Here at HROTC, our
instructors are all dog owners, who have participated in many training classes with
their dogs and have gone on to earn titles with their dogs in one or more areas
of interest. They routinely take more classes to hone their skills and spend
more time with the dogs they love.
Many of our instructors go to seminars to expand their skills for the classes they teach. With the exception of our training director,
our trainers do not train dogs for a living. They are here solely to help you
learn to train your dog and help create a deep bond with your dog based on
friendship and fun!
Here at HROTC, our instructors are all dog owners, who have participated in many training classes with their dogs and have gone on to earn titles with their dogs in one or more areas of interest. They routinely take more classes to hone their skills and spend more time with the dogs they love.
Many of our instructors go to seminars to expand their skills for the classes they teach. With the exception of our training director, our trainers do not train dogs for a living. They are here solely to help you learn to train your dog and help create a deep bond with your dog based on friendship and fun!
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Breed: Irish Wolfhounds
Hello Everyone! I am a retired Biology professor am glad to be back in Hampton Roads after three years in the San Diego area. I’m originally from the northern region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but I have lived all over the US in the past forty years. I’ve always had dogs and was a sled dog musher for many years. Huskies are the quintessential high energy dog and my decision to get Irish Wolfhounds was driven by my desire to have a giant breed that was very laid back for my retirement years. My older girl is 3 ½ and we have been working on obedience training for competition since she was a pup. We are doing Rally at the moment and loving it! My pup is going to be shown in conformation and is starting scentwork which she is enjoying. I love training my dogs because it helps strengthen our bond and it’s so much fun!
I am originally from Baldwin, NY. My grandparents raised Cockers and that is where I fell in love with working with dogs. I am a Navy Veteran and I am currently owned by Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s.
I have been competing in Obedience, both AKC & UKC since the late 1960’s. Yes I am older than dirt. I have obtained an AKC Utility Dog title on one of my home bred German Shepherd Dogs, Abby. I was introduced to Agility in the early 1990’s and that has become my main passion. I have finished two Corgi’s thru their AKC Master Agility Champion (MACH) and Sandy, currently running, to her PACH (Preferred Agility Champion) and her PAX. I have been teaching both obedience and agility since the mid 1970’s with HROTC. I have also taught for other clubs in the Hampton Roads Area. I have titled approximately 25 dogs thru their Companion Dog (CD) , four to their Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) and one Utility Dog (UD) In agility I have trained and competed with all of my Corgi’s and also some friends Cardigan Corgi’s which she was deployed to Korea for the US Army. I have also trained three of my four Corgi’s in NW. Sandy has her NW1 title, Lilly has her ORT for Birch, Shelly is waiting for her ORT and Winnie believes the best part of Nose Work is the “Food”. Winnie is 13 but loves to work.
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Breed - Border Collies
While I have had dogs my whole life it wasn’t until I got my first border collie that I really started training dogs. I tried herding, agility and several other sports before I found my real love - flyball. I have trained 5 border collies in this sport and work every Sunday with Hairier Jump Jets, the local flyball clubm to help train their dogs. In addition to flyball, HROTC led me to scentwork and two of my dogs participate in this sport. Hopefully I will see you in flyball class and then in the lanes.
I have been training and competing in agility for 6 years with my collie, Chesnee. When I started training for agility, I did not expect to compete; in my mind, it was just a hobby we played in our spare time. Well, it didn’t take long for the agility bug to bite! Chesnee and I have earned 10 NATCHs, 6 Versatility NATCHs, multiple Hall of Fame awards, and the distinction of being the #1 Collie in NADAC agility for the past 2 years (2015, 2016). Currently, I am also training one of our shelties, Nan, in scentwork. Although I had no intention of entering trials, at the completion of our Scentwork 3 class, I found myself making plans for entering an odor recognition test this fall. It’s amazing what having fun with your dogs can get you into.
I grew up in the southern end of Virginia Beach with a menagerie of pets. I adopted my first dog, began classes and became interested in training and competition obedience. After high school I worked for a local veterinarian and gave horseback riding lessons while I attended college. After completing an associate of science degree I began work as an animal control officer. In 2013 my first border collie came into my life! While taking puppy classes I became interested in rally obedience. We completed our very first AKC title, Rally Novice. While learning about rally I also became interested in obedience. We jumped right in and completed our AKC Companion Dog. While we trialed in rally we continued to train for the open obedience class. We completed our Companion Dog Excellent and Rally Advanced Excellent in the same weekend. I finished my first Utility Dog title with Cait in 3 trials! She now has 1 Utility Dog Excellent leg and is Obedience Trial Champion and Obedience Master pointed. In addition to obedience, I am currently training with my dogs in agility and herding. I have also competed in Coursing Ability, Barn Hunt and Dock Diving. I believe that my dog and I are partners; I strive for a balanced relationship based on mutual respect. It’s important to me that we effort and work together to support each other. I build handler value through layering games and play with distraction and proofing.
