OUR TRAINERS

Cathy Jahelka – Director of Training

Growing up in a “dog show family” I have been training and showing my German Shepherds in AKC obedience trials non-stop since the age of 12, finishing the UD title on my first dog as a teenager.  Over the past 35 years I have been training and competing in Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Dock Jumping and most recently Sheep Herding.  I have been teaching all levels of obedience classes for Pasanita Obedience Club since the mid 1980’s.  I am also a Certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator.  Over all these years of professional training, I have had to deal with the entire range of behavior problems and issues with all breeds and all sizes of dogs.  I consider myself to be a “problem solver” with the ability to read dogs and assist the owners in working through any difficult situations they are facing.  It is very rewarding to see the transformations of the dogs during our classes and watch the relationships grow between the dogs and their owners.   Dog obedience is my passion and I love what I do.

Lori Spiker

I have been a member of Pasanita Obedience Club since 1989. Before becoming a trainer for POC in 1998, I trained my own dogs for competition for over 20 years.  I am also a Certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator.  I started with German Shepherds and now train Australian Shepherds.  I have received titles in Australian Shepherd Club of America consisting of Breed Champion, Obedience Trial Champion, CD, CDX, UD, RNX and RA.  In American Kennel Club, I have received titles including Breed Champion, CD, CDX, UD, RN, RA and RE.  The titles I have received in United Kennel Club are Breed Champion, CD, CDX.  I have taught Puppy class, Beginner Novice class and currently I teach the Advance Novice / CGC class.

Rhonda Pratt

 

Rhonda Pratt, Pasanita Obedience Trainer As you look around we know how much our pets mean to us.  They are with us in our heart and in our lives. We treat them as if they were our own children at times.  I have grown up with animals all my life.   I have had everything from a pig, chickens, horses, a goat and raised a cow.  I was a junior handler back in the day handling Great Danes and would find every stray in the neighborhood and bring it into the family.  I have been training and competing in dog sports since 2007.  I trained several years in dog agility and competed in dog obedience where I have put several titles on my dogs.  I am also a Certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator.  I was asked to join the Pasanita’s training staff in 2011 and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  I teach the puppy class and I can assure you that after your six weeks of training, you will leave here feeling confident, that you are in charge and have the knowledge to have a well behaved dog.  I can’t wait to meet you!  So, bring towel or a chair and share some bonding time with your new bundle of joy!

Jeanine Jahelka

Jeanine Jahelka, Pasanita Obedience TrainerI started training and showing dogs as a junior handler.  My first experience was with German Shepherd dogs, which were my family pets.  In 1988 I switched breeds to Border Collies.  I have shown in Obedience, Rally and Conformation.  I have earned UD titles on two German Shepherds and two UDX titles on two Border Collies.  I completed an American, Mexican and International Championship on my own Border Collie and on a friend’s Cattle Dog. I also earned obedience titles in Mexico on several dogs. I have been fortunate enough to compete in many special obedience competitions including Regional and National events sponsored by Gaines.  I represented Southern California, in the Western International Obedience Competition, on four different occasions.  My family joined Pasanita in 1958, when I was 4 years old.  I began training classes for Pasanita in 1976 and I am honored to continue teaching for the club today.

Gail Larman

Pets are an invaluable addition to any family. They provide company, exercise, joy and unconditional love just to mention a few assets. I have always had some kind of pet –  a rat, hamster, rabbit, a couple of cats, a box turtle. My dogs though, have been my favorites.  I have owned Australian Shepherds for the past 14 years.  I have dabbled in conformation but my passion is in performance activities.  My Aussies and I are actively showing in herding and obedience. Together we have achieved multiple titles in both AKC and the Australian Shepherd Club of America.  I’ve been one of Pasanita’s novice obedience class trainers for the past 10 years.  Watching the dogs and handlers become a team during class is always exciting.  I hope to see you in class so you can experience what you and your dog can learn and share together.

