Sam has been a student of dog behaviour all her life. Sam (& husband Warren) were introduced to dog training, Search & Rescue and Schutzhund in the early 1980s by mentor Bill Dotson. Sam and her first Aussie Logan were members of California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA), the Davis Dog Training Club (where they competed in obedience and tracking), and the Northern California Australian Shepherd Club where they showed in conformation and herding.
Since moving to Montana in 1985, Sam has been heavily involved in Schutzhund, competing in the early years with an Aussie Maggie SchH1, then with several German shepherds (including Hawkeye SchH3 and Saga SchH2) and most recently, a Malinois Lexi and German shepherd-in-training Dax. On a fateful January in 2005, she entered her first Agility trial with an awesome Aussie named Cosmic Corbie.
Sam teaches classes in agility, competition obedience/rally, and occasionally puppy kindergarten and puppy preschool. Besides offering dog training classes in Bozeman, Sam’s business K9FUNdamentals sells “toys and essentials for performance dogs” including tug toys and other motivational toys for drive building, collars and leashes, etc., both online and at agility trials around the northwest.
Sam homeschools with her 15 year old son (we’re no longer homeschooling, as he’s now in college!), raises Jacob sheep, tries to make time for her horses and riding and dreams about gardening. In her spare time, she writes and blogs, enjoys graphic design and webdesign (Lodestar Graphics). She is currently trying to find time to design tee shirts with agility, Schutzhund and other working dog themes.
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I am a proud member of:
- Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) (since 1979)
- United Schutzhund Clubs of America (UScA) (since 1986)
- Big Sky Schutzhund Club (founding member since 1997)
- American Working Malinois Association (AWMA)(since 2005)
- American Belgian Malinois Club (ABMC)
- Gallatin Dog Club (since 1986)
- founding member of the Galloping Dog Agility Club
Samie’s current dogs: