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Denise Miller:

Hello Everyone, I have been a member of CDTC for 6 years and
have thoroughly enjoyed this group of dog loving people.  The wealth of
knowledge and experience in this group is amazing.  Before I became totally
hooked on the dog training world, I was a professional dancer and dance
instructor.  My husband/dance partner and I taught all over the country as well as Europe and Canada.  We also owned and operated our own dance studio for many years.  In my 25 years of teaching people to dance I learned about learning styles and motivations to help enhance my students experience and create the most  efficient and productive learning path for each individual person. I have brought that experience over to my own dogs and helping others.   I own four Australian Shepherds who are currently involved in Rally FrEe  (Dancing), Rally, Conformation, Herding, Parkour,and Dock Diving.    I also volunteer my time to work with Dorchester Paws, a local shelter in Summerville. 
I have the privilege to be the Training Director for The Charleston Dog Training Club for 2020.  I am so excited about this opportunity and hope to create a learning environment for you and your dogs that will be welcoming and informative with lots of choices in learning styles and activities to sample.


Kim DeSio grew up on a 32 acre horse farm in So. Attleboro, Mass. At an early age, she became an avid animal enthusiast and was active in both 4-H and Pony Club. During her youth, Kim enjoyed training for and competing in rated shows, dressage, combine training, hunter paces and fox hunts. As a young adult, Kim used her experience and expertise in these areas to provide horseback riding lessons to others and establishing a highly successful 4-H club - many members of whom successfully went on to compete in Nationals. 

In the early 2000s, Kim ventured into the field of dog training, enrolling Tilly, her first Australian Shepherd, into Obedience Tails Dog Training School in Rhode Island. In 2017, shortly after rescuing Hannah Sue, Kim moved to South Carolina and found the Charleston Dog Training Club, becoming a member in February 2018.

Kim is the proud owner of two Australian Shepherds, Hannah Sue and Mtn Hollow Shawlynn Bella. Hannah Sue received 4 perfect scores while competing at her first trial (May 2018) and has 13 AKC titles along with one International Dog Parkour title. She is currently working towards achieving the prestigious RACH title. Mtn Hollow Shawlynn Bella joined the family in 2019 and currently holds six AKC titles.

Kim served as Vice President of the Charleston Dog Training Club in 2019 and currently holds the title of President for 2020. She loves competing in Rally and sharing her knowledge with others. Kim is grateful to be a member of such a quality and caring organization, with its many different classes covering a variety of disciplines. She is excited for the opportunity to draw upon her years of experience and love of animals to contribute to the club’s growth and future. 

Stephen Monyko:

I am the Instructor for the CGC and Obedience 101 classes. I am an approved AKC CGC Evaluator. I moved to Goose Creek from Chicago in 2012. I joined the club in 2015 to train my new puppy. I started working with dogs when I got my first Rottweiler in 1986. I started helping to teach basic training classes with the Gage Park Dog Training Club in the 1990's and I taught there for more than 10 years. The dog breed that I love is the Rottweiler. I have been a member of the Medallion Rottweiler Club more than 30 years. The Titles-Suffix I have earned with my dogs are Star Puppy , CGC , TKI , CD and Sch-Bh.

Sue Cipolla:

Hello! I participate in a variety of dog sports with my two Leonbergers including Obedience, Rally, therapy work, carting and backpacking. 
In 2013 I took my first AKC Rally class. I learned the sport from the BEST. She made the class fun for both me and my dog and taught me everything I know about being a good handler. In 2017, the Charleston Dog Training Club was suddenly without a Rally Instructor. Together with three other members who also did Rally with their dogs, we offered to "team" teach a Novice Rally class to fill the void. Since that time we have taught both new students and returning students in both a formal class format and a weekly drop in format. Some of our Novice students are now working at the Masters level and working toward the prestigious RACH title.

