Jan has been associated with dog training since 1971 and has instructed for Emerald Dog Obed. Club (EDOC) since 1972. Her college studies are in behavior modification, psychology and animal science. Jan graduated from Oregon State Univ. in 1976. She is currently teaching puppy socialization and basic care classes for 3 local veterinarians and also a public Canine Good Citizen Prep Class. Jan also teaches a weekly Show Conformation class for EDOC. Jan has done training with the Delta Society for therapy dogs and is currently a Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the AKC. Her first German Shorthaired Pointer was given to her 48 years ago. Jan and her husband still train and compete in many dog activities including, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Show Conformation, AKC hunt tests, CGC and Animal Assisted Therapy work. Jan spent 20 years in the corporate world as a Hazardous Materials Regulatory Shipping Specialist before leaving it to work with dogs and their owners full time. Jan has just published Pause for Paws For more information on Jan, her book or to access her online dog supply store go to Oregon Urban Dog. Courses taught by Jan: Vet Clinic Puppy Manners and Socialization
Kathy’s introduction to dog training began in 1991 when a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy came into her life. Kathy and Spirit’s partnership lead them to the obedience ring, participation in flyball, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy and Spirit attended their first Tellington TTouch workshop in 1994. The work resonated so much with Kathy that she went on to complete the two-year TTouch Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in 2003.
Kathy holds a Masters of Physical Therapy, and a Masters of Health Education. With her professional training and experience as a Physical Therapist, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiologic and sensory aspects of dog behavior to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often humorous teaching style, Kathy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe.
Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues led her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serve her especially well in working with these cases. Kathy states, “Helping animals learn to cope with the demands of living in our human world is a passion of mine. It is important to recognize that a snarling, lunging dog is likely responding out of fear. Creating a sense of calm and safety for the dog is the first step to eliminating reactive behavior. The TTouch Method allows me to do this with effective tools for reducing stress and building confidence. It gives me great joy to see these animals make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world.”
Janis Crary grew up on a farm in Spring Green, Wisconsin, surrounded by cats, dogs, cows and other animals. Whenever she saw a service dog, something tugged at her heart strings. Retiring after 30 yrs. from GTE (now Verizon), she became a volunteer with Fort Wayne’s Animal Care and Control, where she has been for the past thirteen years. Her job duties include the lost and found area, welcoming of guests in the adoption area, and dog and cat adoption counseling. She even fosters kittens and puppies while donating her time and skills as a trainer in their Head Start program and training their staff on Dog Behaviors. Still her heart strings were being tugged, which led to the adoption of a German Shepherd, Ava, with the intention of training her to be a therapy dog. This training was successfully completed in October 2006 through Canine Companion. As a working therapy dog team, Jan and Ava visit Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Avilla, IN, weekly. They enjoying the smiles and laughter as Ava receives hugs from residents and staff. Janis was so impressed with how Positive Reinforcement Training works, she began studying to become a trainer with Canine Companions by Certified Trainers. Janis now teaches Puppy Development, Canine Pet Manners, Behavior Modification, Learning Theory, Private Instruction and Therapy Dog classes. Mainly teaching at our Columbia City location, she accepts private behavior modification appointments as well. Janis wants everyone to remember, “A dog is never too old to learn something new… and neither are humans.” Janis has taken over the Instruction for the courses developed by the late Susan Sharpe, CPDT-KA, CA-1 at E-Training for Dogs, Inc.
Renea’s formal background is in early childhood education, more specifically kindergarten readiness (what is today’s 4 year old kindergarten). She is certified as a Reiki Master/Teacher and a student of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Animal Behavior Science and Technology diploma program. Renea owns, trains and competes with her 10 Australian Shepherds under the kennel name Defiance Australian Shepherds and has earned titles in stock work, agility, Rally obedience, Therapy Dog, and Championships in multipe registries.
Renea began serving Central WI dog owner’s in 1995, when I joined a local all-breed dog club, and began volunteering as a training assistant and instructor, and later became the training director. Noting available classes were designed around the use of aversive methods and formal obedience competition exercises, she decided to offer dog owners the opportunity to learn about positive training methods and in 1997 opened her own training facility based on the philosophy of positive training methods and the “whole dog approach”. ( fka Happy Tails To You).
Renea is an member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, Doggone Safe and is a licensed presenter for Doggone Smart at Work, Be a Tree, and Dogs & Storks.
Renea’s philosophy is simple…positive training methods based on real science and not ego are the best way to not only help your dog understand what is expected, but it creates a life long bond! Owner education of
dog training keeps dogs forever in the home!
Courses taught by Renea: The Distracted Dog
Author of : The Rally Course Book, a Guide to AKC Rally Courses, Revised 2010, Published thru Alpine Publications, Inc. www.alpinepub.com Janice lives near Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, Steve, 87yr old mother, and 5 dogs on a 2 ½ acre lot with lots of room for all the dogs. Mrs. Dearth has exhibited in Obedience in AKC and ASCA for the past 20+ years. She has put 2 Utility titles on her Aussies, 2 Open titles, and 6 Novice titles, 2 of which are on one of her Smooth Fox Terriers, and a West Highland White Terrier. Janice has been involved with Rally since it began as a non regular class in AKC in 2001. She has judged over 4000 teams in all classes from 2001 to present. She has judged many shows, and in many states, including Hawaii, over the past 5 years since Rally became an AKC titling event. UKC Rally became titling in January of 2010. ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America) became all breed Rally titling in June of this year. [Read more…]