Our Instructors

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Owner CEO, Puppy, Obedience & CGC
A trainer for over 20 years, Joseph has won many American and Canadian Obedience Titles, including two Dog World Awards, as well as his dogs winning American and Canadian In-Breed Championships. Joseph is certified for all training levels, is a certified judge for the U.S. Temperament Test Association, and an Externship instructor/mentor for the Animal Behavior College located in California. In addition, Joseph is also a German Shepherd Dog breeder.

 

 

 

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Lori Daigle

Agility
Lori Daigle has been involved with dogs for over twelve years. She has lead agility classes for ten years and has been very successful with her Chihuahua, Squish. Lori has attended the AKC Agility Nationals, AKC Agility Invitationals, and the NADAC Championships. Squish has been in the top five AKC Agility Chihuahuas in the country for the past five years. Lori & Squish are currently working towards their third AKC Master Agility Champion Title! In 2015 Lori and her Papillon, Pink, were winners of the  Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster, 8″ class.

 

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Rally-O
Michelle has been involved in the sport of Rally Obedience since the AKC first started offering Rally-O as a titling companion event. Michelle has successfully competed with two of her dogs in Rally-O for over 7 years now, earning Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) titles on both dogs. She attends Rally seminars whenever possible to sharpen skills and stay current on recent changes to Rally regulations and exercises. Michelle also trains in and competes in the companion sports of Obedience and Agility and participates with her dogs in sanctioned Earthdog and Barn Hunt tests.

 

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Conformation
Berna Welch showed her first dog, a Pomeranian, when she was 9 years old and she’s had a love affair with the show ring ever since. Berna has owner handled Miniature Schnauzers, Lakeland Terriers, Standard Schnauzers and Golden Retrievers to their Championships. She has concentrated on Goldens for 30 years, breeding and finishing many champions and specialty winners. She proudly owner handled her homebred Champion Mulder to Best of Breed at the Golden Retriever National over an entry of 700 Goldens. Berna has also put numerous obedience titles on dogs in the past and is currently training a Golden in agility.

 

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Conformation
My career in dogs started when I was about 13 years old going to shows and working with Geri Kelly. During that time I also went to hsow with Dee Shepard and Wendell Sammett. When I was 18, I worked for Bobby Fisher. During those years I learned how to take care of dogs, groom dogs, and show dogs. When I was 20, I won my first BIS. Over the years I have shown many different breeds winning six different groups and winning multiple national BISS with many different breeds. I have finished breeds in all seven gro

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Nose Work

Tracey Costa began nose work training with her West Highland White Terrier, Maisie, in April 2010. She has trained with three Certified Nose Work instructors as well as a search and rescue expert. She recently attended her third K9 Nose Work® camp. While there, she was immersed in everything nose work and learned the current training methods from the founders of K9 Nose Work® and other CNWI. Tracey is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and is a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®. She is currently enrolled in the NACSW™ trainer certification program. In 2011, her dog Maisie is the first Westie to earn a NW1 title and placed third overall at trial. In 2013, Maisie is the second Westie to earn a NW2 title and placed fifth overall at trial. She continues to train with Maisie at the NW3 level and Dundee at the NW1 level. In addition to nose work, Tracey enjoys teaching basic manners and pet tricks. She and her Westies are members of Therapy Dog International. Tracey is a member of The Pet Professional Guild – advocates for force-free dog training. As well as working with her dogs, she also enjoys working with humans and is a teacher/naturalist with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 2012 & 2014, she taught a week long summer camp devoted to “Canine Science”. Tracey also presented a program at a local library focused on bite prevention and keeping children safe around dogs.

 michaelmcgrathbiopicMichael McGrath

Puppy Kindergarten , Basic Obedience Levels I,II,III

Michael is a graduate of Animal Behavior College and is certified in Dog Training, Shelter Dog Training, The Art of Teaching Private Lessons, and Pet Nutrition. As part of his study at Animal Behavior College (ABC), Michael mentored under Joseph Mendonca, and since his graduation with high honors from ABC in 2015, Michael has been working side by side with Joseph as a trainer at Joseph’s Obedience Training School. Michael is an active rescue advocate and proud owner of three rescue dogs: Ruby a 7-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier, Tuco a 3- year-old Staffordshire Terrier, and Blue a 5-month-old Pit Bull/ mixed breed. Michael’s heart is in helping rescue dogs and their owners reach their greatest potential through training, so that they can live happy fulfilled lives together.

 

 

imagecrop_01.pngSheila Bennett

Novice Plus, Open, Utility

Many years ago Sheila started training in Obedience with a Doberman Pinscher at the Obedience Training Club of Rhode Island. She currently has two Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Riley and Declan. Riley has had a fantastic Obedience career including numerous trips to “the Invitational”, now called the Classic and National Obedience Championship. Riley has achieved his OTCH along with many other titles. He is the first Wirehaired Pointer Griffon to achieve the OTCH title. Although he is still capable of handling the rigorous training schedule he used to have, at ten he is now semi-retired. Most of Sheila’s current attention in Obedience is focused on her three-year-old Declan. She uses positive training with her dogs and as a result, they demonstrate to her how much they enjoy their training time with her. Sheila provides her dogs with error free learning, so that they are successful with almost every attempt at an exercise. Besides training her own dogs, Sheila enjoys teaching others to train their dogs. She also judges in the Companion Dog Sports Program venue and does woodworking in her spare time.