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What's New at the Academy

Our next session of classes will begin the week of August 14th, 2017.

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Obedience

Agility

Showing Handling/Conformation

Puppy Head Start

Focus on Practical Tricks Class

Canine Good Citizen

Nose Work Classes



Swimming Paws

Do to the OVERWHELMING Positive Response we are forced to stop taking anymore evaluations at this time. If you have already signed up or called YOU ARE STILL ON THE WAITLIST. The waitlist has grown to 2-3 months back log. We have only 4 evaluation/lesson slots available per week. The rest of our slots are filled with existing clientele of independent swimmers.  Please check back in the summer months to see if we have more slots available. Thank you for your interest and support.

The Swimming Paws is Getting Dogs Wet

Taking Reservations, Call
302-588-POOL (302-588-7665)
Check out the latest reasons and videos why dogs enjoy Swimming Paws!

The Swimming Paws Canine Swim Club is getting many breeds into the water, helping the dogs with cardiovascular conditioning and even conditioning their coat and skin. 

Call 302-588-7665 or fill out our online Sigh Up Form to schedule a swim evaluation, and Carrie will help teach your dog how much fun swimming can be!

Latest at the Academy

Our next session of classes will begin the week of August 14th, 2017.

Click Here to View the Class Schedule:

Obedience

Agility

Showing Handling/Conformation

Puppy Head Start

Focus on Practical Tricks Class

Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen Advanced

Nose Work Classes

We Need a Few Good People

The Academy needs a few well qualified people to aid in group instruction in Obedience, Agility and all other classes we provide.

WELL QUALIFIED MEANS: EXPERIENCE IN COMPETITION OBEDIENCE, CD AND CDX, ETC.RALLY OBEDIENCE, TREIBBALL, NOSEWORK, ANY OR ALL OF THE ABOVE, GREAT PEOPLE SKILLS, PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE A BIG PLUS ALL ACADEMY STAFF PERKS WILL BE PROVIDED- EG. FREE CLUB MEMBERSHIP, CLOTHING, SWIMMING, CLASSES PRE-APPROVED SEMINAR FEES IN RELATED CLASSES, TRAVEL COMPENSATION FOR CLASS TIME

Please call Don Brown ast 302-588-4636 for initial phone interview and possible meeting for further selection.

 

Don Brown

With his Standard Poodles: Rolex & Ross

Don Brown is the Founder of The Academy of Dog Training and Agility. With more than 25 years of experience training, showing and breeding dogs, he is well versed in the necessary components for dogs to be positive members of their communities. Don started out in confirmation, owner handling his English Pointers to their championships.
     Don has trained in obedience with Susan Strickland, Carolyn Price, West Chester Obedience Club and with Pam Helmer of the Talbot Kennel Club. He has taught for the West Chester Obedience Club and the Wilmington Kennel Club. He has put obedience titles on two of his standard poodles. He trains in agility with Linda Snyer of the Talbot Kennel Club. At the present time he is running "Ross", standard poodle, in agility.
     It was while training at Talbot Kennel Club that Don became familiar with the clicker training positive method. We emphasize the word "positive". It makes training fun for you and your dog.
The following are the dogs and the titles Don put on them:

Mr. Brown with Rolex

  • Harmonie Buster Blanc Chein  -  CD
  • CH Trelarken’s ‘Bout Time  -  CD
  • CH Wedgewood Yankee Traveler
  • CH Worthalls Worth The Chance
  • CH Wedgewood Worth A Million
  • CH Trelarken’s Time For Liberty

