Teaching Dogs New Tricks-Mike Pind

Referred to as Cape’s Dog Whisperer by those who know him, Mike Pind has been helping dog lovers from all across the country for the last 41 years to bond and build strong, healthy relationships with their furry friends.


“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain

Dogs really are amazing. They’re loyal, fun and capable of feeling and inspiring boundless love and pure joy. They really are one of the best companions you can find—they’re truly Man’s Best Friend! But what does it take to live up to our end of that deal? How do you truly become Dog's Best Friend? 573 was honored to have this opportunity to find out, and we were excited to spend a day with some very unique new friends.


Meet Mike Pind...



“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones

Referred to as Cape’s Dog Whisperer by those who know him, Mike Pind has been helping dog lovers from all across the country for the last 41 years to bond and build strong, healthy relationships with their furry friends.





In his early twenties, Mike moved down to Houston, Texas, where he worked for dog trainer Joe Schomer. Mike learned a lot about the kennel business and the relationship between dog and man during his time there, and he brought that knowledge back with him when returned to Cape Girardeau five years later. “Another one worth mentioning that I had the pleasure of working with is Bill Hillmann,” Mike said. “He’s a great trainer, and we worked together a lot, and became good friends over the last 18 years or so.”






Upon returning to the area, Mike opened his own business here in Cape Girardeau, where he met and married his lovely wife Jan. After some time here, they decided to move back to Houston, Texas, where they opened their own kennel. Mike loved overseeing his kennel and working with the dogs. They enjoyed living in Texas and building their life there—that is, until Jan became ill.




After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), Jan’s health quickly deteriorated. Because of the rapid progression, Mike and Jan moved back to Cape Girardeau to be closer to family. In 1998, Jan lost her battle with MS. Since then, Mike has remained in Missouri training the dogs. He continues to pour his heart and soul into the creatures he and his wife devoted their lives to.