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I'm originally from Southern Germany, was trained as a technical translator (English, French), married a Yankee and have lived abroad and in the U.S. since 1984.
Over the last 23 years a Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier who became a therapy dog, a schnauzer mix and currently 2 cairn terriers have joined my family. The cairns and I participate and compete in Earthdog tests and Scent Work. My male, Cosmo, is the first cairn in the U.S. to earn the SWN title. My female, Dancer, just earned her JE in the fall.
I appreciate a well-behaved dog but i don't care for obedience. I prefer dogs who are independent thinkers and problem solvers. I am a terrier person!
Breed: German Shepherd
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I enjoy working with dogs very much and i am teaching Scent Work 2. I just love to see the dogs and their handlers come together in harmony. It is a fun sport that both of you participate in. It can be for fun, to focus your dog's mind or it can help to build their confidence.
I began training with my German Shepherd, Sadie, December 2013. For the past 5 years I have been working on dog reactivity and obedience training. I started with the basic obedience classes and took good manners, reactive class, pack classes, agility, course luring and scent work. I attended a workshop, "Understanding Canine Body Language". Last year, both of my German Shepherds, Sadie and Fawn, got their CGC, CGCU and CGCA's. I began scent work in January, 2016 and I attended seminars like Search Like a Pro, Buried Hides, How Scent Travels Workshop and Exteriors Working Dogs & Wind Workshop. Fawn, my other German Shepherd, got her NACSW NW1 Title six months after I adopted her from the SPCA in February, 2016. Last year she got her AKC SCN Title (scent work containers). Handler Discrimination is a newer search criteria and Fawn got 1st place ribbons in Handler Discrimination. Sadie got her AKC SBN (scent buried hides) Title and 1st place in Containers.
My goal is to help you be as successful with your dog in Scent work as I am with mine, and help you fall in love with the sport of Scent work.
Andrea Marx, CTDI, CPDT-KA - Training Director
Breed: Bernese Mountain Dogs and my rescues are a Papillon mix and a Papillon
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I'm a certified Trick dog instructor, Stunt dog judge, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, certified with CCPDT I'm continuing my education about dog training, there are always new studies coming out that improve the way we train our dogs and I want to offer the most effective and convenient ways to teach people how to train their dogs. I train and instruct with reward based training, which is the most effective training method.
I have done the following dog training workshops and seminars and many more:
* Dr. Ian Dunbar's Sirius Dog trainer Academy
* Growl class- workshop for Reactive dogs
* Science-based Dog training
* Kyra Sundance dog trick workshop
* Reliability & games workshop
* Stunt Dog Judge workshop
*Rally Freestyle with Julie Flanery
* Aggression cases from A-Z with Michael Shikashio
I'm always educating myself to become efficient as a trainer and instructor.
I'm currently owned by a Bernese mountain dog, Papillon and a Chihuahua/Papillon mix which I train to compete in Agility, Obedience, Rally-o Tricks and Nosework
Breeds: Manchester Terrier, Chinese Crested
Contact Info: 757-490-1555 or by email click here.
I discovered AKC obedience trials in 1985 in Lincoln NE after taking my Sheltie “Lady” to an obedience class to learn not to pull me down the street. Lady got her CDX. Four more Shelties and a Manchester Terrier followed, with each acquiring their CD and various agility titles at the novice and open levels. My current Manchester “Riley” is enjoying K9 Nose Work (has NW3 Elite Title), lure coursing (has CAA title), and agility (has NA, NAJ, NAP and NJP titles) – I also showed him to his AKC/UKC championships. One of my Chinese Crested’s “Willie” has a Rally title (RA) and his CGC, and is working on K9 Nose Work and obedience; I put a few points on him but never finished his championship. The other Crested “Flash” has his CGC and is working on K9 Nose Work and agility.
I am currently teaching K9 Nose Work classes.
Karen Neymark CPDT-KA (ret)
Breeds: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Portuguese Water Dogs
Contact Info: 757-481-5030 or by email click here.
