Formal obedience skills are built on a solid foundation of engagement, motivation and teamwork. Whether your goals are a Companion Dog (CD) title or an Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH), we will work on the skills necessary for you and your dog to succeed.

I have competed in dog obedience for over fifteen years and have worked with many different teams to help them achieve their goals. Of the four dogs I have personally competed with in the past, two earned Utility Dog titles, while the other two earned multiple OTCH titles, Obedience Grand Master (OGM) titles, and are the highest point earners in their respective breeds (German Shepherd Dog and English Springer Spaniel). My current dog, a young English Springer named RemE, will be making his obedience debut in 2022, while also working on his Master Agility Championship (MACH) requirements.

My obedience goals are to have a happy, motivated dog in the ring, while maintaining the required criteria to achieve the scores desired. While all handlers have different criteria for their dogs depending on their goals, it is our responsibility as handlers to keep that criteria as clear as possible for our dogs. My job as an instructor is to help you do that.

The foundation skills for formal obedience start early and are ongoing throughout the dog’s career. Also problem solving and flexibility is critical in formal obedience, as all dogs (and humans!) learn differently. Together, we will use a motivational approach to teach your dog the required skills to achieve your obedience goals.

Multiple parent club awards (GSDCA and ESSFTA) and specialty wins for both obedience and Rally
Multiple invitations to the National Obedience Invitational with three different dogs
Over 150 High in Trial and High Combined awards

To book with Shannon:
Phone (voice or text): 904-210-4227