Bill has been training dogs with professional dog training companies for the past several years. He came on as Lead Trainer and Operations Manager with Obedient K9 in March of 2007. Bill is a proficient remote collar trainer and currently holds a Pet First Aid & CPR certification and AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator's certification. Bill is very helpful to clients with one on one problem solving. At lessons, you will see Bill paying close attention to the clients and their dogs as they do the various exercises and will be quick to help someone who may be having a little problem working with their dog. Bill is also known for creating distractions in the lessons as handlers work with their dogs. You will see him climb on to a place board with a dog or be walking around with a squeaky toy at the same time, making sure the handlers make the dogs pay attention to them and not Bill. Before and after lessons, you will find Bill either working on something for the training facility or working with his dog Nicki.
Tracie has 30+ years experience with German Shepherd Dogs. Dogs have always been an important part of Tracie’s life.
Tracie has experience in kennel management, nutrition, breeding and canine care for both puppies and adults as well as dog training. She is an active board member of Garden State German Shepherd Rescue and volunteer with German Shepherd Rescue of Southern PA. She currently has German Shepherd Dogs and a Yorkie (all rescues) Tracie currently holds an American Red Cross Pet CPR/First Aid instructors certification, Remote Collar Trainer's certification, and AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator's certification. She is also a long standing member of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Professional Member of I.A.C.P. (International Assoc. of Canine Professionals) She is also our webmaster and photographer.
Tracie has been working as a trainer with professional dog training companies for several years. Prior to coming on board with Obedient K9 in 2007, she was employed as a trainer and group obedience class instructor. Tracie continues her dog training education by attending seminars, lectures and clinics by leading dog training professionals in obedience, agility and canine behavior.
Alicia has been employed by professional dog training companies for several years. Prior to coming on board with Obedient K9 in 2007, she worked as an obedience trainer/instructor as well as assistant trainer in puppy pre-school. Alicia continues her dog training education by attending seminars, lectures and clinics by leading dog training professionals in obedience and agility.
Alicia became a certified dog trainer in the spring of 2006 and also holds an American Red Cross Pet CPR/First Aid instructors certification.
Alicia is an active member for Garden State German Shepherd Rescue and German Shepherd Rescue of Southern PA. Alicia currently has German Shepherds and a German Shepherd mix (all rescues) and a Miniature Pinscher.
Walt started out as a client at Obedient K9 in April 2008 with his dog Lady Golden (Goldie), a slightly out of control golden retriever puppy. Walt enjoyed attending classes several times a week. He worked hard with Goldie and she quickly learned the basics.
On December 19, 2008 Walt and his wife Hope adopted a black lab named Lilah from Obedient K9. Lilah went to her new forever home just in time for Christmas.
Goldie graduated Obedient K9’s Obedience Program on April 8, 2009. Lilah was soon to follow. She successfully graduated the program on July 18, 2009. Both dogs easily passed their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification on July 11, 2009.
Walt has a love for dogs and demonstrated the dedication needed to become an outstanding dog trainer. He has shown us that he has what it takes to be a member of the Obedient K9 Dog Training Family.
BECAUSE we love them, WE train them!
Hope started out as a client at Obedient K9 in April 2008 with her husband, Walt, and their dog Lady Golden (Goldie), a typical, feisty golden retriever puppy.
On December 19, 2008 Hope and Walt adopted a black lab named Lilah. Lilah went to her new forever home just in time for Christmas.
Goldie graduated Obedient K9’s Obedience Program on April 8, 2009. Lilah was soon to follow. She successfully graduated the program on July 18, 2009. Both dogs easily passed their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification on July 11, 2009. Last year, they added a third canine member to their family.....Millie, an adorable lab mix puppy.
Hope has been helping us since Walt joined our team in 2009. In August 2010, Hope officially joined the Obedient K9 Dog Training family. Hope is one of our EVENTS COORDINATORS. She can also be found helping out in lessons or working one of her dogs.
Susan became a client of Obedient K9 in 2008 after she and her family became the proud owners of a 6 week old Chocolate Labrador puppy. After a few weeks with Spencer, she thought it would be a good idea to begin socialization classes and contracted Obedient K9. After attending the four week class, she knew the best thing for Spencer would be to start obedience training.
Susan and Spencer attended class regularly working hard to graduate. On April 2, 2009 she and Spencer graduated and soon thereafter, Spencer passed his test and received his Canine Good Citizen Certification (November 14, 2009) Susan is CPR/Pet First Aid certified.
Susan will be the first to tell you that there is no place she would rather be than at the facility training with Spencer and the other dogs. Because of her dedication and love of training and dogs, Susan has made a great addition to our team.
Barb is one of our EVENTS COORDINATORS.
Ken is a trainers assistant.
Both Barb and Ken are on our EVENTS TEAM. They can be found at many of our "Out and About" events with their two doxies, Bacon and Vinny. Both can also be found helping out at our training facility or working one of their dogs.