Mickey Januszkiewicz:

I was a club member during the late 70's and 80's working Dobermans and Belgian Malinois in Novice. I spent 30 years with the Charleston Police Department, 18 years of that in the K-9 unit, handling three Belgian Malinois. I am a NAPWDA Master Trainer in Utility(Police K-9), Narcotics, and Cadaver. I have been involved in K-9 Search and Rescue since 2002, handling two Labradors Retrievers. I am now training my Jack Russell Terrier, River, in Barn Hunt and AKC Scent Work.

Lori Duncan:

I have been competing in dog performance events (agility, obedience, rally obedience, flyball) for more than 25 years.  I have been an instructor in dog agility and obedience for over 20 years.  I use positive reinforcement (using motivators such as toys, food, and praise) in my training.   I have attended numerous agility seminars from top instructors throughout the country (e.g., Stuart and Pati Mah, Mary Ellen Barry, Anne Braue, Jen Crank, Jen Pinder, Susan Garrett, Nancy Gyes, Stacy Goudy, Elicia Calhoun, Theresa Rector, Sherrie Wilkes, Tracy Riley, Karen Holik, and Rebecca Thrift).  I have received instruction in behavior modification using the Control Unleashed program from Leslie McDevitt (author), Meagan Skelton, and Cindy Carter. 

I have trained 6 Australian Shepherds and a Boykin Spaniel in agility.  I’ve earned several obedience, rally, flyball, and agility titles including an Agility Dog Champion (ADCH) and Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA).  I am currently competing with Duster (8) and Doby (20 months), both Australian Shepherds.  Duster competes at the Masters level in USDAA and Doby competes at the Starters and Advanced levels in USDAA.

Susan Norris:

I have been training dogs for 12 years. I have 3 Labradors and am involved in Obedience, Rally, and Pet Therapy.  I have attended workshops with Laura Romanik, Top Dog workshops with Linda Brennan, and Betsy Scappichio, Julie Flanery, Rebecca Thrift, and Tracy Riley. I also took agility classes with Becca Thrift and John Reid at SCoot Dog Agility. I enjoy teaching the S.T.A.R. Puppy class and love the way puppies learn.  Jeb is my Novice A dog; he has earned his CD, RA, and Therapy Dog titles. Hampton has earned his CD and RN. Jake earned his Rally Novice title.  Chester is my newest puppy that I plan to do Obedience, field work , and Conformation with.  I am a CGC evaluator and Temperament Evaluator with AKC.

Marion Schutt:
I have been involved in dog training since I got my first Aussie, Boris, in 1990.  Since then, my husband Melvin and I have had seven Aussies who have had varying degrees of success in the show world.  I have competed in obedience, rally, flyball and agility. Shows, online classes and seminars all contribute to my ongoing education as a trainer. My strength as a trainer is identifying and solving problems experienced by other handlers and their dogs. I am currently a purely positive trainer. Come on out and give our favorite hobby a try! 

Jill Lundgrin:

I began showing and training my Pug, when I was a teenager, in conformation and obedience. She became a champion and completed her CGC title. Working with a 4-H club I was recognized as a National 4-H Dog Care and Training recipient.

I have an associate degree in vet tech and college degree in business administration. I’ve taught CPR/First Aid sessions and worked with 100s of dogs of all ages, since 2011, in basic manners, aggression, separation anxiety, etc. I also specialized in teaching clicker training through the Karen Pryor Academy. I am an AKC Evaluator for STAR, CGC and ATT.

When I moved to Charleston, another Pug and I were involved with the Pet Therapy International. Currently I have rescued a senior Beagle mix who came to me after surviving 5 homes and a Pit/Lab who barely survived her first year. They each have their CGCs and a trick dog title. My hound and I have tried FAST CAT, the club’s scent and rally classes and we both had a BALL in Treibball.

I’ve attended and been a member of the National Pug Dog Club, professional organizations, my church and constantly educating myself on the science of dog training in a positive, force-free manner.

