Eric grew up in Maine, spending much of his childhood exploring the great outdoors and enjoying the company of his family dogs. Eric founded Active Dog in 2011 with his dependable, right hand “man” (or shall we say, dog) Tobias.
Weighing in at a whopping 140 pounds, Tobias, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog, was a gentle giant and loyal hiking companion. Tobias crossed the rainbow bridge on Easter morning of 2018 at 10 and a half years old and will always be remembered as the reason for Active Dog’s inception.
Eric currently lives in Weston, Connecticut with his wife Tara, sons Casen and Brayden, Golden Retriever, Cooper and English Cream Retriever, Cammy. He has a Master’s degree in Financial Risk Management from the University of Connecticut and enjoys playing golf, skiing and performing with his modern-country band, Hazzard County.
Important Questions for Eric
Why should you trust me with your dog?
I have owned dogs for as long as I can remember and hope to for the rest of my life! Active Dog was founded in 2011 with my Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Tobias. I have personally hiked with around 20,000 dogs, so your dog is in well-experienced hands! Dogs have always been and always will be a large part of my personal and professional life. I now have two retrievers, Cooper and Cammy.
What do you enjoy about working at Active Dog?
I started this company 10 years ago as a one-man show with one van and one dog. Over time, I have been fortunate enough to watch this company grow and flourish with loyal clients and hard-working employees. I truly enjoy watching Active Dog grow, develop, expand and meet clients’ needs.
What did you do before you worked at Active Dog and why did you decide to work with dogs?
I was an options trader in Chicago (back when we used to trade on the floors!) and later worked at a fund in Stamford, CT. The financial system was reorganized after the financial crash in 2008, the financial system was rearranged and there was a shift in moving towards a more automated trading system. I found myself out of work and decided to go back to graduate school at night to get a financial risk management degree. Given my classes were at night, I often hiked with my Swissy, Tobias, during the day. I would cross paths with other people hiking with groups of dogs and thought, “I could do this!” The rest is history 😊
Recent Posts from The Daily Dog Report
Here’s a look at what’s happening on our nature hikes. We post photos and videos for every hike.
Lots of different types of weather today but we enjoyed them all! ☀️🌧🐾
Billy, Brady, Coco, Dazzle, Franky, Hank, Jack, Lenny, Milo, Monch, Sammy, Sandy, Sierra, Sprinkles, and Stewie! ... See MoreSee Less
🌦💧 This little pack is making big strides! 🥾🍃 Daisy, Rosie, Rocket, & Panda 🐼🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
☔️💦 These happy hounds don’t mind the rain one bit! 🐕 Jane, Rosie, Dakota, Stella, Joey, Heidi, & Ovi! 🌦✨ ... See MoreSee Less
Terrific Thursday hike with Dooner, Lucy, Bucky, Edgar, Hudson, Jack, Louie, Ollie, Toby, Wembley, and Wilbur! 🌞⛈☔️🐾🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
A little rain won’t stop this crew!☔️ Halle, Truffles, Chase, Bucky, Bailey, Strider, Naxos, Blue, Bodie, Bubba, Bodhi and Ajax🥾⛰🌿🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday explorers ￼⛰🍃🐛 Lulu, Orbit, Ivy, Snacks, Thistle, Jasper, Ceaser, Wally, Dexter, Georgie, Duncan, Woody, and Boomer! 🌿🍂🍁 ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday adventures with Annie, Coco, Dakota, Ella, Bear, Bodhi, Cash, Duke, Moose, Peter, Sunny, Theo and friends
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Terrific Thursday hike!
Doggie pack —> Clover, Maddie, Maple, Roo, Rosie-D, Cooper, Harvey, Oslo, Raven, Theo, and Timber! ⚡️🐾💥 ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday adventuring with Emmie, Georgie, Lily, Luna, Mabel, Bosun, Charlie, Finn, Griffin, Jaxon, Pluto and Waylon!!! 🐾⛰🥾🌿 ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday fun with Bree, CloverJ, Emme, GingerV, Lillie, Mabel, Oreo, Sumshine and Trixie 🐕🐶✨ ... See MoreSee Less
Penny is training ✨for✨ situations instead of ✨in✨ them!
Training your dog can be counterintuitive sometimes. If your dog is exhibiting unwanted behaviors in certain situations, it makes sense to train in those situations. However, we want our dogs to be exposed to triggers in a way that ✨doesn’t✨ cause them to react, which often involves taking them out of the situation.
Penny can be reactive to other dogs on leash in her neighborhood. Today, we took her out of that environment and into a new one! This way, we were able to reinforce the behavior that we like, all while giving her the experience of seeing other dogs ✨without✨ reacting.
Great job, Penny! ❤️🐾 #dogtraining ... See MoreSee Less
Despite the crazy weather today we had a blast out here with our pals Bailey, Dasher, Lucie Loo, Lily, Bo, Daisy, Driver, Jack, Buzz, Bruno, Canelo, Cosmo and Riggins!! #AMB 🌧🐾🐶🌲🥾🐕🦺📸🍁🪵 ... See MoreSee Less
Super Thursday hiking adventure with Coco, Millie, Archie, Clarence, Harley, Jasper, Kodi, Rooster and Stewie! ... See MoreSee Less