Cindy Briggs began her journey to All Dog Adventures by first being a teacher, then human resources at her father's hotels, then to opening a dog grooming shop where she taught dog training classes at night. A simple sounding adventure gave her a well-rounded experience to open the first dog daycare in Richmond, VA in 1997, All Dog Playskool. In 2009, moving the business that now had a respected dog training program including competition obedience and agility, brought about a new name, All Dog Adventures. This change had created a new style of structured dog daycare, continued positive reinforcement training in all areas and opportunities to expand her influence to those who love dogs. Her dogs at this time include a eleven-year-old English Cocker Spaniel named Beckett who earned Master titles in agility, obedience title and tracking dog title. His claim to fame is riding a skateboard. Jody, Cindy's Golden Retriever, has earned Master Agility Champion 2 as well as obedience title, CDX. Jody is the well-known Village Bank mascot "Banks", and Journey AX AXJ, her youngest golden retriever. Cindy's previous dogs have earned competition titles, graced the pages and products for advertisements and been in T.V. ads.
Carol has been an animal lover from birth, always with an animal in her life. She enjoys training dogs and watching them learn. After receiving a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, she researched and decided on a breed of dog that best suited her and her life style, a Boykin Spaniel.
She was also introduced to Dog Agility and learned the sport with her 5 year old Boykin Spaniel named Richmond. Richmond has earned his CGC, OA, & NAJ titles. Carol now competes in agility with her Papillon named MACH PAX Heavensent Fast & Furious RA, CD, OJP, AP “Skills”. He qualified and attended the AKC Agility Nationals 2011. He has also modeled and can also be seen on the packaging of some dog toys in pet stores and in dog catalogs across the country. Her newest pup is Sizzle, a border collie.
Since 2002, Carol has taught Obedience, Manners, Canine Companions for Independence puppies, Doga, and continues to teach Agility classes at All Dog Adventures. Skills and Carol have attended multiple seminars and trainings with some of the top Agility Instructors in the world.
When Carol is not teaching or training, she is working fulltime at Commonwealth Autism Service and enjoys being a mom with her son, Silas.
Dawn began training at All Dog Playskool in puppy class with her lab puppy Molly. They developed a very special relationship because of their training. This led to the wonderful world of obedience training with her Labrador Retrievers. She is now teaching Flextime Obedience and Crate Games at All Dog Adventures.
Working with her dogs, going to dog trials and attending classes at All Dog are what keep Dawn busy. She has three great chocolate labs that she does obedience with – Hot Chocolate Molly, CGC, RA (Molly); M&M’z Chocaliscious Kiss, CGC, RA (Chaka) and M&M’z Chunk of Chocolate, CGC, RE, CD (Gunnar). Molly loves competing in Rally and is a therapy dog. Chaka is the athlete, hooked on agility. Gunnar loves training, going to class and competing in obedience. He is working on his therapy dog certification. Dawn also breeds and shows chocolate Labrador Retrievers, Old Ridge Labradors, www.oldridgelabradors.com
When not competing, showing or training her dogs, Dawn and her husband enjoy visiting their two grown sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Elizabeth grew up in a household without dogs but she has always loved working with and training animals. Even her childhood cat knew how to sit, stay and shake on command. In April 2008 Elizabeth finally found herself in a position that she could get a dog. She chose a long haired miniature dachshund named Gauis Baltar.
Gauis was a very shy puppy and was scared of new people and unfamiliar settings. After his initial manners classes her trainer recommended she try agility as a way to improve his confidence in new situations. That is how she came to All Dog Adventures. Currently Gauis and Elizabeth compete in agility, earthdog and hope to start competing in obedience. Gauis has earned his NA, NAJ, and JE as well as his CGC since coming to All Dog Adventures. He is also the first and only dachshund every to earn an expert trick dog title!
Elizabeth also helps with fostering Dachshunds.
Elizabeth teaches the introductory levels of agility and all our Tricks Classes. She loves helping owners improve their relationship with their dogs through games and having fun.
Jennifer Thomas is a CGC Evaluator, member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Troop Leader for the local Dog Scout Troop #194. She is also a member of several dog clubs and a volunteer for Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue. She enjoys training her dogs in obedience, agility, tracking and dock dog.
Jennifer's quest for knowledge led her to All Dog in 2008. She originally started agility to help her shy dog, Juneau, gain confidence. Juneau and Jennifer earned their first agility title in 2009. Her energetic personality and passion for all dog sports make her a perfect fit to teach the lower level agility classes.
Jennifer and her husband Chuck own three dogs and two cats. Their dogs are Vegas CGC, a pit bull, UAG Juneau Chrysler Thomas MX MXJ, a boxer/ambull mix, and Westpaws Rebel Without A Cause "Bristol" of Bon Air NAJ, a boxer. She has been employed as Controller at a local automobile dealership for seventeen years. When not training, competing, attending workshops, or volunteering she spends her time with her husband and three dogs, preferably at the beach. Jennifer has an adventurous spirit and is embracing every leg of her journey.
