned his Companion Dog Excellent title. Chip was the head trainer of the Gander Obedience School. He was also the Head Trainer for the Nipissing Kennel Club during his first tour in North Bay from 1979 to 1982. He also did Schutzhunde training while on his tour in Germany from 1982 to 1986. In 1989 he was transferred back to North Bay and has made the city his home.  He is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the IAABC and has a Professional Dog Obedience Instructor Diploma. He has recently accepted the position of Senior Trainer & Behaviour Consultant for Citadel Canine Service. These institutions train and provide Service Dogs to Military, Police and First Responders who suffer from PTSD.