At Gas City Dog Club, we have some excellent dog instructors. The following is a short autobiography from each instructor in the club.
I have owned dogs for over thirty years and was fortunate enough that the first club I belonged to was a very forward thinking club. Being a military wife meant I moved frequently and to other countries. Sadly I soon realized this is not how some clubs trained. My experience made it obvious to me that "man's best friend" is really misunderstood I studied Canine Psychology in the "Think Dog" program with the late John Fisher. I continue to stay up to date, because you can never stop learning. I have been very fortunate to have also been mentored by some amazing trainers and handlers, whose wealth of knowledge and experience has been incredible. I will always be grateful with their pearls of wisdom I can pass on. I strongly believe any training should be fair, so we must understand the dog's side as best we can. This can only improve our relationship with our dogs, and certainly won't be damaging. In the same light, training should be fun and rewarding for both the owner and dog. With my background strongly in canine psychology, be prepared to "Think Dog" and join us for a date night with your dog.
Sterling Hinch has been instructing at the club for ten years, after starting as a student with his dalmatian Daisy. He has attended behavior seminars with Roger Abrantes, Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, and Emma Parsons. He has also been a member of CAPPDT and has been involved in agility and obedience. In addition, he has attended and instructed at a dog Scout camp in Michigan. Sterling let Daisy cross the Rainbow Bridge in December of 2012, but has continued on as a dog obedience and agility instructor. He hopes to instruct until he can no longer do so, focusing on on instructing and dog behavior.
My love for animals began at the early age of 6 with my very own dog, Lady. I grew up on a farm outside of Schuler and learned about respect and being connected to animals! One summer my family rescued a dog called Lucky and then attended Gas City Dog Club in the early 90's when the club was located under the Overpass. This was my first look at what I could do with my love for dogs! Over twenty years later, I am instructing and a member of the Gas City Dog Club. I am currently enrolled to get my certification as a professional dog trainer/instructor and certification for CPDT-KA and CPDT-KSA. This is a year-long process that includes extensive education, testing and 300 hours that need to be documented. Thanks to the Gas City Dog Club for allowing me to get my hours by instructing the large breed obedience classes and attending the Sunday afternoon socialization classes to do behavioral work.