Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club
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Our teachers are the finest dog trainers in the Reno-Sparks area. All of our classes are taught by club members who volunteer their time and talents to help train others to train their dogs. We believe in positive reinforcement for an enjoyable training experience for both dog and handler.
La Donna Sprinkle

My name is La Donna Sprinkle. I teach Star Puppy Kindergarten and Beginner Obedience class for our club. I am also a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. My experience with dogs and other critters began as a child. My family talks about how I used to rescue dogs and bring them home even if they didn't need it. All my dogs were rescues my whole life until my husband wanted a Rottweiler. I insisted this type of dog had to be trained. So I took him to class and loved it, and I became a member of the club. That was 1990.

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I started helping in class and eventually started teaching my own classes. I wasn't really interested in showing. I was more interested in just having a good companion, but then I decided to get into obedience. I bought Bailey, trained him, and now we have some titles. Bailey has his first leg in Open. We are working towards an Open title now. My Rottweiler Bennie has his Novice Title and is working toward his Graduate Novice Title. He also has two legs on his Rally Excellent Title. Both dogs have all their CGC Titles except for Farm Dog.

I enjoy working with all the dogs in my classes. I get to play with the puppies and see al the different breeds. But best of all is to see a frightened little dog come in the door and a few weeks later a confident, happy tail wagging dog go out.

Shari Sanger

What do you get when you combine almost 40 years of teaching elementary school and a genuine passion for dogs of all breeds? Shari Sanger, an instructor, for both AKC Star Puppy and CGC Beginners’ classes. I have been a life-long dog enthusiast enjoying the true companionship of seven different dogs of varying breeds and sizes. Currently, I own and train Bentley, an exuberant and loving rottweiler. Joining TMDTC in 2001 with my second rottie, I trained in great classes with wonderful, knowledgeable, and dog-savvy instructors.

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I began instructor training as an assistant with an amazingly adept teacher who mentored me for 2 and 1/2 years. Being tested and certified as an AKC approved CGC evaluator, I have been teaching for the last 5 years with this club.

What will you learn in my classes? In the Star Puppy program, you’ll be getting your puppy off to a great start, in becoming a well-behaved family member and canine citizen. As a loving owner, you’ll learn how best to communicate with your pup and how to teach practical skills such as “coming when called”. The beginner classes teach adult dogs how to have good manners at home and in public. This class incorporates basic obedience skills such as “heel” and “down” and practical skills such “wait” (wait until the handler tells the dog to do something else). These classes are an excellent beginning to therapy dog work, agility work, confirmation work, and competition in obedience and rally.

I want my classes to be fun, but filled with practical knowledge on how to train your companion to be a joy to everyone they meet and, most importantly, make you feel you are going home with the best dog!!

Cindy Smullen

I have been in dogs all my life and love doing all things you can do with them. I got my first dog when I was just 8 years old and it was a German Shorthaired Pointer so I guess I was imprinted and just have not lost my love for this breed, though I love all dogs. There is just not enough time in one life time to have them all!

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My first ever event was the 1962 Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show and I could not take my eyes off the obedience competition. Went home and started training my dog. Used a broom between two chairs for a high jump and laid out some firewood in rows for the broad jump. I entertained the neighborhood for a long time. I was just a kid with non registered dog so years passed and I graduated from college before I bought a purebred dog and could participate in AKC events. I joined a few kennel clubs and learned about all the wonderful things you can do with your dog. Field events became my favorite but I also enjoy obedience, rally, conformation, agility and for years all my dogs have been registered therapy dogs as I enjoy sharing my dogs with people. I feel the most important thing I can do is pass on this knowledge and love to others which is why for many years I have volunteered to train new owners with their dogs for the Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club. To see others be successful and enjoy their animals is the best. I hope I can continue to help others for a long time.

Jill Meagher

Hi, my name is Jill Meagher and I have owned dogs my whole life, as a child we had a Cocker Spaniel and a German Shepard dog. I also had a wonderful Malamute. I had not been involved with obedience until I got my most recent dog, a black Lab named Morris.

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I have been taking obedience and rally classes with him at TMDTC for several years and he and I both love it. Morris has his CGC, CGCA, Rally Novice, Rally Advanced and he just got his CGC Urban title and now we are concentrating on Therapy for a while.

Our second black Lab Smithy and I are just starting with Rally and Obedience classes, I hope to start showing him in Rally soon, although he is a conformation dog, I think he can do both!