- I started in dogs in 1971 after finally moving to Pa. Working and
having dogs was a childhood dream that after 40 plus years still
remains my passion. I love training dogs and building a working/bond
relationship with them. To date I have owned and trained over 20
Flat-coated retrievers and 9 English cocker spaniels to over 16 bench
championships ( most were owner handled), over 30 obedience titles in
various venues, 12 working certificates, 4 working certificate
excellent, 9 junior hunters, 1 senior hunter plus over 20 titles in
Rally both in the US and Canada. I have also run multiple dogs in
agility gaining over 15 agility titles also in various registries. In
addition some of the dogs have placed and won sporting groups, 3
achieved high in specialty trials awards and many have been nationally
rated in various registries.
I have been training for TSDOC since the mid- 70's having
apprenticed under some of the best trainers during that period. I try
to keep current with training methods by attending seminars yearly. I
am past president of the Flat-coated Retriever Society of America. I
was a delegate to the AKC for many years and am currently secretary for
the Westchester Retriever Club. After all of these years I still get
the most satisfaction out of teaching the beginners class and watching
dog and handlers become working teams.
Joan Clemmons - AKC RALLY INSTRUCTOR FOR 4 YEARS-
Before my involvement with dogs I worked with horses most of my life.
During that time I owned, trained, showed and instructed. In 1996 I
took my first obedience class at TSDOC with my German Shepherd because
I wanted a well behaved dog. Later, I began training my Pug, Rosie.
This is when my interest in training dogs for competition began. Rosie
and I earned titles in Rally, Obedience and Agility. We are currently
working towards her U.D. and excellent agility titles. My English
Bulldog, Holly, has earned AKC Rally and C.D. titles and is now working
towards her C.D.X.
I own six dogs, ranging from a Chihauhua to a Great Dane. My
husband and I, along with our children started a 4-H dog club called
K-9 Frenzy. I was lucky to start AKC Rally at its inception and
attended seminars while working through my Novice to Excellent titles.
I was asked to teach a class at TSDOC and found I really enjoyed the
Overall, for me, it is not the titles that are most
important, but the people I have met and helped along the way,
especially those who have helped and supported me.
Sue Frisch, CNWI - a professional dog
trainer with 25+ years of experience working with dogs and their
owners. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
and the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and Tri-State
Dog Obedience Club (TSDOC).
After 25 years managing an animal shelter while also running
a dog boarding business at her farm and teaching training classes at
night, Sue’s expertise includes everything from basic manners training
and behavior modification to dog psychology, nutrition, and exercise.
Over the years she has worked with hundreds of families and their pet
Sue knows that the science of canine behavior and
training—and the resulting training techniques—is a field in constant
development, and she makes sure to keep abreast of the latest
discoveries. She regularly attends seminars with eminent behaviorists
and dog trainers, and reads every significant book and publication on
relevant topics. She is currently an American Kennel Club Canine Good
Citizen Evaluator, is in the instructors training course for K9 Nose
Work and studying to become a C.L.A.S.S. evaluator for the APDT’s
Canine Life and Social Skills program.
Sue lives in Honesdale, PA, with her four dogs, Mackie,
April, Mystery, and Monkey.
Pauline Imbro-Allen - has grown up
with dogs always in her life.
She was a trainer for the Pocono Mountain Kennel Club from 1994 through
2002 and occasionally called in to teach there.
Pauline teaches Puppy
Kindergarten, Beginners as well as Advanced programs for them.
She is currently a member of Tri-state Dog Obedience Club, First Dog
Obedience Club of No. NJ, The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America,
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), National Association of Canine
Nose Work (NACNW). She is Certified Pet Tech Instructor #1510 and
teaches Pet CPR and First Aid classes. Star Puppy & Canine Good
Citizen Evaluator for AKC, as well as recently becoming an evaluator
for Therapy Dog International.
She has put Rally and Obedience titles
on small and large breed dogs from Novice through Utility both in the
United States and Canada and Champion Titles on her Yorkshire Terriers.