Terry Swanson

Terry brings over 40 years of dog/puppy training and exhibiting experience to the Pasanita Obedience Training Team. I’ve taught all-breed training classes (Obedience, Puppy-KPT, Conformation, and Ring Readiness Classes); and, has actively been involved in training, raising, breeding, and exhibiting her own dogs in conformation, obedience, agility, and herding performance events over the years. I have just recently gotten involved in Rally with my rescued Labrador, “Tucker”. I have owned, bred, and shown champion and obedience Samoyeds for over 35 years. Several High-In-Trial Obedience dogs were also American and International Champions; including Best in Show and/or Best in Show Specialty winners with National standings. I have shown in AKC, UKC, and International Shows; with several of my Samoyeds being highlighted in “The Complete Samoyed” Book series and used for commercial and advertising photo shoots. I believe training needs to be fun, balanced, and motivating to keep both owner and dog interested. Communication and behavior are heavily emphasized, because often the dog’s mistakes are due to failure to understand what was communicated. I never tire of watching the dog-owner relationship develop through understanding, communication, and learning – especially the puppies – which is the best time to start training! Come down and see our Puppy Training Classes! (Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers “APDT”)

Terry Grove

When I was a kid, animal obedience meant getting my horse and I to succeed in competitive riding. As I grew older and worked for various veterinarians as front and back staff, I began to see the most important part of owning a pet is the bond between owner and animal. As I have competed in canine obedience, I have learned that a large part of that success is respect on both parties. My partners and I have been able to succeed as competitive teams because of the mutual respect that I worked to develop. I believe in training with lots of positive reinforcement. In studying how successful trainers have succeeded, I came to the viewpoint that it is all about the relationship between dog and owner and that has led me to my current philosophy. I train to build Relationship-Attitude-Teamwork. This is the approach I try to teach to my students. That this is a thinking game, on the part of both handler and dog and if both understand and respect their roles, much success will be realized. This approach has led to many AKC achievements; I have put Utility Dog Excellent titles on three Rottweilers and a Border Collie. My current Rottie’ Chilly has earned an Obedience Trial Championship this past year and invitations to the National Obedience Invitational Trial the last two years. We have also had much success in UKC as well. My veterinary work has led to my interest in animal sports medicine and rehabilitation. As part of that I have studied conditioning and how to prevent injuries when they are in competition and treat injuries if they should arise.

Ramona Audette

Ramona is the Owner and Training Director of California Academy of Dog Behavior, LLC. www.cadogbehavior.com
She is a K9 NoseworkR Founding Instructor, a NACSW Sr. Faculty Member, a K9 NoseworkR Trial Judge and Certifying Official. She teaches classes and workshops. Ramona and her dog, Anton, are the second team to obtain the NW3-Elite Nosework Title. He has also earned the NW3 Element Titles; NW3-I, NW3-E, NW3-V and NW3-C.
They participated in the first NACSW National Invitational, a two day event where she and her dog Anton finished first on Saturday and Third, on Sunday.
Along with K9 NoseworkR classes, Ramona also teaches Obedience classes, Canine Good Citizen classes and does Privates and In-Home training.
What is K9 NoseworkR? Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. This class focuses on teaching you how to encourage and develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It’s a great class for your dog to have fun, build confidence, burn lots of mental and physical energy and for you to find out just how good your dog’s nose is. Especially great, for the dog that is shy, and uncomfortable, around other dogs. Any age dog can participate.

Julie Kay

I have been in dogs since 1973 and my breeds are Whippets and English Springer Spaniels. I actually started in obedience and trained with Pasanita Obedience Club, including participating in some of their Top Dog teams. I’ve put American, Canadian and Mexican UDT and CDX titles on my own dogs. I have also put conformation Championships of hundreds of dogs of breeds other than the two mentioned above. On numerous of my own dogs, I have won Best in Shows, including Specialties. I’ve taught handling classes off and on for over 20 years at Pasanita, and am very happy to be working again with Pasanita conducting their conformation handling classes.