Laura has been involved in agility since 1995. Over the years, she’s had the privilege to be taught by 6 of the best dogs. Her first partner was a Shetland Sheepdog Willie, who began agility training at the age of 7. He was a patient and honest partner who gave Laura the confidence to start her down the competitive agility road.
In 1998, Remi (MACH, ADCH Bare Cove Reminiscent) came into Laura’s life…
Jeff has been training and competing in agility for more than 10 years. He utilizes a variety of handling methods and teaching techniques for training and competing.
Some of his major accomplishments is that he is a 4-time American Kennel Club Agility Nationals finalist (20 inch). He has also competed internationally and was a member of the 2018 American Kennel FCI World Team Member and 2019 European Open Team (large dog division).
Andy Winther acquired his unique animal training and handling skills in his home country of Denmark. Andy worked as a trainer at the world-renowned Blu Horse Dressage in Randbol, Denmark. In 2000, he was recruited by dressage trainers in the US to train horses in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and West Palm Beach, Florida. Andy has since discovered that his unique skills as an international dressage trainer are highly transferable to agility and trick training for dogs.
Andy and Elvis have received a Bronze Medal in the USDAA Grand Prix Regional Championships.
Scent Work Instructor
Jennifer P. Anderson (Jen) is the principal of River Horse Consulting, LLC, a canine training company and is an animal trainer and teacher with 30+ years of experience in canine, equine, avian (raptor) and small animal training and rehabilitation. Jennifer has an UG degree SUNY New Paltz in Physical and Applied Geography with Minors in Chemistry/Botany and a Master’s in Environmental and Community Planning from the URI…
Puppy K, Family Dog and Conformation Instructor
Dan has been training dogs for over 20 years, experiencing a variety of disciplines and trainers that have contributed to his success today. Alongside training Dan received his BS in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island preparing him for his former career as a Vocational Animal Science Instructor in the State of Massachusetts…
Kari L. Lavalli, Ph.D.
CGC & Trick Dog Instructor
While Kari has owned a number of dogs since her teenage years (Doberman, Siberian Huskies, Border Collie), it wasn’t until 2007 that she got her first competition Portuguese Water Dog, named Asta. She co-owned Asta with her breeder and titled her in venues ranging from obedience and rally to tricks to scentwork and some low-level agility…
Pam Kimel has been involved in Obedience since 1986, when she got her first yellow Lab, Magic, who went on to get a UD title and got Pam hooked on obedience. She has been blessed to share her life with a number of great dogs, each of whom has taught her something different and helped to make her a better trainer and competitor. Pam has put UD titles on 5 dogs, with 2 of those dogs earning a UDX and one achieving the OTCH title. In addition, she competes in Rally, Agility, Hunt Tests, and Dock Diving. Her current dogs are yellow lab girls: Fresca (13 years old and retired), Fanta (hoping to get a UDX) and TaB (1 year old in training).
Pam believes in breaking down skills into small pieces to set dogs up for success, being flexible in training methods, and most of all making training fun for both handlers and dogs.
Basic Obedience Instructor
Derrike has been training and handling working breed dogs for 10+ years. Starting with basic obedience and dock diving, He quickly progressed to advanced competition style obedience and other forms of advanced training. Derrike likes to challenge both himself his dogs and spread the knowledge he attains. He is a certified USCA Helper and competes at a high level in the sport of Schutzhund. Being able to work as a cohesive unit with as much balance as possible is always my goal with any dog. Positive reinforcement paired with well timed, fair corrections, is the recipe to success and a great relationship between Handler and K9.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time
~ Zig Ziglar
Carolyn Close, CCFT, KPA-CPT, M.Ed
K9 Fitness Instructor
Carolyn completed the University of Tennessee Certified Canine Fitness Trainer program earning her fitness trainer certification. She is a member of Bobbie Lyons K9FITteam, a team of passionate canine fitness trainers who continually learn and expand their fitness knowledge and skills. She is also a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy, skilled in positive teaching and training techniques.
Aside from fitness training, Carolyn has enjoyed training and competing with her dogs in agility since 1998. They also enjoy trick training and love to spend time outdoors exploring new places to hike and swim. When she is not training dogs she is found in the classroom teaching literacy and elementary education.