Golden Retrievers
Patrice Hoerster
Graduated on
Training ongoing

In 2002, I adopted a 5-year old retriever from the local shelter – a hiking buddy, that seemed to be aggressive to other dogs on the trail.  I wasn’t sure if it was the dog or the way I handled the situation.  I started asking around about places that trained dogs.  The recommendation that kept coming up was Dog Trainers Workshop.  So, I signed up for classes.  From the night of that first class, I started to learn to read my dog and got tips on creating problems for my dog to solve that would make our relationship more congenial and in control.  I also discovered a sport called “obedience.”  With the help of Dog Trainers Workshop, that “aggressive” dog and I earned several AKC titles, made visits to residents of nursing homes, and fostered several golden retrievers.  When I walked into the shelter, I consented to get the dog, but with classes at DTW, I discovered I had become a “dog person” and wanted to seek out opportunities to share with other people, the joy that dog brought me.

 I am currently privileged to share my home with two other golden retrievers who found their way to me through DTW.  “Bo” earned AKC titles through Utility and Versatility.  Bo and I raised a service dog candidate through the skills and knowledge I learned at DTW.  Now retired from competition, he is a certified therapy dog.  Together we live out the dream my first dog sparked within me – to bring the joy of dogs to other people – through our pet therapy visits to a residential facility for girls.

“Cali” is just starting her obedience career.  I know the staff at DTW will help me take her as far as she is able and farther than I think I can take her, because I’ve become a Problem Solver too!

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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.