Our Instructors at Talbot Kennel Club believe in Training with Kindness and Compassion. They have many combined years of training, teaching and trialing. Click on "BIO" to learn more.
STAR Puppy Instructor
Sylvia has been involved in competitive dog sports since 2003 after having shown horses for many years. Her concentration is in Agility, Rally, Herding, Barn Hunt, and Scent Work. She is an AKC judge for Rally, and Barn Hunt, and an evaluator for CGC, Trick dog, and Farm Dog certification. Sylvia and her brother, Michael, own and show German Shepherds and Cardigan Welsh Corgis. Their dogs have titled in many venues, and they are hoping to try some new events.
Sylvia is currently teaching Rally classes at TKC.
Linda has been an Agility instructor since 1996. She currently is an Agility instructor at Talbot Kennel Club. She has been an AKC Agility Judge since 2012. In the past, she was an Instructor of Conformation Handling for TKC.
Linda has competed in Companion Sports for many years including showing in Conformation since 1986 and Agility since 1993. Linda has titled many dogs in AKC, USDAA and NADAC Agility events. She has competed in eight AKC Agility Nationals. Among her outstanding accomplishments include receiving the first AKC and USDAA titles on a Norwegian Elkhound. In addition, she has obtained Championships on over 30 dogs of various breeds and finished many dogs from the Bred by Exhibitor Class and is a Breeder of Merit. She has also earned CD and CDX titles on several Elkhounds, Siberians and Corgi's.
Ashley has always had a love and passion for animals! Her first job was at a boarding kennel. Before long she was promoted to manager of the kennel and included in her job skills dog training and grooming. From manager of the kennel she moved on to a position as a veterinary assistant. Shortly thereafter she decided to start her own private dog training and handling business. During that time she began taking classes at Talbot Kennel Club with a friend's dog, and there started the addiction of dog sports :) She is a member of Talbot Kennel Club, Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club and Blue Heron Agility Association of DE. She is teaching agility classes at all three clubs.
Although Agility is her favorite, Ashley competes and trains in many different sports, including Obedience, Rally, Water works, Barn Hunt and Tricks.
She has competed successfully in Rally and Agility with her two dog; Jinxy, a 8 yr. old Portuguese Water Dog and Roxie, a 6 yr. old Chihuahua, winning many titles with both. Ashley's newest addition to the pack is Cher, another Portuguese Water Dog, and though still just a puppy is beginning to show signs of being a star in competition.
Joann has had Australian Shepherds for over 40 years and PBGVs almost 20 years. She has actively shown in Conformation for over 30 years (sometimes successfully). Before her legs gave out, she finished fifteen dogs, five from Bred-By and put CDs on three dogs. She has also lost a contact lens on the down and back during a national specialty (give the dog to the steward, you and the judge look for the contact), lost a few articles of clothing while gaiting and fallen spectacularly on several occasions!
Joann has been an instructor in Conformation at Talbot Kennel Club for many years. She also assists in Family Dog classes and other classes when needed.
Brad has enjoyed working with dogs almost his whole life. Brad’s affiliation with Talbot Kennel Club began in 2016. Since joining the club, he has enjoyed assisting with Puppy Kindergarten and Family Dog classes. He has also become a Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and has held mini training sessions in Trick Dog and Rally Obedience Primer classes.
Brad’s Schnauzer, Tula, has qualified at over 100 trials, earning her Utility Dog and Rally Advanced Excellent titles and recently achieving her RAE3. She was a top 10 finalist at the AKC’s 2016 Rally Nationals at the RAE level (out of 121 competing teams), and was awarded Rally Dog of the Year by the regional and national Standard Schnauzer clubs. In 2017, Tula was named the Potomac Valley Standard Schnauzer Club’s Obedience Dog of the Year and was listed by “Front & Finish” in the top six Schnauzers competing in Obedience. Brad's young Schnauzer, Blue, has quickly earned both her Canine Good Citizen and Companion Dog titles.
Brad’s goal is to pass on to others how to employ positive reinforcement training methods which have been proven to produce canines who are enthusiastic about training because they quickly learn that they receive something gratifying to them immediately after performing a desired behavior.
After a childhood filled with mutts and other rescues, Pat at last discovered the AKC and obedience in the 40's (not hers, the 1940's). Being in the first class of "Lassie people", she started with Collies, of the backyard variety. After discovering real breeders, Pat changed over to Shelties and remained faithful to them into the 80's. After her last Sheltie died in 1982 at 15, she rescued a black bitch somewhat similar in looks to a Lab. She lived 16 years. By that time, Pat was ready to retire and had long known she wanted Poodles.
Over the years Pat helped organize two kennel clubs and partnered with a GSD woman in running training classes.
Pat is currently teaching and assisting in obedience classes at TKC.
