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Meet Our Trainers

Tom & Sherry Altman

Tom & Sherry AltmanTom & Sherry Altman have provided for twenty-five years families with pet training in a classroom setting or private lessons along with competitive Obedience and Agility training. Tom has judged the 4-H Dog Agility Competition at the Florida State Fair. He has also trained blind and deaf dogs. He is certified by the American Kennel Club to teach and certify puppies in the puppy STAR program as well as teach adult dogs the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) course. Tom is a member of APDT (Assoc. of Professional Dog Trainers). He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Animal Science. He teaches Puppy Class, Basic Obedience I w/ CGC, and Fun & Games.

Rita Figg

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Rita Figg has finished dogs of various breeds in AKC Conformation, Obedience and Lure Coursing. She is an AKC Conformation Judge for fifteen (15) breeds and for Junior Showmanship. She has also been an All-Breed Coursing Judge for AKC since its inception in 1991 and for the American Sighthound Field Association since 1979.

Suzanne Peck

suzannepeckSuzanne Peck is our Rally Novice and Advanced Instructor. With her dog Major she has earned the following AKC titles: RN (Rally Novice), RA (Rally Advanced) and RE (Rally Excellent) and has one more leg to go for the AKC CD title. She has earned the CGC on her own 4 dogs and participated in the DOCOF (Dog Obedience Clubs of FL) team in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Over the last five years she has continued her education by attending seminars and workshops with some of the top trainers in the country. She teaches Rally.

Bess Walmsley

Bes WalmsleyBess Walmsley is the owner of K9 Best Manners LLC., a positive, family friendly dog training based business. She has been an instructor for The Greater Venice Dog Club for as long as we have been offering classes. She has taught everything from handling for the show ring, puppy classes, obedience Levels 1 and 2, Canine Good Citizen classes and "funObility". FunObility combines obedience, beginner agility and tricks and is fun and exciting for dogs and their families.

She has also taught many classes for Suncoast Humane Society, Peace River Dog Fanciers, CGC for Peace River Search and Rescue, and Suncoast Humane Society's Cell Dog program. She is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She has traveled around the US attending workshops and seminars with the best and most knowledgeable trainers in the country and I have brought this knowledge back to share with my students. She has trained over 400 pet dogs in this area and I still learn new things. I love to show people how to read their dogs and teach them how to be happy family members.