I've been a member of K9 OTC since 1998, having served two terms as President. I am presently a member of the Training Committee and teach classes for K9 and for other clubs. My professional career in dogs started in 1974 when I opened Lenore’s Canine Clippery, a grooming salon. I also offered obedience training. I started professionally showing my Borzoi in 1984 in breed competition and then decided to show in competition obedience in 1989 with my first collie, Gus. Fella was my second and I had the greatest honor when he was invited two years in a row to the National Obedience Invitational. Trey was my next obedience dog. I'm presently showing Cyrano and Jekyll. All of these dogs are blue merle collies.
I've put numerous titles on each dog, including titles from Obedience, Rally, and Conformation in both AKC, UKC, and CDSP. We're working on herding and tracking titles. I have over 43 years of collective experience in training and handling dogs. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with novice trainers and sincerely try my best to help them attain their personal goals with their own dogs. My training philosophy is to find the best way to HAVE FUN while teaching your dog what he/she needs to know.
My love affair with dog training began in 1993 when we acquired my first dog, a Rottweiler named Molli. In due course, one thing became apparent: the love affair with Molli would not last long unless I did some training with her!
Barbara Nagy of Patience Unlimited was my first trainer, who I credit with both starting me off on the right foot with Molli and introducing me to the larger world of advanced obedience training. Molli went on to earn her AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Companion Dog (CD) and Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) degrees. She also participated in Agility and Tracking.
Much of my progress with Molli was made possible by my membership in K-9 OTC, and my ongoing association with Patience Unlimited. With Patience Unlimited I understudied, taught group classes, and provided in-home private training and kennel training at Hal Wheeler’s. I have also had the good fortune to train under some of America’s top obedience trainers, including Jack & Wendy Volhard and Martha McCluskey.
Today, I am a certified CGC and STAR puppy evaluator. I will assist in the beginner classes at K-9 OTC and also teach some of the other classes as needed. I am also hard at training Ace, my 7 year old Labrador Retriever, who has earned his Utility Dog title along with 17 OTCH points and 3 High In Trial placements throughout his career. He currently has 3 UDX legs along with his Rally Excellent and Novice Agility titles. Ace is also a certified Therapy Dog participating in the ROCK (Reading Out Loud Creates Knowledge) program at the Banyan School in Fairfield. Sophie, my 2 year old lab, has earned her Rally Novice and Beginner Novice obedience titles. My previous lab, Luka, earned his Utility Dog Excellent and his Obedience Master titles.
I discovered the world of obedience when I happened across an obedience trial in East Orange NJ, early in 1979. Even though I had a reasonably well-behaved pet, I had never seen the likes of obedience competition and I was immediately hooked. Lady, my puppy mill collie, and I joined The K-9 Obedience Training Club in April of that year and the rest, as they say, is history. Lady earned her CD in June of 1980 and she died in July of that year of a brain tumor. Since then, I have matured as a trainer and my collies and I have earned many obedience and rally titles. I have also dabbled in breed showing, but my first love is obedience.
My association with K-9 OTC has also matured over the years. I went from wide-eyed novice, to Secretary of the club, to Board member, to President, and finally to Training Director.
I started dog training at the age of 5, teaching tricks to the family dog.
My first blue ribbon was earned in 1990 with my Golden Retriever, Dusti. I learned to be a dog trainer first at a boarding kennel where under the guidance of more experienced trainers I trained boarding dogs of various breeds. I then began taking competition training classes with Martha McCluskey of Flying W Dog Obedience and attended Bob Self’s summer school for dog trainers.
I now continue to compete, but have accomplished two Obedience Trial Champions, earned two invitations to the National Obedience Invitation, and was invited to and competed in the inaugural Obedience event at Westminister Kennel Club.
I have had 4 different dogs that have earned the Highest Score Dog in a regular trial award and 2 dogs earning High Combined awards over a dozen times. I am also an AKC breeder of record limited times; however, I take great pride in being the breeder of a Master Hunter, Master Agility Champion, and an Outstanding Dam. I received the AKC medallion for Breeder, Owner, Champion and have dabbled in Rally and Hunt test achieving entry awards and cannot wait to title in dock diving.