Trainer's Bios
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The RDDKC neither endorses nor recommends any of the trainers holding classes at our training centre. It is YOUR responsibility to research any trainers and their services. (Read below the bios for tips on choosing a trainer.)


Karen LeJeune

Drop-In Conformation, Beginner's Conformation,
Ring Stewarding Seminar

Owner/handlers must have the skills and confidence to attain their goals in the Conformation ring against Professional Handlers. Their dogs must be well trained and presented. Karen would be thrilled to help you get there, or simply to give you the mat time you require to work your dogs.

Karen has been handling her own dogs for 30 years. In that time, she has had fun handling them to: Multiple Best In Shows, Best In Specialty Shows, numerous Group wins and Placements, multiple American and Canadian Champions and Grand Champions.

Karen is currently the President of the Red Deer and District Kennel Club, a member of the Canadian Kennel Club, the National Whippet Club Of Canada, the National Whippet Club of America, and is the Breeder/Owner/Handler at Ethos Whippets.

Prior to breeding and showing Whippets, Karen bred Dobermans under the Torkelle prefix for 35 years.


Nancy Howard 

Rally Novice, Rally Advanced/Excellent, Rally Master,
Household Obedience

Nancy purchased her first dog, a sheltie in the early 80’s and since then has   trained her Shetland Sheepdogs, Bouviers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and Australian Shepherds in Obedience, Conformation and Rally Obedience.  They have all taught her something different and she wouldn’t change those training experiences for anything.

Nancy has been involved in the sport of dog obedience for over 20+ years and has been totally hooked on Rally Obedience since the sport was introduced.  She has instructed hundreds of students over the years and you will see her ring side cheering on her students as they compete in the Rally Obedience ring.

She is an avid Rally Obedience and Obedience competitor and you will see her out with her Shelties every chance she gets.

Nancy has received many High in Class awards in Rally Obedience, winning Top dog overall at the Sheltie National and having multiple High in Trial Obedience dogs. With her amazing sheltie Raven they accomplished # 1 Sheltie in Canada in Rally Obedience, making it into the top 10 all breed standings.

Nancy has been a Rally Obedience judge for the Canadian Kennel Club since 2009.



Tips on Choosing a Trainer
(Thanks to the CAPPDT site - modified) 

You can check several sources when looking for a trainer. Word of mouth from friends or acquaintances, veterinary clinics, groomers, reviews online or social media are some great ways to find the trainer you are looking for.

Have a list of questions ready when you contact the trainers, so you can compare. A professional will be prepared to answer all your questions. Aside from the regular questions of what credentials this trainer has, price, class options, etc.; ask if you can observe a class. A confident professional will not object. But remember you are there to observe, not participate in discussion, during the class.
Some questions to consider when watching a class:

  • Did the trainer explain the exercises in a clear and easily understood manner? 
  • Did the trainer take the time to assist each participant with the exercises? 
  • Did the participants look like they were having fun? (You may not think this is important but when the class is enjoyable you’ll be more willing to attend.) 
  • Were the dogs enjoying the class? Was the trainer concerned about the dog’s enjoyment?
  • Was the class structured and organized? Not everyone doing their own thing and talking amongst themselves.
  • Does the trainer provide support? i.e. printed information to take home or access to their website or Facebook page for what you had learned, contact information if you get stuck at home after the class, etc.

If you have questions afterwards, ask the trainer questions about what you observed, if there is time after the class or you may need to have a follow up phone call or email.  Another great question for the trainer is how or if he/she continues to educate themselves about dog behaviour and health.

One of the most critical observations you can make is the ability to talk to the trainer. Do you feel comfortable approaching the trainer and asking questions? It’s important to feel like you can ask questions. Like any other professional in your life – you must be prepared to have a working relationship with this person. Many dog owners attend more than one class so long term fit is important.

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