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Training competitive dogs since 1981, Mickey Rabeneck specializes in solving training problems for exhibition trainers in the agility, obedience, rally, tracking and conformation arenas. She has helped trainers from all over the country in private lessons, in classes, and in training seminars.
Retired from competition obedience showing for several years, Mickey has been a popular and energetic speaker giving many educational lectures, programs and seminars to public schools, service organizations, professional organizations, dog training clubs and kennel clubs. She has lectured several times for the Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association at Maple Woods Junior College and at one of their state conventions.
She has been interviewed by FOX4 News and has been featured on the call-in WDAF 61-Country radio program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation. One of her most interesting accomplishments was to design a puppy temperament test that any prospective pet owner can administer without the help of a professional dog trainer. Written up in Gun Dog Magazine in an article by Jim Spencer, this test has been extremely well-received by the public as well as training professionals.
A variety of training techniques are taught in Mickey’s classes and seminars, with reward-based training being the mainstay of her program. A true master trainer, she helps students to teach their dogs to want to perform, resulting in their dogs responding with bright eyes, perky ears, and wagging tails!
Mickey and her students continue to have their share of success in the ring. She has earned 3 Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) titles, including the very first OTCH in Kansas City, a German Shepherd Dog, OTCH Rabeneck’s Bolzen UD TD. Her three OTCH titles were on three different breeds, including German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Border Collie. Her own dogs have earned 8 TDs and one TDX. Her High-in-Trial and Highest Combined Score ribbons are too numerous to count.
Over the years her training and coaching techniques have produced hundreds of CD and CDX obedience titles, more than 60 UD titles, and 12 Obedience Trial Champions for her students. Her tracking classes produced over 100 TDs, 20 TDXs and 2 Tracking Champions.
Currently training and showing exclusively in agility competition, her dog Quirk (his current MACH point lifetime total is 6,065) is now retired with his MACH3. Quirk's son, Zing, recently finished his MACH about 6 weeks prior to Quirk's MACH3. Quirk's grandson, Diz, is about halfway to his MACH and is burning up the ring with his speed and drive. Several of Mickey's students have earned their own MACH titles, with a few moving on to much higher MACH numbers.
Some of the breeds that Mickey has personally trained include German Shepherd Dogs, Shetland Sheepdogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Miniature Dachshunds, Border Collies, Weimaraners, Golden Retrievers, and Australian Shepherds.
Turning her talents to another field, Mickey is also an accomplished portrait photographer specializing in pet portraiture and canine event photography. You can see some of her work by clicking on the 'Photography' tab on her website.
Lori is the founder and owner of Northland Agility. Lori teaches the Beginners and Foundations I Classes. She became interested in Agility with her Shetland Sheepdog, Tigger, and now competes with her Golden Retriever, Teddy, and her Border Collies-Tag and Tucker. Tag is pictured.
Teddy is now a PACH 6 Preferred Champion and competed at the 2016 AKC Invitational Agility Championship on Orlando, Florida as the #3 ranked Preferred Golden Retriever in the USA.
Lori Judd - Owner
Kathy Donaldson has been training and competing with dogs for over 19 years. She began in 1999 with her first dog, Maximus, a nationally ranked German Shepherd Dog, through the German Shepherd Dog Club of America. Her passion for training and competing has only grown through the years. She has worked with hundreds of dogs, most currently in AKC Obedience, Agility and Tracking. Her dog Mishka is Kathy's fifth competition dog and is working on another Versatile Companion Dog title.
She uses her vast experience as a competitor, evaluator and trainer to not only correct any behavioral issues, but to reinforce good habits. Kathy helps the dog and owner reach their full potential through tried and true techniques that lead to happier dogs and grateful owners.
Kathy teaches the group obedience classes for puppy, beginner, advanced and competition preparation. In addition, she offers private and in-home consultations for home manners, basic obedience, agility, tracking, competition handling and coaching. She has consulted with and helped numerous teams achieve titles in Obedience, Agility and Tracking and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Evaluator.
Lisa earned her certification for obedience training through Animal Behavior College in 2008 and narcotic detection training through IRONHEART DOGS in 2009. After trying to find an outlet for her very energetic “grand dog” Westley, she quickly fell in love with agility. Lisa currently trains and competes at the master level with Westley, as well as her own dog Lucy.
Her training offerings include: basic obedience, beginner agility, and casting coordinator/on-set trainer for advertising photo shoots and commercials
Greg Laslo is a certified positive-reinforcement trainer and trick instructor who specializes in teaching games and skills that make learning fun, engaging, and confidence-building for both handler and animal. He’s taught trick workshops and classes, beginning agility, canine manners, and reactive-dog classes, and he’s trained dogs for agility, therapy, noseworks, and dock diving. His Border Collie mix, Belgian Malinois, and German Shepherd Dog each hold multiple advanced trick titles and have performed on live television and in corporate videos. In addition, he’s pursuing trick certifications for the family off-the-track Thoroughbred horse. His personal interests include human and animal learning theory, concept training, trick performance, and Fear Free vet care.