OUR TRAINERS

Terry Grove – Director of Training

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.

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.

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.

Gail Katz

Rhonda Pratt, Pasanita Obedience Trainer

Gail brings 25+ years of working with and training dogs to begin her time teaching the Puppy Class. A new member to Pasanita in 2012, she’s been an active club member and served as the Club’s President from 2014-2016. She is also a certified Canine Good Citizenship, Trick dog, and Temperament Test evaluator. She has always loved dogs and working with them. Her parents bought her a miniature poodle when she was 8 years old to stop her from bothering/visiting the neighbors who owned dogs. She named her pup Cheri, who developed Diabetes at a young age. In order to keep her, Gail took charge of Cheri’s sugar testing and Insulin shots. Cheri lived to be 18! Gail’s taking care of Cheri led her to a career path in nursing.

Currently Gail has both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, she shows in both Conformation and Obedience/Rally and a German Shepherd she is training in Obedience. She has been very successful with her first show dog, Benson. He’s both an AKC Grand Champion and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA Champion. This year at the age of 8, he won First Award of Merit at two club specialties and she’s campaigning him to be the first Grand Champion Cavalier to also achieve a Utility Title. Benson has sired several litters. Gail has one of his sons who is also an AKC Grand Champion. Before Gail became a Cavalier owner, she had German Shepherds trained in Obedience and Schutzhund. She enjoys training both breeds as it adds to the challenge of training the different personalities and abilities. Gail is looking forward to working and training with the new puppies and their owners in Puppy Class, and this new chapter in her life.

Gail Katz

Gail brings 25+ years of working with and training dogs to begin her time teaching the Puppy Class. A new member to Pasanita in 2012, she’s been an active club member and served as the Club’s President from 2014-2016. She is also a certified Canine Good Citizenship, Trick dog, and Temperament Test evaluator. She has always loved dogs and working with them. Her parents bought her a miniature poodle when she was 8 years old to stop her from bothering/visiting the neighbors who owned dogs. She named her pup Cheri, who developed Diabetes at a young age. In order to keep her, Gail took charge of Cheri’s sugar testing and Insulin shots. Cheri lived to be 18! Gail’s taking care of Cheri led her to a career path in nursing.

Currently Gail has both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, she shows in both Conformation and Obedience/Rally and a German Shepherd she is training in Obedience. She has been very successful with her first show dog, Benson. He’s both an AKC Grand Champion and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA Champion. This year at the age of 8, he won First Award of Merit at two club specialties and she’s campaigning him to be the first Grand Champion Cavalier to also achieve a Utility Title. Benson has sired several litters. Gail has one of his sons who is also an AKC Grand Champion. Before Gail became a Cavalier owner, she had German Shepherds trained in Obedience and Schutzhund. She enjoys training both breeds as it adds to the challenge of training the different personalities and abilities. Gail is looking forward to working and training with the new puppies and their owners in Puppy Class, and this new chapter in her life.

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.

Jeanine Jahelka

Jeanine Jahelka, Pasanita Obedience Trainer

I 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”)

Julie Kay

I have been into 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.