About Obedience

Canine Obedience is more than just giving a command and the dog follows it.  Having a well-trained dog helps create harmony in your household, improves the bond you share with your dog and helps your dog become a role model for good behavior when in public.

Obedience is also a competitive sport for dogs and handlers to enjoy together.  AKC Obedience is a sport with rules, regulations, judges, conditioning, training, placements and prizes.  Dog and handler teams are judged on how closely they match the judge's mental picture of a theoretically perfect performance as they execute a series of specified exercises.  Accuracy and precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog are very important.  Each level of obedience competition - novice, open, and utility - requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level.
(courtesy of AKC Obedience)

Learn more about Obedience at these web sites:
American Kennel Club - Obedience page
Getting Started in Obedience
About the Instructor
Diane Gaw
Beginning Obedience
Intermediate Obedience

Diane Gaw has been teaching classes for the kennel club for 20 years.  She has taught puppy, beginning and advanced obedience classes as well as conformation (how to show your dog at a dog show).  Diane enjoys teaching the area 4-H kids and their dogs in obedience and showmanship, preparing them for the county fair.  Currently, Diane competes in conformation shows with her poodles and enjoys training in agility and obedience.

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Doreen Messner
Puppy Class

Doreen Messner has been teaching puppy classes for MPMKC since 1993 and likes to help owners of puppies develop good training habits, as well as help people teach their puppies to become good canine citizens. Doreen has titled dogs in obedience competition and Freestyle, and has done pet visitation at various facilities since 1991 as a member of Delta Society's Pet Partners program

Titles earned:
  • U-CDX (UKC)
  • CGC titled dogs
  • Delta Pet Partners teams
  • TDI teams
  • W-FD / MF  (Canine Freestyle, Beginner title)
  • W-TFD / MF  (Canine Freestyle, Beginner Team title)

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About the Instructor
Sherrie Start
Canine Good Citizen
Beginning Obedience

Sherrie Start began doing obedience with her first Bernese, Ti in 1991.  Sherrie is a draft judge for the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America and enjoys all aspects of working dogs.  Sherrie says "It is the journey that I find fulfilling.  The titles are nice but I love the time I spend with my dogs teaching them as well as learning from them."

Click here to read the Morning Sun's interview with Sherrie

Titles earned:
  • Remrock's Taiga  "Ti" UD,TDI(therapy dog), TT (temperament tested)
  • Remrock's Rough Ryder "Brady" CDX, DD (draft dog through BMD Club of Am) CGC, TDI, TT
  • CH Remrock's Kiska V Winterfest "Kiska" UD, NDD, CGC (Versatile BMD through BMDCA)
  • Valkyrie's Flight of Fancy "Piper"  UD, CGC, DD (draft dog), BNDD (brace novice draft dog)
  • CH M & M Mountain's Out Shine Them All! "Shine" CDX, RE, NJP, CGC, HIC (herding instinct tested) DD, BNDD She is a BMDCA Versatile BMD and a BMDCA Working BMD
  • CH M & M Mountain's Effervescence "Bubbles" CDX, RA, CGC,  DD, BNDD  (BMDCA Versatile BMD)
  • CH Belle Creek's Aggravated Rumor "Gabi"CDX, RE, CGC
  • CH Belle Creek's  Noel"Tessa" CGC

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About the Instructor
Lori Lickly
Puppy Obedience Class
"On Demand" Classes: Clicker Fun and Field Training

Lori Lickly has been training and hunting with Golden Retrievers for 30 years.  She enjoys working with her dogs in several dog sports, including field, obedience, agility, and others.  She loves to learn new and innovative ways to communicate with her dogs, and regularly attends training seminars and workshops to help her become a better trainer.  She also enjoys working with others to help them learn to train and bond with their dogs, and to achieve their goals as owners/trainers.  She has been teaching classes in field and obedience for over 10 years.

Titles earned:
  • JH, SH, MH (AKC Field/Hunt Test titles)
  • CD, CDX (AKC Obedience titles)
  • WC/WCX (Golden Retriever Club of America field certifications)
  • CGC (AKC Canine Good Citizen certification)
  • TDI (Therapy Dog International team certifications)

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About the Instructor
Sue Gamble
Beginning Obedience

Sue Gamble has been teaching classes for MPMKC for over 15 years and has taught both Puppy and Beginning Obedience classes.  She has titled her dogs in conformation and obedience and has begun working in field.  She has done visitations at nursing homes with her dogs as a member of Delta Society's Pet Partners Program.  Her dogs have also been involved in Grandparents U at Central Michigan University.  For the past 20 years, she has had Golden Retrievers, and she is active with the Golden Retriever Club of America and the Mid Michigan Golden Retriever Club.

Titles earned:
  • CD (Companion Dog)
  • CDX (Companion Dog Excellent)
  • Ch. (Breed Champion)
  • CGC (Canine Good Citizen)
  • TDI (Therapy Dogs International)
  • Delta Society Pet Partner

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Ruby Open Obedience, picture taken by Cathi Winkles
About the Instructor
Kelley MacConnel Moss
Beginning Obedience

Kelley MacConnel Moss has been teaching for the Mt. Pleasant Kennel Club since 1991. In addition, she offers in-home behavior consultations for problems which are difficult to address in a group situation. (i.e. aggression etc.)  Kelley is endorsed by the National Association for Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI), and has fulfilled their strict requirements. NADOI is a selective group, which mandate that their members pass a rigorous examination by their peers.
Kelley has worked as a veterinary technician since 1987 and has a great interest in animal health and behavior.  Kelley says "I enjoy spending time with my horses, cats and three Pit Bull Terriers: Bad Alice, Reuben, and Joey.
They are my teachers."

Titles earned:
  • (list coming soon)

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(989)772-5097  or Email
About the Instructor
Sheila Beutler
Beginning Obedience

Ch Kaylynn's Ring Side Chatter at Westminster

Sheila Beutler has taught and competed in conformation for many years with Bedlington Terriers and Golden Retrievers.  Sheila is also involved in a wide variety of other dog activities and dog sports and breeds Bedlington Terriers.  Sheila has been to the prestigious Westminster Dog Show multiple times, most recently taking Best of Breed with Snoopy the Bedlington Terrier in 2011. 

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Mount Pleasant
Kennel Club
Mt. Pleasant Michigan Kennel Club
A Member Club of the American Kennel Club