Melvin Schutt
Melvin Schutt has been training dogs for 12 years. His “A” dog (first dog), Maggie May, Elf Hearts & Flowers UDX2 OM2 RA AX AXJ XF CGC plus Masters everything in USDAA, provided him with a tremendous learning experience. She taught him all the right and wrong things to do in both an obedience ring and on an agility field. They managed to muddle through togther to have a very successful show career. His “B" dog Rudy, OTCH Elf Dash Away UDX5 PUTD OM8 VER RE NA NAJ OAP AJP OF XFP CGC, not only was awarded an Obedience Trial Championship but also had an extremely successful agility career in both AKC and USAA. With Rudy, Melvin began to understand the hard work of training a dog to perform at the highest levels of obedience. They competed and were very successful at national competitions including The AKC Classic in Orlando, the US Australian Shepherd National competition at Purina Farms in St. Louis, and at the National Obedience Invitational competition in Ohio. Rudy was the number 1 OTCH pointed Australian Shepherd in the country in 2017/2018.
Melvin is now training Pip ,Elf Great Expectations CDX PCDX. He is 3 years old, blue merle Australian Shepherd As his name announces, we have great expectations of Pip. Melvin attends many seminars with top national handlers in an attempt to become familiar with as many good training techniques as he can and is more than willing to share what he has learned. He also competes regularly at regional obedience trials throughout the Southeast.

Jane Hirsch 

Jane first learned about clickers in a 1999 puppy class with her first Aussie, Rafter. Using it mostly for teaching tricks, it wasn't until years and two dogs later that she learned the science behind marker-based learning and converted from being a trainer who uses a clicker to a clicker trainer.

She has attended five Clicker Expos which feature the best clicker trainers and behaviorists from all over the world. She has also trained with two of the best clicker trainers in the US, Julie Flanery and Michele Pouliot, many times.

Now every new behavior is taught with a clicker and her dogs love to try to figure out what behavior will earn that click!

No matter what dog sport, whether good manners, tricks, obedience, or complex behaviors, the clicker is an amazing tool.

An added benefit is that clicker savvy dogs are happy workers and enjoy training!

Ricki Silveria:
Ricki Silveria has been in competitive dog sports for the past 20 years.  After retiring in 2009, she made training and showing dogs a high priority. Ricki has finished 9 Conformation Champions, including three from the Bred By Exhibitor class and has added numerous Rally and Obedience titles to her dogs.  Several of her dogs are Registered Therapy Dogs through ATD, Inc.  Ricki belongs to several breed clubs including the Siberian Husky Club of America where she is the Treasurer of the SHCA Trust and has served as the National Specialty show chair, the Carolina Working Group Association where she currently serves as the show chair and is a board member, the Central NC Siberian Husky Club, as well as the Greater Greenville Siberian Husky Club. Ricki has been training with the Charleston Dog Training Club since 2014, she helps teach the Rally class as well as the newly introduced Conformation class. Ricki lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband and 5 Siberian Huskies.   

Heather Summers:
Heather Summers started her lifelong career with pets at the early age of 10 with a pet sitting service in her neighborhood. At 17, she worked as a pet bather/prepper and realized quickly she wanted to be Charleston's #1 pet stylist and own her own company. After apprenticing for several years as a groomer, she opened her own mobile Salon in 2008. In 2018 she bought her first grooming competition poodle Amavi; and fell madly in love with poodles. Wanting to do more than just trimming her beloved new dog, Heather leaped at the opportunity to join the CDTC to start training. Within a year Amavi and Heather received their S.T.A.R puppy, CGC, CGCU, CGCA titles, rally novice and intermediate and Trick Dog Intermediate Titles as well as beginner novice obedience title. They are now focusing on agility and rally advanced. 

Amavi and Heather are now teaching the CGC and Rally novice classes at the CDTC. Heather is an entrepreneur, certified pet stylist through International professional Groomers Association working on her Masters, an AKC evaluator and currently performs the evaluations for the Charleston Dog Training club's CGC testing. She is also certified as an AKC level one fitness instructor, is AKC safe Salon certified, Pet CPR and safety certified and members of NDGAA, NCGIA, Poodle Club of America and CDTC. Amavi is now a proud momma of four and one of two mascots for 4 Paws and a Tail.