Staff

Cassandra

Owner

Teri

Co-Owner/Agility

Teri has been involved in training and showing since 1991. In that time, she has titled several dogs in AKC,UKC,CKC,ASCA.   She  campaigned her Belgian Malinois “Tory” BOWISS,BOVISS, U-CDX,OTCH CH Crossroads Trew Legend, UDX2,OM1,VER obtaining both breed and obedience championships. This team has achieved over 35 HIT’s(High In Trial) including HC (High Combined). They  ranked #1 Novice Belgian Malinois, #1 Open Beligian Malinois and #1 Utility Belgian Malinois in the USA!  Teri and Tory were invited to the Eukanuba National Obedience Invitational  3 years in a row ranking #1 and #2 Belgian Malinois in the country!  Currently, Teri and Gia have been showing in Agility earning the title CH MACH De Vel Graceful Legend MXB MJB CGC.  Teri has attended many workshops, seminars and worked with some of the top known trainers in the USA. Teri is also a Certified K9 Massage Therapist.

Karen

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer

Scent Work

Jennifer P. Anderson (Jen) is the principal of River Horse Consulting, LLC, a canine training company and is an animal trainer and teacher with 30+ years of experience in canine, equine, avian (raptor) and small animal training and rehabilitation. Jennifer has an UG degree SUNY New Paltz in Physical and Applied Geography with Minors in Chemistry/Botany and a Master’s in Environmental and Community Planning from the URI. A Spring 2013 graduate of the FBI New Haven Division Civilian Academy she has continued study in Forensics and Forensic Anthropology and integrates these disciplines into her application of the chemical and physical properties of scent theory, meterology, topography and human and animal behavior.

Jen is a 2006 certified canine search specialist with the State of Rhode Island Search and Rescue Team task forces and member of the Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue team (RICSAR), a Canine SAR team. She has certified and deployed with 6 canine partners since 2000 and currently works with her canine partners and family members, Ryder, Finn, and her newest recruit Bellamy – all Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. Jen’s working partners are also CGC and Therapy certified.

Jen is an Urban Rubble and Wilderness Instructor with the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA); National Search and Rescue Association (NASAR) Tracker I, SARTECH II and National Ski Patrol I and II certified deployable technician.

Her prior work as an Animal control officer in Adirondack Park, New York and Orange County New York, an assistant New York animal shelter manager, New York State Veterinary Technician, Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator and Red Cross Multi course Instructor and Red Cross Human Shelter Manager have all fostered her desire to work with canines and their owners/handlers to improve communication and physical skills and build strong foundational relationships.
In 2015, she was recruited as an Instructor for Veterinary Tactical Group(VTG) Fayetteville, NC and has taught at their seminars for Law enforcement, military and civilian working Canine handlers addressing tactical critical veterinary care.

Her public/private training programs include: AKC CGC, Star Puppy and tracking /trailing, AKC Scent Work, ATT and Farm Dog Judge; scent discrimination and nose work craft, Core Fitness work, obedience in drive, agility, shaped tasks (service oriented animals), isolation and reduction/removal of undesirable behaviors (biting, destruction of property) and search and rescue.

Jen employs a diverse cross section of animal and human educational skillsets crafting unique training programs to focus on each team’s individual chemistry, physical needs of the desired training task and the building blocks of skills needs to reach an objective. Above all, Jen is all about making sure each and every training is refreshing and rewarding for all of the participants. If it’s not fun – it’s not getting done!

  • .  AKC Scent Work Judge License # 103461
  • .  IPWDA SAR Instructor # 1822 (Wilderness Search, Cadaver – Disaster) www.ipwda.org . NASAR SARTECH II and National Ski Patrol Mt Rescue 1 & 2 Certified # 212400
  • .  RICSAR – RI Task Force 2, www.ricsar.org Secretary and Live Find/Wilderness/ Disaster Training Officer
  • .  APDT Member# 80180
  • .  Veterinary Tactical Group (VTG) Assistant Instructor
  • .  AKC CGC , Community Canine and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator #89743, ATT and Farm Dog Judge
  • .  Forensic Field Recovery L2

Mia

Pet Obedience

Mia started training dogs at 7 years old, by joining a dog 4H club. She and her Australian Shepherd, Wrangler, competed in 4H shows and obtained many obedience and showmanship championship and grand championship wins. Through 4H, Mia discovered her love for training and showing dogs. 

In 2017, Mia got her first Ibizan Hound, CKC GCH DC AKC CH Icycold Third Time SC FDC TKN “Charm”, and showed her heavily in AKC breed shows. She has handled her to a hound group win, multiple placements, and high honor awards, including an Award of Merit at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club.  Charm ranked to be the #10 Ibizan hound (all breed) and the #3 Owner Handled Ibizan in the US.  Mia continues to handle dogs in shows, now focusing on her new up and comer, IcyCold daVinci’s Made for the Spotlight “Idina”. 