Want to know more about the breed: Standard Poodle

Mr. Brown




CGC Evaluator

Lauren Blackson

With her Border Collies: Karma & April

Lauren Blackson began competing in AKC and USDAA agility with her Border Collie, April, in 2004 when she was just 13 years old. Over the years April and Lauren have successfully made it into the Excellent level in AKC, and the Masters level in USDAA.  In March of 2008, Lauren and April attended their first AKC Nationals in Tulsa, OK and finished 67 out of 220 dogs in the height class.  In September of 2008 April achieved her ADCH (Agility Dog Champion) Title in USDAA, followed by a MACH (Masters Agility Champion) Title in AKC in November of 2008.  In March of 2009, Lauren and April attended the AKC Nationals for a second time, this time in Concord, North Carolina where they finished 27 out 251 dogs in their height class.  In November 2009, they attended the USDAA Cynosport World Games in Scottsdale, AZ and successfully made it into the Semi-finals of Grand Prix.  In addition to her training with the Academy, she has also attended seminars and taken private lessons with some of the top agility competitors on the East Coast including Chris Halling, Barb and Roseanne Demascio, Sandi Daniels, and Darlene Paul.  She thoroughly enjoys training, and loves to pass on her knowledge to up and coming agility handlers.  Lauren recently added a new border collie, Karma, to the family, and is hoping that one day she will have just as much success in agility as her big sister April.  When Lauren isn't working with her dogs, she is busy studying as a Pre-vet student at the University of Delaware.

Lauren Blackston

 

Want to know more about the breed: Border Collies

Lauren Blackston

Carrie Eicher

Living and Learning with Animals

With her Doberman Pinscher: Anya
Her German Shepherd: Trinity
Her Siberian Husky: Sadona
Belgian Malinois: Hans

Carrie with Aine

Want to know more about the breed: Doberman Pinscher

Want to know more about the breed: German Shepherd

Want to know more about the breed: Siberian Husky

Want to know more about the breed: Belgian Malinois

Carrie, our Agility Instructor and Swimming Paws CoachCarrie is awarded with Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Cheryl Ulissi

With her Chihuahua: Choo Choo

Miniature Poodle: Cloe

Powder Puff Chinese Crested: Buddy

Want to know more about the breed: Chihuahuas

Want to know more about the breed: Miniature Poodle

Want to know more about the breed: Chinese Crested

Cheryl Ulissi

Sue Schneider

With her EntleBucher Mountain Dogs

Want to know more about the breed: EntleBucher Mountain Dog

Sue Schneider

Janine Britton

With Houdini

Janine showing Houdini

Want to know more about the Whippet from the American Whippet Club

Janine, our Handling Instructor

John Hadfield

John Hatfield with Reggie

With his Akita, Reggie

Want to know more about the breed: Akitas

John Hadfield with Reggie

Sandy Issler

  • Instructor:

    • Basic Manners

    • Puppy Head Start

    • Focus on Therapy Dog

  • Trainer

  • Sandy has experience training and competing dressage horses and dogs. She is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Trainer Program.

With her Golden Retriever: Rosie

Want to know more about the breed: Golden Retrievers

Sandy Issler, Instructor, Trainer

Charles Baluk

  • Public Relations Manager

  • Facility Care

With his Miniature Australian Shepherd: Alyssa

Charles

Want to know more about the breed: Miniature Australian Shepherd

Charles Baluk

Martin Steinberg

With Jordan, the Princess

Martin with Jordan

Want to know more about the breed: Beagle

Martin

Anna Brown

  • Office Manager

With Oscar, Skeeter and Rolex

Anna Brown with Don and Oscar

Danielle Leins

  • Apprentice

With Choo Choo

Want to know more about the breed: Chihuahuas

Danielle

Geneva Brown

  • Junior Apprentice

With her Belgian Malinois: Hans

Geneva with Hans

Want to know more about the breed: Belgian Maliniois

Geneva

Dustin Britton

  • Information Technology Consultant

  • Webmaster

With Houdi

Want to know more about the Whippet from the American Whippet Club

Dustin with Houdini
   
   

How to Join the Academy Club

The best teams develop when aided by training and practice.

The “Academy Club” provides:

  • Indoor all weather training facility

  • Agility and Obedience Equipment on premises

  • 24/7 facility access

Of course there is no member access to the building during formal classes.

The Academy Club offers handlers and their dogs a place to practice.  It is set up for advanced obedience and agility handlers and their dogs.  You must presently be in advanced classes at the Academy.  The Academy Club is $200.00 for a year's membership.

Click Here to sign up for a Club Membership with our online Class / Club Registration

 

 
 
 

 

 

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