General Requirements for All Instructors
In addition to attending seminars and reading books and articles on dog training, SMDTC class instructors are required to train a dog to basic titles in obedience (to teach Puppy, Home Manners, Public Manners, and any of the obedience competition classes) or agility (to teach any of the agility classes). They must assist the level they wish to teach at least twice within a year of applying to apprentice. They then must successfully apprentice the class, which requires that they take the role of “lead instructor” under the guidance of an approved instructor. Finally, they must be approved by the Training Committee.
I love training and teaching agility so much that I asked a friend if she would kindly allow me to train her Dalmatian for agility. She immediately agreed and I was off on a new adventure. Gambler is an amazing dog and we truly enjoy getting to play together. It was wonderful for me on many levels because it helped me as a trainer and as an instructor.
The photo above is my boy Grimm at his first AKC agility trial; we had a fabulous time getting to play together.
I have trained and titled dogs in dock dogs, conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, rally, barn hunt, pet therapy and would like to find time for nose work someday. All of the dogs I have trained have multiple agility titles in 3 different agility venues. My dogs and I compete in a lot of performance events but I will always have a love for agility. When we go in the ring we aren’t competing with anyone but ourselves, my goal is for each performance to improve over the last. It isn’t about blue ribbons, double Q’s, or MACH points; for me is about getting to play and run with my best friend.
Jane Collins has had a passion for dogs since childhood. She attended her first obedience classes with her black Lab, Pepper, when Jane was eleven years old. Since that time she has worked in obedience and tracking with other Labs, a few Dachshunds, and a German Shepherd Dog, Lexi. She has also discovered the sport of nosework and is hooked! In addition to teaching classes for several years, Jane has served the Club as Insurance Advisor, President, Secretary and Training Director. She was also the coordinator of the fundraising garage sale which raised money to purchase bullet proof vests for the Greene County Sheriff K-9s.
Wendy Ethier has been training and showing dogs since 1980. She started in the sport in Minnesota. Her first dog was a Siberian Husky, who earned titles in both AKC and Canada. In addition, Wendy has trained a labrador retriever, two goldens, two miniature pinschers, and two standard poodles. She was a member of several clubs in Minneapolis and St Paul, and an instructor at Total Recall School for Dogs in Hugo, MN, from 1990 to 2008. She started training at SMDTC during the process of re-locating to Arkansas in 2005. She lives in Lakeview with her husband, Jim, and her retired standard poodle Sunncrest April in Paris UDX2 OM3 THD ( Whoopi ) and her new miniature poodle in training: Adelheid’s Garbanzo ( Beaner ).
Sarah has been involved in dog training for 22 years. She has served as Training Director, Agility Chairman, Membership Chairman and Treasurer for SMDTC. She has trained 5 Golden Retrievers, 3 Irish Setters and 1 Smooth Fox Terrier. Sarah competes in AKC & UKC Events. She has 24 Obedience, 15 Agility, 12 Rally, 1 Tracking, and 12 Conformation titles. She has dogs now started in hunt tests. She has handled other breeds in conformation. She is a AKC, UKC, and ASCA Obedience and Rally judge. Sarah teaches classes from Puppy, Home Manners, Competition Obedience and Agility. Sarah is also an instructor and judge for the 4-H club in our area.
When Lorri Sheets started training at SMDTC in 1999, she found a group of similar individuals with a passion for spending time with their dogs, and the desire to engage in fun canine activities and games. Lorri has served SMDTC in a variety of ways, but especially enjoys teaching others effective ways to communicate, live, and play with their canine companions. Lorri provides pet therapy with her Boston Terrier “Smiley Miley” through Pet Therapy of the Ozarks; and she competes in agility, rally and obedience trials with her other Bostons, Kit and Jimmy.