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 proud 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.
I started training/showing dogs in 1976 with my Irish Setter, Robee. During this time, I also became a member of a new obedience club called The Dog Obedience Club of Greenville-Spartanburg (later The Dog Obedience Club of Greenville). I was able to train Robee through Open, and we earned 2 legs toward our CDX title before I had to retire her in the late 1980s. When she passed away, I took a long hiatus from dogs until 2014 when my husband and I were given a 5 year-old Golden Retriever named Marley. I started working with her, and she quickly earned her CD. We also completed her CDX title and were working in Utility when I lost her to cancer. I now have another Golden named Sophie. She has several Obedience and Rally titles: BN, CD, RN, RI. We competed in the 2018 Classic in Orlando and tied for 10 th place (out of 72 dogs) although we lost the runoff and had to come home without a ribbon. Sophie was trained through Open and Utility but had to be retired from jumping exercises due to a depth perception vision issue. We were able to make a very successful transition to the sport of Scent Work. Working with Pat Nolan provided us with a great foundation, and Sophie has so far achieved overall titles in both Novice and Advanced work which entails all elements of containers, buried, interior, and exterior searches. She has been awarded High in Trial twice and has won numerous 1 st place awards. She also has earned her Novice Handler Discrimination title. We are currently competing at the Master level in Scent Work and the Advanced level in Handler Discrimination.
After retiring (finally) from Spartanburg Regional Hospital, I have started working at Dog Trainers Workshop as an instructor in the Puppy, Beginner, & Intermediate classes. I also now teach Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Scent Work classes.