member of TDI
Great Balls of Fire
at Top Dog Training School Camp -
trainers and authors,
Jack and Wendy Volhard
nationally known trainer and author,
with agility seminars
the owner of Training with Kindness, has been training dogs for
over 20 years. She has owned, trained and placed titles on many
breeds of dogs including larger breeds, such as Newfoundlands. Cheryl
adopted a St. Bernard puppy in the early 1970's and took her to
obedience classes in Syracuse, NY in order to get more control over
a very big dog! In the early 80's her husband got transferred to
Northern NJ and she started obedience training at Heel and Toe.
This was a very competitive school and it wasn't what she was looking
living in Newton, NJ, she found a mix breed puppy and fell in
love. This puppy had many behavioral issues and was aggressive
to both people and dogs. Cheryl saw an ad for an agility seminar
being run by Suzanne Clothier, nationally known trainer and author,
and Linda Caplan. She took the youngster and was thrilled with
the way both ladies handled his issues. She started taking classes
with Suzanne in Frenchtown, NJ and was more comfortable with a
positive/reward style of training. She started teaching agility
seminars with Suzanne and then her beginner obedience classes.
Cheryl was also one of the instructors at Suzanne's Dog Camps.
During the early days of agility, Cheryl assisted Suzanne Clothier,
nationally known trainer and author, with agility seminars and
provided her own Collie, Token, as a participant in one of the
first agility videos ever produced, "Motivational Agility
Training" by Suzanne Clothier and Linda Kaplan. She also
participated in the study which preceded Suzanne Clothier's "Athletic
Dog" video and assisted Suzanne in teaching agility at a
training camp. In 1994, Suzanne sold the school to Cheryl since
she was moving to Upstate New York. The school recently moved
(October 2015) to its new location in Milford, NJ.
Ragen (left) and Kai (right)
extensive training experience and knowledge includes the dog sports
of obedience - regular and rally, agility, flyball and tracking.
Cheryl has had many years of training using motivational methods.
She attended Top Dog Training School Camp held by Jack and Wendy
Volhard. The Volhards started teaching motivational methods long
before they became so popular in the dog training world.
is the former captain and co-founder of the flyball team, Great
Balls of Fire, and her mixed breed dog, Axle, was an experienced
anchor dog for the team.
currently competes in rally obedience and K9 nose work®.
Her Newfoundland, Kai, competed in agility and flyball. She is
a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
and a former member of Therapy Dogs International (TDI).
is obvious by watching Cheryl that she truly enjoys teaching dog
classes. She has a special interest in helping people achieve a
better relationship with their pets. She is very patient with her
students, both human and dog, and is quick to laugh and enjoy the
dogs' expressions and antics. Cheryl is knowledgeable about problem
solving pet problems. She teaches classes in puppy kindergarten,
obedience, rally, agility, flyball, and nose work. Cheryl always
has a rescue since she loves the challenges these dogs' bring and
also has a giant breed (or two) hanging around - usually a Newfie!
Rep of APDT
and Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs Evaluator
Rally Obedience Judge
Levels 1, 2, 3
Great Balls of Fire
of Augers' Animal and Dog Training College
by School of General Animal Sciences
Animal Control Officer (retired)
Oakes has been training dogs for 25 years and has an impressive
resume. She is a graduate of Augers' Animal and Dog Training College
and certified by the School of General Animal Sciences. She has
taken continuing education courses at the University of Guelph
and also attended additional continuing education seminars. She
is a certified Animal Control Officer (retired) and has taken
courses in Pet First Aid and CPR.
is a member of APDT and Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs. She
is also an evaluator for Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs along
with being an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.
Sue owns two working therapy dogs, Isis (White German Shepherd Dog)
and Thor (Shiloh Shepherd).
Thunder (left) and Isis (right)
participates in obedience - regular and rally, agility and flyball.
She has been involved in the beginning of several dog sports.
Her German Shepherd Dog, Thunder, was one of the first dogs to
earn an APDT Rally Obedience title in the U.S. She is also an
APDT Rally Obedience judge.
years ago, Sue introduced dog fanciers to the sport of flyball
at Suzanne Clothier's "Dances with Dogs" Dog Camp. Sue
co-founded the flyball team, Great Balls of Fire, with Cheryl.
addition to assisting as an occasional Therapy evaluator and trainer
at Training with Kindness, Sue owns a training school in Horsham,