Besides dog shows, Mia has years in experience in obedience, agility, lure coursing, and trick training. Mia has been training at K9C since 2015 and apprenticed under trainers here for many years. She has a passion for training dogs.

Linda

Pet Obedience

Diane

Agility

Diane started agility back in 1995, with this dog, Aylmere Afterglow, “Kindle” AX, AXJ, CD, Ad, OJC OAC, NGC  at the FIRST agility trial at the Shetland Sheepdog National.

First dog she trained in agility  was 7- USDAA Titles , participated in NADAC nationals,  AKC Nationals  and at 10 she taught me everything.

The main dogs I have competed with, CH Aylmere Puzzle Piece, “Trista”  OA, OAJ MACH 2  Aylmere Colorforms,  “Tika”  MXS, MJB, MAD CH, BISS, Bare Cove Back in a Jiffy,  “Jiffy” AX, MXJ,  NAP,  NJP.

Currently competing: Bare Cover Above and Beyond,  Maven” MX, MJG, XF (with Lynda Hamilton) Bare Cove Hooked on Jiffy,   “Hook” AX, MXJ, NAP, NJP, top 20% AKC Nationals

Diane has bred and co-owned many more dogs, and taught agility at many facilities  over the years.  She loves to help teams come together and truly enjoy this sport!

Sarah

Agility Assistant

Arial

Foundation Agility

Arial has been home training her own dogs all her life.  She has been coming to the K9C for several years with her dobermans taking all levels of obedience.  Then she got Kyz hooked on agility and Zva hooked on scent work!  Now she is trialing and competing in agility and has passed her ORTs to compete in in Nosework.

She has also trained with horses working with several trainers and participating in clinics.  Although she enjoys her trail riding, she has now started training in dressage.

Karen

Competition Obedience

Karen Mancini, the former owner of the K-9 Connection, has been sharing her life with giant schnauzers since 1989. Breeding, training and showing Giants has been her passion. Her Giants have been nationally ranked, multiple BIS and HIT dogs. GCH Kenro’s Keeping Time,Tempo, won the breed at Westminster in 2006 and 2008 and was the #1 Conformation Giant Schauzer. Her son, G CHKenro’s Stealing Time CDX CA OAP OJP, Reo, went on to a Grand Champion and HIT at the National Specialty in 2014. CH Kenro’s Man of the Hour UDX, BN was the #1 Obedience Giant Schnauzer nationally for multiple years. They were invited and competed at the Eukanuba Obedience Invitational in 2006 and 2007. Her GS Rave earned her UD and her CH Border Collie, Switch, was a UD and agility dog, as well as both being the loves of her life. Deciding to downsize, Karen is now competing with her Affenpinscher, Bug-Z, who, so far, has his breed championship and AXP and AXJ and is training for obedience. Karen enjoys training and building relationships with her dogs and working with others to do the same.

Linda

Rally Obedience

Linda has had Shelties in her life for over 50 years, but only began training and showing eight years ago, when Deena came into her life.  This team has competed in Obedience, Rally and is now competing in Agility at the Masters Level.  Deena has just become a Pet Therapy candidate too!  Rorie(above photo), is in Novice Agility and also has 2 Rally Titles.  Zephyr is the main Rally member of the family and is working on his 2nd RAE!

 

When Linda is not doing dog related activities, she sings in a community chorus and likes to travel.  She has been a college instructor at several different schools and was also a museum curator for 30 years.  Teaching and mentoring are her passions: so she applied to AKC and was accepted as an ACT evaluator.

Dodi

CGC & Therapy Dog Class

Dodi has been working with her dogs for over 40 years in conformation, obedience, pet therapy, rally and recently agility. While living in Texas, she was a member of a dog training club pursuing obedience titles with her golden retrievers and siberian husky. A group of club members were interested in doing visitations to local nursing homes. Watching the joy the dogs brought from interactions with the residents was very rewarding. Dodi has been doing pet therapy visits ever since. She is approved to do evaluations for AKC CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Star Puppy and Trick Dog titles. Dodi is also approved by the Golden Retriever Club of America to perform Certification of Conformation Assessments.

AKC titles: 5 CDX dogs, 10 CD dogs, 14 championships, and 3 Rally excellent dogs

UKC titles: 18 championships, 15 grand championships & 3 R03 rally Canadian titles: 8 championships, 3 CD Certified Therapy Dogs: 3 dogs actively certified with Pet Partners