Our Instructors

Rose Miller

rosetmiller@comcast.net

Director of Obedience; Obedience Instructor

Has been training and showing dogs for over 40 years and has been teaching obedience for over 10 years. She also enjoys Agility, Lure Coursing and Rally.

Rose has put obedience titles on 10 dogs, 1 Irish Setter and 9 English Setters. She also shows and breeds English Setters and of her dogs are champions and many of them have hunting titles on many of them.

Breed: English Setter

“I love to help my students get their dogs to be well-behaved canines. I enjoy seeing the dogs and handlers progress in their training and work as a team. Students are often amazed how much they can teach their dog.”  

 

Mary Anderson

Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Plus, Beginner and Intermediate Obedience Instructor

Mary has been training dogs for 22 years competitively with over 38 of dog training

Competes in AKC and CKC Obedience; AKC, CKC and UKC Conformation; Agility and Herding

Breed: German Shepherd Dog

“I want to help the students train a well mannered dog that they are happy to love, live with and take out in public.”

 

Bonnie Swanson

Instructor of Obedience, Open and Utility

Has been training dogs in obedience for over 30 years

Has competed in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Tracking, Lure Coursing, Hunting and Nosework

Breed: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Golden Retriever

“I want my students to gain knowledge, expertise, and confidence in the show ring.”

Joe Caviezel

Novice Obedience Instructor

Joe started training with his first dog in 1979

Competes in Obedience and Rally

Breed: Golden Retriever

“I would like the students to have fun training their dogs and that when they show their dogs they look like they are well prepared.”

Donna Bonnicksen

Novice Obedience Instructor

Donna has been involved in dog training for over 20 years

Competes in Obedience and Rally

Breed: Miniature Schnauzer

“I hope you to get the skill and desire to go on and compete with your dog from my classes.”

Anita Smits

Instructor of Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, and Rally Excellent

Anita has been training dogs for 20 years

Competes in Obedience and Rally

Breed: Airedale Terriers

“I hope my students develop a sense of teamwork with their dogs and gain a good foundation of knowledge of the three levels of Rally.”

 

Cathy Hoffman

Beginner Obedience Instructor

Cathy has been training dogs for over 40 years

Competes in Obedience, Rally and Agility

Breed: Wheaton Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, German Shepherd Dog

“My goal is for my students to have a well behaved dog that will stay with them for life and to know the joy of the relationship with their dog.”

Todd Anderson

Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Plus, Beginner and Intermediate Obedience Instructor

Todd has been training dogs for 26 years

Competes in Conformation, Obedience and Agility at multiple levels

Breed: German Shepherd Dog

“I like to see my students get a sense of togetherness and teamwork with their canine companion and an education that exceeds their original goals.”

Kelly Erskine

Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Plus, Beginner and Intermediate Obedience Instructor

Kelly has been training dogs for 6 years

Competes in ASCA Conformation, Obedience and Rally

Breed: Australian Shepherd

“I want BOTC students to build a great relationship with their dog and have fun doing it!”

 

Tina Justen

Puppy Kindergarten,Puppy Plus & Agility Instructor

Has been training dogs for 4 years

Competes in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Lure Coursing

Breed: Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

“I want my students to develop an understanding of how to communicate effectively with their puppies and the basic skills needed for a lifetime of learning.”

 

Kathy Kelly

hapasa@aol.com

Director of Agility; Agility Instructor, all levels

Kathy has been training and competing in agility since 2000, but has been training dogs most of her life: she helped her father train hunting dogs, and has dabbled in obedience, rally, conformation, and tracking

Breed: Miniature and Standard Poodles.

“I am especially interested in seeing my students get a solid foundation in handling skills, and a positive, fun, working relationship with their dogs.”

Trudi Woodward

Agility Instructor, all levels

Trudi has been training dogs for 27 years

Has competed in Agility, Rally and Obedience

Breed: Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

“I would like my students to enjoy their relationship with their dog and to learn new ways to handle sequences in agility.”

Jan Hopper

Agility Instructor, all levels

Started training her first dog in 1981. Titled her first dog (a German Shepherd) in 1982

Competes in Conformation (AKC), Obedience (AKC, CKC, UKC, CDSP), Agility (AKC, NADAC, CPE) and Rally (AKC)

Breed: Poodle, all varieties

“I strive to make the experience of taking agility classes at BOTC a fun, stress free, supportive atmosphere.”

Ute Outlaw

Teaches Agility

Ute has been training dogs for 13 years

She competes in AKC, NADAC and CPE Agility

Breed: Miniature Poodles

“I want my students to have fun working with their dogs in this great sport.”

Debbie Griese

Intermediate and Advanced Agility Instructor

Deb has taught Agility at BOTC over 17 years.

Has competed in Conformation, Obedience, Rally and Agility (AKC and CPE) for over 30 years

Breed: Irish Setter, Irish Red & White Setter

“I enjoy teaching that level because I enjoy helping students become better handlers.”

Leona Hellesvig

Substitute Agility Instructor

Leona has been training her own dogs for 56 years.

Has competed in Conformation (AKC, UKC, CKC), Obedience (AKC, CKC), Rally (AKC, UKC) and Agility (USDAA, AKC, CPE, NADAC, ASCA, UKC). Judges USDAA Agility

Breed: Cocker Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Australian Shepherd

“I want students to develop an on-going relationship with dogs and enough of a skill-set that they can be successful in the show ring if they choose to show their dog.”

