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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 is a 2011 and 2012 South Carolina State Female 3-D Archery Champion, Female Shooter of the Year and a National Field Archery Association State Champion.

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


Janet LydieJanet joined the DTW team in 2017. She teaches obedience classes, trains dogs that are boarding and training, and trains the service dogs being prepared in our facility.   

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 competing with Fischer in both obedience and Rally competition. 


Cassidy ParkerCassidy is our Kennel Manager, but is also involved in the Board and Train program and training the Service Dogs in our facility.

Cassidy got interested in training through her High School senior project with Service Dog for Veterans. She trained a Service Dog while in High School, participated in obedience classes at DTW, and was soon working for us part-time. We were delighted when she joined us full-time in 2018. 

In her spare time, Cassidy enjoys hiking, music and training her Pit Bull, Annie in obedience, agility and scent work.   


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
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 all levels of obedience classes, she assists with our service dog programs.
 
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, pursuing a UDX and OTCH. Oliver has completed his OM1, and has qualified for the National Obedience Championship three years in a row. Renate's second Bichon, Sputnik is preparing for his competitive career. 

In her spare time, Renate enjoys yard work and spending time with her family!


Tim TedrowTim has recently joined the DTW team as the Agility Program Director. He has extensive exposure to all dog sports having competed with his own dogs in conformation, obedience, tracking, rally, herding and agility. He  is excited to have an opportunity to share the fun and joy of agility with his students. He looks forward to helping each team improve communication and enjoy agility competition. 

Tim started competing in conformation and obedience as a teenager involved in 4-H. He moved from Indiana  to South Carolina in 1990. His most recent Belgian Sheepdog, Colt, has earned an Agility Championship, as well as the Versatile Companion Dog 2 award for additional titles earned in tracking, and obedience. While still competing in agility, Tim and Colt are also pursuing a tracking and obedience championship. 


Bonnie GilstrapBonnie joined the DTW team as an instructor in 2017. She teaches obedience classes and works in our special training program for veterans and their service dogs. Bonnie has been involved in dog training for the 27 years. She has privately trained many pet dogs and, as a past director of Dogs for the Disabled in Greenville, has also trained numerous service dogs.

Bonnie earned a Utility title with her Golden Retriever, Corey, and now enjoys training and competing in Obedience, Agility, Herding and Barn Hunt Trials with her English Shepherd, Boots.


Tripp BerryTripp joined the DTW team in 2017 as an obedience instructor. He enjoys teaching dog owners how to communicate with their dogs. Tripp’s interest in dog training began with a Labrador Retriever he purchased for duck hunting. He quickly became passionate about competing in retriever field trials. One of Tripp’s retrievers reached Qualified All Age status and is currently competing at the All Age level.

Tripp has an engineering degree from Clemson University and works as a project engineer for a local concrete company. He lives in Greenville with his wife and two Labrador Retrievers. When not training dogs, Tripp enjoys duck hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.


Janine FioritoJanine has been active at DTW since her move to SC in 1999. First as a student, then as our bookkeeper! She and her husband, Marty, initiated the Rally program at DTW in 2017. She has trained and handled her own dogs to numerous obedience, rally and working titles. Two of her most accomplished goldens are Ch. Senna UD SH WCX OD and Ch. Dar UD JH WCX OS. She is currently showing her Belgian Sheepdog, Soldier in obedience, rally and agility. 

Marty and Janine started in dog sports in 1979 with Goldens sporting the kennel name, Colabaugh. As breeders, they produced over 100 multi-talented Goldens including 16 Champions, 9 Obedience Champions, 4 Agility Champions, 9 UDX's, 15 UD's, 6 MX's, 12 WCX's, 1 MH and 4 SH. They also produced two goldens in the Show Dog Hall of Fame, 3 in the Obedience Hall of Fame, 13 OD/OS awards and 1 National Obedience Champion. Janine is also a bookkeeper and instructs QuickBooks at local community colleges. 


Marty FioritoMarty  has been teaching obedience classes at DTW since 2012. Together, with his wife Janine, he initiated the Rally program in 2017. He has trained dogs to a number of advanced obedience and Rally titles including his Goldens, Token CDX OD, and Bitsy UD. He is currently showing his German Shepherd, Scarlett in obedience, Rally, agility and scent work

Marty and Janine came to South Carolina from New York in 1999. They started in dog sports in 1979 with Goldens sporting the kennel name, Colabaugh. As breeders, they produced over 100 multi-talented Goldens including 16 Champions, 9 Obedience Champions, 4 Agility Champions, 9 UDX's, 15 UD's, 6 MX's, 12 WCX's, 1 MH and 4 SH. They also produced two goldens in the Show Dog Hall of Fame, 3 in the Obedience Hall of Fame, 13 OD/OS awards and 1 National Obedience Champion. Marty is recently retired after 50 years in the construction industry.