My ambition is to share my vast knowledge and varied experience with dog owners and trainers, providing them with information and techniques to teach dogs without corrections, fear, or intimidation of any kind.

 

Founder, ETIR Dog Training Program (Environmentally Triggered, Instinctive Response)


WORKSHOPS PRESENTED (US AND CANADA)

  • ETIR ~ Understanding emotionally unbalanced dogs and helping them adjust to the world around them.
  • Agility ~ Foundation and Advanced levels.  Includes proofing and problem solving
  • Obedience ~ Foundation and Advanced levels.  Includes proofing and problem solving
  • Rally ~ Foundation and Advanced levels.  Includes proofing and problem solving
  • Tracking ~ Foundation and Advanced levels.  Includes proofing and problem solving


COMPETITIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Agility (AKC, AAC, USDAA, NADAC) Masters Agility Champion
  • Conformation (AKC/UKC/CKC) Champion, Multiple Best Of Breed
  • Herding (AKC/CKC) Herding Started
  • Obedience (AKC/CKC/UKC/WKC) Utility Dog
  • Rally (AKC/CKC/CARO/WCRL) Rally Excellent
  • Schutzhund (United Schutzhund Club Of America) BH, SCHH1, FH1
  • Tracking (AKC/CKC) Tracking Dog Excellent
  • Tricks (AKC) Advanced Trick Title


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For the past 39+ years, I have taught others how to teach their dogs.


  • 5 dogs for the NYS Police (Obedience, Protection, Tracking and Scent Detection) 
  • 4-H Youth Dog Obedience (Saratoga County)
  • AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
  • Assisted disabled persons in teaching their personal dogs to perform specific tasks.
  • Basic And Advanced Companion Dogs
  • CGC Preparation
  • Competitive Obedience (Novice, Open, Utility)
  • Herding (Beginner, Advanced)
  • Provided proofing problem-solving support for local law enforcement.
  • Competition Rally (Novice, Advanced, Excellent)
  • Competition Tracking (TD, TDX)
  • Past President/Lead Teacher at Potsdam-Humane Society
  • Long Distance Learning - Students in USA, Canada, Australia, Italy and England


WORKBOOKS AUTHORED

  • Therapy Dog Training
  • Foundations For Agility
  • Obedience For Agility
  • Rally On
  • Training For A TD And TDX
  • The Foundation Of Obedience
  • The Conversational Canine
  • Communicating With Dogs


CERTIFICATES EARNED

  • CGC, CGCC, CGCA, CGCU, VHM
  • TT/ATT
  • Therapy Dog
  • Versatile Canine Companion


EVALUATOR EXPERIENCE

  • Canine evaluator and trainer for TADSAW (Train A Dog, Save A Warrior)
  • Evaluator for the AKC CGC, CGCC, CGCA, CGCU, VHM, ATT (Temperament Test) and Trick
  • Evaluator for Therapy Dogs International for 6 years
  • SPOT evaluator for the UKC


GUEST SPEAKER

  • Columnist Front And Finish Magazine (10 years)
  • Guest speaker Albany Alzheimer’s Association
  • Guest speaker NYS Nurses Association
  • Guest speaker on various radio talk shows
  • Numerous appearances on TV Channel 6


MISCELLANEOUS

  • Canine Assessment And Procurement ~ Canine Companions (Service Dog Organization)
  • Chapter President K9-Friends, Visiting Therapy Dogs. Coordinated 63 teams visiting 25 facilities in 4 counties.
  • Owned and trained 4 registered Therapy Dogs
  • Jet Award Of Merit ~ Heroism ~ From The Belgian Sheepdog Club Of America
  • Past member of NEMSAR (North East Mobile Search And Rescue)
  • Participated in demonstrations at Hold In The Woods (Camp for children with cancer)
  • Therapy Dog visits to various nursing homes, retirement centers, head injury and mental health facilities


HANDS-ON EDUCATION

Bach, Chris (Multiple OTCh titles [Obedience Trial Champion], AKC, CKC, UKC, Multiple perfect scores)

Attended 3 2-Day Hands-On Workshops, Private Training And Conversations

Calhoun, Elicia (3-time World Agility Champion, 5-time National Champion, and multiple Regional Champion)

Private Training And Conversations, Peak Performance (Participated in her 6-week interactive webinar)

Carlsen, Bridget (Multiple OTCh titles, 225 High In Trial awards)

2-Day Hands-On Workshop, Private Training And Conversations

Deserrault, Lucie (Multiple MACh Titles – Canadian & AKC) World Agility Competitor

Multiple Hands-On Workshops, Private Training And Conversations

Dolphin Research Center, Florida - Educational Program

Gauthier, Jo (Multiple MACh Titles – Canadian &AKC) World Agility Competitor

Multiple Hands-On Workshops, Private Training And Conversations

Hatfield, Pati (World Agility Team member, USDAA Grand Prix National Championship winner)

5 Hands-On Workshops, 5-Day Hands-On Total Immersion Camp

Mah, Stuart (Winner of 6 national Agility championships, 2 world championships and a 9-time member of USA international Agility teams)

5 Hands-On Workshops, 5-Day Hands-On Total Immersion Camp

Sdao, Kathy (Marine Mammal Trainer and Dog Trainer)

2 Day Hands-On Workshop, Marker/Shaping, Private Conversations