Roster of Instructors and Assistants
Our experienced trainers have been involved in the sport of dogs on an average of five years and have earned CDs, CDXs and/or UDs. Most of our trainers compete successfully in the conformation ring, and some have experience in herding trials, tracking, agility (AKC, UKC, and USDAA), and even sled racing!
Click on a name view each trainers personal page, describing their training background, breed interests, and current duties at Blue Spring n’ Katydid.
Carole-Joy obtained her first dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi in August of 1963. The purchase was a result of having seen the Walt Disney TV movie, “Little Lost Dog”, which aired in 1961. In the 60s, there were few breeders of Pembrokes anywhere in the West.
“Larklain Katy-Did” became the first Pembroke Welsh Corgi bitch to earn every title then available from the AKC, including becoming a Champion Utility Dog Tracker (CH. UDT). Katy is behind the Katydid Corgi bloodline to this day, though usually in the 6th, 7th, or 8th generation of “Katydid Can Do Corgis”.
By January 2002, Carole-Joy and her Katydid Corgis had earned the following titles: 25 CHs, 17 CDs, 9 CDXs, 5 UDs, 15 TDs, 10 TDXs, and 3 VST titles and 3 CTs (VST is the Variable Surface Tracker title, the highest level in AKC. Earning all three titles earns the dog a “CT” or Champion Tracker title.) CJ has the first female in the breed (seems that also occurred back in 1967, a first for Katy), Katy’s great-great-great-grand daughter to achieve another CT.
CJ has been judging since 1971 and is approved for all obedience and tracking classes. She has judged and
given seminars across the US and Canada. She was the associate editor for the Corgi Quarterly at its inception in 1983. She has held offices in the Colorado Kennel Club, Terry-All Kennel Club, Mountain States Dog Training Club, Denver Foothills Tracking Association and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Rockies. CJ holds memberships in the PWCCA, Cascade PWCC, and Golden Gate PWC Fanciers and is an honorary member of the Centennial Schutzhund Club.
You can see CJ on the desk on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Barb has been with BSKD for just over a year. She works at the front desk but very important to us, she is the Center’s Librarian and has made vast improvements to our collection. Pembroke Corgis are Barb’s current breed and she has put a CD and RAE titles on her dogs. Her latest puppy just completed her UKC Conformation Championship. She is most proud of her ribbons and titles but especially when she put them on her first Corgi.
Besides dog sports, Barb enjoys gardening, reading almost everything and Rockies baseball. Since retiring from her “day” job, she has found a new passion in ancestry.com researching her family genealogy.
Barb feels that attending many different seminars and classes gives her a better perspective since she feels every instructor has something valuable to share. Teaching a dog is the easy part, teaching an owner is much harder. As an owner, Barb has had to learn patience, humility, how to show enthusiasm and how to have fun, how to listen, and how to break exercises down into “simpler” steps. She believes the most important thing to teach (or learn) is how to have a better relationship with your dog and work on that every day.
Terry is proud to have been a breeder, owner, trainer,and handler of Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. He especially likes to support and teach others the sport of Conformation. He is a strong believer in Breed Education and the proper placement of puppies.
He has been a trainer at BSKD since 2010 and especially enjoys teaching the Conformation Course, offered two times a year. Terry also benefits from bringing new people into the sport of dogs
Look for Terry in various Conformation classes, co-teaching with other trainers.
Andi has been a trainer at BSKD for over 2 years and a client for many years! She began as a junior handler and has all sorts of titles on her dogs: Dual Champion, Show Champion, Field Champion, Amateur Field Champion and Junior Hunter. She currently owns Brittanys. She is most proud of (1) watching dogs she has bred or dogs sired by her males do really well not only on the field trial circuit but in the show ring as well; (2) Getting Reserve at her National specialty and the next year getting into the final pull in the breed ring with the same dog; and (3) She put the show championship on the 10th Dual Pointer (yes, there are only 10!)
She enjoys teaching Conformation to people because she likes to see them come back and make progress with what she’s been helping them with in class. Every dog/handler combination teaches Andi something new that hopefully, she can help someone else with down the road. She feels that the most important concept to teach a dog and owner team is how to read their dog. “They give you signs of what they need/want all the time; you just have to pay attention!” She also believes it is important to not get frustrated with our dogs; after all, they can’t ready our minds!
Look for Andi on Tuesday evenings.
