OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIANERS
obedience class trainer, Linda Greco,
worked with all sizes and temperaments of dogs from the small
toy breeds to the
largest, including her family Irish Wolfhound. She has also trained the
timid dogs as well as aggressive canines. She can help new or
experienced trainers learn to train their own dog, regardless of size
has been training dogs professionally since 1975 (although she started
training with her own dogs as a teenager). She studied with trainers
teaching police dogs, later running an obedience class for Explorer
Scouts training police dogs in San Diego. She spent five years
specializing in dogs with behavior problems and basic obedience, as
well as running her own obedience classes.
loves to work with large classes and encourage trainers in the proper
way to walk with their dogs as they learn how to teach their dogs by
placing them in position and rewarding them with lavish praise. From
there she moves them into practicing the right commands and positions,
as the dogs start to try to please their handlers. Eventually, when the
dogs understand what they should be doing and have demonstrated they
can do the exercise, Linda teaches the handlers how to cope with
teaching the dogs the consequences of choosing not to follow commands
not training dogs or working at her day job, Linda loves to train her
horse as a Mounted Assistance Unit to help patrol local parks. She also
can often be found showing her own dogs in the confirmation ring at dog
Novice Obedience trainer Sherron Corner has lots of experience in the
obedience ring, as well as in agility and in the conformation ring.
Sherron has put a variety of titles on her dogs from CD, CDX, UD to
Rally and Agility titles. She has earned the Well Judy Award (for dogs
that have earned a 195 or higher out of 200 points in the ring three
times in a row) several times. She has had several of her West Highland
White Terriers place in the top 25 for Terriers in obedience, as well
as Agility, with one dog ranked as the number one Westie for three
years in a row.
Advanced Novice class includes everything from sharpening the handler
Obedience, Rally and Agility skills, teaching you to teach your dog to
focus on you. Sherron
helps handlers prep themselves and their dogs for
competing. She wants the class to be fun and interesting for the
handlers and the dogs.
teaching class fun and a challenge because she wants her students
to go on to show their dogs. “I teach the class with the hopes that
every student will learn to bond and grow more with their dog as a
team. My goal is that they walk away with four or five things that they
have accomplished with their dogs and have a more attentive dog.” It is
not unusual after completing her class for students to enter their
first obedience or agility class.
Saunders has always had dogs. She was brought up with a Beagle and a
German Shepherd, but didn’t start taking her dogs to obedience classes
until she was an adult. In 1986, she began competing with her first
Doberman in obedience and met the members of HDOC. She joined and
hasn’t looked back. Her dogs have earned various obedience titles.
While training dogs, Karen wanted to instill a love of volunteering
in her sons, so she applied to raise guide dog puppies for Guide
for the Blind, Inc. in San Rafael (GDB). GDB required strict
training, so Karen learned a new type of training for service dogs.
the Saunders’ family raised two puppies for GDB, but sadly enough
neither made it as guides (less than 50 percent make the cut). So they
returned to the Saunders’ home. But both dogs felt they were being
punished because they could no longer go all the places a service dog
in training could visit. Karen began to educate herself about
therapy dogs. This journey is what committed her to training her own
dogs so they could pass the evaluations and become registered therapy
have been involved with therapy dogs since 2004,” she
says. “I am now working with our third and four therapy dogs.” Karen
has personally had a Golden Retriever, German Shepherd and two
Dobermans as registered dogs with Therapy
class is geared to prepare a handler and dog to pass any therapy dog
group’s test. The therapy dog class (four sessions) meets in different
locations. “Since you never really know where you will be with your
therapy dog, you need to be ready for any environment and distraction.
try to help you and your dog be prepared by the locations where we hold
class.” Classes are held at a park, a restaurant with al fresco dining
(with the dog learning leave it and basic dining etiquette), and a
crowded shopping area.