Pauline has been an Instructor for Tri-State teaching Pre-novice level
classes as well as Therapy team work. She currently has a Therapy dog
named Twiggy who volunteers up at the Hawley Library and the
Wallenpaupack School district in the Reading Programs. Her dogs have
been featured on Animal Planet's Dog's 101, The Yorkshire Terrier
series, as well as her Puppies in the series on Puppies. Her yorkies
appear in Dogs.com catalogs, For the Love of Yorkies calendar and much
more. You'll enjoy working in her classes.
Linda Husson - Linda has been involved in dog
training since 1986. Her first dog was a Shetland Sheepdog named
"Kelly", and after attending a Beginners Obedience class at Tri-State
Dog Obedience Club, Kelly went on to compete in Obedience trials and
became a Utility Dog. While Linda's foundation lies with obedience, her
main focus is now Agility.
"I believe that dog training should not be a chore but
something that is enjoyed by both dog and human. From basic obedience
to the more advanced varieties of training, it's about the journey, not
the destination. Positive reinforcement, clarity, consistency &
mutual respect are key elements for building a solid & enjoyable
"Kelly" (Sheltie) - Obedience: Novice A to AKC & Canadian
UD; Dog World Award
"Teddie" (Sheltie) - Obedience: AKC UD, UDX and OTCH (Obedience
Trial Champion), Canadian OTCH.
- Multiple High in Trial & High-Combined awards; 2 Dog World
- Competed in several regional & national level tournaments,
placing 4 times at Gaines Eastern Regional
Tournaments (once in Novice, and 3 times in Super Dog). In
1990 & 1991, ranked as one of the top 10
Shelties in AKC Obedience.
- AKC Herding Tested title on sheep
- Agility: USDAA MAD & JM; AKC MX
"Robin" (Border Collie) - Obedience: AKC and Canadian CD.
- Agility: AKC MX & MXJ; USDAA ADCH (Agility Dog Champion) &
Lifetime Achievement Award (Bronze)
- 1999 PupPeroni Classic Agility Tournament, 3rd place in the 24"
"Toss" (Border Collie) - Obedience: AKC CD Agility: USDAA
Agility Dog Champion; AKC MX & MXJ.
- 1999 Eastern Regional PupPeroni Agility Tournament, Winner of 24"
"Token" (Border Collie) - Agility:
USDAA ADCH (Agility Dog Champion), Tournament Master-Bronze and several
other titles; AKC AX, OAJ & XF. Flyball: FMCH (Flyball Master
"Tripper" (Border Collie) - Agility: USDAA ADCH & Lifetime
Achievement Award (Bronze); AKC MXJ & OA.Flyball: FDX (Flyball Dog
"Dandy" (Border Collie) competes in both Agility and Flyball. He
earned his USDAA Master Agility Dog title at age 2, and his Agility Dog
Championship at age 3. In Flyball, he has earned his FMX title, and
averages 4.0 as start dog.
"Tempo" (Border Collie) competes in
Flyball and is in training for Agility.
Sara Jacobs - started training dogs in the early
1980's. She has owned and trained the following breeds St. Bernard,
Newfoundland, Labrador Retriever, German Shorthaired Pointer, and
Golden Retriever. She has trained and shown in competition obedience,
agility, rally, and conformation.
Sara has also shown in the breed ring and has had 3
champions. She also shows in the field and has placed a JH (Junior
Hunter) on her German Shorthaired pointer and a draft title on one of
She has titled dogs in the following disciplines:
- CD (Companion Dog)
- CDX'(Companion Dog Excellent)
- UD (Utility Dog)
NAJ (Novice Agility
OAJ (Open Agility
RN (Rally Novice)
RA (Rally Advanced)
RE (Rally Excellent)
Levels 1, 2, 3
ARCH, ARCH X, ARCH EX
Sara has worked in a shelter helping the dogs with basic obedience so
they could be adopted our more easily.
"I try to make training fun for the dog and owner. Using food and toys
in my training teaches the dog that he can learn by having fun. There
is not just one way to teach a dog - if one way doesn't work, we just
find another way."
