Obedience Instructors


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 Owned, Trained, Loved:

Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Miniature Poodle, Dachshund, Weimaraner & Mixes

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am."

- Author Unknown

Sub-Novice Obedience

  • Instructing for USDTC for 6 years
  • Served as Board Member
  • Achieved BN & CDs
  • Experience in Agility & Earth Dog
  • Stays current on dog training techniques through continuing education/seminars

Heidi enjoys working with students at the sub-novice level because they have some experience in training their dog but sill have a lot to learn. This is when handlers really begin to connect with their dog and can progress quickly in their training. Even though many come to classes just hoping to have a well behaved companion, this is also when some handlers get the competition bug. She especially enjoys helping new handlers get ready to enter the show ring.


 "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."


Dolores Connelly

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

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

 

Advanced Obedience 

  • Also teaches 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." 


Suzette Cook

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Golden Retriever, American Pit Bull Terrier, Basset Hound

Basic Obedience

  • Instructing at USDTC for 16 years
  • Has served as Board Member
  • CGC Evaluator
  • Years of obedience experience
  • Able to instruct in an entertaining & informative manner
  • Achieved UD & CGC
  • Multiple titles in Agility

Suzette like to volunteer for USDTC because it keeps her connected to competitive obedience, allows her to make a difference in the canine community and spending time with dog loving people.


"Several years ago, I saved a very small squirrel from drowning in our pool. After feeding every 3 hours and caring for him 4 months, he surprisingly gained weight and was ready to be release. Off to the oak tree he went. Two weeks later, he returned to my back porch through the dog door. He had a broken back and paralyzed hind legs. He lives in our house, in a 6 foot enclosure lined with memory foam for protection. Toby Joe is a happy, healthy and energetic Gray Squirrel...and very lucky!"


Candace Coughlin

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Samoyed, Coton de Tulear, Shetland Sheepdog, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Standard Poodle

Beyond Basic

  • Professional Member International Assoc. of Canine Professionals
  • Assoc. Member Therapy Dog Intl.
  • AKC CGC Evaluator
  • AKC Canine Ambassador
  • Certified Member Pet Sitters Intl.
  • Former member DTCSP
  • Co-owned/operated in-home dog training for over 17 years
  • Continues to study & test for pet sitting certification including behavior & nutritional needs
  • Numerous titles in Obedience & Agility

Candace enjoys helping people connect in a positive way with their dogs whether it be training or therapy dog work.

"When I was written up in the St. Petersburg Times about my business, I found it to be very rewarding and felt like all the years of training, teaching and showing finally paid off int he recognition of a professional accomplishment."


Paul Coughlin

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Samoyed, Coton de Tulear, Shetland Sheepdog, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Std. Poodle, Australian Cattle Dog, Siberian Timber Wolf, German Shepherd

Beyond Basic

  • Past Member APDT
  • Member NADOI
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • AKC Canine Ambassador
  • NADOI Certification
  • Co-owned/operated in-home dog training for over 17 years
  • Over 35 years experience training, handling & showing does in obedience
  • Continues to study & test for pet sitting certification including behavior & nutritional needs
  • Numerous titles in obedience with many breeds including a UD with his Dobie

Paul enjoys teaching people in a group evironment how to handle their dogs and strengthen the bond between human and animal.

 

Paul did several segments on WTAM Radio, WQYK with Tom Rivers, and a segment on Channel 13 "Good Morning Tampa Bay. He was also featured in two videos for AKC and an article in New Barker magazine.


Elizabeth Dolezal-Teller

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Shetland Sheepdog, Portuguese Water Dog

Novice Obedience

  • Also teaches S.T.A.R. Puppy


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 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!!!!"


Judy Guaraldo

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Shetland Sheepdog

Novice Obedience

  • Instructing for USDTC for 20 years
  • Has taught Basic, Novice, Open & Utility
  • Member MFSSC
  • Member TBASSC
  • Multiple titles earned including OTCH & MACH
  • Experienced in many training techniques

Judy instructs at USDTC because she enjoys meeting new people and their dogs and finds it  fun to watch them progress.

 


"My most exciting moment was when I found out OTCH MACH Karastar of Himark was the #22 lifetime AKC dog in obedience. It wasn't anything I thought of achieving. I wasn't aware of it until my friend Bethany called to tell me. It was amazing to know the sweet dog that laid on my lap at home was one of the top dogs in the country."


Mary Mauer

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Bearded Collie

Sub-Novice Obedience

  • Also teaches Conformation


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"


Genie Stottlar

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Shetland Sheepdog, Collie

Advanced Obedience & Utility/Open

  • 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."



Bonny Thatcher

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Shetland Sheepdog

"My happy moments are when my Shelties qualify and get their title that I've entered a trial for."

Basic Obedience

  • Instructing for USDTC for more than a year
  • Has also taught Rally Obedience
  • Currently serving as Club Secretary & on the Sunshine Committee
  • Served as Board Member, Obedience Trial Chair & Chief Ring Steward
  • CGC Evaluator
  • Achieved multiple CD & CDX titles and multiple UKC Championships with her Shelties

Bonny loves working with dogs & also brings her honesty, dependability & raffle basket making prowess to the club. She loves the club and what it stands for and enjoys helping others that want to learn to train their dog. 



Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club

2101 Logan Street

Clearwater, FL  33765

727-23-UPPER (87737)