Karen is one of our AKC
Citizen evaluators, our Therapy Dog Class trainer in
addition to being a Therapy
Dog International evaluator. She also occasionally
substitutes for the novice obedience trainer.
more about the therapy dog class or register for it, contact Karen
Saunders at Finessa@jksfamily.org
or call 818-244-1376.
de Toth has been training dogs since 1986, starting with Alex, a red
Doberman. The beginning of her training experience was centered on
obedience (there was no such thing as rally at that time) and she had
to be adept since her first dog moved into their studio apartment with
her and her husband and they were not permitted to have dogs there.
has trained dogs in novice, open and utility obedience,
as well as tracking, rally and therapy dog. Her dogs have earned the
titles of Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent, Therapy Dog, and
Excellent. (She did earn a leg towards a Utility title with a dog
before the dog was diagnosed with hip dysplasia.) Although
loves owning large dogs, she is just as adept at helping trainers
with small dogs. “I have found rally an excellent way of introducing
dogs to the sport of competitive obedience,” she says. “Handlers are
more relaxed and interact better with their dogs, who enjoy the
experience in the ring and learn to focus on their handlers throughout
the course. That interaction is essential and strengthens the bond
between dog and handler – whether or not they plan to show formally in
Marquardt’s puppy class helps your puppy with the big new world that he
or she is facing. He uses positive methods in the training which means
that HDOC rewards correct behaviors with such things as praise, treats,
toys or life rewards such as getting to go for a walk. He wants both
you and your dog to have fun learning. He teaches basic behaviors such
as sit, down, come, stay, leave it and walk without pulling. He also
works on getting your puppy accustomed to noises and movement. Putting
these things together will build their confidence in themselves and
their confidence and trust in you. Socializing your puppy with other
dogs and people is a major part of puppy class so your pup can be an
active happy member of your family wherever you may take them. All
classes are ended with are there any questions or problems. Answering
for one often helps many.
has been training dogs since 2000. His first dog, Ike, was a challenge,
an Amstaff pup his daughter brought with her when she moved back home.
He was extremely dog aggressive so Bill sought help with training and
discovered HDOC. With work, Ike became the model of what an Amstaff can
be with proper training and love. Bill has learned from trainers at
HDOC and studied with Paul Owens. In 2014 L.A. Magazine gave Bill an
award for Best Puppy Class in L.A. They did this by secretly having
someone take several different classes and then choosing the one that
they felt was the best.
my class, I do not just try to teach people how to get their dog to sit
or lie down,“ he explains. “I try to teach them basic techniques that
they can use for any behavior that they want, even after they have completed
the class. I believe that it is every bit as important for a person to
read their dog and understand what your dog is trying to tell you as it
is for your dog to understand what you want. Every dog is different and
I try to help the people learn to understand their puppy so that they
can adjust their efforts to help their puppy become successful.”
rescued Jack Russell terrier mix, Buddy, from the streets of Eagle
Rock in 2011, just a month after moving to the neighborhood with his
Pitbull, Bentley, and terrier mix, Scruffs. No collar, no chip, Buddy
was a bit of a “terrible terrier” with aggression and escape
artist issues. Neighbor and HDOC member Lora Martinolich recommended
some training and so Matt’s relationship with HDOC began.
has been around dogs his entire
life. Growing up in the West Country (UK), he would walk the family
dogs in the English countryside through the farmers’ fields,
avoiding the bullocks and being sure not to worry any sheep. Upon
moving to Washington, DC, for university, Matt was (strangely)
dogless for a few years, and not feeling totally, ’complete,’
before Bentley picked him to be his dad. Being a pit, Matt wanted to
ensure that Bentley was well socialized and trained from an early age
with both people and dogs. Working with, and learning from, Bentley
made Matt a better dog dad. Matt served two terms on the Eagle Rock
Neighborhood Council, where he formed “Dogs of the Rock” and was
instrumental in securing support and funds for the first off-leash
dog park to be built in Los Angeles in over a decade.
After continuing with the HDOC for a
couple of years, the opportunity arose to help out Bill Marquardt
with the puppy class. To this day, Matt considers his time teaching
puppy class to be one of the highlights of his week. While Buddy has
improved greatly in temperament, we do not know how he happened to be
on the streets or what happened to him. Had he been properly
socialized as a pup he would have been less of a challenge, but no
less lovable. Matt seeks to make bonding with and teaching you pup a
good and rewarding experience. His teaching mantra is “energy and
enthusiasm.” A happy, healthy, fun loving pup makes for a happy
like getting dogs started in tracking and I love helping a dog
‘discover’ it’s nose and the power that nose has,” states Pia
who is a tracking trainer as well as a judge. She started tracking
in 2008 with her own dog. She fell in love
with the sport. “My own dog got her tracking dog title and her
excellent title on her first try.” But she knows that doesn’t
happen for everyone. “I have made it a point to train different breeds
to learn their tracking styles since not all dogs look like
Bloodhounds.” She also focuses on teaching the dog’s owner how to
handle a dog when tracking and to learn to read the subtle clues the
dogs give while following a scent. Training her own dog, attending
tracking seminars all over the United States and volunteering at
tracking tests gave Pia the skills to become a tracking judge.
