Obedience Instructors

Lori Callahan

Breeds owned, trained & loved:

Golden Retrievers, Cocker/Mixes, Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd/Lab mix, All Americans.

Level 1 & 2 Agility

  • Has also taught Freestyle & Basic Obedience & Level 1 Agility
  • Instructing for USDTC for 8 years
  • Served as President & Obedience Director
  • Project Pup Ambassador
  • Member MDSA & WCFO
  • Foster for BARK Aussie Rescue
  • Volunteered for SPCA for 5 years
  • Past member APDT
  • CGC's with multiple dogs
  • Titles in Canine Freestyle, Agility, Rally, Tricks and Therapy
  • Owns(ed) Certified Therapy Dogs
  • Continues her education by attending seminars, private classes, reading and following organizations in her venues

"I feel that any dog can be a rock star when given the proper time attention and rewards. The efforts improve everyone's lives"


"I never thought I would compete in any dog sport. I just wanted to have a well balanced companion. My proudest moments in training came when I titled my Buddy who was extremely aggressive when I adopted him. He earned his CGC, RN & FD titles. I was moved to tears because training made him an awesome team mate and friend."

Chris Anderson

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Shetland Sheepdog

Level 4 Agility

  • Instructing at USDTC for 7 years
  • Has taught Sub-Novice & Novice Obedience & all levels of Agility
  • Served as Agility Director, Board Member, Agility Trial Chair, Trial Committee & DACOF Team Captain
  • Multiple agility titles in AKC & CPE, RN

Heidi Buck

Breeds Currently Owned, Trained, Loved: Bodhi, Weimaraner/Vizsla rescue (or German Short-haired Pointer), Briar, Golden Retriever & Lacey, Bichon Frise/CKCS mix (retired)


Breeds Previously Owned, Trained, Loved: Labrador Retriever & Miniature Dachshund

Obedience Competition Readiness

  • Instructing for USDTC for 10 years
  • 2020 USDTC President
  • Obedience Co-Director  2018 to present
  • USDTC Board Member 2015 thru 2019
  • DOCOF Co-Captain 2016 & 2017
  • Titles achieved: CGCA, BN, CD, CDX, TKN, TKA, TKI
  • Training towards Utility title (UD)
  • Previously trialed in Earth Dog & Agility
  • 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

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." 

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!!!!"

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"

Jeff Rushe

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Field Bred Golden Retrievers, Border Collie

Beginner Novice

  • Instructing for USDTC for 1 year
  • Assisted with STAR Puppy
  • Instructs and Participates in Competition Obedience
  • Instructs and Participates in Competition Field (Hunt Tests and Field Trials)
  • Member Central Florida Hunt Retriever Club
  • AKC Field Titles - WC, WCX, JH, SH
  • AKC Obedience Titles - BN, CD

Jeff is passionate about helping dogs and handlers improve their skills so they can succeed in achieving their individual goals in obedience as well as hunt tests and trials.   He especially enjoys working with handlers who would like to compete at the highest levels possible with their companion.   Jeff is great at pinpointing problem areas and coming up with solutions to help handlers and dogs reach their full potential.

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."

Ken Stowell

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Affenpinscher, Chihuahua

Sub-Novice Obedience

Also teaches Conformation & Rally

  • President Tampa Bay Chihuahua Club
  • Involved in conformation since 2005 & Rally/Obedience since 2012
  • Has written conformation & performance articles published in dog magazines
  • Achieved GCH, CH, CD, BN, REA, RI, RN, THD, CGCA, CGCU, TKN

Ken hopes he can share his experiences with others.

Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club

2101 Logan Street

Clearwater, FL  33765

727-23-UPPER (87737)