Meet the Team!
Deb Knappenberger, CPDT-KA
AKC CGC Evaluator
Debbie has been training her dogs for 15 years and teaching for 8 years. As a puppy fanatic, Deb teaches Puppy K & Advanced Puppy. Deb is an avid sports competitor and is currently trialing in obedience, rally and K9 nose work. Deb lives with her 2 Australian Cattle Dogs Squeak, Heidi & Aloha and her lab, Oz.
Deb is currently studying to take her IAABC CDBC exams and would like to expand her teaching to include sports and behavior issues.
Deb’s achievements include multiple titles in AKC, APDT and CDSP Rally & Obedience. Her proudest moments include Squeak's WCRL MX title as Squeak is a dog reactive dog. Great Achievement Deb!
KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CTDI, AKC CGC Evaluator, AKC Fit Dog Instructor, Fear Free Certified
Katherine Eastman grew up in a competitive dog sports home and titled her first dog at
age 12. Today, her goal is to help dogs and their humans better communicate so they
can live long and happy lives together. She is committed to fostering positive learning
experiences for the dog-human team through modern dog training methods.
Katherine teaches Puppy K and Manners classes at our Plainfield Resort location.
Katherine is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and a
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She is also an AKC CGC Evaluator, an AKC Fit Dog instructor, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), and is Fear Free Certified.
Katherine and her two Cavaliers, Chandler and Bennett, participate in agility, trick dog, and Fast CAT. Together they enjoy taking long decompression walks and even longer naps on the couch.
AKC CGC Evaluator
Samantha is very engaged in dog training and competitive sports. A proud owner of four golden retrievers, she not only competes in the conformation ring, but also performance sports!
Samantha joins us with experience as a veterinary technician and was previously employed as a service dog trainer.
She loves to help others achieve their goals and show them the exciting world of dog sports! Samantha is currently working towards expanding her knowledge and experience in order to pass her CPDT exams and start teaching performance classes and has been accepted in Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Trainer Program starting later this year.
Samantha’s collected achievements are growing. She has earned many placements in conformation with her girl, Splash. Finn and Samantha have also earned many AKC titles in rally, obedience, scent work, CATs, FCATs, dock diving, and more!
Scent Work Program
Sarah Woodruff is a certified nose work instructor (CNWITM) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). Sarah and her rescue dog, Angie, started their nose work adventures in 2011. After dabbling in a number of activities including Tricks, Rally and Agility, Sarah learned that Angie’s most favorite activity was using her nose. Sarah enrolled in the 2011 PA nose work camp to learn as much as she could about K9 Nose Work® to bring the information back to her friends. After her first camp experience, Sarah started a local practice group and has been teaching classes ever since.
Sarah and Angie have achieved their NW1, NW2, NW3-Elite, and most recently their Elite-3 title. At 11 years old, Angie is still having fun playing in the Elite division and Element Specialty trials.
Sarah currently teaches all levels of classes from Intro to Elite. Sarah is an NACSW ORT Certifying Official and Judge, an NACSW trial Certifying Official, a Nose Work Camp instructor and a Performance Scent Dog (PSD) trial judge.
Kelsey Cooke, AKC-CGC Evaluator
Kelsey became involved with training dogs at the age of 8 when she was gifted her first French Brittany, Liberty. She started out just teaching her tricks by watching youtube tutorials and then started dabbling into agility, where she found her love of dog sports.
When Kelsey was 16, she began assisting teaching puppy and basic obedience classes at the boarding facility she worked at. She found the joy of helping owners and their dogs and loved watching the relationships transform, and it was then she decided she had found her calling in life.
Kelsey lives with her 2 French Brittanys, Clue and River, as well as her rescue German Shepherd Kaiser. Kelsey has competed in agility, rally and conformation, and is hoping to add many more venues to that list!
Rally & Competition Obed
CPDT-KA, CDBC, IAABC-ADT, AKC CGC Evaluator
AKC Certified Fit Dog Lev 1
Renée runs the Comp Obed & Rally Programs. She enjoys working with new teams as well as experienced teams in both sports and is an active competitor with her own dogs, Jocelyn, Porsche, Julian & Savvy, & Phoebe.
The Let's Speak Dog program offers classes from starter thru advanced competition presented in a clear, structured approach. Each level introduces skills in a systematic way, building a strong foundation for both sports.
Renée's dogs have qualified for AKC Rally Nationals every year since 2013, have been nationally ranked in WCRL top 20 every year for the last 10 years with minimal trialling, and ranked in CDSP obedience for the last 6 years.
Renée is currently a WCRL Judge, CDSP Obedience Judge & NATE Judge.
AKC World Team Member
Lynne has a B.S. in Education from the Ohio State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Rutgers University. Her professional career in health care management included 8 years in the human sector before being recruited into veterinary hospital management where she managed both primary and specialty hospitals for over 12 years.
Her love of dogs and athletics naturally lead her to the agility world where she has been actively training and competing in canine agility events for over 10 years across a variety of venues including AKC, USDAA, UKI, CPE and NADAC . She has put titles on her Schipperke and Miniature American Eskimo Dog and was a member of 2017 USA EO Team with her Miniature American Shepherd (“Mini Aussie”) Targhee.
In addition to training locally under Diane Bauman, Jess Ajoux and Mary Ellen Barry, Lynne has worked extensively with Sylvia Trkman in her Puppy, Foundations, and Running Contacts courses and regularly attends One Mind Dog seminars with the Finnish and North American OMD Coaches to keep current on the developments in the field. Lynne is devoted to the full-time pursuit of agility as a student, competitor and instructor. Lynne believes in creating a positive working environment for dogs and their handlers and enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with a variety of breeds to bring out the best in their potential!
Sports & Manners Progams
AKC CGC Evaluator
AKC Certified Fit Dog Lev1
Started obedience training with her first Golden Retriever over 40 yrs ago. She competed with him as a junior handler in obedience and completed his CD(Companion Dog).
She currently has 4 Border Collies, who have all competed in Agility. She has a obtained the highest agility titles on 3 of her Border Collies. She also competes in AKC obedience, CDSP obedience, and Nose work .
MACH 4 PACH2 Dallas MXC,MJS2,MXP5,MJP7,MJPS,PAX,XF,T2B2,CGC,
who competed in 7 AKC National Agility Championship, and was a finalist in 2016 in Tulsa Ok. and made the Challenger's round in Georgia 2017. Competed at the Westminster Agility Championship placing first and third in the preliminary round. Waiting at the rainbow bridge.
PACH Kasey MX,MXJ,MJB,MXP3,MXPB,MJP3,T2BP,PAX ,XF,CGC who has competed in 2 AKC National Agility Championship in the preferred division, and made it to the Challengers round in Harrisburg. Kasey also as has her NW1 and NW2 titles, earning them at 11 and 12 yrs old.
MACH Fiona, MXG,MJS,MXP,MJP,MXF,T2B,TKA,CGC, who has also competed in 3 AKC National Agility Championships. She has also competed at the Westminster Agility Championship 3 times and is still actively competing in agility at 11 yrs. She is also working on her Rally Novice title.
Mick ,CD,BN, RN,AX,OAJ,XF,CGC,TKA, who is training in Obedience, and nose work, and due to an injury can no longer compete in agility.
Limerick, BN, RN, NA,TKA,CGC, has just started competition in agility and obedience.