My journey in obedience began with a spirited miniature poodle who would not come when called! Canine College taught me the needed skills to correct this behavior, and I advanced into the sport of competitive obedience-showing in conformation, agility, and water trials in the U.S. and Canada.
Teaching allows me to share my knowledge and enthusiasm to help my students form a special bond and relationship with their dog. The result is a well-mannered family dog-and it opens doors for your dog to show in obedience ,rally, water trials and so much more. Our goal of obedience training is to communicate to the dogs, through verbal cues and encouragement, responsible behavior that results in a mutually enjoyable relationship. Dogs love to learn!
I have trained poodles and Portuguese Water dogs, and have earned 4 utility titles and both American and Canadian obedience titles. I have taught obedience for over 40 years: at Canine College, at A.K.C. clubs, through Eden Prairie Community Ed., and have also taught basic water training. My son Mike is currently instructing the beginner’s class at Canine College.
Mike Jackson started training at Canine College under the guidance of Marly Whiting at age 14. He has put working and obedience titles on many breeds and sizes, from a Pomeranian to a bullmastiff. Mike’s teaching career started by helping train the most troublesome dogs in the beginning obedience classes taught by his mother Dorothy Jackson. He has attended numerous seminars around the country, focusing on obedience and behavior modification. He uses Marly Whiting’s traditional behavior modification method of using leash and collar corrections followed by lots of praise and support. This method is consistent and generates the quickest and most reliable results, giving owners control of their dogs even when the leash is off! The earned respect between dogs and handlers, as well as creating good family and companion dogs-is his goal for you. He is kind and non-judgmental to new students and their pets.
I started training in 1971 with a German Shepherd. Since then, I have trained 6 dogs to their utility titles: Gordon Setter, Shelties , Kelpies, and Border Collies! I teach several classes at Canine College: Class 2, the beginning utility class, and also help out in whatever class is needed. The Canine College training method uses a training collar followed by immediate praise. This praise and encouragement leads to a fun and rewarding relationship with your dog, opening the door to many activities. I always encourage owners to be aware of and understand the dog’s perspective, and encourage each team to reach their full potential.
Pat Nevins I started training 40 years ago. I have trained Shetland sheepdogs and a German shepherd. I have 5 utility titles and 5 Obedience Trial Chanpionship titles- two of which I got while training at Canine College. I have taught obedience classes for 25 years, and I especially like teaching what people consider “non-traditional” dogs. This is because people don’t give them a chance to succeed, but really they can-every dog has the potential to succeed! I use corrections followed by immediate positive re-enforcements to motivate the handler and the dog. I am not stuck on one individual method but will use whatever I know to help the dogs and handlers. With 25 years of training I have a lot to draw on!