Meet Our Trainers!

Amanda

Agility &  Manners

AKC Evaluator for STAR Puppy, CGC & Trick Dog Titles

Amanda is an active competitor in AKC agility and conformation (dog shows) with her pugs. She has experience training dogs for their S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog titles, and has previously done Rally and Therapy Dog work. 

Jo Ann

Puppy Start Right & Scent Work

Bio coming soon!

Beth

Puppy STAR, CGC,   Therapy Dog,  Multilevel Obedience, Rally

AKC   Evaluator for   STAR Puppy, CGC & Trick Dog

Evaluator  for Therapy   Dog International

Beth has been active in AKC obedience, rally, and agility and has worked with therapy dogs since the mid-90’s. She has also participated in AKC conformation, carting, tracking, lure coursing, field work, and scent work as well as UKC obedience and NACSW nose works sports. She is an Evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen / STAR program as well as Therapy Dog’s International and is a Certified instructor through the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) with additional certification from NADOI in puppy training.   

Kristina

Multilevel Obedience, AKC Evaluator for STAR Puppy, CGC, Trick & ACT 

Bio coming soon!

Donna

Bonding through Trick Teaching

Bio coming soon!

COVID   Class Rules

OKC has put the following procedures in place for all members and students:

  • Class sizes are limited to max 7 dogs, 10 people (including instructor)

  • Guests/observers not allowed in the club at this time.

  • Do not attend class if you, people in your household, or other people that you have had recent extended physical contact with have COVID (or other easily communicable illness) symptoms.

  • Masks must be worn over your nose and mouth (simultaneously) while you are in the building.

  • Everyone must wash or sanitize their hands when entering the building.

  • Maintain distance from your classmates as much as possible.

  • Crate floors and handles must be sanitized before you leave

  • All of your belongings must be placed in your crate bin, instructor will switch out crate bins and sanitize them between classes

Agility specific rules:

  • Do not touch equipment, allow the instructor and designated helpers to set courses and bars.

  • Upon arrival for class, please immediately sign in, then bring in your bag/bed, bring in your dog last.

  • Please remain seated next to your crate when you are not in-ring or exercising your dog.

  • Be ready for your turn in the ring, everyone gets more ring time if you are ready to walk into the ring when it is your turn!

  • No talking during class, unless you are asking the instructor a question or working with your dog.  The acoustics in the building are not great (and have gotten worse), and it is extremely challenging to communicate with these issues and through masks.  

Becoming a Trainer at OKC

Olean Kennel Club classes are led by several of our trusted and experienced club members, these members have volunteered to share their knowledge and love of dog training and sports with the public.

 

Club members who want to lead classes must apply to the club's board of directors, and meet numerous criteria to be allowed to offer classes at our facility. Each instructor is highly active in our club affairs and activities, and has demonstrate not only proficiency, research, and ample training in their course topics, but also the ability to communicate this knowledge to their students and their dogs. Our own members make up a significant portion of our class rosters - so you know that we trust our own dogs to with our fellow Instructor-Members! Additionally, we maintain an active training committee, who shadows classes, provide instructor feedback, and share resources for continuing instructor education.

  

Most of our instructors are avid competitors and exhibitors in multiple dog sports, with countless titles awarded to their dogs. And whether you have a puppy or a senior, a purebred or an All-American dog, or if this is your first dog or 10th - all of our instructors welcome you to come try a new activity with your canine best friend.