2017 Training Dates

April 8-10: Todd Dunlap
May 6-7: Julia Priest tracking seminar
May 27-29: Todd Dunlap
June 17-18: Trial with Cynthia LaPointe – all approvals have been obtained and the trial has been posted on the AWMA website
June 10-12: Todd Dunlap
July 8-9: Christopher Smith
July 22-24: Todd Dunlap
August 19-21: Todd Dunlap
September 15-18: IPO Trial with Hartmut Beckmann DVG Judge, Todd Dunlap helper

Todd Dunlap is from Pennsylvania and is the primary trainer behind Dunlap Training Solutions. Training dogs to Todd is not about making a dog “sit, down or come” those are just the mechanical components, it’s about communicating with a dog. The clearer the communication lines are between dog and handler, the stronger the relationship. Todd firmly is an advocate of science-based dog training principles. He has taught pet obedience classes for the last 10 years along with training his own dogs in multiple protection-based dog sports, and is consistently coaching handler/dog teams that go on to win at the national and international level.



Weekend immersion in dog training! If you’re from out of the area, we train all day Saturday and Sunday with a potluck Saturday night where we drink beer and talk dogs. Come join us!

Jay Belcher, Sublime Canine, is from Tucson Arizona and has experience with IPO, ringsport, AKC obedience, flyball, nosework, dock diving, etc. He’s an excellent, safe decoy; a motivational trainer in obedience and loves and excels in tracking!

Christopher Smith, All Canine Working Dog Club, is from Los Angeles and is an experienced helper for IPO/Schutzhund working a variety of breeds, and is an excellent coach for handlers. His club members have achieved excellent scores in all phases in trials.

The dates are:

  • JJ – April 16-17
  • JJ – May 7-8
    Christopher – May 28-29
  • JJ – June 18-19
  • JJ – July 9-10
    Christopher – July 23-24
  • JJ – August 13-14
  • IPO TRIAL – Sept. 10-11 with AWMA judge Waine Singleton

2016 Training Weekends

Mark your calendars with these confirmed dates for JJ and Christopher:

April 16-17 — JJ
May 7-8 — JJ
May 28-29 — Christopher (Memorial Day)
June 18-19 — JJ
July 9-10 — JJ
July 23-24 — Christopher
August 13-14 — JJ
September 10-11 — Trial (tentative, working on getting judge)

2015 Training Weekends

We host regular training weekends throughout the year, and welcome visitors both to watch or participate. Our helpers, Jay Belcher and Christopher Smith, are accomplished dog trainers and competitors who always come armed with great insight and coaching skills. Both can help with your obedience and tracking foundation and problem solving, as well as the protection phase. Let us know if you’d like to attend a training weekend.

(some dates are tentative – always call first)

April 18-19 — Jay Belcher

May 15-16 — Jay Belcher

May 30-31 Christopher Smith

June 20-21 or end of month depending on family reunion — Jay Belcher

July 18-19 — Jay Belcher

August 15 -16 — Jay Belcher

Aug. 22-13 — Christopher Smith

Sept 12-13 Trial? — Jay Belcher trial helper

Come join the fun!

JJ Working Weekends for 2014

!! Save these dates and join us for IPO, competition obedience and ringsports training !!
April 26-27
May 24-25 (right before the ABMC Malinois Specialty in Red Lodge)
June 21-22
July 19-20
August 16-17 Date change! Saturday, 9 August 2014 – Sunday 10 August 2014
Potential trial Sept 6-7 or following weekend Trial October 11th!

JJ has experience in behaviour modification, training for obedience competition, tracking and flyball, and is an excellent helper/decoy in the protection sports.

We train Saturday morning until dark, then talk dogs the rest of the evening with good food, good drink, and good company at a club-hosted potluck. Sunday morning we train until JJ’s plane leaves. We welcome newcomers, and whether you need help with a specific exercise on obedience or want to learn everything from the ground up, this is the place to do it.

If you want to read more about Jay Belcher, his training methods and level of knowledge, visit his website Sublime Canine.

JJ Belcher working weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6
IPO, Ring, competitive obedience
Working spots available, including obedience only.
Call sam for more info: four o six five 8 one seven 3 0 2

Training weekend with Craig Lewis

We had another great training weekend, this time with Craig Lewis. Where our previous weekends with JJ Belcher really focused on training basics for all the dogs, this weekend enabled those of us thinking of trialing in September to see where we were. Craig is an accomplished training helper, of course, having spent many years working with Les Flores, but Craig really brings the pressure to the dogs in the context of a trial format, and that is what we wanted to show our dogs!

Training with Zappa was a breeze, as usual. He has figured out that Sam is the one who releases him and is showing some nice control along with nice fight on the escape and re-attacks; long sends look pretty good, too.

Lexi was her screaming self, and unlike Zappa would rather do things under her her own volition, but we got some nice practice in and should be able to clean up the obedience with Mike’s help (more on that below).

Dax reacted to the pressure of Craig’s presence by getting angry… not like he didn’t have any anger issues already! So all of us were predicting that as soon as she started working on control, it’d all fall apart, and he did a nice job.

Aahz showed some great control and nice speed on the escape bite, but we have some things to work through if he gets stepped on by the helper combined with the pressure of a good skip drive. But Aahz learns fast and we’ll figure it out.

Last year, Sirius wanted nothing to do with Craig, and had three great sessions this time. All the puppies did great, and Durus was his usual self. Anne and Craig also worked Craig’s new puppy Colt, a real keeper!

We introduced Mike Donaghue to the pleasures of chiropracty-by-canine with Bekqa when JJ was here, and we showed him another kind of extreme with Craig’s dog Riddick this weekend. Mike did several escape bites with Riddick and managed to keep his feet on at least one of them! Riddick is a very extreme dog with very extreme drives that Craig has struggled to title for some time (as yet unsuccessfully) but is always entertaining!