In 2002 Chrisy started training her first Australian Cattle Dog in Agility at Talbot Kennel Club. She has trained several of her dogs in Agility for many years and finally started competing with her Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever mix, Hank, as her first competition Agility dog. She currently competes with four of her five dogs (Dually, Gretchen, Tiki, and Jolene) in Agility, Scent Work, Rally, and Barn Hunt, with one of those four competing in all four sports, Jolene, the ACD.
Chrisy became an assistant agility instructor in spring of 2015 at Talbot Kennel Club. She became an assistant instructor in the puppy class in spring of 2019.
Chrisy is a member of the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America and Talbot Kennel Club.
Sally has been training and teaching Obedience for over 30 years (teaching in Ohio, Delaware, and Maryland). She has titled dogs in Obedience through Utility and at one time owned her own dog training business, “Good Dog Training”. Sally has also trained and competed in Rally, Hunting Tests, Scent Work, Lure Coursing, Agility, and Conformation. She currently lives with three Rhodesian Ridgebacks. She has also owned Golden Retrievers and a mixed breed.
Sally's philosophy in training is always make it fun for you and your dog, break down the exercises into individual parts, and no two dogs learn alike! What works for one dog, might not work for another.
Sally is currently teaching Obedience classes at TKC.
Terri started dog training in 2010 at TKC with her Golden Retriever Jake. Terri has another Golden named Piper who she trains in Obedience and Rally.
In training and trialing her dogs, Terri has achieved many titles and awards including: Obedience: CD, CDX, UD, BN, TKN, TKI, CGC Rally: RN, RA, RE, RAE Agility: NJP, NFP.
This year Jake got his Masters Rally Title in July and Piper got her CD Title in October.
Terri plans to begin Nose Work trials with Jake in the near future. Her long-term goal for Piper is to achieve a UDX and Masters Rally title.
Terri has taught Rally classes and has been a facilitator for Utility run-thrus at Talbot Kennel Club.
Marian’s training philosophy is to train each dog to want to work with her and to teach them to develop their natural abilities. She has taught classes in Agility, Barn Hunt and Earthdog.
Marian has owned and trained a number of breeds including: Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Border Terriers and Labrador Retrievers.
Marian has achieved many titles and awards with her dogs including: Agility: 4 PACH titles; 4 MACH titles and many other titles including the first Norfolk Terrier to earn both Premier titles. Earthdog: 6 dogs with Master Earthdog titles and 2 with Endurance Earthdog titles. She has been an Earthdog Judge since 2008. Barnhunt: 1 dog with RATCH. She has been a Barn Hunt judge from the beginning of the formation of the organization.
Marian is a Board member of The Norfolk Terrier Club; Member of the Labrador Retriever Club and Member of the Border Terrier Club of America and also a Board member of Talbot Kennel Club.
She is currently teaching Barn Hunt for TKC at her farm in Centreville.
Kim has a BS degree in Animal Science and has always enjoyed working with animals. As a teenager Kim was introduced to German Shepherds and dog showing by a family in her neighborhood who took her under their wing.
As part of “Empty Nest Syndrome”, Kim decided that she would get a German Shepherd puppy and train her for Obedience. Kim’s first class was at TKC 10 years ago and she has continued to take classes and actively compete. Kim and her German Shepherds, Kyra and Emma, have earned a variety of Obedience and Rally Titles in AKC, WCRL and CDSP venues.
Kim has spent over 20 years working in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. Her love of learning and teaching naturally lends itself to helping students learn to train their dogs. Her favorite part of class is seeing that moment that both student and dog “get it” and they are smiling.
Kim is an AKC CGC evaluator. She has taught Tricks class and assisted with Star Puppy class. She is currently assisting with the Rally classes.
Lisa Trippett has been working with dogs and their people almost 30 years. As a veterinary technician she has a special interest in behavior and relationship building. She believes a good relationship is key to any training program and should be the core of getting started in any venue.
Lisa has successfully competed with her dogs in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Scent Work and Barn Hunt. She is proud of the fact her dogs have been adopted locally. She has proven whether purebred or not most dogs, through good training and perseverance can accomplish many successes in these venues and also earn Canine Good Citizen Titles and Trick Titles as well.
Lisa loves watching dogs and their handlers grow together; whether just looking to have fun and enrich their relationship, or working towards competing.
Lisa has taught classes ranging from puppy/family dog obedience through competition levels, as well as other venues including Scent Work, Rally, Barn Hunt and pre-agility/Focus. Lisa is also a Canine Good Citizen and Trick Test evaluator and an approved Farm Dog judge.
Mike has been showing dogs since the late 1970s. His Australian Shepherds and German Shepherds have won many AKC awards in Conformation and Obedience, all owner handled. His German Shepherd bitch, Ruthie, twice qualified in the top 10 in the National Owner Handled Series, earning an invitation to Orlando for the National Championship. (She didn’t win.)
As the former owner of a full service kennel Mike has many insights into dog behavior and how to correct problems. He enjoys teaching both novice and advanced handlers the best way to present their dogs.
Mike is currently campaigning his young German Shepherd bitch, Carma's Honey Bun, call name Bunny, (shown in picture).