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Gayle Riggins, BOSS Founder
Brylin Obedience Specialty School was founded in 2013 and I am happy to be able to expand into this wonderful facility. Having been both the Director of Nursing and Cub Scout Master for several years, I discovered serving people is my passion. From my early experiences with my grandfather's coon dogs and beagles, I developed a love of animals and learned positive training.
My family showed dalmations in the conformation ring - finishing 15 Champions. My dalmatian, Jessie, earned a Conformation Versatility Certificate from the Dalmatian Club of America. I have competed at the national level with a team of dalmatians for a Road Dog Title and earned CH Road Dog. Currently, I have the only dalmatian with a British, Canadian, and US Road Dog Title.
Barn Hunt has been a part of the BOSS program since it’s inception two years ago. With the assistance of the Rat Patrol, BOSS has hosted numerous trials and awarded several championships. I have organized and chaired several AKC Obedience Trial events and look forward to hosting additional dog events.
I have been active in performance sports for ten years earning multiple obedience and rally titles on several dogs. I have also enjoyed teaching at a local dog training facility for over five years working with all types, sizes and ages of dogs.
My goal for this school is to provide a place where you can find the joy of truly connecting with your dog.
Theresa Menz Cooper, Swim & Dock Diving Instructor
For the last 20 years, Theresa Menz Cooper has worked as a creative director in the madmen world of advertising. However, it was growing up on a farm in Central Ohio showing Quarter Horses and being around the family’s many collies which instilled a love for training animals and competition. Theresa and her husband, Matt, are the proud owners and handlers of several Australian Shepherds and one Border Collie.
She realized how much she missed competitive activities when five years ago she told her husband to “stop making up sports” after their Australian Shepherd, Indy, took a leap off of the dock. Since that day, they both have been hooked on the sport of dock diving and have been competing with their dogs under the name of Team Air Aussie. Both of Indy and Towes have earned invitations to the Dock Dog World Championships and NADD National Championships. With jumps of 21’6 and 27, respectively, these dogs excel at Big Air and Extreme Vertical. They will be competing, later this year, at the 2017 World Championships in Knoxville, TN.
Kim Williams, Nosework Instructor
During her Law Enforcement career, Kim spent over three as a Mounted Patrol Officer and she was responsible for training and caring for the horse she rode. She also spent twelve years working and training three police canines for work in narcotics, obedience, bite work, building searches, tracking and locating evidence. Each year Kim maintained a minimum of two certifications for those canines, to include Eastern States Working Dogs, United States Police Canine Association, North Carolina Police Dog Association and North American Police Dog Association.
Kim retired in 2012 from Winston-Salem Police Department and began training and working with her personal canines. Her dogswere adopted from a local rescue group, Atlantic Rottweiler where shecontinues to volunteer. In those few years, her dogs have earned several titles to include Beginner Novice, Rally Novice and Advance Rally, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International. Kim's Rottweiler, Noah, is currently the only Rottie with a Rat Championship in Barn Hunt. Kim volunteers and has instructed Beginner Obedience, Rally Novice, Beginner Novice and Body Awareness classes at a local training center.
Kim volunteers with the Triad Bloodhounds, based in Kernersville, and assists agencies in locating lost or missing persons. Two of her dogs, Noah and Casey, have tracking/trailing certifications through Eastern States Working Dog and North Carolina Police Dog Association. Kim is also a member of Therapy Dog International and volunteers with her Therapy Dog at local churches, assisted living centers, parades and events involving children.
Killian Davis, Dog Trainer
Killian Davis grew up working with various animals of all shapes and sizes. Currently training her American Staffordshire Terrier/American Pit Bull Terrier in obedience and barn hunt, she uses clicker training methods which are based in positive reinforcement. For the past 4 years, she has assisted in and instructed puppy, beginner, and trick dog training classes. She is continually furthering her education in dog behavior and training by taking classes, attending seminars, and working with various other trainers.
In addition to dog training, Killian rides and trains horses and is an active member and leader in the state 4-H organization.
