In parts of Europe,
dog sport can be compared to a religion...Even as a
child, Marko embraced it.
He started competing with rough collies at age 11, training in obedience and "searching", a highly competitive mix of Schutzhund style obedience and forest searching. By 16, he was the training director at his local club.
At the ripe age of 15, Marko, competing against over 200 dogs, achieved the highest obedience at the Finnish Working Dog Nationals with his collies.
///"Ransu", blue merle and "Ressu", tri color
Watch one of the world's most successful Malinois, Marko's SIMPPU, Mecberger Duunari
Throughout his decorated 15 year military career, working dogs remained a major part of both his career and personal life. His female, Inka was the 1999 Military Working Dog Champion and Karkko was another of Marko's SCHH 3 military working dogs.
At 19, Marko was the instructor for Finland's military police dogs.
///"Karkko, male long coat GSD "Inka", female GSD
The only individual to podium at all three major world IGP events, WUSV, FCI, and FMBB, Marko has no breed hang ups.
2009 FCI Vice World Champion with Simppu, 2011 Third place FMBB with Simppu and 2015 WUSV Vice World Champion with Aro.
Simppu also placed top ten three times at FMBB and FCI.
His wife at the time, Annakaisa Loiri and her boxer, Boxer Skybridge Eddie van Halen, won Boxer World Championship and was the three time Finnish Breed Champion.
/// "Simppu", Belgian Malinois and Aro, GSD