Barbara Miller - began her interest in
dog training in 1979 and her association with Tri-State Dog Obedience
Club started shortly thereafter. Barbara's first dog, a corgi cross
named Ferdinand, completed his Mixed Breed Companion Dog title at a
TSDOC match show back in 1986. Since then Barbara and her dogs have
earned well over 100 titles in Obedience, Agility, Herding, Tracking,
Flyball and Conformation. She has achieved several breed "firsts"
including the first AKC agility title on a Basset Hound and the first
VCD1 (CD, NA, NAJ, TD) on an American Foxhound. Her Cardigan Welsh
Corgis, Australian Cattle Dogs, Foxhound and Basset Hounds have
consistently been top ranked Nationally in Obedience, Rally and Agility.
Barbara teaches Puppy Kindergarten and Agility at Tri-State
Dog Obedience Club. She believes that building a strong learning
foundation early in a dog's life is crucial to a successful life-long
"There is no end to what a dog can do when he discovers
early on that learning is fun! I get the greatest gratification from
seeing an owner returning to Puppy Kindergarten with a new puppy after
a long and loving life with one of my graduates from years gone by."
Richard "Mack" Mackintosh - has owned Flat Coated
Retrievers since 1976, bred by Valerie Bernhardt. His very first
competition dog was in 1977 when he first joined TSDOC. He has brought
his dogs to numerous Obedience, Agility and Conformation titles and has
always competed since that very first dog. He has competed in
Obedience, Conformation, Agility and brought dogs up to their Working
Certificate for field work.
Mack taught basic Novice Obedience classes for First Dog Training Club
of Northern NJ for 18 years and Novice and CGC classes for the Ramsey
High School Adult classes for around 10 years. He was one of the first
CGC Evaluators for the AKC, and for a while was an evaluator for
Therapy Dog International. He was an instructor for Skyline Agility in
Haverstraw, NY for over 10 years. He is still a Certified Animal
Control Officer for the State of NJ and for a time was a member of the
Bergen County SPCA law enforcement division. When he retired from the
Mahwah, NJ Police Department he became an AKC Agility Judge and in 2005
was asked to take on a full time job with the AKC Agility Department as
an Agility Field Representative and he is still at it.
He is presently working with his Flat-Coat "Ridley" and they are
anxiously getting ready to try for their Utility and Rally Advanced
Mack has a passion to be around dogs and feels blessed to be a part of
the dog world. "I am a firm believer that dogs were domesticated
because of their ability to want to please and work for us. Our job is
to show them what pleases us and not spend a whole bunch of time on
what doesn't. "
- CGC Evaluator; started in dogs around 1969 when she brought her
collie to obedience classes at TSDOC. She started competing in dog
obedience shortly thereafter with her Shetland Sheepdog. In the
1970's she began competing in sled-dog races with a variety of breeds
from Siberian/Alaskan Huskies to Labrador Retrievers and Doberman
Pinschers. Her team of Labrador and Dobermans took 2nd place in the
Pennsylvania State Sled-dog Championships in 1986.
Three of her dogs, Australian Shepherd – Tucker, and Border Collies -
Ben and Jake, qualified for and competed in five Obedience Championship
Regionals. Tucker won High in Trial at the Ralston Purina Maritime
Obedience Invitational in Nova Scotia Canada in 1993. Ben earned his
AKC & ASCA Utility titles and was OTCH pointed. He also ran
lead-dog on her racing sled-dog team. Jake was a multiple High in Trial
winner in obedience, earned his VCD2, Utility, Tracking, Excellent
agility, Rally Excellent and PT herding titles.
Currently, her home-bred Border Collie Tarquinn is competing in
Agility, Utility Obedience and Advanced Masters Herding. He came
in 4th in the JL Versatility Competition at the 2010 BCSA National
Specialty. Her Border Collie Lex is training for Utility Obedience and
Advanced Herding. In August 2012, Lex took 3rd place at the
AllStar Dog Obedience Championships Open class. Lex is a High in
Trial winner in obedience and herding. Her young Border Collie Bryer
has just finished his Started Herding title and is training for
obedience and agility.
Betty instructs Puppy Kindergarten and CGC/Obedience class
Rose Robischon - At present Rose is the
President of the National Owner Handler Association, Inc. Before moving
to this area she was president of the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter of the
Owner Handler Association as well as their handling instructor in
conformation. She has been President of the Tri-County Collie Breeders
Association and trained and shown Collies in breed and obedience to
their championships. She is a board member and AKC delegate of the
Wallkill Kennel Club. She is also Vice President of the Stewards Club