Training Dogs was not something I ever thought I'd be doing but I brought home my first dog 16 years ago and as they say, the rest is history. I become interested in puppy development and socialization, working with reactive dogs and then, with my second dog, in performance events. I took classes, read, went to workshops and then, at the suggestion of a friend, pursued becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. I quickly discovered I was not interested in training dogs as a job but began teaching puppy kindergarten classes at HROTC and later Rally Obedience and Obedience classes. Getting puppies and their people off to a good start thru positive training can early socialization remains the focus of my teaching at HROTC and with my own dogs.
Breeds: Siberian Husky
Contact Info: 757-353-2278 or by email click here.
AKC - STAR Puppy/CGC/ CGCA/CGCU-Evaluator & UKC-Rally Obedience Judge, SOPT- Evaluator
Contact Info: 757-620-0898 or by email click here.
DOG TRAINING IS NOT BRAIN SURGERY
I became a member of HROTC in 1998. I cannot remember when I started teaching classes for HROTC anymore but I remember that I was very nervous during my 1st classes. Now it feels so normal to pass on all the knowledge I have learned over the years.
I got involved with Rally in 2005 when it first came out and have titles on all of my dogs up to a total of 16 double Q’s for RAE (Rally Advanced Excellent) titles and in April of 2011 I became a UKC (United Kennel Club) Rally judge.
In 2007 I became a CGC evaluator and since then I have certified several dozens of dog/owner teams for STAR Puppy/CGC/ CGCA/CGCU.
Agility was also something I got involved and enjoyed
I feel comfortable to teach Rally, Novice Obedience and Open Obedience for AKC/UKC.
I also got involved in Conformation (UKC & AKC) and I showed to earn AKC/UKC Grand Champion title. I also ranged # 4 in the AKC Owner Handler Series in 2014 in Dobermans.
I did a little IOP (Schutzhund) work with my dogs and I got BH (Begleit Hund) title on one of my dogs.
My favorite classes I like to teach are S.T.A.R. Puppy, Open Obedience and the newest kid on the block, K9 NOSE WORK. After training, trialing and titling my Dobes I found the courage to start teaching that as well. I took/take private classes from a certified K9 Nose Work instructor in Richmond and a K9 bomb and drug dog trainer, attended several K9 Nose Work workshops as well as attended a K9 Nose Work camp from NACSW. I believe that I am the only one in the Hampton Roads areas that is teaching this new sport.
In Feb. of 2016 I became a SPOT evaluator (equal to the AKC CGC).
As you can see I try to keep an open mind to all kinds of categories. It helps me to learn more about different sports. I learn by training my dogs at every opportunity I get. By doing so, I find different techniques of training and I can share this experience in my classes. Every dog is unique and not all of them learn the same way or at the same rate. Knowing that helps me to adjust my methods to the individual dogs and owners.
My motto: DOG TRAINING IS NOT BRAIN SURGERY
Looking forward to teaching you to have fun training your dog.
Dogs that I titled:
UKC-CH/RO3 /CDX/AGI Lyndobe's Head Of The Class BFL-1 CGCA, RAE, WAC, BH, CDX, GO TT, NW3 Elite (Heady)
Am- CH/Int'l-Ch/UKC-Multi BIMBS/GrCh/ RO3/AG I/CDX/WP San Rafael's The Enemy Below CGCA/U, RE, CDX, TT, ROM, NW2, BFL-1 (Ruger)
UCH Trump's Grand Cayman RN (Cayman)
UCH Notori’s Diamond N Da Ruff V. Blumont (Kay)
Prinzessin Kora CGC, TDI, CDX (Kora)
Osca Vom Heidhauser Forst cgc, TDI, CD, WAE (Osca)
UCD Whirlwind Santa Anas CGC/TDI CD RN NAP NJP TT (Ana)
Friends dogs RIP..
CH Ravenswood Late Entry CD (Bosco)
Whirlwind Over The Rainbow CD (Billy Bob)
Breeds: Boxers, Pugs
Contact Info: 757-857-7098 or by email click here.
Several years ago now, I passed by the same little nursing home twice a day. One day, out of nowhere I thought to myself, "Lizzy would make a great therapy dog and if I were living there I would certainly miss my fur babies." So, I scoured the Internet and happened upon HROTC. We took a couple of classes to perfect her skills and with that Lizzy passed her CGC test and her TDI exam. She has been warming the hearts of the folks at the nursing home ever since. After having taken the classes with HROTC I became a member of the club and started assisting other trainers with their classes to learn different techniques for training dogs. Teaching is in my blood as a special educator for more than half of my life and when asked if I would be willing to teach a class, I could not turn it down. So, here I am, happily using my "teacher" skills in another realm. Come join us for a little fun, competition, and practice of the skills needed to pass the CGC test!