Sue has two dogs presently, a Yellow Lab and a Golden Retriever. Her titles are numerous: AKC CD, CDX, RN, UKC-CD, and in the world of dog dancing: W-FD/MF, W-FDX/MF, W-FDM/MF, W-CH,FD/MF, W-PDP-FD, W-FD/HTM, W-FDX/HTM, W-FDM/HTM, W-CH.FD/HTM. She enjoys learning as much as she can regarding obedience and dog dancing.
Since 1999, Sue has been a familiar face at BSKD and her passion is teaching freestyle dog dancing because of the creativity and challenges involved. Teaching her students to excel in this sport gives her much satisfaction. She has several students who have attained the highest titles in dog dancing. KPT is also one of her favorite classes to teach because she thinks it is so important to teach owners how to train their puppies correctly from the beginning.
Sue always said that her yellow Lab, “Sir” made her look good. The pair were able to attain the highest title in dog dancing on April 27, 2013. That title is the PDP in Musical Freestyle (Perfect Dance Partner). During their journey in dog dancing, they never NQ’d. They won the High Artistic and High Technical pair each time they competed in Musical Freestyle. In Heel Work to Music, they won the High Artistic 5 times and High Technical 4 times. She is also proud that in 2008, they competed in dog dancing with others from different countries and won the prestigious “Attila Award” which is equivalent to High In Trial in AKC Obedience.
She feels the most important things to teach a dog/owner is how to bond with your dog. How to gain the trust, love, attention, motivation, and desire to want to do whatever he/she can do for you.
Look for Sue on Saturdays.
Ron’s first Newfoundland became a part of his family on Labor Day, 1989. “Ally” earned a CD, CDX, TD, and CGC and was the first Newfoundland in Colorado to earn at TD. She also earned all the Working Dog titles offered by the Newfoundland Club of America, including Water Dog, Water Rescue Dog, Draft Dog, and Team Draft Dog.
“Lucy”, Ron’s second Newfoundland, became a member of the family in October 1999. She was both an American and Canadian Champion. She completed the Tracking Dog and Water Dog titles.
As a result of living with these wonderful Newfoundlands, Ron participates in a variety of dog-related activities, such as serving on the Board of the High Country Newfoundland Club, judging the Water Test, Obedience and Draft Test for the Newfoundland Club of America. He also teaches seminars on Newfoundland Water and Draft activities, serves as a tracklayer for AKC Tracking Tests and is a Tester/Observer for Therapy Dogs Incorporated. Ron has recently become an AKC and UKC breed judge.
Ron currently teaches KPT and conformation classes at BSKD.
Robin has been involved in dogs for over 30 years with Australian Shepherds at first (yes, before AKC recognized them), then Akitas, Borzoi, Petit Basset Griffon Venden, and her final and permanent love for over 20 years, Alaskan Malamutes. Her husband, Joseph, and Robin have been gratifyingly successful in the conformation ring. In the last 8 years, their dogs have won the Top Twenty events three times, in 2001, with “Strutz”, and in 2005 and 2006 with his grandson, “Stewart”. Both of these dogs are Breeder-Owner handled. The Hugs have also put obedience titles on their Malamutes and have participated in weight pulls.
Their oldest daughter, a former Junior Showmanship competitor, served 6 years with the Air Force and is now married with a new daughter. Their youngest daughter, Katie Jo, was Best Junior Handler at the 2005 and 2006 Alaskan Malamute National. They are a family very dedicated to the Alaskan Malamute and the dog fancy.
Robin is an AKC conformation judge as well as a dog trainer. She enjoys teaching Puppy Kindergarten, Conformation and Junior Beginners. She is also a believer in “Date Night with Your Dog”.
Robin teaches on Tuesday evenings, and most of Wednesdays.
The first CD obedience title earned by Lynn was with her Flat-Coated Retriever in 1976 and sealed her fate in canine performance events. Each of her dogs since that point (German Shepherd Dog, Afghan Hound and many Pembroke Welsh Corgis) has had a CD and all but 2 have had tracking titles. While her conformation experience is limited to her CH Afghan and now, her newest Corgi, she has found performance events to be more rewarding. She currently owns 2 Corgis, who are in training for tracking, agility, obedience. Her newest Corgi will compete in conformation in addition to the performance events.
Tracking has been a part of her life since training her GSD in Schuzthund in the 70s. Her first AKC tracking title came in 1980 with her first Corgi. Since then, she has completed 3 Champion Tracker titles. She especially enjoys training her own dogs in tracking and teaching others the sport. She loves to see her students excel in tracking and obedience.
Lynn has been teaching obedience and tracking classes in the Denver area for more than 20 years. She is an AKC CGC/STAR evaluator and leads a class at Blue Springs for CGC certification. In addition, she teaches Jr. Beginners, Beginners and Novice drop-in. She feels that the most important thing to teach an owner is consistency, love and respect for their own breed and others.
