(440) 255-3500
1890 Mentor Ave.
Painesville Twp. OH 44077
train@diggingdogs.biz
While our  Instructors compete in many venues, we are dedicated to training well-mannered, lovable family pets and therapy dogs as well as dogs that may eventually show in competitions.  We believe a well-rounded instructor can compete successfully with their show colleagues -showing where the rubber meets the road :-)    as well as satisfy the educational needs of family pets and their owners.   Our staff are pros with decades of experience and have demonstrated their affinity for dogs and their human partners.

Elizabeth Richards: Elizabeth has owned & operated a dog daycare/training/boarding facility for the past 16+ years and is owner of Digging Dogs Training Center as well as PetWorks.  An APDT member, Elizabeth is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and competes in Obedience, Rally & Agility with her rough collies. Classes Taught: Private Sessions, Specialty Classes,  Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.    PHOTOS

Vicki Bernakis: Vicki actively competes in agility and has earned MACH 5 on her Labrador, Yukon.  Classes Taught:  Puppy, Foundations Classes, Intro to Agility, Intermediate & Open Agility.  PHOTOS

Kathy Crislip: Kathy is Retired Mentor teacher who has instructed all levels of obedience/ dog training in the Mentor/Kirtland/Chesterland area since 1992. She has competed in AKC, UKC, CKC, NADAC, USDAA and ASCA agility, obedience and rally venues accomplishing 70 titles on 11 dogs including 1 UD, 4 Champions and 3 MACHS.  She competes in Conformation, Obedience & Agility with her English Cockers. Classes taught: Intro to Agility/ Advanced Obedience Workshops/Open/Utility Obedience.   PHOTOS

Susan Haskell: Susan trained horses for over 20 years and transferred that expertise to dogs when she began training them in 1990.  Susan is currently competing with her Aussie, MACH Merritt Farms Quincy who placed in the top 15% at the 2014 AKC Nationals. 
Classes Taught:  Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Agility.  PHOTOS

Sandi Ling:  Sandi’s college degree in secondary education evolved into 40 years instructing dog obedience programs in northeast Ohio.  She has earned multiple championship titles as well as 12 Companion Dog, 8 Companion Dog Excellent and 2 Utility Dog obedience titles on Dalmatians, German Shepherds and Leonbergers. Her Rally-Obedience experience includes numerous Rally Novice and Advance titles and 3 Rally Excellent titles.  She believes everyone deserves a well behaved dog family dog.  She is also a certified Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International evaluator.  PHOTOS

Jeff Mace
Jeff was a teacher at a Prep School as well as being a life counselor.  Jeff has trained dogs for 30+ plus years, mostly Labs & German Shepherds. His present dog is an Australian Labradoodle.  Jeff's German Shepherds were trained to do tracking and participated in search and rescue activities.   Titles include  CD, CDX , TDI..
His training philosophy is a blend of behavior shaping/positive reinforcement and seeing dog owners enjoy their dogs as great friends and companions.  Scent work is a great way to have fun with your dog and really see what a dog is capable of. Classes Taught: Nosework.  PHOTOS      

Debbie Sacerich: Debbie has a special place in her heart for rescues and dog training and agility are her true love. Since 2000, she has taught advanced agility classes and enjoys competing in both AKC and USDAA. She especially loves distance work. Debbie hosts numerous seminars throughout the region that focus upon dog/owner relationship-building and agility.

Donna Sadlik:  Donna started competing in competition obedience in 1986 and has earned ten obedience titles in the US and Canada.  Donna has owned four therapy dogs and finds it the most enjoyable and satisfying dog related activity that she does.  Donna likes to see the progress owners make training their dogs and is always happy to help dog owners identify a problem and find a solution to improve their dog’s behavior. Class taught: Obedience Foundations I, 2, 3 & 4,  Therapy Dog Workshop, Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. PHOTOS

Martha Skilton: President, Cleveland Collie Club & Owner of Alexy Collies. AKC/CCA Collie Mentor. Martha has competed in conformation for 20+ years and has taught conformation for 15 years.  Titles achieved include # 1 Collie, All Systems 2006. Martha is also an AKC Mentor.  Classes Taught: Conformation.  PHOTOS

Chris Wiecek: Chris has been breeding, training & competing with her Cardigan Welsh Corgis for 13 years.  Venues include conformation, obedience, rally & agility.  Chris has earned numerous titles including 6 CD's, RN, 2 RA's, 2 NAP's and 2 NAJ's.  Chris has shown 4 Cardis to their AKC championship. Chris is also a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Classes Taught: Foundations 1, 2,3 & Rally.   PHOTOS
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