Merritt Speagle, Agility Instructor
Merritt has competed in agility at the US Open level and tried out for the 2015 Team USA World Championships. Even as a junior handler, she competed at the CPE National level. She has worked with many world-famous trainers and believes it is necessary to have a strong toolbox of knowledge to draw from - since not everything works for every dog.
Regardless of breed or size, Merritt is experienced in building drive and overcoming fears. The blue merle in this video used to run out of the ring with his previous owner and her red tri-color was born with basically no drive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rURM9KoeL7A
Merritt recognizes the critical foundation steps and maximizes training time and energy. Additionally, she believes agility is not something to be forced, but built upon a strong bond, trust and teamwork. Most importantly, she says: “Training dogs should be *fun*! “
Jeanne Johnson, AKC Evaluator
At 8 years old, Jeanne spent her days at a local veterinary office where she ‘worked’ with the animals in the kennels. This early exposure helped her become very comfortable handling different dogs. She has owned a variety of breeds: Collies, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers and American Staffordshire Terriers. Before moving to Winston Salem, Jeanne spent 6 years working as a Veterinary Assistant.
This passion for dogs continued into adulthood and she now has over 35 years of experience. She volunteers at the local animal shelter and is a member of a local dog training club where she has assisted and taught group classes. Currently, she is continuing her education in the training field, and is an authorized AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
She enjoyed a successful conformation career; earning multiple AKC Championships. In addition, her dogs have titled in obedience and performance sports: Canine Good Citizen, Rally, Barn Hunt and Lure Coursing. They enjoy nose works, tracking, dock diving and hiking.
Jenn Stanley, CPDT-KA
Jenn is a full-time professional dog trainer and co-owner of Awesome Pawsabilities. She is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild, which requires its members to use no pain, force, or fear to teach or modify behavior. Even though she has more than 14 years of experience in agility instruction and competition, Jenn continues to further her education with in person and online instruction.
She has run "slow" dogs who barely make course time, as well as fast dogs who turn in world team caliber times. She has used agility as a framework for a shy dog to build confidence, and for a "COWABUNGA!" minded dog to learn to have some self-preservation. Jenn defines success as improvement and relationship building -- not blue ribbons and titles. Those are bonuses, but she believes the real meat of the sport is in your relationship with your dog. Private agility training at BOSS may be scheduled with Jenn.
Joeylee Goad, Assistant Instructor
Because of her love for her chosen field, Joeylee Goad has worked with dogs in a variety of capacities for more than 15 years. Initially, a breeder of Boxers, she now prefers to rescue and foster dogs. After veterinarian assistant/groomer studies at Surry Community College, she gained experience as a veterinary assistant, groomer and dog care attendant for large boarding and day care facilities and has been certified to perform First Aid/CPR on cats and dogs by the Red Cross.
Originally from Pennsylvania she is the wife of a logger, the mother of 3, grandmother to 3 and the proud dog mama of a 7-year old Boxer/Olde English Bulldog mix (Valley Bulldog) and a 3-year old boxer. Joeylee is currently studying to become a veterinarian technician and will assist with and then be teaching Family Dog and Puppy Classes.
Teri Emmi, Treibbal Instructor
Teri is a member of the American Treibball Association and studied Treibball with Karen Mielke KPA CTP of Doglogic in Statesville, NC. She and her dog, Patch, compete at the Excellent Level. They also perform demonstrations to promote the sport of Treibball.
She is the President of Emmco Sport Dog Agility and Canine Conditioning Equipment and has participated in canine conditioning seminars given by Robert J Porter, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner of It’s Possible, Mandeville, LA.
For nearly 20 years, Teri and her dogs have taken Agility, Rally, CGC, Obedience and Canine Freestyle in addition to Treibball. Her affinity is for dogs with behavioral problems resulting in aggression. On the softer side, she is an impressionist oil painter and floral designer. She believes in positive reinforcement for canines and encouragement for all students.