S.T.A.R. Puppy/KPT Instructors

Dolores Connelly

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

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


S.T.A.R. Puppy

  • Also teaches Advanced Obedience
  • 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." 

Elizabeth Dolezal-Teller

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

A Variety of Breeds Including Shetland Sheepdog, Portuguese Water Dog

S.T.A.R. Puppy

  • Also teaches Novice Obedience
  • Has taught Puppy Star and Novice obedience for 3 years 
  • CGC and Puppy Star Evaluator with AKC
  • Has titles in AKC, UKC, WWKC and CKC (Canadian Kennel Club)
  • Earned her first AKC title 35 years ago
  • Titles in obedience, rally, conformation, barn hunt, water trials, dock diving and tricks
  • Has owned several breeds. Presently owns a Portuguese water dog

Elizabeth is a dog portrait artist, writer and pet sitter.

“Since childhood, my life has been spent owning, loving, training and showing dogs. I love working with people and helping them communicate better with their 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."

Janet Skinner

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Greyhounds, Scottish Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers

S.T.A.R. Puppy

  • Re-joining us as previous long-time member of USDTC
  • Volunteers for Scottish Terrier Rescue
  • Volunteers for Project PUP (Pets Uplifting People)
  • Member Scottish Terrier Club of Tampa Bay
  • Member Dog Training Club of Tampa
  • Achieved multiple Agility titles & a Rally Novice title on her Greyhound "Annie" 
  • Achieved Agility titles on multiple Scottish Terriers
  • Brings the experise of training dogs for nearly 30 years
  • Formerly a Certified Professional Dog Trainer for 7 years while operating her own business, offering private in-home training as well as classes in Puppy Manners, Adult Manners & CGC classes

Janet teaches at USDTC because of her background in rescue, she realizes how important a good foundation is for our puppies. She is determined that all puppies be socialized & trained so that they can remain in their original homes forever. She truly enjoys helping her students enable their puppies to become great compainions that are a joy to live with!

"I love living with and training breeds that you don't often see in the ring. One of my proudest moments was when my rescue Greyhound, Annie, earned her Rally Novice titles. She was an awesome dog and I miss her everyday."

Susan Wallace

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:


Puppy Kindergarten

Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club

2101 Logan Street

Clearwater, FL  33765

727-23-UPPER (87737)