Emmy Gillespie
Graduated on
Training Ongoing

When Emmy Gillespie brought home her 8 week old Brittany, Tara, in June, 2010, she was hoping for a friend and companion. She didn’t realize that soon Tara would be that and so much more. As Tara grew, a friend suggested puppy classes at Dog Trainers Workshop. The puppy classes were not only fun and informative; they also showed her family what a puppy is capable of learning. Emmy decided she wanted to try more classes and was so excited when Tara learned such things as “directed jumping”, “recall”, “retrieve” and much more under the direction of Connie Cleveland and her staff.

Emmy joined the team of Junior Handlers in July of 2011 and considers them some of her best friends. Emmy and Tara entered their first competition in July of 2011 and have not slowed down. Tara has earned 2 titles and is working toward her third title, hopefully before the end of this year. They entered the AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition in Orlando, Florida in December of 2011 and won 4th place in their division! They are going to the Nationals again this year and are hoping for great success. The titles and ribbons that hang on Emmy’s wall are testament to what can be accomplished between a girl and her dog, with help and direction from the skilled and knowledgeable staff at Dog Trainers Workshop.

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The Dog Trainers Workshop Difference…

Everyone at DTW is passionate about dogs.  We want to make sure they learn the skills needed to live healthy lives.  Dog training can make sense to both you and your dog.  It can be fair and balanced.  You don’t have to simply manage your dog’s bad behavior, you can teach him to behave correctly.  Come experience the DTW difference for yourself.


Our mission…

  • We increase awareness of how your dog learns to improve the relationship between you and your dog.
  • We will show you how a trained dog can enrich your life.
  • We help save dog’s lives through training and behavior modification.
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Our Junior Handlers

We are proud of our under 18 crowd.  In 2011, the American Kennel Club offered the first National Obedience Competition for Junior Handlers. We had 5 young people competing.  Our junior trainers have competed at that competition every year since then.

If your child is interested in dogs and their training, call us. We are happy to have young handlers participate.


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The Service Dog Institute

the service dog instituteThe Service Dog Institute (TSDI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of those with special needs by providing trained service dogs to boost confidence, provide comfort and perform skilled tasks that enable partners to lead more independent lives.

Based in Greenville, South Carolina, we are committed to making the best possible match between a family and dog, extensively training both the family and dog, and providing ongoing support, to ensure a long-term successful partnership. TSDI provides services dogs to Children  ages 5-18 years old, Adults and Veteran with special needs.