Instructors

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Derek Di Ciacca - Judging

DEREK DI CIACCA is a well known dog obedience instructor, competitor, and all class obedience judge (1989 - 2008), who is the primary instructor for Companion Dog Obedience School. In addition to instructing at Companion Dog, for several years Derek taught the competition classes for Fort Saskatchewan & Area Kennel Club and Red Deer and District Kennel Club.

He has judged obedience trials in the US, throughout Canada and in December 1995 he judged the 29th Obedience & Agility Trials at the World Trade Centre in Singapore for the Singapore Kennel Club.

Derek worked on the Canadian Kennel Club Obedience Council for two years, updating the application requirements for an obedience trial judge, the written examinations and the verbal examinations.

Derek has trained and shown several different breeds including Rough Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Dalmatians, Belgian Shepherds, English Pointer, Papillon, miniature Poodle, Border Collie, Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever and is currently working a Australian Shepherd. Holding obedience titles in Canada (CKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). The majority of Derek's dogs have won several Highest Scoring Dog in Trial wards (HIT).

 

Kathleen Charlton
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KATHLEEN CHARLTON has exhibited Dalmatians, Pointers, a Border Collie, and a Poodle. She has titled dogs in Canada (CKC), United States (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC).

Kathleen bred Dalmatians from 1975 to 1994; her kennel name was permanently registered with the Canadian kennel club in 1982. Kathleen is a life time member of the Canadian Kennel Club, all class obedience judge since 1996 - judging in Canada and the United States - and currently training a Border Collie and a Poodle.

 

Companion Dog Obedience School

Ben - English Pointer
Titles

The principle methods used can be adjusted to succeed with dogs of varied temperaments and have been proven to be successful by hundreds of former students that excel in several different types of dog activities.

Dogs are shown a new exercise using a lure (food, toy). When sufficient repetitions are done, the lure is turned into a reward and is given only after the work is done. By developing a habit, you will end up with a dog working first and getting paid later. The reward can easily be changed to the owner just playing and petting the dog.

Humans and animals learn through consequence. If a specific action results in a reward of any kind, we will do more of that action. If that same action brought discomfort of any kind, we would stop doing that action.

 

Photos

Here are some photos of Derek, Kathleen, and some of the dogs that they have trained and exhibited.

Baton UD and Rhythm CDX

Baton UD and Rhythm CDX

CH Carob CD and Seven UD

CH Carob CD and Seven UD

Baton UD

Baton UD

Derek & Jordy

Derek & Jordy

HIT CH Derby

HIT CH Derby

HIT Big

HIT Big

Lion UD (Papillon): borrowed and trained to Utility title

Lion UD (Papillon): borrowed and trained to Utility title

Mix CD Malinois

Mix CD Malinois

Pyro goes HIT twice on same day

Pyro goes HIT twice on same day

U-CD Py CDX

U-CD Py CDX

Seven HIT

Seven HIT

UCDX Rhythm CDX

UCDX Rhythm CDX

Pyro coming through a tire

Pyro coming through a tire

Big & Baton UD - each with HIT on the same day

Big & Baton UD - each with HIT on the same day

Yonkers HIT

Yonkers HIT

Pyro on a plank

Pyro on a plank