Adele began teaching obedience for the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club in 1987 while still working as a Software Engineer. She left the world of computers to start Northfield Dog Training in 1990. She teaches group classes and private lessons at her training facility in Ann Arbor. Her main passion is teaching competition obedience classes. She also teaches popular obedience seminars for clubs around the US. She is NDT's head obedience instructor. She also teaches rally and beginning field training for retrievers.
Adele earned her first CD in 1986 on her little Austrlian Terrier Casey. Her dog's and titles:
You can learn more about her training methods from her books and videos. Judy Byron and she co-wrote a long-popular training manual, Competition Obedience: A Balancing Act (1998). Adele expanded on ideas in COABA and published The Art of Proofing: Preparing Your Dog For Obedience Trials (2008). She updated the the popular video Positively Fetching on retrieving and released it on DVD as Totally Fetching: Teaching and Proofing a Reliable Retrieve in early 2011.
- Australian Terrier Casey (U-CD Hott Pursuitt on the Farm Am/Can UD) 1984-1997
- Flat-Coated Retriever Tramp (Am/Can Ch. OTCh. U-CD Grousemoor Some Like It Hot TD WC) 1985-1994
- Australian Terrier Rio (Ch. OTCh. U-CD Free For All on the Farm UDX TD; Can CDX) 1989-1996
Flat-Coated Retriever Treasure (Ch. OTCh. U-UD Grousemoor Forget Me Not UDX RN OA OAJ WC; Can UD; RL-2; 1 leg on her JH earned at 11.5) 1993-2006
Border Terrier Java (OTCh. U-CDX Riversides Magen's Starbucks UDX2 RE AX AXJ; Can CD; RL3) 1997-2011
Border Terrier Joker (Kandu's The Joker Is Wild UD RE; RL2) 2001–2014
- Flat-Coated Retriever Gryffin (Ch. OTCh. Grousemoor Gryffindor UDX OM1 RE MH WCX; RL3) 2003-2012
- Flat-Coated Retriever Ty (Ch Grousemoor Timeless UDX OM2 RE SH WCX; RL2) 2004-
- Flat-Coated Retriever Sonic (Ch Coastalight Primetime UD OM1 GN GO RE MH WCX) 2011-
- Border Terrier Jag (Ch Riverside Jaguar CD BN RE NA NAJ RATN) 2014-
- Flat-Coated Retriever Tigger (Northfield Quantum Leap) 2016-
Marcia Cavan has been actively training and competing with multiple breeds of dogs since 1980 when she completed the requirements for an AKC Companion Dog (CD) title on her first Pharaoh Hound, Rohirrm's Kestrel. Kestrel was one of the first of her breed to achieve this obedience title. Since then, Marcia has completed numerous obedience titles on 4 different Pharaoh Hounds along with a Whippet, a rescued mix breed, and a German Shepherd Dog.
Marcia and her Pharaoh Hound Bristol (Ch. Galadrial's Dream Weaver UD SC FCh CGC) became the first in her breed in AKC history to obtain a Utility Dog (UD) title. To this date, Bristol is still the only Pharaoh Hound with a UD. Marcia also competed at the 2001 World Series of Dog Obedience with her rescued mixed breed, Jazzabelle, who went on to get her UKC CDX and multiple agility titles.
Over the years Marcia has also competed and titled a number of dogs in many other areas of dog training, including tracking and conformation, and has had multiple nationally ranked lure coursing dogs. Marcia participated in many events with her German Shepherd Dog, Navarre, (B'Navarre zu Treuen Händen BH JJ). Navarre completed his national Dock Dog Junior Jumper title. Marcia and Navarre also enjoyed skijoring during the winter and did some herding as well.
Marcia has had dogs certified as Therapy dogs that made frequent visits to local nursing homes.
She currently shares her home with Falke, Navarre's grand nephew, who turned a year old in June 2014. Time will tell what wonderful adventures she and Falke will share.
Marcia teaches Puppy Kindergarten and our CGC classes, and she very much enjoys helping people get off to a wonderful start with their puppies.
