Kath Cook, Owner/Instructor

As well as training clients and their dogs, I've spent 30 Years training my own dogs.
Showing in American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), Canadian Kennel Club (CKC). Participating in Obedience, Agility, Tracking, Rally Obedience and Schutzhund.

  • Earning over 100 performance titles
  • Earning over 75 High-in-Trials
  • Earning over 30 High-Combined (Open/Utility scores)
  • 2 Dog World Awards
  • Placement, World Series of Obedience
  • Placement, UKC Premier Top Ten Invitational
  • "Prefect" 200 scores in AKC and UKC obedience.

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Affiliations

     Certified Service Animal Access Specialist

     Rally Obedience Judge, Levels 1, 2 & 3
     C.L.A.S.S. Certified Instructor & Evaluator

     Obedience Judge
     Rally Obedience Judge
     Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator
     Certified S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator

     Obedience Judge
     Rally Obedience Judge

Credentials

• DELTA Certified Service Animal Access Specialist
• APDT Rally Judge
• APDT Certified CLASS Instructor
• APDT Certified CLASS Evaluator
• AKC Obedience Judge
• AKC Rally Judge
• AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator
• AKC Certified S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator
• UKC Obedience Judge
• UKC Rally Judge

Teaching Other People to Train Their Own Dogs

  • 32 Years teaching group Basic and Advanced Obedience lessons
  • Many of my students have put obedience titles on their dogs
  • 20 Years teaching 4-H Obedience classes. My 4-H students participate and earn placements in county and state level 4-H and AKC Dog Shows.
  • Service Dog training. I have done training for people who own their dog and want it trained for Mobility Assistance, Hearing Assistance and Emotional Support.

My Philosophy

I use motivational methods, i.e. food, toy and praise. I prefer food training, and that's the main idea behind my 10¢ Method to Training Your Dog™ I also advocate teaching your dog each exercise. I don't correct a dog until I know he understands what I want.

My "OTHER" Life

Besides dog training, I also have a full time job. Winner of the James S. Cogswell Security Award in 2014. (I have a Type-A personality!) I've been married to Mike for 40 years. He's responsible for building my dream (the Blue Ribbon dog training building), working on it in his spare time. He's a union carpenter, so this building will be standing 100 years from now! We have one child, Katie, with her dog "Haley". Together, we established Mika German Shepherds in 1976.