Dr. Arakaki worked in the military and construction industry prior to veterinary school at Colorado State University. After graduating in 2004, he served as an Army veterinarian in Texas and North Carolina, and deployed twice to Afghanistan. He then worked as a civilian veterinarian at an Army working dog kennel in Missouri. He has formal education as a working dog trainer, and offers training consulting services. When not practicing, he enjoys training with his Belgian Malinois and Golden Retriever.