Look for Lynn on Monday afternoons, Tuesday evenings and Thursday evenings.
Cathy has been associated with Blue Springs ‘n Katydid for over 10 years. Originally, she was the main office staff and one of the trainers. Currently, she is representing BSKD to the movie trade by handling the Dog Talent division. She and her cast of terrific dogs have earned titles in many venues, including conformation, obedience (through a UD), tracking, herding (through an HX) and agility (through a MACH). Over the span of 30+ years, she has owned a variety of terrier breeds (Cairn, Westie, Australian, Irish and Soft Coated Wheaten), a Doberman and most recently, Border Collies.
Cathy is originally from Montreal, Canada. She and her family have made the Denver area their home since 1980.
Johanna has been associated with Blue Springs ‘n Katydid for over six years helping in the front office and substituting as a trainer.
For over 30 years, Newfoundland dogs have been her constant companions. Her Newfs have earned a CDX, Rally titles, and numerous CDs. They have working titles in Draft and Water events from the Newfoundland Club of America. Her Newfs are all owner/handled to earn numerous AKC Championship titles.
Johanna is an active member of the Newfoundland Club of America, High Country Newfoundland Club, and the Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club.
Now retired from the corporate world, Johanna continues to work with her Newfs, assist at BSKD, and volunteer for a nonprofit organization.
My name is Scott McSwain and I'm joining BSKD to teach Rally, both the Course and the Practice Sessions with Kae Eggert. I currently own an Australian Terrier who has an RN, RE, RA, RAE, CGC, CGCA, BN and CD and I'm training him toward his Open title now. Receiving my RAE and my CD are the titles I am most proud of since I had never put a title on a dog before.
My other interests, besides training with Kazi are a love of sports which includes: tennis, football and soccer to name a few. Rally-O is the class I have enjoyed the most, both with Kazi and to teach to others.
I believe that it is very important to make training fun for both the handler and the dog. Also, staying calm and not rushing the dog, thereby possibly encouraging mistakes.
Sheri owns Cardigan Welsh Corgis and has earned UDX2, 3 UDs, 3 CDXs, 3 CDs, a Versatility title, 2 REs and 3 RAs. Sheri taught basic and competitive obedience in Pittsburgh and has been teaching at BSKD since 2012. She especially enjoys teaching advanced obedience because of the difficulty and challenge it presents both the dog and handler. “These dogs can really make us think!”
She is a Physical Therapist and that is her primary interest. She has recently completed her Canine Rehabilitation Certification and she can’t wait to start practicing her skills on our best friends. She loves the mountains and hiking and in general, being outdoors. Teaching is a passion of hers and she teaches at Regis University in their PT program. Finding the best way to help a person learn and grow is very rewarding to Sheri.
Sheri’s notable achievements in the dog world include being invited to the National Obedience Invitational 5 times with her Novice A dog and competing in it 3 times. She believes that the most important thing to teach a dog and owner is to keep emotions out of training. Teaching requires consistent information delivered calmly to provide the best information to our dogs and to be more effective teachers and dog owners.
Look for Sheri on Friday evenings.
Nancy teaches nosework classes and practice sessions at all levels. She is a certified Nosework instructor by NACSW. She enjoys teaching all levels of K9NW. “At the intro level, there is a joy in seeing the dogs blossom as they experience the freedom when doing what they were born to do: hunt and eat! At the higher levels, I like seeing the handler/dog teams’ communication skills improve.”
She owns a Newfoundland/Border Collie mix, a Yorkshire Terrier, a Golden/Lab and a Maltese. She has several Nosework titles, up through level 3. Her most notable achievement includes working with her Yorkie who spent his first year in a puppy mill and they worked through K9NW which helped him to heal and grow into a healthy, happy dog.
Nancy’s interests outside of the nosework arena include home maintenance and renovation and learning about and caring for her horse.
She believes that the most important thing to teach a dog or owner is to enjoy every step of the journey as they learn together. She feels that we dog owners owe it to our canine companions to have patience and to let the dog progress at his/her own speed.
AKC Judge for the Working Group and Jr. Showmanship and Conformation trainer who started in 2014.
