Valerie Bernhardt - 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
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.
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
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 challenge.
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.
Pauline Imbro-Allen - as grown up with dogs
always in her life. She was the Obedience trainer for
Pocono Mountain Kennel Club from 1994 through 2002 and
occasionally still called in to teach there. She has over
26 years of experience in Obedience, Behavior Modification and
Pauline is a current member, in good standing, with Tri-State
Dog Obedience Club, First Dog Obedience Club of NJ, The
Yorkshire Terrier Club of America, as well as National
Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and Pet Tech CPR &
She is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI), as well as a
Certified Pet Tech Instructor #1510 and teaches both Nose Work
classes as well as Pet CPR and First Aid classes. She is a
Registered Evaluator with AKC’s Canine Good Citizen’s
programs as well as a Registered Evaluator for Therapy Dog
Pauline has put Obedience and Rally titles on small and large
breed dogs from Novice through Utility both in the United States
and Canada. She has also shown her Yorkshire Terriers in
the Conformation Ring for Champion and Grand Champion
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 Dogs 101 as well as the Yorkshire Terrier series
“Yorkies 101”. Her yorkies have appeared in Dogs.com catalog ads, and
Twiggy and some of her puppies have been featured in For the
Love of Yorkies Calendar.
Pauline feels that because of the dogs in her life and her
chosen path in the world of dogs she has made many good friends
and acquaintances and only wishes she had found this path many
years earlier. You’ll enjoy working in any of her
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 relationship."
"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
"Token" (Border Collie) - Agility: USDAA
ADCH (Agility Dog Champion), Tournament Master-Bronze and
several other titles; AKC AX, OAJ & XF. Flyball: FMCH
(Flyball Master Champion)
"Tripper" (Border Collie) - Agility: USDAA ADCH &
Lifetime Achievement Award (Bronze); AKC MXJ & OA.Flyball:
FDX (Flyball Dog Excellent)
"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.
- 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
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 Excellent Titles.
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
Betty Padgett -
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.
Her home-bred Border Collie Tarquinn has completed his AKC
Utility title, his HXAdM title and his Herding
Championship. He came in 4th in the JL Versatility
Competition at the 2010 BCSA National Specialty and is a
multiple High in Trial winner. He has his Novice Agility
Jumpers and Open Standard titles and currently working on
his Tracking title. Her Border Collie Lex has his
Herding Championship and 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 Terra has just
finished her CDSP-CD obedience title and is currently
working on her Herding Championship with multiple High in
Betty is a CGC Evaluator and instructs Obedience for
Competition. Although this class is geared for the
discipline of the competition ring, it is flexible for the
pet owner who desires to work towards a well-trained
canine good citizen/companion.
- 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 of