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Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell M.P.A. J.D. CPDT-KSA CBCC-KA
Dawn is a life-long dog lover and has been training dogs for nearly 25 years, since she was a 4-Her. During that time, she has successfully
trained several breeds of dogs, including Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers,
and a Border Collie in multiple venues to class wins and titles, including conformation, obedience, tracking, rally
obedience, agility, go-to-ground, and open terrier trial competitions. She has taken dogs of several breed to multiple
high-in-trial obedience trial wins, national rankings in obedience and agility, and also trained the first Non-Sporting
breed and first Dalmatian to earn a VCD title at any level, the first Curly-Coated Retriever to earn an AKC rally title
as well as the first to earn all three rally obedience titles, and the first Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier to earn a
rally obedience title. Her dogs have also done extensive modeling work for Hallmark, appearing on several dozen different
Hallmark greeting cards and promotional materials. Her Jack Russell Terrier Lizzie B. was her long-time Delta Society Pet Partner and a Reading Education Assistance
Dog. Together they worked with pediatric oncology patients, children with reading disabilities, children survivors
of domestic abuse, and economically-disadvantaged children. Her current therapy dog Glitch helps children at the Phoenix
Day School improve their reading skills by being a patient, non-judgmental listener.
Stephanie Tornquist M.S. CPDT-KA
Stephanie comes to us with experience in a wide range of training venues. She has lent her talents to training in the shelter
environment as well as teaching group and private sessions for pet dog owners across the metro area on topics that range from
basic obedience to modifying problem behaviors.
Cheryl Wilson CPDT-KA
Cheryl has been training dogs for the past six years and is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. Her passion is working on solving behavioral issues so
owners can keep their dog as a happy well-adjusted member of the family. She loves working with very shy
and also reactive dogs and feels success when they can confidently take walks with their owners and are part
of a well-balanced family. She enjoys continually studying behavioral science and attending workshops geared towards
the rehabilitaion of fearful and reactive dogs.
Dianne comes to us with over 20 years of dog training experience. She has taught obedience and showmanship classes
for 4-H and has judged at the county and state levels in both venues. Dianne has also instructed obedience and
agility classes for various clubs and organizations in the Omaha area. She has attended many seminars and
conferences by nationally-accredited individuals on the subjects of dog behavior, obedience, rally and agility and
continues to attend seminars to learn new techniques. Dianne's accomplishments include UD in obedience, MX and MXJ
in agility, RA in Rally, HSAs in herding, FM in flyball, and finished breed Championships on dogs for the Herding
group, Hound group and Terrier group in AKC. She has also owned registered therapy dogs and volunteered in the
community with them. During the day, Dianne is the Purchasing Coordinator for a national pharmaceutical and medical
supply distributor in the Omaha area. Prior to that, she worked for about 15 years in the pet industry in different
aspects of selling and purchasing pet supplies. Dianne is currently the National Agility Chairman for the American
Shetland Sheepdog Association and Vice President of the local Sheltie club, Midlands Shetland Sheepdog Club.
She also serves as an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. Her goal is for dogs to be well-mannered
and owners to have a special bond with their dogs and enjoy doing things together as a team.
Rose Strasser, Ph.D.
Rose Strasser got involved in dog training about 10 years ago when her first foster dog from a shelter, a basenji mix
(Chi Chi) that was in 6 different homes by the time she was 6 months, came to live with Rose and her husband.
After Chi Chi basically flunked her first obedience class and Rose was told she would never be a "normal dog",
Rose found agility. Agility was the perfect outlet for Chi Chi's energy. Rose had so much fun that she started training
her Japanese Chin (Tia) in agility and obedience. Chi Chi now has over 20 agility titles in NADAC, UKC, and she is close
to finishing her CPE Agility Trial Championship (C-ATCH). Tia was the first Japanese Chin to earn a Master Agility Title
(MX) and the second to earn a Master Excellent Jumpers w/Weaves title (MXJ) in the breed's history. She has over 30
agility titles and was the top Japanese Chin in AKC agility, as recognized by the breed club, from 2001-2005 and has been
invited to the AKC National Agility Championship Invitational every year since 2005. This last year at age 13, Tia
finished her CPE Specialist Agility Trial Championship (CS-ATCH). Tia also completed in AKC obedience and Rally Obedience.
She finished her AKC Rally Excellent title (RE) and was the top obedience Japanese Chin in 2006.
Karen has been training dogs for over 17 years. When she acquired her first Golden Retriever puppy, she vowed that it would be
a well-behaved dog. Karen started her puppy in a puppy kindergarten class and has been dog training ever since. She has trained
and competed successfully at the highest levels of obedience, agility and rally, earning over 25 titles and recognitions with her
dogs, including the prestigious “Dog World Award” for consistently high scores in obedience competition. She has training and
showing experience in multiple dog organizations, including AKC, UKC, CDSP, and APDT. In 2009, Karen and her dog Reagan were
the second highest scoring CDSP Novice obedience team in the nation.
Cindy Mendonca M.S. L.V.T.
Cindy became an advocate of early puppy training and socialization when she took her first Bearded Collie to a puppy
kindergarten class, while stationed with the US Air Force in England in 1991. Frightened by Baillie’s veterinarian’s
concerns about disease and exposure before vaccinations, she carried the puppy around the village from 6 to 12 weeks
of age, so Bai could meet as many people and have as many new experiences as possible. Baillie proved to be a fabulous
therapy dog until she retired when she was 13 years old. Cindy has continued the tradition of socializing her Bearded
Collies ever since and encourages others to follow suit, although she stopped carrying the puppies around town long ago!
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