Raissa first came to Adele and Northfield Dog Training in the early 1990s with her first Alaskan malamute, Cody. He was not a particularly nice dog, but Adele graciously worked with them, and Raissa became hooked on the “conversation”. In 1997, Sister, another Alaskan malamute, was sent to Raissa, but she was not at all like Cody. Sister was happy and good natured and they had as much fun as a dog and person can have in the obedience and agility rings. Sister earned her MACH and had two litters. Since Sister, Raissa has earned 15 MACHs with Sister's progeny. Her granddaughter Aura, and her son Bootstrap are the first Alaskan malamutes to have earned OTCH pts as well. They also love to sled, and cart and occasionally, weight pull. Over the years, Raissa has taught many classes at the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club as well. She loves to train the dog and looks forward to sharing her experience with you.
Terry Jacobus is owned by three shelties. Having had prior shelties, she looked forward to taking these three everywhere she went, as she did her others.
When she brought home a puppy with behavioral problems, that all changed.
Rambo (Shades of Rapscallion AX, AXJ, NF, CGC) put Terry on the path to working with fearful, anxious dogs. Upon attending a working seminar presented by Behaviorist Brenda Aloff she learned that Rambo was not hard wired correctly and would require extensive work and a lifelong commitment to helping him feel safe. She took on that commitment and set out to learn as much as she could to give Rambo a comfortable life.
Rambo has been a working dog at numerous seminars and has worked as a demo dog for various classes. He has competed in agility and has titles in both AKC and CPE. Rambo also holds titles in Rally, Obedience and Musical Freestyle. Rambo has also earned a Canine Good Citizen (CGC).
Terry has attended numerous seminars on behavior and she continues to educate herself about behavior problems. She loves to learn and now holds a certificate as a Veterinary Assistant and is working on Diet and Nutrition.
Terry is a certified agility instructor and CATT (Certified American Treibbal Trainer).
Terry holds classes for foundation/management of reactive dogs
as well as fun classes such as Treibball and K9 Freestyle.
Rita earned her first Championship on her Australian Cattle Dog Cara in 1989 (CH. Bryn Mawr’s Cara Weejun). She has been instructing Agility and Obedience classes since 1999, while successfully competing in Agility, Obedience, Lure Coursing and Scent Work with her dogs. She has also trained and handled in Agility with many different breeds owned by others, including: Belgian Tervurens, Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, Belgian Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, and more. Rita has been blessed with exceptional working dogs, and she is most proud of the bond she has formed with each and every one of the dogs she has handled and trained, for they have made her a better handler. To dog fanciers, and pet owners- “Don’t judge a book by its cover, take the time to look within and find the beauty of its contents”. What she likes most about training and being an instructor is problem solving and breaking down the exercises to the simplest form. She enjoys when the owners have achieved their desired training goals, and she does her best to help make that possible.
Rita's personal dogs:
Emma (MACH 10 PAX Can. OTCH Milagra’s Emma Lee Bi Sierra UDX, Can.-UD, SKC-CDX, UKC-UD, MXS4, MJC4, MJPB, AAD, AG1, EJC, OAC, JS-N, GS-N, EAP, AS-N, TN-N, WV-N, TG-N, TT-292-AST, TDI, SCT, CGC)
Tyler Tyler (Invest N Gems of Intrepid CD, Can. CD, ASCA-CD, SKC-CD, RN, NA, NAJ, STC, TT-291-AST, CGC)
Tyler was Rita's second American Staffordshire Terrier (1998-2012), and also competed in Obedience and Agility until he was retired at age 3 due to an injury.
Journey (MACH 5 Sivhana Journey UD, GO, MXG, MJS, T2B3, CAA, CL1-H)
Journey is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier born on Thanksgiving in 2010 and is a South African Import, Journey earned her first Mach at 2 years 9 months old. Journey is currently being shown by Shannon Tyler (Daughter)
Rita Tyler is offering private lessons in Agility!!! Email: TYLERR777@aol.com for dates and times available.
