About Phil Carton

My name is Phil Carton and I love learning and teaching others about dogs. I have a Ph.D. in Dog Behaviour. As a teacher for the last 18 years, I have learned some things about helping other people reach their goals with their specific dog breeds.

I grew up in Ohio where I learned to love and raise dogs of all types. I have, however, always been partial to Retrievers: especially Labradors and Goldens.

As a child, I used to love going hunting with my dad and grandpa. I have grown up with Labs or Golden Retrievers around me. Had it not been the environment that I was blessed with as a child, I would not have been able to set up a website helping other Labrador and Golden Retriever owners.

I have read a good number of books about dogs and their behavior. All of this happened during my education as a dog behaviorist. Apart from the education that I received, the real-life experiences with my dogs helped me to learn more than books.

Today, I live with my family and 4 dogs.

The Purpose of InspireDogs.com

Several years ago, I was introduced to the AKC Hunt Tests. I was excited about the idea then but never followed through. As of now, I am more focussed on helping dogs clear the hunt tests. In my spare time, I also give attention to dogs that need overall grooming and training.

The goal is to be a specialist and a hub for all the knowledge required when owning a Labrador or Golden Retriever dog.

I am going to use this website as a place to share my experiences and lessons. If you are interested in getting a dog titled in the AKC Hunt Tests, then stick around. We will figure it out together.

If you are looking for a place to start, you can check out my basic commands that every Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever needs to know.

Throughout the site, you will also find other tidbits on raising retrievers. For example, there will several posts on what dogs can eat or how to spot hip dysplasia.


  1. 12+ Years of Experience as a dog owner and studying of dog behavior.
  2. Scientific Approach – Engineering Graduate in Computers
  3. Service Dog Certification
  4. Certified by Mensa Foundation (The high IQ society)