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

Linda

Pet Obedience/Manager

After 20 years in corporate and raising 2 sons, Linda pursued her passion of dogs and earned her certification in dog training from the Animal Behavior College.   She has volunteered in several animal shelters and rescue organizations helping homeless pets get adopted and educating dog parents.  Linda enjoys meeting new people and sharing her knowledge to pet owners while working with great dogs.

In addition to being a life long pet owner, she has also competed in dog obedience.  Linda’s years of experience will start you to your goal while bringing fun and enjoyment to the class sessions.  Linda currently shares her home with a rescue named Brady.

Mia

Pet Obedience/CGC Evaluator

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.

Hannah

Pet Agility
Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree at Utica University with various animal behavior and biology classes under her belt she finally felt ready to follow her childhood dreams of training dogs and competing in the world of dog sports. She prepared for years and when she felt ready, got her first Bedlington Terrier, Breitling (Starcastle’s Coveted Timepiece RE CGC TKI). She has titled this dog quickly in 2023, earning their Rally Excellent title at the end of the year, Canine Good Citizen title, and various trick titles. This is the dog that started it all for her. He is currently the highest scoring Bedlington Terrier in the sport of Rally Obedience & on the way to making history as the first Bedlington Terrier to earn a RACH (championship title). They qualified for the 2024 national championship with the high scores of 100, 98, and 97.
She has shadowed and trained underneath various trainers and schools, in both upstate New York and here in Rhode Island. She has a natural talent handling dogs of all ages, understanding their behavior, growing their confidence, and strengthening the bond between them and their handlers. She emphasizes the importance of building confidence and trust, which allows you and your dog to do anything together. She has helped teach our puppy manners classes, basic obedience classes and teaches our pet agility classes,.

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.