Jill Moore has been actively participating in performance competitions (agility/obedience/rally) for the past 20 years and conformation for the past 8. She and her husband Glenn co-own Jingle Boston Terriers - a breeding kennel striving to produce Boston terriers with healthy minds and bodies (and pretty to boot!). Jill feels that the main objective of any class - whether performance or conformation - is to have fun with your dogs. Classes will focus on making the learning process enjoyable and entertaining for both handler and dogs.
Paula Smith is a certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is the owner of Dog Blessed, LLC in Montague. She has served on various local animal welfare boards and works with them and other community groups to enhance the lives of dogs and teach others about dog behavior and humane science based training techniques.
Paula has a Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Muskegon Lakeshore Obedience Training Club, and PAWS Unlimuted in Grand Rapids.
Paula lives in Montague with her husband and three rescue dogs. In her spare time, she like to spend time training her own dogs and trialing in Agility and Nosework. Her dogs hold titles in CPE agility, AKC agility, UKC, AKC, and NACSW Nosework, Therapy Work, Advance Canine Good Citizenship, Tricks, Rally, Parkour, and are always trying new things. Her goal is to strengthen the relationship between humans and canines in the home by focusing on enhancing cross species communication. She uses training focused on positive reinforcement and classical conditioning.
Laurie A. Witucki, Ph.D.
Laurie has previously competing in Rally, Obedience, and AKC and CPE agility prior to discovering the exciting new sport of canine nosework (scentwork). Laurie has been training and competing in various dog sports since 2003.
When not teaching, training or competing with her dogs (Gracie, golden retriever) and Rua (All American), Laurie teaches Organic Chemistry at Grand Valley State University (since 2000), where she has a current research project involving the investigation of the chemical composition of essential oils used in nosework.
Began training RuaRed (Rue) in 2014 and entered her for competition in UKC Nosework in 2015.
First UKC Nosework Entry: K9 Fanciers: Containers: 1-31-2015
List of UKC Nosework titles and dates:
Novice Nosework Title: May 16, 2015
Advanced Nosework Title: October 18, 2015
Superior Nosework Title: May 22, 2016
Master Nosework Title: Earned on August 28, 2016
(EN) Elite Nosework Title: Earned on December 11, 2016
Rue is the UKC’s 15 th dog in the nation to earn this Elite Nosework title. She is the first AMBR (All American); Rescue dog to earn this title. Rue has earned numerous first placements and High in Trial awards in UKC.
NACSW: Rue earned her NW-1 (Nosework-1) title with the National Association of Canine Scent Work on March 25 th , 2017. On that date she and Rue were also awarded the Harry Award- which is “awarded to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in K9 Nose Work”.
AKC: Rue has been competing in AKC Scent Work since its inception last year. To date she has earned several titles in AKC including her Container Excellent title and her Advanced Handler Discrimination titles. She is now competing at the highest level (AKC Master) and has a qualifying leg in the Scent Detective class!l
Jodi is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), an AKC Star Puppy and CGC Evaluator. She is passionate about sharing both education with our youth and being the voice for the animals who cannot speak for themselves. She started a shelter reading program at Muskegon Humane Society. Jodi writes “Furry Philosophy” for Cats and Dogs magazine. She works with Dog Blessed LLC where training is focused on helping dog guardians better understand dogs and how to get them to behave the way they want them to in their home, participating in dog sports, and out in the community. She is always striving to learn more and believes in continuing education. She is currently studying Canine Freestyle, heel work to music. Jodi’s best friend and rescue dog, Odin has earned titles in AKC and UKC Rally, is a DMWYD Trick Dog Champion and AKC Trick Dog Performer. In her spare time Jodi can be found playing tricks, walking in the woods, or kayaking with Odin.
Renee has operated The Dog Shoppe for the past 30 years and owned it for the last 25 of those 30 years. She has been active in the world of dogs competitively for 15 years. She has trained and shown Standard Schnauzers in Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Herding, Barn Hunt and Agility. All have been owner trained and handled. She has put on numerous High in Trials on her boys at National Specialties and at All Breed trials