The Real Deal New York

Jumping through hoops

Commercial broker has trophy listings and trophy-winning canines

September 17, 2012 04:15PM
By Zachary Kussin

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Heaner with Dixie 

From the September issue: During the day, Mike Heaner is a top dog in commercial leasing at the Kaufman Organization. But at night and on weekends, he’s focused on true canine competition.

A dog sports trainer, Heaner spends five days a week preparing his Belgian Malinois, Dixie, for competitions in locations like Indiana and Florida. The two compete several times a month in events for agility and “competitive obedience,” which tests Dixie’s ability to respond to commands. (Dog sports competitions are different from the well-known Westminster dog show, which judges a dog’s appearance and breeding rather than performance.) [more]

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