Meet Our Instructors!

Diane Ahti

Linda Alkema

Shirley Belcher

Kim Cassida
Peg Clark

Owen Deatrick

Marilyn DeRoover

Mel Flesberg

Dick Hemmer

Deb Huff

Cindy Jones

Terri Korthals

Beth Lange

Margo Maidlow

Cady Ness-Smith

Pete Ostlund

Emily Perry

Chris Reedy
Cindy Rice

Brenda Royer

Mary Ann Schropp

Roxann Wilkinson

Betsy Woodard


Linda has been training dogs for about five years. In addition to her own dogs, she works with rescue dogs from various organizations. She and her dachshunds compete in dachshund field trials, earth dog, barn hunt, conformation, tracking, and rally. She uses mostly positive reinforcement based techniques. She believes that dogs want to work with us; we just need to figure out how to communicate our expectations to them. Her cores are focus, relationship, and fun!

Shirley has been training since 1985. She and her dogs have competed in obedience, agility, flyball, and nose work. She is also involved in training obedience and showmanship with 4H. She uses more traditional training methods along with positive reinforcement, praise, and consistency to train most dogs. Training should be fun for dog and handler. 

Kim has been training dogs since she could walk.  She has been showing since 1989 in many sports including  obedience, rally, agility, tracking, herding, and conformation.  Kim has a balanced training philosophy where specific methods are tailored to the individual dog.

Peg has been training/competing since the mid 1970s. She and her danes compete in obedience, conformation, and rally but her real love is barn hunt.

Owen has been training for almost 30 years. He and his dogs have competed in conformation, tracking, obedience, and agility. His training philosophy is that “Both the dog and the handler need to enjoy what they are doing. Our loving pets are only there because we are there.”

Marilyn has been training since 1995. She and her dogs have competed in obedience, rally and conformation, and they have recently begun competing in agility and nose work. Marilyn uses positive reinforcement in her class.


Dick has been training for over 40 years. He has titled dogs in obedience, tracking, rally, and field trials. Dick's training style is more of the traditional "old school" style but he has always found it to be quite effective when used in a fair, consistent manner.

Deb has been training dogs since the mid 1980s and is an AKC tracking judge (TDX). She and her dogs have competed in obedience, rally, tracking, agility, and conformation.  She believes that training has to be based on your relationship with your dog. Dogs learn best by choosing for themselves and being rewarded for making the right choices. Our time with our dogs is far too short and a working partnership can be among the most satisfying experiences we get in this life.

Cindy has been training dogs for over 25 years. She and her dogs compete in conformation, rally, obedience, and nose work. Her training style is mostly positive.

Terri has been training for 49 years. She competes in obedience, conformation, tracking, flyball, herding, hunting, barn hunt, and coursing aptitude. She uses a combination of positive motivation, correction when needed, and self problem solving geared to the particular dog in training. Dogs are intelligent and can figure problems out!

Beth has been training for as long as she can remember. She and her dogs have competed in obedience and agility and her current passion is tracking. She has been teaching tracking for over 10 years and is also an AKC tracking judge. She uses purely positive methods, finds what motivates the dog, provides situations to ensure success and progress, and cheers the dog’s efforts. 

Margo has been training dogs since 1963. She and her dogs have competed in conformation, dock diving, agility, rally, obedience, and nose work. She believes in positive reinforcement for the most part but feels that corrections also play a part in training. 

Cady has trained dogs, horses, and donkeys for more than 40 years.  Her dogs have competed in conformation, rally, obedience, carriage dog, carting, and field sports.  Cady believes helping your dog to become a better citizen and a well trained member of your family involves doing more things with your dog.    Her training methods are reward based. 

Pete has been training dogs since 1985. He and his dogs have competed in obedience, rally, dog sledding, agility, scent work, and flyball. Pete enjoys doing anything his dogs like to do. He believes that when dogs make mistakes, it is usally handler error or improper training. If you and are your dog are not having fun, rethink your approach; make it a game!

Emily has been reading dog training books since she was 13 but only began putting it into practice a few years ago. Emily likes to volunteer at the local shelter and foster dogs when she has time.  She hopes to one day train service dogs for disabled handlers and also work with dogs with behavior issues. In the meantime, she really likes working with the average dog owner.  She is a positive trainer trying to improve the relationship between owners and their dogs in a fun way.

Chris has been training dogs since she got her first dog at the age of 2. She competes in conformation, obedience, rally, herding and coursing ability. She believes in a balanced training method with a priority on the relationship between dog and handler. 

Cindy has been training and competing for over 30 years. She and her dogs compete in obedience and rally. She believes in using positive methods for training. Any corrections are only administered when the dog is familiar with what is expected.


Mary Ann  has loved dogs her entire life and has been training for 3 years.  She enjoys training, teaching, and that order.  She trains in Nosework, Obedience, Rally, Tricks, and Agility and does Therapy Dog through Love on a  Leash.  Mary Ann uses positive training methods and believes the key to training is building a positive relationship between handler and dog by making training fun and rewarding for both.  

Roxann has been training dogs since she was 13. She is a certified trick dog instructor and a certified dog trainer. She fosters and trains dogs with behavior issues for her local animal shelter and is active in Dog Scouts and Love on a Leash. She believes in a positive, relationship first, hands off training style.

Betsy  has been training and competing with dogs for over 20 years. She has trained and competed in a variety of canine activities, but her passion is really in barn hunt, parkour, agility, and of course, helping people to have better relationships with their dogs. Betsy is a firm believer that there is no one-size-fits-all method of training for dogs, or any creature for that matter - humans included! She strives to make training fun for everyone, usually using games and choices to build life-long skills.