Princeton Dog Training Club

Princeton Dog Training Club has a long standing tradition of having top notch instructors in both obedience and agility.  Club members benefit from the expertise and knowledge each instructor brings to the classes as a result of their active participation in the sport.

Regina Steiner teaches Pet, Rally-O and Competitive Obedience.


She has been involved in competition obedience since 1983, and has earned over 80 obedience titles in AKC, CKC, ASCA and UKC competitions.


She has also titled dogs in Schutzhund, Rally, Flyball, Tracking, Conformation, Herding, and NADAC Agility.


Regina's titled dogs include: 7 German Shepherds, a Papillon and a Siberian Husky. Her current competition dog is OTCH Von Sontausen Holy Grail UDX6 OM7 BN GN VER RE HGH ("Bunny"). Bunny's accomplishments include:

* #1 Obedience German Shepherd for 2015, in multiple point systems.

* Earned an invitation to the National Obedience Championship (NOC) 4 consecutive years. Invited as the #1 GED in 2016. Finished in the Top 50 at the 2014 and 2016 NOC.

* Invited to (and competed at) the Inaugural Westminster Obedience Competition in 2016. Invitations were sent to the top 150 obedience dogs in the country, based on OTCH points.

* German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA) Top Obedience Dog oof the Year for 2015.

* GSDCA Obedience Voctrix (High Combined) for 2015.

*GSDCA Rally Victrix (High Combined) for 2016.

* Bunny is the only dog to have earned both OTCH and HGH (large flock sheep tending) titles.


Our agility instructors are very active in the sport of agility and compete in all venues -- AKC, NADAC and USDAA.

Diane Goodspeed started training dogs in 1992. Her first obedience dog was a Lhastarted with whom Diane completed an AKC CD, CDX, and UD and attended two Pupperoni Eastern Regionals. In 1995 Diane started agility "for fun" but was soon hooked. With her border collie, Kayla, they blasted through their CD and CDX quickly to focus on agility, earning a MACH in 2002, just before Demon joined the family.


With Demon, Diane quickly became a competitive force in the 16" class with a 3rd place finish in 2008 and a 5th place fin ish in 2010 at the AKC Agility Nationals. They went on that year to win a spot on the 2010 AKC Agility World Team. At the FCI 2010 Agility World Championships in Germany, Diane and Demon finished an impressive 15th at their first international competition. In 2012, Diane and Demon represented the USA at the European Open in Sweden, making the finals in both Individual and Team competition. In 2013 Demon and Diane again won a spot on the 2013 European Open team by putting down five consecutive, flawless runs at the AKC International Team Tryouts. They earned only 4 time faults for the entire tournament. In Belgium, the medium dog team was the only USA team to make the Finals where Diane and Demon ran their section with confidence and no faults helping USA1 Medium Team to a 7th place finish.


Diane is now working with her second border coollie, Kenzie, and two young shelties. Her youngest, Bizzy, went from AKC novice all the way to world team tryouts in one year! He is, however, too young to compete internationally, so Diane has joined the 2015 Eauropean Open team as a manager/coach and will work with the team at the practice in June and will go with the team to Germany.


Jeri Prekop has been involved in agility since 2000. Some highlights include:


          Two-Time AKC Nationals Finalist

          Two-Time AKC Nationals Challengers Round Competitor

          Winner ISC AKC Nationals JWW Round

          Multiple Placements AKC Nationals

          USDAA Nationals Grand Prix Finalist

          Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Competitor

          Two-Time AKC World Team Tryout Competitor

          Two-Time Winner ISC Competition


Jeri likes to look at courses from a technical point of view. She feels that determining the best path for the dog, setting lines, and choosing handling options that will minimize off-courses are integral to bringing out the most in a run. There are many different choices to be made, and Jeri like to help each team make the ones that are best for them.


Jeri is currently competing with 3 shelties -- MACH4 Tag (10 yrs. old), MACH2 Ticket (5 yrs.old) and Cruise (almost 2 yrs. old). She is also training Ditto (7 mo. old).

In addition to dog training, Diane has published four books, one on biking in New jersey and the other three on dog-related topics. Her latest book is The Top Dog Advantage, which explains her mental management system including lots of skill building exercises for emotion control and stress reduction. She is also "mom" to Kevin and Kathleen Oswald and has a very patient and supportive husband, Richard.


