Animal Planet's Pet Expert & Trainer
Travis Brorsen is one of the most sought after dog trainers in America today. Travis is Founder and CEO of Greatest American Dog Trainers, and is Animal Planet’s pet expert and trainer, hosting their new series, My Big Fat Pet Makeover, which just finished Season One.
Travis and his team at Greatest American Dog Trainers not only provide hands-on training and structured dog walking to their canine clients and their humans, but are also focused on helping pets become more holistically healthy, fit and happy. The dog and human bond is build on a solid foundation and that is what GADT strives to provide their clients.
Growing up on a farm and ranch in Oklahoma, Travis has been around animals large and small his entire life. However, choosing to pursue a career in entertainment rather than agriculture, he moved to Los Angeles after college where he appeared in more than 20 national commercials and guest starred in several hit shows such as Desperate Housewives, JAG, Bones, Drop Dead Diva and many others.
In 2008, Travis and his 14-month old, highly energetic and untrained boxer, Presley, were selected as contestants for CBS’ national dog training competition, Greatest American Dog. While producers (and Vegas) gave the duo little chance of advancing past the first week, Travis and Presley pushed themselves to their limits and after 12 weeks of grueling competition, beat the odds and won the entire competition. The prize of $250,000, is the most ever won by a dog and their human.
As a result of the show, Travis discovered he had a passion to help other dogs and their owners create similar positive learning and relationship building experiences and spent the next five years building a highly successful dog training business in Los Angeles. After moving to New York City in 2012 to marry his sweetheart and broadway singer Heather (Hawkins), he founded Greatest American Dog Trainers and can currently be spotted in Manhattan working intently with a Park Avenue pooch and their family. Travis and Heather, along with their son Bleu and boxer Pete, are also planning to open their own facility in their home state of Oklahoma in 2019.
Travis created “Adventures with Travis & Presley”, an early childhood education program focusing on bully preventing and character education. He has partnered with Frog Street Press in Grapevine, TX to share it with America. It is currently being used in thousands of elementary schools across the United States.
Most recently, Travis was nominated for TV’s Best Dynamic Duo for the Fox Reality Awards and honored with the Humanitarian of the Year at the New York Pet Fashion Show in 2018.
He has appeared on TV and radio shows such as Rachael Ray, Fox and Friends, National Geographic’s Brain Games, E! and others. He has been featured in The New York Post, The New York Times, InTouch, People, US Magazine, Variety, Prevention.com and Hamptons Pet Magazine. He has contributed to many magazines and websites such as Good Housekeeping, Dogster Magazine, Dogington Post, New York METRO, Life and Dog Magazine, Boxers Magazine, Star, Hollywood Life and Cooking Lite Magazine.
Most recently, Travis has also launched his own line of healthy, single ingredient dog treats. Greatest American Dog Treats can be found at www.gadogtrainers.com/treats.