Our Mission Statement:
We increase awareness of how your dog learns to improve the relationship between you and your dog, show you how a trained dog can enrich your life and help save dog’s lives through training and behavior modification.
Our staff are passionate about understanding how dogs learn in order to improve the relationship between owners and their dogs.
Our Core Values
The following values state how we are going to act, and the culture we are going to create as we work here together.
Pray for one another
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Live a life of integrity (honesty and honor)
4. HELPING OTHERS
Help one another reach goals personally and professionally
Pitch in to help other team members participate in the important events in their lives
Treat our client’s dogs as our own
Never participate in gossip- which means talking about a problem to anyone other than the person able to fix it
Abolish Funny but Mean – we love to laugh, but we will not do so at anyone else’s expense!
Janet joined Dog Trainers Workshop and Boarding in 2017. She is an assistant instructor for our Monday & Thursday night obedience group classes.
Janet traces her interest in training to a book she read as a child. She began taking her own dogs to obedience classes in 1984. She started competing in 2010 when AKC changed the rules to allow mix-breeds to compete. Her mix-breed Border Collie, Brock, was the 10th All-American to earn a UD title. Currently she is training with her Danish-Swedish Farm Dog, "Hofmeyr", to compete in both obedience and Rally competition.
Tracy, a Cajun from Louisiana, moved to South Carolina in 2001. She joined Dog Trainers Workshop as a kennel tech in 2005.
In 2011, she became the office manager. In 2022, she became the Director of Operations. As the current Director of First Impressions, all questions (and many answers) go through Tracy. She also has a major in Animal Health Sciences.
Tracy has owned Rottweilers for more than 30 years and has shown in both conformation and obedience.
Tracy is an avid hunter and a competitive archer. She is a two-time South Carolina State Female 3-D Archery Champion, Female Shooter of the Year, and a National Field Archery Association State Champion.
In her spare time, Tracy and her husband, Rohn love to travel, shoot clay, hike and spend time shooting videography and photography! They share their home with their two Boxers, "Amos Moses" & "Opie".
Mika joined the DTW team in 2018 as a part-time kennel tech. She is now our kennel manager and is excited to be apart of the team full time. Mika has a love for dogs and all animals big and small. In the future, she plans to earn a degree in the veterinary field. In her free time, Mika takes care of her 6 pets, paints canvases, and spends time with family and friends.
Jinny started training/showing dogs in 1976 with her Irish Setter, Robee. During this time, she also became a member of a new obedience club called The Dog Obedience Club of Greenville-Spartanburg (later The Dog Obedience Club of Greenville). She was able to train Robee through Open, and she earned 2 legs toward her CDX title before she had to retire her in the late 1980s. When she passed away, she took a long hiatus from dogs until 2014 when her & her husband were given a 5 year-old Golden Retriever named Marley. They started working with her, and she quickly earned her CD. She also completed her CDX title and was working in Utility when she passed away from cancer. Jinny now has another Golden named Sophie. She has several Obedience and Rally titles. They competed in the 2018 Classic in Orlando tying for 10th place (out of 72 dogs). Sophie was trained through Open and Utility but had to be retired from jumping exercises due to a depth perception vision issue. She was able to make a very successful transition to the sport of Scent Work. Working with Pat Nolan provided them with a great foundation, and Sophie has so far achieved overall titles all the way through the masters level which entails all elements of containers, buried, interior, and exterior searches. She has been awarded High in Trial twice and has won numerous 1st place awards. She also has earned her Advanced Handler DIscrimination title. Jinny now owns Sophie's niece, Sash, who is preforming great in the obedience ring. She earned her Open(CDX) title in 4 tries with all 1st place finishes. Currently, she is competing at the Utility level and recently earned her first leg with a 1st place. At the 2022 AKC Classic in Orlando, Sash took 8th place in her class of 82 dogs. In addition to obedience, Sash is also currently competing in Scent Work and has her Novice title in containers and buried. After retiring (finally) from Spartanburg Regional Hospital, she started working at Dog Trainers Workshop & Boarding as an instructor in the Puppy, Beginner, & Intermediate classes. She also teaches Advanced Scent Work classes.