Rebecca Potosky started competing in agility in 2009 with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Gracie, and quickly became addicted to the sport. Rebecca grew up in 4-H, showing livestock; and while she bred and raised many champions, it was always the showmanship ring she loved the best. Showmanship strips you down to one thing, how you handle your animal, and it was that bond and close relationship that you form with your showmanship animal that Rebecca loved. Rebecca found that again in the sport of agility.


Rebecca and Gracie have become a competitive force in the 8 inch class. With Rebecca, Gracie has achieved eith MACH titles qualified for the AKC Nationals for the past five years, and has ranked as high as the #6 Cavalier based on MACH points. Gracie currently ranks as the #1 8 inchCavalier based on the Bad Dog Agility Breed Power 10, and finished 11th overall at the 2015 AKC Nationals in Reno, NV.

Sally currently competes with a Border Collie, Hank, who is a very consistent qualifier and often places in the competitive 20” class in AKC. Hank already has his AKC agility trial championship. Hank has shown that he can compete in other venues as well. He has obtained champion status in both USDAA and UKI. Over the last several years, Hank has earned byes to National events.


Sally also owns two older Shetland Sheepdogs, Nova and Bridget.


Nova has achieved agility championship titles in AKC (MACH5 & PACH) and USDAA (ADCh) and she was third at the AKC National Agility Championship in 2012. The USDAA title requires thta the dog be able to perform in a variety of agility games that include distance, technical skills and the ability of the handler to plan a course that is better than the competition.


Bridget has achieved agility championship titles in AKC (MACH2) and USDAA (ADCh) and has tried out twice for the World Team, placed at USDAA Regional Finals in Steeplechase and Grand Prix in 2011.

INSTRUCTORS

OBEDIENCE

AGILITY

Sally Gichner is one of the most experienced trainers and competitors in the Southern New Jersey area. She has been teaching all levels of agility for over 15 years.

Rebecca also has two young Miniature American Shepherds she enjoys training, Crickit and Gypsy. She also has another older Cavalier, Sadie, with whom she dabbled in competitive Rally, quickly earning Sadie her Novice and Advanced Rally titles.


Rebecca believes in bringing the best out of a dog by using positive reinforcement and building drive for the game, making agility fun for both you and your dog!

Sally has worked with a large variety of dog breeds, including terriers, hounds and mixed breeds. She spends time figuring out how your dog will best learn and enjoy the sport of agility. Sally is also an AKC agility judge. This has given her great insight into training dogs to be able to learn the skills needed to excel in competition.

K9 NOSE WORK

Jennifer Michelson, ANW1, CSST has been a welcome addition to the Princeton Dog Training Club's list of Instructors!  She is an amazing instructor, possessing a unique set of training skills.


Jen has been training animals both big and small, most of her life.  She began riding and training horses as a young person.  She took 'how to teach' classes in college and began teaching group lessons in Hunt seat equitation in college.  She began riding professionally after college and continued teaching group riding lessons.  Jen rode and competed in Combined Training.


In 2006, Jen joined NJ Rescue & Recovery K9 Unit, training and certifying her German Shepherd Dog, Griffin as a live find air scent dog.  Jennifer also joined and certified Griffin with NJ Task Force 1, the State Urban Search & Rescue Team, which is now part of FEMA.


Over the years Jen has deployed with Griffin to many wilderness searches plus several small building collapses including Hackensack parking garage collapse, Hurricane Irene, Super storm Sandy and the Ewing gas explosion.


Jen has also trained and certified her German Shepherd Dog, Remus as a Human Remains Detection (HRD) dog for both teams.  She has also trained private detection dogs for bed bug detection and began K9NoseWork certification in 2015.  Jen loved the idea of K9NoseWork, because she loved detection training so much.  She is currently training her new puppy Flint to follow in her other dog's footsteps.


Jen is currently a CNWI, Certified by the National Association of Canine Scent Work and a CSST (Canine Search Specialist Technician, Disaster Certification).  She is also Water rescue certified with NJTF1.


Jen has been doing private dog obedience/behavior lessons for the last 4 years, sharing her love of training dogs with others.







K9 Griffin at a training drill

K9 Griffin searching rubble