Regina Steiner teaches Pet Obedience, Rally and Competition Obedience, and has been teaching for the club for over 10 years. She has been involved in competition obedience since 1983, and has earned over 100 titles in AKC, CKC, ASCA and UKC competitions. She has titled dogs in Obedience, Schutzhund, Rally, Flyball, Tracking, Conformation, Herding, and NADAC Agility. Regina has been doing private in-home training, both competition and pet obedience, for many years. She feels very strongly that a great bond with your pet can be created and enhanced thru good obedience training.
Regina's titled dogs include: 8 German Shepherds, a Papillon, and a Siberian Husky.
Her current competition dog is OTCH Von Sontausen Holy Grail UDX8 OGM BN GN VER RE TD HSCs ("Bunny").
Bunny's accomplishments include:
* #1 Obedience German Shepherd for 2015, in multiple point systems.
* Earned an invitation to the National Obedience Championship (NOC) five consecutive years. Bunny was invited in 2016 as the #1 GSD, and finished in the Top 50 in 2014 and 2016.
* 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 of the Year for 2015.
* GSDCA Obedience Victrix (National Specialty High Combined) for 2015.
* GSDCA Rally Victrix (National Specialty High Combined) for 2016.
* Bunny is the only dog of any breed to have earned both OTCH and HGH (large flock sheep tending) titles.
The current up-and-comer is Cora, a young German Shepherd. Cora is in training and will be competing in Obedience, Rally, Tracking, and Herding. For now, she is doing a great job as demo dog for many of the classes.
I started in the obedience ring as a teenager training beautiful champion miniature poodles. The poodles were owned by my friend/boss/mentor who was a poodle breeder. I trained and competed the dogs in obedience up to the Utility level. I have also trained and competed my own poodles in the obedience ring. I have trained and competed my Chesapeake Bay Retrievers in tracking up to the VST level. My present Chesapeake is competing in hunt tests and field trials. It takes a tremendous amount of training and obedience training to compete at these competitions. I enjoy training the dog for the field work and the dog absolutely loves it! He gets so excited when he knows we are going to train. I love training the dogs, bonding with the animal, seeing the dog absorbing, understanding and trying to please the handler. All these years of working with the dogs and I never tire of training them and working with them to make them better members of society, happier dogs and a pleasure to live with. I am still learning more about training and understanding the dogs and that is part of what I love about it, we never stop growing and learning. That helps us become better handlers/dog owners.
I also have a background in horses. I graduated with a BS from Centenary College in Hackettstown with a major in Equine Studies. I have had the pleasure to work at some wonderful horse farms. I have worked with Standardbred race horses, dressage horses, fox hunting horses, polo ponies, CDE carriage driving horses and ponies. I have owned ponies and horses my whole life and still do. Many of the methods used to train and work with horses carry over and are the same methods used in training the dogs.
I have been involved in training and showing my own dogs since 1972. I was first introduced to Princeton Dog Training Club when I enrolled my Dalmatian for obedience classes. I was hooked from the very first class and never looked back. During those early years I put a UD degree on my Dalmatian Lucky, being the first person in the Princeton Club to do so within 15 years. This was followed with Heidi, also a Dalmatian who obtained her CD -UD in just 10 shows with many first placements.
I have been an Obedience Instructor for Princeton Dog Training Club and Delaware Valley Dog Training Club. I also teach private lessons to pet owners . I find it rewarding in helping people understand the importance of teaching life skills and bonding with their dog. I find using positive reinforcement techniques helps to build a good foundation with your dog.
I have trained my own dogs in Obedience, Agility, Conformation, Rally, Barn Hunt and Tracking. Its fun to learn new games to play with your dogs while building a strong bond.
I have experience earning titles with several different breeds include, 4 Dalmatians, in breed, Obedience through a UD, 2 Golden Retrievers, with Sage winning Dog World Award. I also had an opportunity to put a CD on a club members Afghan.
My English Springer Spaniels introduced me to Agility, a new game and challenge. We had the opportunity to go to Nationals several times. All three of my Springers are ranked 1st place with the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association for Agility.
MACH Stormwynd’s Serendipity CD, CGC
2009 ESSFTA Open Springer of the Year, ESSFTA Multi-titles
MACH 2 Stormwynd’s Victory Dance, MXS, MJS, XF, NB, CGC, BH
2012 ESSFTA Novice Agility Springer of the Year, ESSFTA Multi-titles, breeder, owner, handler.
Carwood’s Stormwynd Breeze AJ, AJX, ESSFTA Multi-Titles, ESSFTA 2016 Novice and Open Agility Springer of the Year.
Aside from dogs, I was a pre-school teacher for 29 wonderful years.
I am excited to start teaching again with the Princeton Dog Training Club.
Jennifer Michelson, CNW1, CSST
See Jen's bio under Nose Work
See Jen's bio under Nose Work
Jen teaches both Obedience and K9 Nose Work for the club.
See Dina's bio under Agility
See Dina's bio under Agility
Dina teaches both Obedience and Agility classes for PDTC.