Reva Berger

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Maltese. Poodles, All Americans

S.T.A.R. Puppy, Sub-Novice & Novice Obedience

  • Have been a member of USDTC for 15 years 
  • Steward for Obedience, Rally, and Agility
  • Have assisted in Basic, Sub Novice, AKC Star Puppy and Puppy Kindergarten
  • Member of American Maltese Association
  • Florida coordinator for Florida AMA rescue
  • Registered foster for three rescue organizations


"I have always loved dogs and they have been a major part of my life for over 50 years.  My goal in becoming an instructor is to help form a bond and understanding between dogs and their family."

Kara Bitsko

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Doberman Pinscher, Dachshund ML, Australian Shepherd, Standard Manchester Terrier

Basic & Sub-Novice Obedience

  • Instructing for USDTC for 16 years
  • Has taught Novice & Open obedience
  • Served as Treasurer, Vice President, President, Registrar & Obedience Director
  • Member American Manchester Terrier Club
  • Has trained dogs since 1973 in Cleveland, Ohio, bringing a lot of experience to her classes
  • Multiple titles in Rally & Obedience
  • Achieved American & Canadian CH & UD with Doberman & Canadian CDX

"I love to teach basic. I enjoy watching the dogs learn and the owners go...Wow, we can do that."

Heidi Buck

Breeds Currently Owned, Trained, Loved: 

Golden Retriever, Weimaraner, Weimaraner/Vizsla mix, 

Bichon Frise/CKCS mix, Labrador Retriever & Mini Dachshund

Beginner Novice/Novice

  • Instructing for USDTC for 12 years (Basic, Sub-Novice, BN, Novice)
  • 2021 USDTC Vice President
  • 2020 USDTC President
  • Obedience Co-Director  2018 to present
  • AKC CGC Evaluator
  • USDTC Board Member 2015 thru 2019
  • DOCOF Co-Captain 2016 & 2017
  • Titles achieved: CGCA, BN, CD, CDX, TKN, TKA, TKI, WC, JH, NA, NAJ
  • Obedience training through Utility
  • Working on titling in obedience, agility & retriever field work
  • Stays current on dog training techniques through continuing education/seminars

Heidi enjoys helping dog owners become better leaders for their companions. She especially enjoys helping handlers fine tune their skills to get ready to enter the obedience trial ring.  Learning never ends.  Attending seminars and workshops allows Heidi to bring new material and exercises to her classes.

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way."

-John C Maxwell

Maureen Cambier

Breeds owned, trained & loved:

Australian Cattle Dogs

Level 2 Assistant

  • USDTC Board Member
  • Serving as Agility Registrar
  • DACOF Team Members 2017, 2018 & 2019
  • Achieved Excellent level in AKC agility

Our group of long term instructors who selflessly give their time to train all kinds of dogs (and handlers) has inspired Maureen to instruct at USDTC.

"Six years ago I rescued sister Australian Cattle Dogs separated by 500 miles, and reunited them. I started with obedience, and before I knew it, was nudged into AKC agility by USDTC!

I am certain I've learned more than my 'girls' when it comes to proper handling and the experience of 'trialing'!   Jumping off an A- Frame, zoomies around the ring, to joy with a title-  all add to the amazing adventure.  Lots of effort, but even more rewards....a deep bond with my partner."

Bethany Carvallo

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Poodle, Sheltie, Border Collie, Golden Retriever, Italian Greyhound, Afghan Hound

Just For Fun Agility

  • Instructing at USDTC for over 17 years
  • Has also taught Basic Obedience & Advanced Obedience
  • Has served as President & Board Member
  • Achieved Breed Champion, OTCH & MACH

Bethany wants to help people live and compete with their dogs & be the best team they can be, whether at home or in the ring.


Theresa Colbert

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Shetland Sheepdog

Level 3 Agility

  • Instructing at USDTC for 16 years
  • Has also taught Puppy KPT & Level 2 Agility
  • Achieved CDX & Championships in Rally
  • Achieved Championships in AKC, UKC & CPE Agility

Theresa loves agility and brings 16 years of experience in the sport to the club. She has attended many seminars and continues to attend classes with local elite handlers.


