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Indianapolis, IN 46203
  Liz Ulen - Daytime classes, Beginner II, Novice/Open and Advanced Agility
Liz Ulen

Liz Ulen has been competing in dog sports since 1992, when she started showing her first Golden in obedience. Over ten years ago she started showing in agility with her first agility dog, and has been hooked ever since.

Liz has shown her Golden Retriever, Clay, to his MACH title in AKC Agility and UD in AKC Obedience. Liz is earning a new series of titles on her Border Collies Jem and Scout, competing in AKC, USDAA, CPE, and NADAC events. She is currently training with Jennifer Crank.

Liz has attended agility seminars with Susan Clothier, Dana Pike, and Linda Mecklenberg, agility camps with Susan Garrett, Susan Salo, and Bud Houston and instructor camps with Julie Daniels, Wendy Pape, Stacey Peardot-Gaudy, and others. She holds a master's degree in psychology and uses operant conditioning to train her dogs. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), recognized through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. In addition Liz is a field instructor, training service dogs for Paws with a Cause.

  Elizabeth Ann (or Babs) Beck - Management
Elizabeth Ann Beck

Elizabeth Ann (or Babs) Beck is the owner of Pawsitive Partners. Because of her business degree and background in teaching, Babs will be managing the business and teaching Beginner I Agility. Her goal is to manage using the same positive philosophy as is used with the four-legged clients.

Babs competes in agility with her rescue sheltie and now MACH (AKC Master Agility Champion) Bravo as wells as with her fun-loving Parson Russell Terrier, Tic Tac. Babs has attend numerous agility handling seminars and instructor camps with Jen Crank, Dana Pike, Stuart Mah, Julie Daniels, Rachel Saunders, Rhonda Carter, Jen Pinder and Jo Serman. She plans to keep on learning about agility attending as many seminars/workshops/ camps, etc. as she can.
  Sharon Tworek - Novice/Open Agility
Sharon TworekSharon Tworek has been involved in agility since 1991, studying with Dr. Pamela Reid in Omaha, Nebraska. The first agility seminar she attended in 1991 with Bev Rumshower NCDA began her commitment to learning. She has attended more than 20 seminars, workshops and agility camps to expand her knowledge of this sport. She has studied with agility pioneers and leading competitors such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Sharon Nelson, Peter Lewis and John Gilbert of Great Britain.

She began teaching agility at Go Dogs in Omaha in 1992. She has personally trained as her own four Dobermans, a Dachshund, and a Border Terrier who have won nearly 50 titles. She is just beginning with a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Her students are currently competing at AKC Excellent, NADAC Elite and USDAA Masters.

She has been participating in and teaching flyball for several years, and her team is one of the top-ranked in the country.

Sharon is also involved in other areas of canine service. She and her "kids" do Pet Therapy, demonstrations, and other public service events. She is a tester/observer for Pet Therapy, Inc. She was named Volunteer of the Year at nursing homes in Columbus, Nebraska, and Mooresville, Indiana. She received a letter of recognition from the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association for her Doberman Coke's work at the Black Expo for two years in a row.

For Sharon agility and flyball are just part of the shared experience between canine and human, and this shows in her teaching. Sharon feels that working with your canine companion should be “fun” and insists upon positive methods and attitudes. She specializes in teaching motivation and distance work.

  Deb Abbott - Novice/Open and Advanced Agility
Deb Abbott

Deb trained her first dog, a border-collie mix, in the late 1970s as a member of Boone County 4-H. She returned to dog training in the late 1990s, first in obedience and then in other dogs sports. Today, she has trained multiple dogs (a Border Collie, a Belgian Sheepdog, a Belgian Tervuren and three Golden Retrievers) to high-level titles in several dog sports, including agility, obedience, rally, tracking and hunting/retrieving.

Before returning to the Indianapolis area, Deb lived in the Columbus, Ohio, area where she was fortunate to train with some of the best agility instructors in the country. She has taken numerous camps and seminars with Linda Mecklenberg of Awesome Paws and continues her education with seminars and private lessons with Jennifer Crank of Incredipaws.

Deb has bachelors' degrees in animal science and agricultural communications, spending her professional career in public relations and communications. In her spare time, she trains her dogs and teaches others to do the same. No matter what sport she is teaching, her passion is training solid foundation skills on which advanced training is built leading to greater accomplishments. She also believes dog training is a team sport where both dog and handler work together to achieve success.

  Kathy McKee
Kathy McKeeKathy has loved dogs for as long as she can remember. She has also enjoyed training each of her dogs in conformation (the breed ring), in obedience, or in agility. She has been showing her dogs in the breed ring since 1999 and continues to enjoy competing in this show ring. She is the breeder/owner/ handler of Sunny, her CH-VCX (a versatility title earned by receiving championship titles in breed and agility and titles in herding).

In 1996 Kathy got her first Shetland Sheepdog, Skyler, the first dog she trained in agility. Since then she has enjoyed and competed frequently and successfully in AKC agility earning Master Agility Championships, three times with Sunny and once with Bliss. She is currently training two more shelties, Derby and Castle.

Kathy has taken agility training seminars from Jen and Susan Crank, Bud Huston, Mary Ellen Berry and Loretta Mueller and plans to stay up to date learning new agility skills, training techniques and handling maneuvers. She wants her students to come to class to have fun with their dogs and begin learning the foundation skills so essential throughout agility training.

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