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.

Joann beavers

410- 745-5796

BIO

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. 

Sylvia brownlee

302- 270-4766

BIO

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.

sally kepfer

302- 242-8199

BIO

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.

Pat Killalea

302- 697-9896

BIO

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. 

Terri Meserole

410-643-2265

BIO

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. 

chrisy morgan

443-4962533

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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.

Marion SHAW

410-758-0121

BIO

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.

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brad smith

410-822-1356

BIO

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.

Robin valliant

410-226-5617

STAR Puppy Instructor

Lisa trippett

Focus Instructor

410-924-0925

BIO

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.

She has been teaching dog training since 1976, teaching pet and competition obedience classes in NYC for 25 years before switching to agility training in 2001. For twenty-five years her ‘day job’ was training and handling animals for theater, television and film, which has given her
experience training pretty much anything that breathes and moves, from turtles to tigers (although mostly specializing in smaller mammals, birds and farm animals). She is has been a regular writer for Clean Run Magazine since 2004, writing articles on foundation, fitness,
focus and training, including the popular ‘Total Team Performance Puppy’ a 12month series of articles based on the Total Team Performance Puppy Journal, an online journal and video blog, available through Agility University, chronicling the Total Team foundation program from
start to finish.


She was the Team Manager for the United States Team competing at the European Open Junior Agility Championship for several years.
She specializes in motivating the ‘hard to motivate’ dogs, as well as fitness for canine athletes (Certified FitPaws Master Trainer) and trick training. She has successfully coached numerous private students helping them overcome motivational issues on both ends of the leash. She
studies and utilizes the best methods possible for each dog and handler team because no two teams are alike as training needs to be individually tailored. She enjoys competing with her own dogs and has titled dogs in obedience, agility, lure coursing, hunt tests, tracking. She and her
students have qualified multiple times for National and Invitational events.
Frankie has competed in agility with a wide variety of breeds, both her client dogs and her own, including the only Champion MACH Norfolk Terrier, a number of other Norfolk Terriers, a Whippet, a Pyrenean Shepherd, a Border Terrier, and Border Collies. Her up and coming agility dog is Gimli, and Australian Terrier, and in the wings is her third generation homebred Border Collie, Logic. She teaches in multiple locations in New Jersey and New York as well as teaching online classes.


Internationally Recognized Animal Trainer For Theater, Film and TV
Published Author of Animal Training Protocols
World Renowned Presenter of Animal Trick and Performance Seminars
Team Manager USA European Open Junior World Championships

Chrisy morgan

443-496-2533

BIO

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.