I am somewhat a newcomer to the sport of purebred dogs, compared to a lot of my fellow judges. As a child I was not allowed to have a dog. I got my first show dog, a Great Pyrenees, in 1982 and the rest is history. Although I have bred only a few times, they have included 19 Champions, WD, RWD, BBE, BOW and Best in Futurity at our National Specialties. I am a past President of the Great Pyrenees Club of America. For that club, I co-chair the Judges Education Committee and serve on the Health and Rescue Committees. I have been chosen to chair three Great Pyrenees National Specialties, including the 2010 which was held in conjunction with the 4th Great Pyrenees Club of America, the Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America and the Swedish Great Pyrenees Club. Also the National Specialty Sweepstakes for the Newfoundland Club of America and the Rottweiler Club of America, Junior Showmanship for the Kuvasz Club of America and the Saint Bernard Club of America. Also the regional the day before the Leonberger National Specialty, an honor that is humbling and the greatest honor that any breed club could bestow.
I am a founding member and past President of the Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America, Treasurer of the Mile High Great Pyrenees Club, founding member and President of the Peak To Peak Working Dog Association in Denver. Throughout the last 30+ years I served in several positions in all-breed and regional breed clubs. Have been the show chair for 7 of the 8 Peak to Peak Working Dog Association Group shows.
I am married, have three grown children and five grandchildren. My non-dog hobbies include travel, exploring wineries, cooking and reading. My family currently includes one Pyr and 2 Ragdoll cats.
Assistant trainer in Puppy Kindergarten courses and conformation practice sessions since 2014.
Susie's dogs are Spinone Italianos. Previously, she's had Irish Wolfhounds. "I have enjoyed everything I've done with my dogs: rally, obedience, tracking, hunt training, nosework and conformation."
"I love working with the puppies in KPT. They are so eager to learn and everything is new to them. I also love the conformation classes. I learn something new every time I'm there about movement, structure and the characteristics of the various breeds. As a trainer, I believe it's important to be consistent and to make sure the dog understands what you are asking. To me, the most important commands are the 'leave it' and the recall."
Most notable achievements in the dog world: Handling my own dogs to all of their titles. This includes 2 championships, a Grand Champion, a Junior Hunt title, 2 Beginner Novice titles, a Rally Novice title and 2 Canine Good Citizen titles.
When you see Stephanie, you usually see her with her Belgian Sheepdogs, but she also owns a Border Collie. She has achieved many titles on her dogs through the years: AKC CD/CDX/UD; UKC U-CD/U-CDX/U-UD; ASCA CD; Canadian CD. In addition, she has AKC RN/RA/RE and UKC U-RO1 and U-RO2. She has tracking titles including TD and TDX and she is an AKC Tracking Judge at the TD level. In Herding she has AKC HT/PT/HSs/His and ASCA STDs/STDd and AHBA JHD/STD1. Nosework titles include NW1, ORT for birch, anise and clove and in AKC Conformation, she has several Championships. Agility titles include AKC NJP/NAP and in UKC a U-Ag1. Her favorite interests include herding, tracking, nosework, and obedience (not necessarily in that order).
Stephanie started at BSKD 15 years ago and she really enjoys teaching the advanced obedience work in Open and Utility. She also enjoys teaching Clicker classes where she teaches the dogs to think and learn on their own (directed), instead of forcing everything. She still uses corrections if needed, it depends on the dog and its needs. Respect for each other is a very important concept to Stephanie. “Without mutual respect, the bond between dog and owner is not there.”
She is most proud of being the first and third owner/trainer/handler of CH UDT Belgian Sheepdog bitches.
Look for Stephanie on Sundays.
Deb has Golden Retrievers and has trained her dogs through CD, CDX, CGC, Carting Novice and Colorado Conformation Associate plus an RE. She has been a trainer at BSKD since 2002 and enjoys teaching novices especially when clients come in just wanting basic obedience and then enjoy it so much they go on to put titles on their dogs. Deb writes, “Of course my first CD with my first dog will always be special.” She is also proud of getting HIT in Carting Novice since Goldens are not a breed to pull carts. She also loves to watch her students do well in the obedience ring. She loves playing wheelchair softball - watch out for her pitches!
She believes the most important thing to teach a dog or owner is
– To come when called because it could save the dog’s life if it gets loose.
– To build the relationship between dog and owner.
Look for Deb on Thursdays.
Sister Mary Ellen Roach has been an employee of BSKD since 2014 and can be found on Tuesday evenings on the desk. She also fills in quite often on Fridays and Saturdays. Please introduce yourself to her when you arrive!
Sister Mary Ellen owns Pembroke Welsh Corgis and has owned them for over 40 years. She has obtained multiple titles in Agility, Tracking, Obedience & Rally in both AKC and UKC and is a competitor in Teacup Agility as well. Besides training her dogs, she loves the Broncos and working in the yard. Her most notable achievement in the dog world is the day that her beloved Misty earned her Champion Tracker title in 2014.
