Meet Our Trainers

 

               The combined experience of the volunteer trainers at the Oshkosh Kennel Club makes our club the best choice if you are looking to train your new puppy; continue training with an older puppy or grown dog or compete in conformation, obedience, agility or rally.

           We also have members experienced in tracking, earthdog, weight pull, field and carting.

           Our climate-controlled, rubber-matted training hall is large enough to contain  three regulation obedience/rally rings for training and for the many shows and trials we hold during each year.

           We love dogs. We love training our dogs and we love helping you to train your dog so that you can experience that special bond that grows between dog and handler while training. Our puppy classes are invaluable for socialization as well as teaching basic puppy manners. In our Pet Obedience classes, we continue with the basic obedience that helps your dog become a good canine citizen.

           Over the next several months we will introduce our trainers in no particular order. You are always welcome to observe a training class without your dog, and visit and ask questions afterward.  We love to talk dog!


Helen is a long-time breeder, trainer and exhibitor of Standard Long-haired Dachshunds. Thirty years long,   in fact.Titles she and her dogs have earned include Champion; CD (obedience); Field Champion; RN & RA (rally); ME, JE & SE (earthdog) and CGC (canine good citizen).Her training philosophy: “I try to take each person in my class from the level they start to the level they finish with the least stress possible. Karen M has been training and showing her Labradors and Golden Retrievers in conformation and obedience since 1988. She has been our Puppy Class trainer that long as well.  She has earned Companion Dog obedience titles on her dogs and is currently working on conformation titles. She has also done nursing home visits with her dogs.   Karen says “ Find what motivates your dog and use it to make training fun for them.”
   
Stephanie has been training & showing her Rottweilers and American Pit Bull Terriers for fourteen years. For something a little different, she also has a long-haired Miniature Dachshund.  Very accomplished and versatile, Stephanie has achieved the following titles on her dogs: Multiple AKC CDs & Rally Novice; multiple UKC CDs; multiple UKC URO-1s; UKC AG 1; multiple UKC Ultimate Air Dog; multiple UKC UWP (weight pull) & multiple UKC conformation titles. Stephanie says  “Training can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog. Always try to keep it positive & always try to be patient.” Brenda C.  is a lifelong dog enthusiast.  She began training and showing dogs at age 14.  She has put obedience titles on dogs ranging in size from 25 to 125 pounds.  Her most recent title was placed on a standard schnauzer who was named the 2011 SSCA Rally dog of the year. Brenda has been instructing dog obedience classes for over 30 years.    She is a certified member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and more than 30 of her students have obtained obedience titles with their own dogs.  To keep her training techniques fresh, Brenda subscribes to dog training magazines and frequently attends training seminars.
Barb W. has been breeding, showing and training dogs since the 1950s. At present she is deeply involved with Bernese Mountain Dogs but has an occasional Pembroke Welsh Corgi as well. She has finished 41 Championships in conformation; half a dozen CDs (obedience); RN, RA & RE (rally - she loves rally) and three BMDCA draft (carting) titles. All of her Bernese since the 1990s and the present corgi have been Canine Good Citizens (CGC).   Barb trains with positive reinforcement whenever possible and loves the bonding that occurs when communicating with a dog heart to heart. Shari K’s two English Pointers are titled AKC Therapy dogs and are registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. She also shows successfully in agility. Since 2008, Shari and Wally have logged over 150 hospital and nursing home visits. She has represented Pet Therapy at many other community events as well. Shari says “Pet therapy boosts the spirits of patients and staff; helps to make the facility a friendlier-seeming place and provides distraction for visiting families. It also breaks up the monotony of the day and is an outlet for physical contact. Petting an animal creates a calming effect which lowers blood-pressure and releases tension and stress, which helps to promote and enhance healing.”
 Becky has been training and competing in agility, rally, lure coursing, earthdog and nose work for 6 years. Before her foray into dogs, she successfully trained and showed horses for 20 years in dressage and hunter/jumpers. Becky currently lives with two Wire Fox Terriers, one of which earned a spot it the 2012 AKC Agility Invitationals. She also has an up and coming English Cocker Spaniel who is training in agility, nose work and rally. Becky uses positive reinforcement training methods and enjoys working with non-traditional breeds.  

Bob owns Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and Boston Terriers. He has been training the owners in dog training classes for three years and training his own dogs for 10 years. During that time, his dogs have achieved the following titles: Companion Dog (CD), Companion Dog Excellent (CDX), Therapy Dogs International (TDI), Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Working Certificate (WC). Bob’s philosophy in regard to training dogs is that all dogs want to please their owners and just need to be shown what the owners want them to do. He says “all owners that take our Oshkosh Kennel Club classes, are able to train their dogs to be better behaved than when they first brought them to class. We teach the owners how to teach their dogs to do what the owners want them to do.”