These ribbons represent approximately 60+ minutes of training, 6 days a week, for 6+ years, with Sugar, the yellow dog on the left.  I started training Sugar as a 10 week-old puppy hoping for a dog that I could go hunting with in the field.   I got way more than that simple goal. 


Back then I knew nothing about solid obedience training … the kind of solid obedience training that works in everyday life, in all kinds of situations, with your dog on-leash and off-leash.  Sugar ‘learned how to learn’ as I learned how to fairly and consistently communicate to him what I wanted him to do. That was the beginning of my dog training career. 


Pree, the black Lab on the right, is less than a year old in this photo.  I have been training her since bringing her home as an 8 week-old puppy. Pree’s knowledge and training far exceeds what Sugar knew at this age. 


I became an Instructor of this training method which produces a reliable, well-behaved, well-mannered and obedient dog 

  • In real life
  • In the obedience ring
  • In the field
  • In an assisted living facility
  • In a crowded, busy store
  • Here, there, everywhere & anywhere


No bribery, no luring, no toys, no treats or food.  My dogs choose to do the right thing because doing the right thing earns them praise. My praise. Quiet praise, earned honestly, goes a long way in a dog’s mind and helping them make the right choices. 


My students have the same results with their dogs. 

My students want a well-behaved, obedient dog they love to live with and can enjoy.

That relationship is possible once their dogs have a solid obedience foundation

and their owner knows how to communicate  fairly with their dog.

With a solid obedience foundation, all the fun stuff becomes doable.  

The ribbons and titles? Those are just icing on the cake called “Obedience”. 

2011 = 2 AKC titles

  • Red/Labrador Retriever: Companion Dog (3 Trials, 3 Placements), 1 CD title
  • Diego/Miniature Poodle: Companion Dog (3 Trials, 3 Placements), 1 CD title


Student's AKC titles and training results


2017 = 7 AKC titles, 1 passed its Therapy Dog test on 1st try

​1) Monika, owner of Drago, GSD, 1 BN title, 1 CD title, 1 RN title, 1 CGC*

​Graduate of my FOUNDATION Course - Loose Leash Walking Course, Titling a Dog Course, Tech Savvy Course and my Retrieve Course.

​Monika and Drago were  both 'green newbies' the day they trialed 6 trials IN ONE DAY + CGC..and passed each trial. This is HIGHLY unusual for a 'green team' to trial ..and succeed, that many times doing their first EVER  AKC competitions. But they did and did very well. They completed their needed trials the next day and titled.

  • Drago, Beginner Novice, (3 trials in 2 days)
  • Drago, Companion Dog, (4 trials in 2 days)
  • Drago, Rally Novice (3 trials in 2 days)
  • Drago, AKC Canine Good Citizenship test (one test)


​2)​Jeff, owner of Butler, X breed, 1 BN, 1 RN*

Graduate of my Koehler Refresher Course.

​Jeff and Butler were also both 'green newbies' the day they did their 1st AKC trials, 4 trials on one day and 2 trials the next day , AND earned 2  titles.

  • ​Butler, Beginner Novice (3 trials in 2 days)
  • Butler, Rally Novice (3 trials in 2 days)


3) ​Loretta, owner of Lea, X rescue street dog imported from Kuwait.

Graduate of my FOUNDATION Course, Tech Savvy Course, and almost a graduate of my 2018 Retriever Course

  • Lea, AKC Canine Good Citizenship test (one test) 


 4) ​Loretta, owner of Marcel, Golden Retriever rescue dog imported from Kuwai​t.

​Loretta took what she learned training Lea and applied that same training at home to her Golden, Marcel.

