My Experience And What I Have To Offer

Endzone Dog Sports offers private lessons for competitive obedience training, agility and special skills training for various performance competitions. This training is for dogs at all levels of competition from puppy on to seasoned competitors. I focus on relationships and proper and effective communication between individual teams, while breaking training down into small and easy to manage training opportunities and challenges. 

I have been training dogs since the early 1980s when I put an Obedience Trial Championship (OTCh) on my first competition/Novice A dog, a Labrador Retriever.  Since then, I have had the following advanced obedience accomplishments on my dogs: 4 AKC OTCH titles (one CKC OTCH), 6 UD titles, and 3 UDX titles along with a 2009 AKC National Obedience Invitational invite, numerous top rankings and numerous national tournament placements; In agility, my dogs have had the following advanced agility accomplishments: 2 AKC MACHs, USDAA ADCH (and one dog retired with one double Q short of a MACH, and 1 Super Q short of an ADCH), 3 USDAA MAD, competed in 5 AKC National Agility Competition with 3 different dogs with many individual round top 10 placements. In herding, my dogs have the following advanced herding titles: 3 Herding Champions, 2 HXBs titles, 2 HXBd titles, 3 HXAs titles and 3 HXAd titles.

I am a retired obedience judge, having judged all obedience classes from 1988-2008. I enjoyed judging around the country and had the honor of judging 3 National obedience tournaments in Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina. I retired from judging because I no longer have the time to spend travelling because of the amount of time I use training and trialing in areas outside of obedience - specifically herding and agility.

My trademark in training dogs is that I draw from my experience from training and competing in multiple sports, which has given me insight into innovative and creative ways of training and handling dogs. What I find is that most experienced trainers have no issues training the "big picture", but they tend to lose sight of some of the little details that are the building blocks to helping with the communication and the relationship between them and their dogs. I love working with very different challenges and trying to help people find a way to improve their communication with their partner.

Over the years, I have moved from a more traditional obedience training background towards reward based/positive methods in training dogs in all areas. I use a lot of classical conditioning in my obedience training as well as in agility. I love training this way and I love how the dogs learn how to fail and recover without shutting down or getting stressed.

I am also honored to be among the selected instructors for Denise Fenzi's Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. I teach both obedience and agility online classes there.

Private lessons are held at On The Run Canine Center in Ham Lake, MN (directions). To schedule a private lesson or if you have any questions, e-mail me, by clicking here.

For more history and information about me, click here.