Rally Obedience, Rally Freestyle Elements (Rally FrEe)
Kathy has instructed training classes and competed in a variety of dog sports for over 40 years. A member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild and Animal Behavior Associates, she stays abreast of advances in training methods by attending seminars and workshops instructed by internationally recognized canine behaviorists and trainers.
She is a certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) and Rally Freestyle Elements Instructor (RFE-CI). Kathy and her dogs have been featured on television and in newspaper and magazine articles.
Kathy especially enjoys teaching classes that are fun for the dog and handler, such as Canine Musical Freestyle and Rally Freestyle Elements, because they encourage students to work with their dogs as partners and to think creatively in their approach to training.
In competition, Kathy’s dogs have won high-in-trial in AKC obedience competition, earned multiple AKC obedience and rally titles, won state championships in United States Border Collie Handler’s Association (USBCHA) herding trials, earned Dog Tricks titles and World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO) championships in Musical Freestyle and Heel-to-Music. She has trained and competed with Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds and Belgian Tervuren.
Kathy competing in Rally Freestyle Elements at the Championship level with her Belgian Tervuren sidekick Troy!
Kathy currently competes with her Belgian Tervuren and Australian Shepherd in Musical Freestyle, Heel-to-Music, Rally Freestyle Elements, and Nose Work.
In her classes, Kathy shares her practical training knowledge and enthusiasm for performance dog sports such as Canine Musical Freestyle and Heel-to-Music, Rally Freestyle Elements, nose work and treibball. Her training methods are based on positive reinforcement methods that build a strong relationship between handler and dog. Kathy’s primary goals are to strengthen the bond students have with their dogs and to help them achieve their objectives. Kathy challenges students to be creative and compassionate in training and, most importantly, to enjoy working with their dogs. Her motto is “Every training session should be a good time for you and your canine.”