Therapy Dog Instructors

Bob & Paulette Keller

Breeds Owned, Trained, Loved:

Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, All American

"We think of ourselves as "experienced beginners", learning from our dogs on a daily basis. Our first dog to achieve a title - 20 years ago - spent a year in Sub-Novice Obedience class, reduced the breeder to tears of laughter over our expectations and established our dog library of how-to-fix-it books. Avery was a great dog and taught us to train, not complain."

Therapy Dog Orientation

  • Bob has taught at USDTC for 9 years
  • Paulette has taught at USDTC for 3 years
  • Bob has also taught Novice Agility & Advanced Agility
  • Bob has served as Board Member & Vice President
  • Members Therapy Dog International (TDI)
  • Volunteers for SPCA & Tampa Bay Guardian Angels
  • Over 60 combined years experience with dogs
  • Seminar attendance
  • Titled in Beginning Novice Obedience, Novice Agility, Rally Excellent, Coursing Ability Excellent, Barn Hunt Masters Level
  • Have achieved CGC on all dogs
  • Experience in Freestyle (Heeling to Music) & Trailing
  • 4 dogs registered with TDI

Bob & Paulette believes every dog needs a "job" that fits them. Finding and developing that match strengthens the human-canine bond. Their experience with Therapy Dogs began only after one of their dogs succeeded at, but did not enjoy, other events. Rudy blossomed as a Therapy Dog for patients and staff alike and clearly showed that dogs are powerful, if non-traditional, healers.


Our Therapy Dog Orientation class tries to present the "reality" of Animal Assisted Activities: the expectations,  preparation,  challenges, rewards. Therapy Dog work is a team effort, far more than just holding a leash while talking with people. Many handlers present to evaluations - and beyond- without the foundations needed for success. We hope to change that.

Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club

2101 Logan Street

Clearwater, FL  33765

727-23-UPPER (87737)