Pia is qualified with the AKC to judge tracking, tracking
excellent, urban tracking, variable surface tracking and earthdog.
In just the few years since starting, Pia has helped other
trainers earn their tracking titles as well
as excelled to earn her own judging titles. She has also worked to have
her dog become a Champion Tracker (earning the titles TD, TDX and VST),
the first of her breed, Lakeland Terrier, to earn this title. “I get
great satisfaction at seeing dogs thrive while doing something they
love, and I am in awe every time a dog shows me something new about
scent.” she says. “And I still get chills every time any dog
a tracking title.”
Pia trains in the Malibu/Camarillo area.
Susan has trained her Beagle to earn the title of Tracking Dog
and Tracking Dog
Excellent. Susan’s patience, besides working with a Beagle, may come
from also being a
professional piano teacher. About three years ago, she began working with many different breeds and their
owners to help them learn about the sport of tracking. “I started watching
other dogs in the classes we were in, and I tried to see what was
motiving them. I
have worked as many tests as I could and have read as much as possible
to learn more about
tracking,” she says.
of the dogs she has worked with are now titled in tracking. “We love
tracking,” she states, “and are eager to help anyone who wants to get
started. Also, I have worked as a kind of trouble shooter for several
people whose dogs were ready to title,” she added.
worked with all sorts of dogs; different sizes, ages and nose shapes!
My Beagle is a scent hound, of course, but I have also worked with
Boxers, Pugs and many other breeds, from a brilliant mini Dachshund to
a gifted Retriever mix. It is a great intellectual challenge for dogs,
and it is fascinating to see how they handle their own problem solving
then they are using this innate gift.”
prefers to work with small groups and individuals, usually on
the west side of Los Angeles.
are on a drop in basis, if you are interested please contact
her to make arrangements, email@example.com.
PRIVATE BEHAVIOR TRAINER
Driscoll trained her first dog when she was just ten years old. After
begging her parents for a puppy and promising to be responsible for it,
she was! She not only did the routine feeding and cleanup,
using a book by Lassie’s trainer Rudd Weatherwax, taught ‘Babs’ (a cute
little terrier mix that was adopted from the local humane society)
everything in the book. Babs knew verbal commands and hand signals for
many obedience and trick behaviors, including to sneeze on command!
Fast forward many years... Sandy has been training dogs in private
homes for 35 years. She specializes in puppy and adult behavior
training sessions, working with both first time dog owners and
experienced handlers, to help make their dogs be the best they can
training includes working on behaviors that are impacting family life
in the home: housebreaking/potty training; jumping (on the owner or
friends); puppy biting and nipping, chewing and destructive behavior;
barking; socialization in the home; introduction to the leash and more.
Make a list of the things you’re concerned about with your new puppy or
dog and Sandy can help!
that every dog is unique, just as every person is different, Sandy’s
training methods are geared to the temperament, personality and
sensitivity level of the specific dog or puppy with the ultimate goal
of helping the dog be the best that he/she can be.
a single behavior training session is all that is necessary, and once
Sandy has worked with a dog, she encourages the owner to stay in touch
and ask pertinent questions should there be a behavior change as the
pup grows. Sandy feels it’s important to work in the home with the
entire family, including children, welcomes all to participate. She
enjoys making training fun for everyone, thus diminishing the stress
that people often feel when a new four-legged family member comes into
the home. Sandy is always available to help as she trains the owner to
train the dog, demonstrating proper techniques and setting schedules so
the dog can be successfully. For ongoing obedience training, she
recommends HDOC group classes.
the years, her dogs have excelled in both the conformation and
obedience ring. In addition to those, her last Doberman,
enjoyed a long career as a Therapy Dog visiting and providing
unconditional love for hospital patients and abused and neglected
children in group homes.
Sandy at 323-660-2162 and more detailed information visit her website and Yelp reviews.
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