The most important thing to teach a dog or owner in Sr. Mary Ellen's heart is to ENJOY and LOVE your dog because we only have them for a short time.
Mickey has been working at BSKD “far too long” in her own words! She is very active in the lure coursing world, as well as obedience and conformation with her Basenjis and Whippets. She is most proud of the puppies she has bred who have made their owners happy and proud. She has enjoyed handling the dogs to their titles and learning from and with them and having had such remarkable dogs as her friends. Her titles include CDX, CD, RA, LCMIV, and FCH.
Mickey feels that the most important command a dog can learn is the recall. The owner’s most important understanding is to respect their dog and be consistent.
You can see Mickey on the desk on Wednesdays and Thursday and teaching conformation classes when needed.
Nancy has been a trainer at Blue Springs ‘n Katydid for 15 years. She currently teaches Beginners and Advanced Beginners classes. She is a CGC/STAR puppy evaluator for AKC. She has also taught KPT and agility classes at BSKD.
Nancy’s first purebred dog was a Labrador Retriever. She earned a CD on him and one leg of a CDX before he developed health problems. She has had Bouviers des Flandres since 1977 and has put 2 UD’s, 5 CDX’s, 11 CD’s, 1 TD, 2 AKC Championships, 1 NA and 1 NAJ on Bouviers that she has owned. She bred her first litter of Bouviers in 1984 and has bred several litters since then. She has recently acquired a new breed, a Briard, to add to her family.
Look for Nancy teaching Beginners and Advanced Beginners/CGC on Thursday nights.
Freda started training her Golden Retriever, Beau, in obedience at Blue Springs in 1994 when he was 6 months old. She had never trained a dog before and a whole new world opened up to her. By 1997, Freda and Beau had earned a TD, CD and Championship. In 1998, Chance, Beau’s brother, joined the family. Chance earned a UDX2, a TD title and a Senior Hunter title.
In 2000, trainer and author Barbara Handler asked Freda to assist her with obedience courses. She did so until the beginning of 2005. One of her biggest thrills was when Beau earned his Champion Tracker title in 2002. He became the first American Champion Tracker in the Golden Retriever breed. In 2004, Chance’s son, Wyatt, joined the family and he has completed his CT, and his CDX titles.
Freda teaches KPT, Jr. Beginners, Beginners and Novice Drop-in on Mondays.
Shelley has been interested in purebred dogs since 1975 and showed her first exhibit sometime between 1975 and 1980. Her current breeds are Border Collie, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Whippet. She has owned Rottweilers, a Min Pin and a Doberman Pinscher in addition. She has competed in conformation, obedience and tracking. She has also been active in water dog training with Newfoundlands. Shelley has completed more than 30 obedience and tracking titles, including advanced titles. Three of her dogs have also been awarded the VC (Versatile Corgi) or VRX (Versatile Rottweiler Excellent) awards from their respective parent clubs.
Her dogs have touched many lives by participating in pet therapy programs in the Denver area. Although not currently active in a pet assisted therapy program at this time, her dogs have accumulated over 400 volunteer hours.
Additionally, Shelley is very active in the horse world. She rides and competes within the hunter, jumper and equitation disciplines.
You can see Shelley in any number of BSKD classes, including KPT, Jr. Beginners, Novice or Conformation.
I began showing and training dogs in 1962 at the age of 12. My first dog was an extremely stubborn Toy Poodle. I learned a lot about patience and persistence from this dog. She achieved a U.D. in 1966. I continued showing two Shetland Sheepdogs in obedience and conformation. They both earned a U.D., multiple High in Trials, and a Dog World Award of Canine Distinction. In 1968, I had the 9th highest scoring Sheltie in the United States! I taught Beginner dog training classes from 1966 – 1970. I have also owned a variety of breeds, including a Golden Retriever, a Lhasa Apso, a Bichon Frise, and 2 Bouvier des Flanders.
In 2005, after a career as an elementary school teacher and high school Special Education teacher, I returned to dog training at BSKD. I currently have a Belgian Tervuren who earned a CDX and 2 Belgian Sheepdogs, one with a CD and 1 with a CDX. My dogs have earned a total of 7 CD titles, 5 CDX titles, 3 UD titles and 3 Rally titles. My Belgians also participate in Canine Nosework, earning 2 NW2 and 1 NW3 Titles.
My passion is working with Beginner obedience students. I believe that obedience training helps to form a strong bond between owners and their dogs and increases canine communication, confidence and commitment.