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Meet Our Trainers

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.

Katara Peters

Katara 2019 2Katara Peters has been teaching for 19 years and ran her own dog obedience training school until 2016. She is a certified trainer through the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and an AKC evaluator for Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog titles. While running her own dog school, she offered numerous forms of group and private training including Pet Friendly Obedience from puppy to advanced, Games Classes, Rally Obedience as well as beginner to advanced Agility. She has also worked on behavior modification. Her training encourages building a better relationship between you and your dog with a positive style. She uses treats as an incentive and reinforcement while creating a free thinking pet. In the past, she has participated in various AKC sanctioned competitions and has titled dogs in Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, and Barn Hunt.

Rita Figg

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.