  • Marcel, passed her Therapy Dog test in one try


2016 = 4 new AKC titles, 1 passed its Therapy Dog test on 1st try

​1) Ellen, owner of Joy, Labrador, 1 CGC Title

Graduate of my FOUNDATION Course - Loose Leash Walking Course, Retrieve Course, and FFW Course

  • Joy passed her TDI (Therapy Dog International Test) in one test
  • Joy, AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test (one test)
  • Joy, Rally Novice (3 trials in 2 days)


2) Sam, owner of Betsy, Golden Retriever, 1 CD title
Graduate of my online Titling a Dog Couse & FOUNDATION Course - Loose Leash Walking Course

  • Novice (3 trials in 3 straight days, with three 1st placements, scores 189-192)


3) Wendy, recent new owner of Swag, an adopted 4.5 year old Border Collie, 1 BN title
Graduate of my online FOUNDATION Course - Loose Leash Walking Course

  • Beginner Novice (3 trials in 3 straight days, with three 1st placements, scores 191-196)


2016 = 3 new AKC titles, 3 dogs passed Therapy Dog test on 1st try)

1) Lori, owner of 9-month old Copper, Labrador, 1 CGC title

Graduate of my Mannerly Puppy Course& FOUNDATION Course - Loose Leash Walking

  • Copper passed his Therapy Dog Test in one try
  • Copper, AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test (one test)


2) Ziva, owner of 10- month old Iko, German Shepherd Dog, 1 CGC title

Graduate of my Mannerly Puppy Course & FOUNDATION Course - Loose Leash Walking

  • Iko passed his Therapy Dog Test in one try
  • Iko, AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test (one test)


3) Ellen, owner of Joy, Labrador, 1 CGC title

  • Joy, AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test (one test)


4)Ziva, owner of Nava, German Shepherd Dog, 1 CGCA title

  • Nava, AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test Advanced (one test)


2016 = 4 new AKC titles, 2 first placements in non-regular AKC trials

1) Ellen, owner of Joy, Labrador, 2 titles – BN & CD

  • Beginner Novice (3 trials, 3 – 3rd placements w/qualifying scores)
  • Companion Dog (3 trials, 3 qualifying scores)
  • Rally Team Novice (1 trial, 1st placements) @ LRCP Speciality


2) Ali, owner of Iris, Labrador, 2 titles – BN & CD

Graduate of my FOUNDATION Course - Loose Leash Walking, Retrieve Course

  • Beginner Novice (3 trials, 2 - 1st placements & 1 - 2nd placement scores)
  • Companion Dog (3 trials, 3 - 1st place qualifying scores)
  • Rally Team Novice (1 trial, 1st placements) @ LRCP Speciality

AKC: Titling Dogs

2012 = 7 AKC titles, # 9 Open Dog @ All Stars, part of a movie

  • Red/Labrador Retriever: Rally Novice (3 Trials, 3 Placements), I RN title
  • Crackers/Labrador Retriever: Beginner Novice (3 Trials, 3 Placements), 1 BN title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: Graduate Novice (3 Trials, 3 Placements), 1 GN title
  • Sandy/Golden Retriever: Beginner Novice, 1 BN title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: Companion Dog Excellent (1 HIT High in Trial) (3 Trials, 3 Placements)
  • Sandy/Golden Retriever: Companion Dog, 1 CD title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: Utility Dog (4 Trials, 3 Placements), 1 UD title

*Sugar competed in the All Stars 2014 and placed # 9
*Sugar was part of the Applewoods Team to make a movie for Museum of Maritime History

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What does that mean when your dog ignores you and your commands? 

  • You just want a dog you can walk on a loose leash, one that comes when called, and a dog that doesn’t bark foolishly at everyone and everything.
  • You just want to enjoy life with your dog, do the fun stuff, and be able to relax when you have your dog out’n’about in your real life.



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2015 = 6 AKC titles

​1) Ziva, owner of Nava, German Shepherd, 5 titles RN, RA, RE, TDE, CDX

  • Rally Novice (3 trials, 3 first placements)
  • Rally Advanced (3 trials)
  • Rally Excellent (3 trials)
  • Therapy Dog Excellent
  • Companion Dog Excellent (4 trials, 3 placements)


2) Laurie, owner of Tassa, Anatolian Shepherd, 1 BN title

Graduate of my FOUNDATION Course - Loose Leash Walking

  •  Beginner Novice (3 trials, 1 first placement)

2014​ = 5 AKC titles, 8 UDX legs earned, # 2 Utility Dog @ All Stars

  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever, Versatility, 1 VER title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever, Junior Hunter, 1 JH title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever, Junior Upland Hunter, 1 JUH title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: 8 UDX legs (2 High Combined, 2 High in Trial)
  • Ghost/Samoyed: Beginner Novice (3 trials, 3 first placements), 1 BN title
  • Ghost/Samoyed: Rally Novice (3 trials, 3 first placements), 1 RN title

*Sugar was the # 2 ranked Utility Dog, to lead Team Applewoods, to 2nd in place at All Stars 2014

Yes, I have been blessed to have earned or been awarded a great deal of ribbons, pictures and trophies. 

