Kathy's teaching philosophy is based on concern for each dog and handler's unique needs. She believes training challenges should be addressed by considering the dog's physical and emotional wellbeing, prior training history and its relationship to its handler. When training new skills or solving a training challenge, Kathy’s approach is to work on foundation first, then gradually increase challenges.
For over 40 years Kathy has shared her practical knowledge and enthusiasm for a variety of dog activities, including obedience, rally-o, nose work, tricks, games, parkour, freestyle and Rally Freestyle Elements. She stays abreast of advances in training methods by attending seminars and workshops instructed by internationally recognized canine behaviorists and trainers.
Currently, Kathy focuses on teaching K9 Nose Work and Canine Parkour because both activities help to build a strong human-canine relationship and taps into dogs’ innate abilities. Nose Work because dogs “see” the world through their sense of smell. Canine Parkour because it builds confidence in a variety of environments and fosters teamwork between the dog and its human.
As an instructor, Kathy’s primary goals are to strengthen the bond students have with their dogs and to help them achieve their goals. She challenges students to be creative in their training and, most importantly, to enjoy working with their dogs. She believes it is vital for students to be consistent and provide clear communication with their dogs.
Kathy’s dogs have earned multiple AKC obedience and rally titles, World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO) championships in Musical Freestyle and Heel-to-Music, Rally Freestyle Elements Grand Championship, herding trials championships, trick dog championships, parkour dog title, and numerous placements in NACSW and UKC nose work trials.
She has trained and competed with Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds and Belgian Tervuren. Kathy is currently competing with her Jack Russell Terrier and Belgian Tervuren in Nose Work. Her 6-year-old terrier is competing at the Elite level in NACSW and her 2-year-old Tervuren at the NW2 level.
Kathy’s motto is “Every day and every training session should be a good time for you and your canine.”
Barn Hunt Judge,
AKC Scent Work Expert Judge
Sandra never had a dog until 2010 when she acquired two Shiba Inus as companions, Maluko, a 5-year-old female, and a 9 months old rehome boy, Koji, from a local show breeder. Sandra quickly immersed herself in dog training and all things dog. Sandra competes in multiple dog sports and has achieved many titles with her two Shibas: Agility (MACH4), Rally (RAE), Obedience (BN, CD), Barn Hunt (RATCHX11), Nose Work (ELT-CH in NACSW), Scent Work, Coursing Ability Test (CAA) and Therapy Dog (THD).
Sandra is an avid Nose Work / Scent Work competitor since 2011. She enjoys training and competing with her dogs and has successfully competed with 4 of her five dogs with vastly different temperaments and styles. She also handles her friend’s dogs: Dachshunds, Border Collie, and Australian Shepherd occasionally, and has earned many titles and placements.
Sandra has great success with her Shibas in Nose Work:
● Koji earned the NACSW ELT-CH title.
● Maluko earned the NACSW ELT1 title.
● Youngest Shiba, Taiyo, is currently competing in the NW3 level.
Cajun, Sandra's 4-year-old Australian Shepherd, is an extremely talented Nose Work dog:
● passed ORT for all three odors at 6-month-old
● earned NACSW NW1 title at 13-month-old
● earned NACSW NW2 and finished NW3 Elite title at 17-month-old. Cajun earned his NW1, NW2, 3 NW3 (NW3 Elite) titles in 5 trials, qualifying every time he was shown.
For Cajun’s three NW3 attempts, he earned two HITs and one 2nd place overall, and, all with “Pronounced” designation from the judges
● Cajun competed in the NACSW Elite division with many placements and finished his Elite Champion (ELT-CH) title at 2 years old. At 2.5 years old, Cajun earned the prestigious NACSW Summit (SMT) title, with a 3rd placement overall.
Sandra is a licensed Barn Hunt judge and an AKC Scent Work expert judge.