Meet Our Instructors
Meet Our Instructors
With the launch of Show Dog Prep School we were lucky to be able to start with such an impressive group of instructors. When I started thinking about who I wanted to invite to teach for SDPS with me I immediately had a few people pop into my head. I knew I wanted people that I know and who I respect. I wanted to bring together a group of people that I know have the knowledge and experience that would benefit many people looking to learn. I wanted not only professional trainers, but also some dog show associated people who are connected to the sport in some way. I am very excited to be bringing the knowledge and expertise of this group to people particularly those who do not have access to this information in their area.
The first person on my list to contact was Andrea Stone of UCLA Dogs in Seattle, WA. Andrea is a good friend of mine and a professional trainer and behavior consultant who I respect very much. We have co-presented workshops together and have very similar beliefs and core philosophies. She is a moderator on my Positive Training for Show Dog’s Facebook page. Not only is Andrea a great trainer and friend she is also a conformation addict. If all that wasn’t enough she is also a breeder/owner/handler of Basenjis under the kennel name Saorsa. She is active in conformation, rally, lure coursing and canine nosework. Andrea is committed to continuing education and continues to attend seminars, conferences and workshops. Currently Andrea’s courses include Taking the Challenge out of Challenging Breeds and Consent to Care: Trouble Free Nail Trims. Andrea and I are also currently developing a course together on our process for evaluating litters of puppies. Look for that one in November! Find her courses here!
Next, I contacted Cherie Ekholm UW-AAB, LC-SAMP, TTP1 of Wrapped up in Dogs in Spokane, WA. I met Cherie years ago when she attended a seminar/workshop I presented in Washington. Cherie’s specialty is Tellington TTouch and Canine Massage. Being a TTouch Practitioner and a Small Animal Massage Practitioner, I knew Cherie would be a great addition to SDPS. In addition to her many certifications in canine bodywork and behavior and training Cherie also owner handles Bichon Frise. During our initial launch of courses Cherie is teaching Building Better Champions with Tellington TTouch and Safe Traveling with your Show Dog. There is a wealth of information in both of these courses. Find Cherie’s current courses here!
I knew I wanted to bring at least one professional handler on board and immediately I thought of Laura Reeves of Pure Dog Talk. Laura is a second generation breeder/owner/handler and a professional handler. Laura has been a professional handler for over 25 years with wins that include multiple Best in Shows, Group Placements, National specialties, number one rankings and more. She is a breeder of German Wirehaired Pointers under the kennel name Scotia and her dogs have been successful in the show ring and in the field. Laura is also the owner of the popular (and my favorite podcast) Pure Dog Talk. Pure Dog Talk is a podcast dedicated to everything purebred dogs. With amazing interviews with breeders, handlers, judges, trainers basically anything associated with purebred dogs. This session Laura is teaching Canine Structure 101 – Understanding your dog’s Structure and Breed Standard. This amazing course will teach you so much about structure and standards. Check out Laura’s current course here!
Lastly, I want to introduce everyone to Sarah Johnson, website designer. Sarah tirelessly designed and built the Show Dog Prep School Website. With her website building skills she also contributed in many other ways and went above and beyond getting this huge undertaking completed in just a few short months. Sarah was sport to stay on this project even after learning how incredibly challenging it would be to build. Sarah is very involved in the sport of conformation. Sarah, along with her husband Rob started out as one of my clients and was a natural. A natural trainer and a natural handler. Under my guidance she quickly finished her first show dog, a Vizsla named Remy. After finishing Remy, again her first show dog owner handled, even picking up a few group placements out of the puppy class she finished his grand championship with no problem and then piloted him to Number 1 Vizsla in the country owner handled by her. More than impressive. Sarah helps out her friends handling their dogs and works as a web designer and dog trainer preparing dogs for the show ring. Sarah has amazing graphic design skills and also designs show dog ads, breeder websites and business cards. If you are interested in hiring Sarah for your web design or graphic design she can be reached here!
Our group of instructors are excited about the information and knowledge we have to share and look forward to seeing you in class!