So what?

2015 = 3 AKC titles, 3 AKC non-regular trials

  • Ghost/Samoyed: Rally Advanced, 3 trials, 3 placements, 1 RA title
  • Ghost/Samoyed: Companion Dog, 3 trials, 3 placements, 1 CD title
  • Ghost/Samoyed: Rally Pairs Novice (3 trials, 3 placements)
  • Sugar/Labrador: Rally Pairs Novice (3 trials, 3 placements) (non-regular trials)

2010 = 1 AKC title (my 1st time ever competing in AKC trials with my 1st ever obedience dog)

  • Sugar*/Labrador Retriever: Companion Dog (3 Trials, 3 Placements), 1 CD title

*Sugar was ONLY 11 months old when he earned his Companion Dog title

2014 = 9 AKC titles

1) Lori, owner of Raya, Labrador retriever, 4 titles – BN, CD, CGC & CGCA

  • Canine Good Citizenship
  • Canine Good Citizenship Advanced
  • Beginner Novice (3 trials, 3 first placements)
  • Companion Dog (3 trials, 3 first placements)


2) Ziva, owner of Nava, German shepherd, 2 titles – BN & CD

  • Beginner Novice (3 trials, 3 first placements, HIT in herding group for entire weekend)
  • Companion Dog (3 trials, 3 first placements, HIT)


3)Sam, owner of Betsy, Golden Retriever, 1 BN title (via my on-line training program)

  • Beginner Novice (3 trials, 3 first placements)


4)Tracy, owner of Ghost, Samoyed, 2 titles, CGC & CGCA

  • Canine Good Citizenship
  • Canine Good Citizenship Advanced













​​My AKC results (source of all them ribbons ‘n’ stuff)


Spring/Fall 2017 = 1 new AKC title

  • ​Pree/Labrador: SH title (4 trials, 4 passes & 1st time EVER for Pree and I at SH level)


Fall 2016 = 4 new AKC titles/tests

  • Pree/Labrador: Therapy Dog International Test in (one test)
  • Sugar/Labrador: Therapy Dog International Test in (one test)
  • Pree/Labrador: Rally Advanced (3 trials in 2 days, scores 92-96)
  • Pree/Labrador: Rally Novice (3 trials in 6 days with three 1st placements, scores 88-98)


 Summer 2016=3 new AKC Titles

  • Pree*/Labrador: AKCA Advanced Canine Good Citizenship Test, 1 CGCA title
  • Pree*/Labrador: AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test, 1 CGC title
  • Pree*/Labrador: AKC JH (Junior Hunter), 4 trials and nearly perfect scores in all 4 trials, 1 JH title

*Pree was only 15 months old when she did her AKC CGC, CGCA & her AKC JH Tests


Spring 2016=3  AKC non-regular 1st placement trials

  • Sugar/Labrador: Rally Pairs Novice (1 trial, 1st placement) @ LRCP Speciality
  • Pree*/Labrador: Rally Pairs Novice (1 trial, 1st placement) @ LRCP Speciality
  • Sugar & Pree*/ Labradors Rally Team Novice (1 trial, 1st placements) @ LRCP Speciality

*Pree was less 11 months old when she competed in the LRCP Speciality

2013 = 4  AKC titles, 1 AKC WC, AKC Classic @ Utility level

  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: Rally Novice (3 Trials, 2 Placements), 1 RN title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: Rally Advanced (3 Trials, 3 Placements), 1 RA title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: Rally Excellent (3 trials, 3 placements), 1 RE title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: Graduate Open (5 trials, 3 placements), 1 GO title
  • Sugar/Labrador Retriever: Working Certificate, 1 WC title 

*Sugar competed in Orlando, Florida at AKC Classic