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Meet The Team Connie Cleveland Dog Trainers Workshop

Meet The Team

Staff - Dog Trainers Workshop
Instructors at Dog Trainers Workshop
Cat Perry Cat joined the Dog Trainers Workshop in 1999, and is currently the Director of Operations. She oversees boarding, classes and training for pet owners and service dogs, and is responsible for all day to day operations at the Dog Trainers Workshop.

Cat enjoys training and competing in Obedience Trials and Hunt Tests with her Labrador Retrievers. Two of her three Obedience Trial Champions are also Master Hunters and one achieved a Qualified All Age status in field trial competition. Cat was invited, and competed, at the AKC National Obedience Championships six times. In 2016, Cat and Wyatt placed 4th in the first obedience competition ever conducted at the Westminster Kennel Club Show.

In her spare time, Cat enjoys fishing, photography, shooting and wildlife.
Instructors at Dog Trainers Workshop
Tracy Lynn Juvenois Tracy, a proud Cajun from Louisiana, joined the DTW team in 2011. She is the Director of First Impressions. All questions (and many answers) go through Tracy. She has a major in Animal Health Science and a minor in Veterinary Assistance.

Tracy is an avid whitetail deer hunter and a competitive archer. She was the 2011 and 2012 she was the South Carolina State Female Shooter of the Year, the Archery Association Female 3-D State Champion, and the National Field Archery Association State Champion.

Tracy is the proud owner of a Rottweiler puppy (also a Cajun) named Gumbeaux.

Anne VandiverAnne decided it was time to retire from teaching school and turn her talents to training dogs and their owners. Anne is involved in our boarding and training program and teaches private lessons. She is also an active instructor in the evening classes.

Her first competitive obedience dog, Sarah, a German Shepherd, recently earned a UDX title. Anne and Sarah competed in the Utility class at the 2015 AKC Obedience Classic in Orlando, Florida and earned a second place finish among a very competitive group of dogs from around the country.

Staff - Online Obedience Training

Lou Ann McGahey Lou Ann joined the DTW team as the Director of Online Learning in 2016. She applies her background as an editor and her love for the sport of competitive obedience to all things related to Connie’s various products and publications. She is working with Connie to develop a variety of online dog training products with the goal of providing helpful information that is accessible to anyone interested in a well-trained pet or a competitive obedience dog.

Lou Ann enjoys training and competing in obedience with her two Brittanys, Nellie Rose and LuLu. They were ranked as the #1 and #3 obedience Brittanys in 2016 by the American Kennel Club and earned invitations to compete at the 2016 AKC Obedience Championship where they proudly represented their breed.
Instructors
Instructors at Dog Trainers Workshop
Annette SizemoreAnnette is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She taught obedience classes with us over 20 years ago before taking time off to raise a family. We welcomed her back in 2012, and now she instructs students in all levels of classes. When not training dogs, Annette works as a Histologist at Pathology Consultants. Annette is passionate about helping people learn how to balance busy households with well-behaved pets.
 
Annette’s experience includes a long line of competitive obedience dogs including Utility titles on a Dachshund and Welsh Corgi and an Open title on a Rottweiler. Annette is currently showing her Obedience Trial Champion, Circus. Annette and Circus finished in 4th place in the Masters Class at the 2016 AKC Obedience Classic in Orlando, Florida and earned their way into the Top 10 at the 2017 AKC Obedience Invitational in Perry, Georgia. Annette and Circus also finished 3rd at the Master's Obedience competition at the Westminster Dog Show in February 2017. 
Instructors at Dog Trainers Workshop
Marty FioritoMarty moved to Greenville in 1999, and joined our team of teachers in 2012. When not training dogs, Marty works as a Maintenance Tech and Construction Inspector for Anderson Regional Joint Water System. Marty and his wife Janine have been training and showing dogs for over 35 years. He’s earned Open and Utility titles on Golden Retrievers and recently earned an Open title on a German Shepherd. Marty and his German Shepherd, Scarlett, are currently working toward their Utility title.
Instructors at Dog Trainers Workshop
Renate MalejkaPrior to moving to South Carolina in 1996, Renate and her family lived in Ludenscheid, Germany and Georgetown Ontario, Canada. Renate joined our team of teachers in 2014. In addition to teaching, she works closely with our Service Dog for Veterans Program.
 
Previously, Renate trained and competed with a Shetland Sheep Dog, earning obedience titles in both Canada and the U.S. She is currently training and competing with her Bichon Frise, Oliver. In 2015, Oliver earned his Utility Title and competed at the AKC Obedience Classic in Orlando, Florida.

Jill LeakeJill joined the DTW team in 2016 as the Agility Program Director. Jill is an enthusiastic instructor and avid agility competitor. She is excited about the progress made by her DTW students and looks forward to helping them achieve their goals regardless of whether it means spending time with their dog on the agility course or competing at agility trials.

Jill moved to South Carolina from St. Louis, Missouri with competitive obedience and agility experience. Her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is OTCH “Derby” UDX2 OM3 SH. Jill is currently competing in agility with her Greyhound, “Baillie” who is now MACH Jawa Baillie MXS MJG. Next in line for Jill is a Whippet named “Beezus.”