"I enjoy teaching people to teach their dogs. It is so exciting to see their improvement and growth!"

Dolores Connelly

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Belgian Malinois, Shetland Sheepdog, Labrador Retriever, Collie, Min. Pinscher & many mixes


Advanced Obedience 

  • Has also taught S.T.A.R. Puppy
  • Instructing for USDTC for 12 years
  • Has taught all levels of obedience
  • DOCOF Co-Captain
  • Judged AKC Obedience match for North GA Kennel Club
  • Member DTCSP
  • Member North GA Kennel Club
  • Retired Veterinary Technician
  • Multiple titles earned including OTCH & Breed CH, with her Belgian Malinois

Dolores instructs at USDTC because she finds it very rewarding to help owners understand their dogs and accomplish their goals.

"I love working with puppies. I enjoy helping owners to establish a good relationship & understanding of their new pups that will last a lifetime." 

Stephanie Cox

Breeds owned, trained & loved:

Australian Cattle Dog Mix

Level 1 Agility

  • 2018 & 2019 DACOF Team Member
  • Currently showing at the AKC Excellent level with her first agility dog & has another dog in Open
  • Volunteers for Ewenity Farms Herding Dog Haven

Stephanie and her dogs simply LOVE doing agility together, and she hopes the joy they have while playing together on the course is infectious to others!

"I hope to instill in others what is for me the most important part of agility: the joys of having FUN with your dog!

I'm all about positive reinforcement! Not only our pups crave praise, but us handlers do too! 

I have two very different dogs in regards to personality and confidence, so I understand the training challenges this can present, and am always open to new ideas in order to make it a rewarding experience for all. I've taken several online courses for reactive dogs as well, and know first hand what wonders the confidence building sport of agility can do for reactive dogs."

Richard Drago

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Australian Shepherd

S.T.A.R. Puppy

  • Instructing at USDTC for over 13 years
  • Has also taught Jr. Handlers & Basic Agility
  • Served as Board Member
  • Volunteers for 4H
  • Past Aussie Rescue volunteer
  • Multiple titles in AKC & UKC agility

"It is not about the dog, it is about the owner. Teaching the owner to accept the unconditional devotion and love from your dog."

Peggy Gelb

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Border Collie, Wire Fox Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog


Level 2 Agility

  • Member Alliance of Therapy Dogs, NASAR, National Asssociation for Search & Rescue
  • Cadaver dog education & training (NASAR)
  • Currently has a trained cadaver dog
  • Multiple herding titles including Herding Champion
  • Multiple agility titles including Masters Agility Championship (MACH) on two dogs
  • Current agility dog showing at the Masters level
  • Qualified for AKC Nationals
  • Made the 2017 Invitational with her Wire Fox Terrier

Janie Getz

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Doberman Pinscher, Poodle, Maltese, Bedlington Terrier, Whippet, Afghan, Chinese Crested & Saluki

Basic Obedience

  • Also teaches Conformation
  • Instructing for USDTC for over 20 years
  • Has also taught Basic Obedience & Rally
  • Served as Board Member
  • Member Suncoast Afghan Hound Club of Florida & Afghan Hound Club of America
  • Member St. Pete Dog Fanciers
  • Showing dogs since the age of 12
  • Achieved many Championships & CD's
  • Titled in Canine Freestyle
  • Attended many seminars over the years

Janie volunteers at USDTC because she loves dogs, loves teaching and seeing them grow and become better pets for their owners.

"When I showed Whippets there was a woman showing Afghans at the time. I would go ringside and watch Sunny Shea & Shirkan and always said "one day". One day came in 1981 when I got my first afghan. Still have them today. Next best was winning Rudi's CD with a score of 187. With an Afghan, that is great!!!!"

Lisa Lanser Rose

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Border Collie, Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, Aussies & Catahoula Mixes


  • Instructor at since 2016
  • Has also taught Tricks
  • Current USDTC President, served as Board Member 2019-2021 
  • DMWYD Certified Trick Dog Instructor
  • DMWYD All-Star Trainer of the Year 2019
  • Official Stunt Dog Judge
  • Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator 
  • Certified AKC Temperament Test Judge
  • Competes in Tricks, Stunt Dog Ring Trial, Agility, and Obedience
  • DACOF 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Author of For the Love of a Dog
  • Writer for Clean Run: The Magazine for Dog Agility Enthusiasts
  • Website

"I love all animals, but especially dogs and dog people. I believe trick-dog training is a force of happiness in the world."

