Evansville Obedience Club

Our Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

Kitty Gilbertson

Classes taught: Puppy Class

Breeds: Lhasa Apso and Tibetan Terrier     Meet Kitty's Dogs

Titles (showing highest in each area):
UAG1, RN and CGC

Biography: I've been a member of EOC since 2000. After taking my first class I was hooked! This was not surprising since my love affair with dogs started at an early age. These kind of training opportunities were not available to me growing up, so I love to encourage people to take advantage of everything that's available today for them and their dogs.

Training Philosophy: The purpose of the Puppy Class is to introduce the handler (you) to training your puppy. And to introduce the puppy to learning. My goal is to make it fun for everyone. This class is purely positive reinforcement. The idea is to create an environment where the puppies can be successful. We address basic behavioral issues privately before and after class sessions, but class time is for learning and fun!

Deborah Wade

Classes taught: Puppy, Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Rally Novice

Breeds: Poodles, Standards and Miniatures     Meet Deborah's Dogs

Titles (showing highest in each area):
AKC: Obedience: CD; Rally: RE; Conformation: CH; Agility: NAP, NAC; Flyball Team Member
UKC: Obedience: U-CD
American Herding Dog Society: HCT-sheep

Awards: National Speciality Club Medallion for Agility, National Specialty Club Cup for Obedience

Club Service: member since 2000, past Club Secretary, Trial Secretary, Seminar Chairperson

Biography: Poodles were in my life before I was born, I trained my first poodle in obedience at 13 years of age, through 4H, and earning what was then a Grand Champion ribbon. During high school and college poodles were still part of my life, but not competitive training. I got back to training in the 90's when I started working with Rosie Baldwin. In order to start to compete, I found the Evansville Obedience Club. I am a CGC and STAR Puppy Evaluator. I am a past member of the Agility Club of Evansville. As an active member of the Evansville Kennel Club, I am Vice President, Seminar Chairperson, and Hospitality Chairperson for one of the largest dog shows held in the nation.

Training Philosophy: Be positive, be patient, be consistent.

Mimi Nicholson

Classes taught: Rally; Puppy, Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Beginner Novice and Novice proofing; CGC and STAR Puppy certified

Breeds: Border Collies     Meet Mimi's Dogs

Titles (showing highest in each area):
AKC: RAE2, CD, HT, CGC, Conformation - Championship pointed
UKC: URO1, UCDX, Conformation - UCH, U-GRCH
IABCA: International Honors Championships

Club Service: past Secretary, past President

Biography: Originally from St. Louis, MO with several stops before Evansville. I received my PhD in English from Purdue and for many years taught English composition, literature, and other subjects at the college level.  Had a state and federal grant for regional teacher training and development for the last 10 years before retirement.  Served on the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Board for 24 years.  Was a Master Gardener until the weeds won.  Am now happily retired and spending time and money on my beloved border collies.

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Danetta Ohning

Classes taught: Beginner thru Advanced, Skill Building, Advanced Skill Building, Clicker, Tricks, Rally Novice and Rally Advanced

Breed: Poodles (Miniature and Standard), Pumi, and Chinese Crested. Have owned and trained many different breeds over the years.     Meet Danetta's Dogs

Titles (showing highest in each area):
AKC: Obedience: CD one leg towards CDX; Rally: RA; Conformation: Champion
UKC: Conformation: Grand Champion; Obedience: UCD; Rally: URO1
Certificates: TDI, Advanced Trick Dog

Club Service: Held many offices and served on numerous committees for EOC. I am a past or present member of several National breed clubs and Leader of the Evansville 4-H Dog Club.

Awards: Several dogs nationally ranked. EOC Good Sportsmanship Award

Biography: During the 1970s I participated in a kid's summer training program with my Miniature Poodle in Wisconsin where I grew-up. We won obedience and tricks competition and I was hooked. My dad then bought me my first "show dog". A Standard Schnauzer that was fabulous. She was nationally ranked but more importantly taught me many things about life and training. Since then I have always had a dog that I was training/showing. I have had many, many breeds throughout my life. I love the diversity in dogs and enjoy the challenge of training a "non-obedience" breed. It is not the titles and the scores but the journey that keeps me hooked.

Training Philosophy: I grew-up in the days of "pop and jerk" training methods. Fortunately, those days are long gone as we have learned "you get more with honey". Today I use positive methods with "clicker" training as my base. I love the relationship that is created and the learning that is possible when training is based on positive reinforcements. I believe you can "click" your way to an awesome dog.

Debbie Yoder

Classes taught: Beginner 1 and Beginner Advanced, Skill Building

Breeds: Chinese Crested, Red & White Setter    

Titles (showing highest in each area):
AKC: Information pending
UKC: Information pending

Club Service: President, Chair of Trial Committee, Trial Secretary

Biography: Information Pending

Training Philosophy: Information pending

Terry Blake

Classes taught: Rally and Beginner Novice Overview; Beginner 1, Advanced Beginner, Attention

Breed: English Setter     Meet Terry's Dogs

Titles (showing highest in each area):
AKC: Obedience: CD and BN; Rally: RA

Club Service: past Secretary, Treasurer, Trial Chair

Biography: I've had dogs for some 40 years, but I didn't know anything about obedience until some 8 years ago when I took a Beginner I class at EOC with my first deaf setter. It made a world of difference in our ability to communicate with each other. I was so impressed with the results of that one class, I went through it again twice with the Lab and the Golden Retriever I had at the time. Several years later, when I got the second deaf Setter, we did a whole realm of classes and I was hooked on Obedience and Rally. English Setters are not well known as Obedience dogs, but my current show girl and I are making progress, adding two more titles just this past year. Through my affiliation with EOC, I've also have had the chance to learn about and participate in, conformation, agility and tracking. All great ways to spend more time with and learn about my dog, something everyone should take the opportunity to do.

Sheryl Froehle

Classes taught: Beginner One, Beginner Two, Intermediate

Breeds: German Shepherd, Sheltie     Meet Sheryl's Dogs

Titles (showing highest in each area):

Awards: Blumenaur Award - multiple times

Club Service: Building Manager

Biography: (information pending)

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Steve Stout

"Classes taught: Beginner 1 and Advanced Beginner

Breeds: Doberman     Meet Steve's Dogs

Titles (showing highest in each area):

Awards: UKC Obedience High in Trial; EOC's Good Sportsmanship Award 2009

Club Service: Vice-President 2008-2009 and 2012; Previous trial chair and trial secretary; Development and management of EOC website

Biography: I began training and showing in AKC Obedience in 1996. My first trial in Novice A, with Nicki, was in Lexington Kentucky. We lost a run-off and got second place. That was a great experience and motivated me to learn more about training. I became an EOC member in 2002. Prior to that I had earned Companion Dog titles on 3 Dobies. In 1999, Micah quickly acquired his CD. His daughter, Chelsea, earned her UCD, RA and her CD with several placements. Currently I am working with Zoe in Grad Novice.

Training Philosophy: My view of training has evolved a lot since joining EOC. From our instructors and seminars I've learned motivational training. Dog training is about communication and leadership, as well as a bond of respect and trust between dog and owner. We can teach our dogs to learn behaviors and exercises. We can lead them wherever we go. This should be done in a positive way which is not only work but fun. That doesn't mean that it's always easy and never challenging, but when learning is fun it is much more rewarding for dog and handler.