Boom Towne offers a broad range and best if class dog training. From Puppy Pre-School to advanced competition in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Flyball, Canine Good Citizen, Pet Therapy, Handling for conformation, and even Herding!. Boom Towne also offers help for problem dogs and puppies. Boom Towne’s philosophy is to use positive training methodss to teach dogs all the skills they need. The emphasis is teaching the owner to teach the dog.
Below is a list of our best of class dog trainers and their areas dog training expertise.
Area of Expertise
Director of Dog Training
STAR, Simply Basic, Puppy Pre-K, Canine Good Citizen, Puppy Socialization and Puppy Head Start, Private Behavior Consultation
Kathy Allen became involved with dog training when she rescued her first dog, a mixed breed terrier (Hazel Violet), in 1992. She started with agility and then developed a love for flyball after rescuing a Jack Russell Terrier (Arty) in 2000. She and Arty joined a flyball team in Rochester in 2001. In the fall of 2006, she started the 2 Fast Fur U Flyball Team, which she now captains in competitions across the Northeast. Kathy has attended several seminars which focused on all aspects of flyball training.
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Mary Jo Johnson
Mary Jo has been training agility dogs for 12 ½ years. Mary Jo has 4 Shetland sheepdogs ages 11, 8 and 4 and 2 years old. She has competed across the U.S.A as well as international competition in Italy, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic and Austria. This year MJ and Sully will represent the US in Sweden for the European Open Agility Championship Competition.
Angus is the oldest and has a Therapy Dog Certification, Canine Good Citizen and Master Agility title before retiring due to injury. Mary Jo and Angus spent many weekends visiting nursing homes and hospitals for therapy work.
MACH 3 Sully is an Agility Champion that Mary Jo has competed in 5 national championships, competed in 3 try outs for the US Agility World Team in Minnesota and has been a US Team Member of the European Open Agility Championships for the past 6 years.
Pippin AX, AXJ is well on his way to a lustrous agility career. This boy has enough energy for the both of them. He is exuberant with a very happy go lucky attitude. Mary Jo has very high hopes for this handsome boy.
Lainie AXJ, OA is her tiny female sheltie. This little girl has provided MJ with new training opportunities since Lainie is very shy. She is very fast once she feels confident. Watch out for this little imp as she grows and learns.
All of Mary Jo’s spare time is spent either training the dogs, teaching agility classes, competing or going for long walks in the woods to maintain fitness. She believes in positive reinforcement and positive training methods.
Mary Jo teaches group classes and is available for privates or seminars upon request. She keeps current on agility and basic dog training by attending many workshops and seminars from World Team Coaches and other seasoned world competitors.
Puppy Pre-K, STAR Puppy, Simply Basic
Ada Simms, a retired City of Rochester Police Officer, has trained and showed animals for over many years. Starting in 1977, Ada began training and showing Tennessee Walking Horses. In 2004 she began training dogs using the “clicker method”. Clicker training is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behavior and rewarding it. This method is an internationally recognized reward based method of training, After several years of using traditional forced based methods, Ada converted to these more positive methods after attending instructional seminars from Suzanne Clothier, Steven Benjamin (Karen Pryor Clicker Academy) and Tracy Sklenar (Say Yes). Ada has also mentored under Cindy Harrison of See Spot Think.
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STAR Puppy, Simply Basic
Diane J. Gardner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. The CPDT certification is the only internationally recognized, standardized and objective certification that is free from commercial influence and based on the science of learning. She is also an A.K.C. approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Diane has trained dogs since 1992 and has been teaching dog obedience classes since 2002. She also works privately (one on one) with dogs that present serious behavior problems. Diane constantly pursues professional development and continuing education so she can learn and share the most up-to-date information on how dogs learn and how best to teach them. She believes strongly in using only those methods that are humane and dog-friendly. Her goal is to improve the human-canine bond. Diane lives in Rochester, New York, and is a longtime Dalmatian owner. She has competed with all her dogs in conformation and obedience and has earned many titles with her dogs. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, Diane can sign.
For more information on Diane’s certification visit the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers at: www.ccpdt.org
For more information on the Association of Pet Dog Trainers visit: www.apdt.com
For more information on the Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs visit the American Kennel Club at: www.akc.org.
Young folks and their dogs
I enjoy working with youth and I enjoy working with animals. When you combine the two, well, that’s just a great way to spend your free time! I have been involved with the Ontario County 4-H program as a volunteer since 2001. It is very rewarding to watch young people enjoy working with their dogs, and the maturity that comes with taking responsibility for caring for their pets. We emphasize good sportsmanship and loving our dogs more than competition achievements.
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Darryl and his wife, Tina, have 4 Border Collies, Indy (10), Bristol (7), Loudon (3) who compete in Agility and Joliet (9 weeks) will be in training soon. Daryl competes at the highest level in 3 Agility venues: USDAA, NADAC and CPE.
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Tina and her husband, Darryl (see his Bio), train and compete with their 4 Border Collies: Indy, Bristol, Loudon and Joliet. Tina handles their 3 year old Border Collie, Loudon, in NADAC, CPE and USDAA. Loudon has earned his C-ATCH in CPE, his MAD in USDAA as well as his Master Gamblers, Snooker and Pairs Titles and has his Elite Versatility Title in NADAC. Loudon and Bristol (7 Year Old BC – Darryl handles) is qualified for NADAC Championships in September 2010 in Wyoming.
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