About Us

Meet John and Earle Quy

John and Earle, his wife of almost 30 years, have lived in the High Country of North Carolina for over 20 years.

John is a British/American Citizen. His family hails from Essex, England. Even at the ripe old age of seven he was training all the neighborhood dogs!

John was Pre-Vet at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

He went on to study at Cornell University where he trained in Behavior Consulting. The emphasis there was on canine behavior and nutrition.

He was Canine Consultant for Will Steger-Arctic Explorer in Ely, Minnesota. Working with Canadian Eskimo (Inuit)and Greenland Eskimo arctic expedition sled dogs.

John and Earle spent 4 years in Northeast Minnesota training and running sled dog teams into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Several of the dog team members were retired from Steger’s Transantarctic Trek and Greenland Trek.  The Quys lived in the wilderness without modern conveniences like running water, electricity and phone.

The couple developed and implemented a dog training course for the Virginia, Minnesota Humane Society.

After moving to North Carolina John trained dogs and trainers for The Eden Alternative, placing dogs in nursing homes.

He also trained volunteers at the Watauga Humane Society in dog handling and offered training classes to the Watuaga Humane Society adoptees.

John has been a Canine Good Citizen trainer and evaluator.  He was one of the first people to pass the Canine Good Citizen test when it  came out , at which time he took two dogs simultaneously through the test.

John has over 40 years experience training dogs. He is expert in Critical Social Skill Development, Behavior Management and Training.

He has trained over 5000 dogs. This vast experience has taught John what works and what doesn’t. He has made training simple and concise with his SoftTouch Dog Training. (Book in the works!) This user friendly training method  allows people to accomplish what they need in companion, family friendly dog training in ONE four session course.

John and Earle have have had over 50 dogs share their life with them.  They have never been breed specific and have enjoyed the company of:

Airedales, Cao de Fila de Sao Miguel,  Jagd Terrier, Filas, German Shephards, Jack Russels , Malinois, Cane Corso, American Bull Dog, Canaan Dog, Canadian Eskimo Dogs, Greenland Eskimo Dogs, Alaskan Huskies, Catahoula, Rottweiler, Pit Bull, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Huskie and several mixed breeds such as Lurchers,  Neufoundland/Lab  and Spitz Crosses among others.

This vast array of dogs has allowed the Quys to get a real feel for breed characteristics and how they best train,  whether they are mixed breeds or full blooded canines.

Often times if you are not sure what your dog is made up of John can tell you when he meets the dog and begins training.  The clues are in their behavior and training ability combined with appearence. John’s fascination with all dogs has resulted in an expertise of Dog Breeds, their origins, work function and training abilities.

The aim at Little Horse Creek Farm is not competition obedience.  John wants your dog to be the best companion possible. Competition training is not the same as real life training. Though we do have a boarding facility our goal is for you to be able to take your dog everywhere!

While dog training is serious business John is able to make it fun. People often comment about how funny he is. Clients call him “The REAL Dog Whisperer” and the “South’s Best Dog Trainer”.  A local veterinarian  has said “John is part dog!”

When you call or email Little Horse Creek Farm you will more often then not be speaking or exchanging virtual correspondence with Earle.  Should you come for a six hour training course you will be working with John and occasionally Earle will help if need be.  Should your dog stay for our 3 week in house training,  Earle will come in towards the end of that training with John to reinforce it’s application with a woman.

John and Earle are the ONLY  trainers at Little Horse Creek Farm. When your dog stays at the farm, John and Earle are the only ones caring for your family member.  Your dog’s health, comfort and training are the most important aspects of what they do and they want to be fully involved in every aspect.

Why the name Little Horse Creek Farm?  It is an homage to this beautiful area in Little Horse Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina.  When the Quys were searching for the place to settle that was perfect for dogs  to live, work, and stay they knew this was it the first time they stepped onto the property. This is where they would want to come to train and board their dogs.  Many step out of their cars and say “What a beautiful place!”

(c) Little Horse Creek Farm, LLC  2015            All original photos taken by John & Earle Quy