Mary Maurer

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Bearded Collie, Havanese

Basic & Sub-Novice Obedience

  • Instructing since 2017
  • USDTC Lifetime Member
  • Has taught Novice and Conformation
  • Titles Achieved:  AKC-CH, GCH, BN, CD, CGCU, TKN, RN, NA, FDC, HT and UKC-CH, GCH, BIS, RBIS
  • Member: Bearded Collie Club of America, Bearded Collie Club of Central Florida
  • Attended multiple Obedience Training Seminars and Conformation Handling Seminars

 "I enjoy working my own dogs and helping others with theirs".

Bruce Meligan

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

German Shepherd, Chow Chow, Newfoundland, Bassett Hound & many mixes

Basic Obedience

  • Instructing for USDTC for 8 years
  • Served as Board member & Co-Director of Obedience
  • Member Newfoundland Club of Florida
  • Past instructor for Largo Dog Training School & City of Safety Harbor Leisure Services
  • 35 years of dog training with instruction working alongside some of the best
  • Achieved titles in obedience including U-CDX

"I get great satisfaction in seeing all the progress dogs and their owners can make in our classes"

Robynn Modder

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

All American, Samoyed/Husky, Cocker Spaniel, Australian Shepherd & Border Collie

Level 4 Agility

  • Instructing at USDTC since 2004
  • Has also taught Puppy KPT, Basic Obedience & all levels of Agility
  • Served as Agility Director & Board Member
  • Served as Agility Trial Chair, Committee Member & DACOF Team Captain
  • USDTC DACOF team member for 15 years
  • Multiple titles in AKC, CPE, UKI, USDAA, NADAC, ASCA & UKC Agility
  • Other titles include CD, Rally in AKC & WWKC, CGC, Tricks, WCFO Freestyle & UpDog (Frisbee)
  • Has fostered for ARPH, MARS & BARK Aussie Rescue
  • Has and continues to participate in online courses and seminars to further education in agility 

"Training and showing in agility (or any venue for that matter) is much more challenging than I expected but through the journey I have found it to be more rewarding than I could have ever imagined, from the bond with my dogs to the circle of friends I have made."

Genie Stottlar

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Shetland Sheepdog, Collie

Open/Utility Obedience

  • Instructing for USDTC for 7 years
  • DOCOF Team Captain
  • Twice Obedience Trial Champion

Genie volunteers to help others develop a close working relationship with their dog.

 "When we earned our first OTCH it was a real high, and what I have learned is the best part about showing is to appreciate and enjoy the journey with your dog. Once you've obtained the goal, you have wonderful memories to look back on."

Ken Stowell

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Affenpinscher, Chihuahua, Dandy Dinmont Terriers, Golden Retrievers

Novice/Beginner Novice & Rally (All Levels)

  • CGC (All Levels)
  • Star Puppy Evaluator
  • Served as USDTC President
  • Served as USDTC Conformation Director
  • USDTC Members since 2013
  • Instructing at USDTC since 2015
  • Current (7 years+) President Tampa Bay Chihuahua Club
  • Member Affenpinscher Club of America
  • Multiple AKC titles: CH, GCH, CD, BN, THD, CGCA, CGCU, TKN and Rally all levels
  • Author of published work "Transformation From Conformation To Qualification With Our Affenpinschers"
  • Website:

Ken hopes he can share his experiences with others.

John Turner

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Boston Terrier, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Labrador Retriever

S.T.A.R. Puppy, Basic Obedience & Therapy Dog

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Current President Project PUP therapy dog organization
  • 28 year therapy dog handler and evaluator
  • Multipal Conformation titles in ICE, ICKC, UKC
  • Attends continuing education in K9 behavoral issues
  • Multipla Therapy Dog titles including Therapy Dog Distinguished

Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club

2101 Logan Street

Clearwater, FL  33765