Karen has always had a passion for dogs. Her experience began when she purchased two dominant male puppies that did not get along. This inspired her to research dog behavior and training which quickly became her favorite activity.
Karen loves a challenge. She became interested in volunteering with a local rescue where the staff quickly realized she had a talent for training the more difficult to adopt dogs. She has spent many hours working with and fostering dogs to help them find forever homes.
In 2004, Karen purchased a Boxer puppy, Archer, who absolutely loved to jump, causing her to look for something they could do together and have fun. That is when she met Denise Tarby at NDT. While training with Denise, Archer the boxer went on to earn titles in AKC and CPE. Archer became the first boxer in CPE to earn the Agility Trial Extraordinaire Title, CS-ATE. Archer has since been retired and Karen continues to compete with her other dogs in agility, all have been successful in earning titles. She has been training with Denise for over 11 years and has been assisting with beginning agility classes for the last year. Karen truly believes Agility is a Team Sport and both team members must be happy to be successful. She is looking forward to helping her students reach their goals, while having fun with their teammates.
Always in her heart: Boston Terrier Gage, Boston Terrier Trax, Doberman Valor
- Boxer Archer - CS-ATE, C-ATCH 3 Archer Tudor AX, MXJ, NF, AXP, MJP, NFP, ChST, ChCL, ChWC, ChSN, ChJP, ChFH, ChJU, SpExJU, SpExFH
Standard Poodle Mystic - MACH, C-ATCH 6, CS-ATCH 3 Tudor's Mystical Phenom MX, MXB, MXJ, MJB, XF, RN, CGC, ChST, ChCL, ChWC, ChSN, ChJP, ChFH, ChJU, L5-PLT
All American Dog Shorty - CS-ATCH Tudor's Short Lightning Strike NAP, OJP, CTL3, CTL4-H, CTL4-F, SpChFH
Standard Poodle Echo - CS-ATCH 2 Echoing Thunder of Tudor NAP, NJP, NFP, CGC, SpChWC, SpChFH
Boxer Knox - Knockin' Down Tudor's Door CL3-S, CL3-H, CL4-F
Standard Poodle Majik - ALCH URO1 UAG1 EPOCH of Tudor's Majikal Paradox RN, NAJ, NF
Debbie entered the world of agility back in 1992 with her first Dalmatian, “Autumn” and became hooked on the teamwork and energy of the sport. Since then she has loved, trained and competed with another Dalmatian, 2 Jack/Parson Russell Terriers and 5 Border Collies for a total of over 350 (and growing) titles.
These titles serve to represent the joyous, interactive and FUN relationship Debbie has with each of her dogs. This is also demonstrated by the dog’s work ethic, speed and genuine desire to team with Debbie in whatever dogsport they are training or trialing.
Debbie believes that relationship value, relationship building and TLC (Trust, Leadership and Confidence/Communication) key building blocks in a solid training program. Her goal is to build a dog/handler team (with her own dogs and for her students) that is confident, communicating, connected and collaborative (synergized!).
This is achieved via positive reinforcement training and techniques coupled with motivation/drive, enthusiasm, understanding, clarification, and most of all FUN!!! She enjoys working with all breeds/types of dogs and analyzing the training methods/techniques that most benefit each dog, handler and dog/handler team.
Debbie has attended numerous Clean Run Agility Camps and trained/studied agility with the top trainers and educators in the sport (Linda Mecklenburg, Nancy Gyes, Ann Braue, Karen Holik, Julie Daniels, Jaakko & Janita Leinonen (One Mind Dog), Rachel Sanders, Sylvia Trkman, Stacy Peardot Goudy, Stuart Mah and Pati Hatfield Mah, Jen Pinder, Wendy Pape, Dana Pike, Steve Frick, Webb Anderson, etc. Debbie considers continuing education in the field a must and continues to annually attend multiple seminars/conferences/workshops, etc. to stay updated on the latest training methods and techniques that could benefit her students and their canine partners.
Debbie is a certified Agility Instructor from Julie Daniels’ White Mountain Agility School.