Lauren Soderberg

Agility Instructor, all levels

Has been teaching agility for nearly a year and has been training her dogs in Agility and Obedience for over 5 years.

Competes in Agility (AKC, CPE)

Breed: Pug, Pit Bull

“I hope all of the dogs leave class having had a lot of fun and having learned to work better with their handlers. I try my best to help each student learn better handing skills and to improve communication with their dog.”

 

 

Jackie Johnson

Beginner and Advanced Agility Instructor

Has been training at BOTC for 14 years, since she was 8 years old. Has been instructing agility for a year and in puppy classes for two years.

Competes in agility

Breed: Miniature Poodle

“I want my students to learn that having fun with your dog is the most important thing.”

 

Karl Getsinger

Agility Instructor, from puppy through masters level

Karl took his first obedience class in 1998

Competes in AKC and NADAC Agility

Breed: Doberman Pinscher

“I want my students to know what their role is as a member of a team and to understand how to fulfill that role.”

 

Dawn Torine

Agility Instructor, all levels

Dawn learned dog training as an adult through community education and trained service dogs for Helping Paws for about 15 years. She has also trained therapy dogs and taught therapy dog classes. She has been an agility instructor at BOTC for many years.

Has competed in AKC and Canadian Conformation, Agility, and Obedience.

Breed: Poodle, standard and miniature.

“I hope the students (people and dogs) come out of the class feeling happy and confident.” 

 Gail Moriarty

Agility Instructor, Foundation

Has been training and showing dogs for more than 40 years.

Competes in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Rally.

Breed: Vizsla

“I want my students to think that time spent in class was fun and worthwhile and provided them and their dog with a positive experience that will encourage them to explore the sport of agility further.”

 

 

Kay Reilly

Agility Instructor, all levels

Kay has been training and showing dogs for 45 years and teaching agility for 19 years.

She has competed in Obedience, Conformation and Agility

Breed: Standard Poodle

“Agility should be fun for dog & handler. I want the atmosphere in my class to be positive, supportive and fun while we work on the skills to create a good agility team.”

 

 

Amy Pluth

Agility Instructor, Novice

Breed: Brittany

Over 25 years in Brittanys.

She has trained dogs in conformation, obedience, hunting, field trialling, and agility.

Competed in Conformation, AKC obedience, AKC hunt tests, AKC horseback/walking field trials, AKC and CPE agility

“I want the students in the agility classes to have confidence in their dogs and themselves when they take steps to compete in agility. “

 

Tina Justen

Puppy Kindergarten,Puppy Plus & Agility Instructor

Has been training dogs for 4 years

Competes in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Lure Coursing

Breed: Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

“I want my students to develop an understanding of how to communicate effectively with their puppies and the basic skills needed for a lifetime of learning.”

 

Jill Hoffbeck

jill@shootingstardogs.com

612-508-5965

Director of Conformation; Conformation Instructor

Jill has been training dogs for 15 years

Competes in Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Hunt Tests, Lure Coursing, Field Trials, and Agility

Breed: Vizsla

“I like giving my students one or two things at a time to work.  I believe everyone can and should excel as a team with their dog.”

Bob Atol

Director of Flyball

612-597-6989

Breeds: Rat Terriers, Mixes

My last two dogs have achieved great status in NAFA flyball. Riley is the first Rat Terrier to 100.000 points title of Hobbes. Marbles, my mixed breed, is the fastest 8” height dog in NAFA at 3.757.

I am a NAFA flyball judge and enjoy the game. Some say that my passion alone is flyball. I am a very competitive person that does not like to lose.

I have been a flyball instructor since 2001. I have also instructed agility at BOTC. But my passion lies with flyball! I like to instill drive for the game of flyball.

I have attended many flyball seminars and have learned a lot of different training techniques. I am still learning! Since each dog learns differently, you have to learn all the different ways to train the dog for the desired sport.

If your dog enjoys the ball and loves to run, then Flyball may be the sport for your dog!

Sara Chouinard

Flyball Instructor

Sara has been training dogs in various venues for 7 years

Competes in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Lure Coursing, and Flyball

Breed: Shetland Sheepdog

“I want my students to gain a bond with their dog, learn a new energy outlet for their dog, and get excited about the fast-paced sport of Flyball racing! “

 

Rally Instructors

Anita Smits

smitlich@msn.com

952-881-5285

Instructor of Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, and Rally Excellent

Anita has been training dogs for 20 years

Competes in Obedience and Rally

Breed: Airedale Terriers

“I hope my students develop a sense of teamwork with their dogs and gain a good foundation of knowledge of the three levels of Rally.”

Junior Agility Instructors

Leona Hellesvig

Substitute Agility Instructor

Leona has been training her own dogs in Conformation (56 yrs), Obedience (49 yrs), Agility (23 yrs), Rally (13 yrs), Trick Dog (3 yrs), and Freestyle (2 yrs) and she has a Therapy Dog.

Has competed in Conformation (AKC, UKC, CKC), Obedience (AKC, CKC), Rally (AKC, UKC) and Agility (USDAA, AKC, CPE, NADAC, ASCA, UKC). Judges USDAA Agility

Breed: Cocker Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Australian Shepherd

“I want students to develop an on-going relationship with dogs and enough of a skill-set that they can be successful in the show ring if they choose to show their dog.”