Learn more about the founder of the Soldat d’Elite Kennel, Laurie McIntosh.
Meet The Breeder: Laurie McIntosh
My name is Laurie McIntosh, and I am the owner of the Soldat d’Elite Kennel.
Dogs have always been a major part of my life, and I have been breeding and training dogs professionally for three decades.
Back in the 1990s, I bred German Shepherds which were sold and used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Some of these dogs even went on to compete in agility trials in the following years. I got involved in French Ring in the early 2000s, and this really sparked my interest in working breeds. I had been working with German Shepherds exclusively to this point, but with my passion for working breeds truly ignited, I actually acquired a Belgian Malinois shortly afterwards (and I would go on to have many more in the years to follow).
I first competed in French Ring competition in 2007. Since that point, I have competed over 100 times with five different dogs in countries across the globe, achieving the highest level possible in French Ring – Ring 3.
In 2019, I attended Highland Canine’s School for Dog Trainers division in Harmony, NC. Although I already had some experience training dogs, I wanted to attend the School for Dog Trainers to expand my knowledge. Originally, I was only going to attend the shorter, 18-week program – but ended up switching and participating in their 24-week Master Dog Trainer program.