Owner - Trainer
The phrase, “Gone to the dogs”, is certainly an appropriate one to describe my life. By trade,
I am an artist. I have always enjoyed drawing and painting. One of my primary interests, as a
child, was to draw and paint animals - dogs, cats, birds, horses, and other nature-related
I have always had dogs; they were my friends and companions during my childhood and
afterwards. I enrolled in my first obedience class with the Alamance Kennel Club in 1988.
From there, I was hooked.
Throughout the years, I have participated in many aspects of training and showing dogs…
earning titles in obedience, agility, conformation, herding, and freestyle, on many dogs... both
personal and client dogs. Throughout the years, my dogs and I have earned multiple
obedience titles and have several High In Trial awards, as well as qualifying for and showing
at the Eastern Regional Championships. Another love, is the sport of tracking; I have worked
with several dogs in the tracking field and plan to compete in the near future with one of my
I am an approved obedience and rally judge for the Australian Shepherd Club of America. My
assignments have taken me across the United States and as far away as Germany and
Other accomplishments include being an evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen and
Star Puppy program.
For over fourteen years, I was an Instructor of Commercial Art and Advertising Design at
Alamance Community College, Haw River, NC; this is where I discovered that I loved to teach.
In 1998, I retired from teaching art and began working full-time at the Bon-Clyde Learning
Center, where I had been training my dogs and working as an instructor since 1993. The Bon-
Clyde Learning Center, located in Sanford, NC, is one of the east coast’s premier dog training
facilities. Classes taught ranged from all levels of obedience and agility, to canine acting,
freestyle, and breed handling. Working at Bon-Clyde was very exciting for me. The wide
variety of seminars and guest speakers that we had, offered valuable training information,
not only for me with my dog, but as a major influence in helping me to understand dogs and
their people, the variety of training methods available, and how understanding the two
elements offers a greater, more successful training outcome.
In 2006, I left the Sanford area and opened a dog training center in Burlington, NC.
Dogtown Training Academy, LLC, offers training from puppy to competition level obedience
and agility, breed handling, and more.
The facility has expanded over the years (as neighboring businesses have moved), to a 7,200
Sq. Ft. training center that includes a small specialty store and a dog wash with a
professional groomer. My love of dog training, the many years spent teaching, along with
learning a variety of training skills and methods, has helped me to build a business I am very
proud of and enjoy, each and every working day.
Aside from the large assortment of client dogs I have worked with and shown, my personal
training challenges are Australian Shepherds, Tiger, Lovie, and 6 year old, Rory. Tiger has
worked in agility, rally and obedience, where he has earned several High In Trial rally
awards. Lovie is an ASCA Champion and AKC Grand Champion, shown in Bred-By
conformation classes and has herding titles. Rory, is the love of my life and is in training to
show in all areas - herding, obedience, rally, tracking, and agility. At the ASCA 2015 National
Specialty, he Qualified in the Most Versatile Aussie Competition... at 1.5 years of age! Two
years later, we Qualified again! The year 2019, we earned our ASCA Rally Championship, and
ended our year-end awards ranked #7 Rally Excellent Masters Dog. I look forward to future
trials and awards we may garner.
An “adoptee” that has joined my “pack”, is Teddy, a Scottish Terrier. Teddy is training in
agility and obedience, and currently holds ASCA Masters/AKC Excellent Rally titles, has his
AKC/ASCA-CD and is showing in Open level obedience, and running Masters level agility.
My husband and I also own another Jack Russell Terrier that livens up our household on a
Future goals are to continue to offer the best in dog training and helping others to
understand the wonderful relationship that dogs can bring to us, especially when we strive
to understand the dog and it’s personality. A healthy relationship is one built of trust and
balance. By understanding our dogs, and how our actions and energies affect them, we can
increase the outcome of successful training.
Let Dogtown Training Academy, LLC help you to create a wonderful relationship
and bond with your dog. It is our goal to help you to understand and train your dog to the
level that you desire for a great family pet or a competition-level performance dog.
I got my ﬁrst puppy when I was 7 years old. He was part Border
Collie, part English Shepherd, and his name was Patton. That was it
for me. I taught him tricks and obedience. We were on a television
show in Asheville NC and we were in talent shows and did
demonstrations. When I was 10 years old, my parents found
someone to give me formal obedience lessons and I began
competing. I got my ﬁrst English Springer Spaniel at 14 and bred,
trained and showed them for over 30 years. I had the national
Obedience Springer of the Year and Tracking Springer of the Year
with my dog Tango. I decided that I wanted to change breeds so I
got a Border Collie named Jet. He is the smartest dog I have ever
known and has been an amazing obedience and herding dog. I now
have 4 other Border Collies and have a sheep farm. Jet is retired
now but he still gets the credit for where I am now with my farm
and other dogs. I have been teaching at Dogtown Training Academy
for several years. I love teaching and working with people and their
companions and I have so enjoyed the relationships that I have had
with my own dogs through training that I want everyone else to
have the experience as well. I always tell people that the bond you
develop with a dog, that you train, is very strong and deep.
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