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), Professional Member APDT, (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), AKC Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator, Animal Behavioral College Mentor
Katherine attributes “genetic proclivity” as being responsible for her lifelong love affair with dogs and started in elementary school rescuing, working with and placing homeless dogs. She has had Old English Sheepdogs for over 30 years doing conformation showing, therapy dog and media work and attained championships on her dogs in the Bred By and Open classes. Katherine started her professional dog training career through association with All Dog Playskool in 1998 and says her mentors were Cindy Briggs, the late Cheryl Dunfee and Ian Dunbar. She started Shaggeypaws Behavior Consulting in 2000 working with clients on basic manners and leadership, behavior problems including reactivity, fear, aggression, phobias, and separation anxiety, and performs temperament, litter evaluations, PAWS and PAT tests for breeders and private individuals and offers private instruction in conformation showing. Katherine teaches three levels of Pet Dog Manners Group Classes at All Dog Adventures and loves teaching her students how to appropriately and respectfully understand, teach, guide and live with their canine companions. Katherine says her goal “is to have folks fall in love and stay in love with their pet dogs and teach them how to become and remain good canine citizens and remain in forever homes”.
Melanie Parrish has been a Dobermom since 1986. However, it was her current Doberkids, ARCH Parrish's "Precious" Jewel BN RE RL1X ThD CGC TDInc. and Melanie's "Blaze" of Glory RN RL1X CGC, who led her to formal dog training, the passion for AKC & APDT Rally and the joys of teaching others. As well as being a Manners instructor at All Dog Adventures, Melanie is an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and Therapy Dogs, Inc. Tester / Observer.
When Melanie is not instructing classes or training her own dogs, she is visiting local nursing homes with Precious as a team with Caring Canines Therapy Dogs and volunteering for Doberman Assistance Rescue & Education (DAR&E).
Morgan Krug adopted her first dog, Delilah, four years ago after seeing her piercing blue eyes staring our from the back of a crate during a BARK adopt-a-thon. It wasn't as simple as girl meets dog, however. Delilah was totally feral (definiely not a good idea for an inexperienced dog owner) and Morgan quickly learned that if this was going to work she needed to know and understand everything she could about dogs. This research immediately led Morgan to the realization that she loves all aspects of dog training. She began teaching obedience to pet dogs locally as soon as she could. To this day, the first look of comprehension a dog gets when learning a new command - that "light bulb moment" - is one of Morgan's favorite thinks to witness.Deliah is now a great demo dog, agility competitor and master of tricks.
This love of training and behavior led Morgan to get her first bachelor's degree in Psychology from VCU. She has since gotten her second bachelor's degree and is currently attending VCU for graduate school.
Morgan came to All Dog as a student and showed the interest to become one of All Dog's instructors. After meeting the requirements, she began instructing Manner's classes.
Rhea is a rally and agility instructor, bringing 25 years of dog training and competition experience to her studetns. She is an AKC Rally Judge, and an APDT Rally Judge. As an exhibitor, she has personally earned more than 50 titles on her own dogs.
Rhea's love of working with her dogs began after taking one of her dogs to a manners class... a basic obedience class was next... then agility... rally... tracking... and therapy dog work! She currently competes in rally, obedience, and agility, belongs to several dog sport clubs, and regularly attends seminars and camps to learn more.
The McCaffrey home includes husband, Jim, a retired doberman Zena - the Sofa Princess, and Carlos CD,RLPX, OA, OAJ !
Rhea strives to bring her joy in her relationship with her dogs to her students so that they may also enjoy their dogs and be successful in their training goals.
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Stacy Reeves began training 6 years ago after getting her very intense golden retriever, Gracie. Stacy competes with Gracie in AKC and USDAA Agility. Her next dog, a Parson Russell, Carter, competed in agility and earned his novice titles. Carter has now moved on to Earth Dog which he loves the best. Carter earned his Jr. Earth Dog title this past spring and currently working on his Sr. title. Then more recently Stacy has spent much of her dog-time training her new golden retriever, pup, Seeker, who is showing great skills in agility. Stacy's love of dog sports and those who participate in them has led her to organize camps, workshops, and events for All Dog. Some of the top trainers in the country have come to give seminars. Stacy has attended many workshops and handling camps given by Susan Garrett, Greg & Laura Derrett, Anthony Clarke and Tracy Sklenar.
Stacy teaches several different levels of agility and the very popular Games class. She is supported in her passion by her husband, Ken, and her son, Spencer.
Suzanne Massey begged for a dog as a girl and finally got a poodle when she was 9 years old, Sparkles. She rescued her first puppy in her twenties but was late and ignorant to the world of obedience and agility.
Suzanne found Indie (her current love) at BARK animal shelter in the summer of 2006. That relationship had changed her life in dramatic ways. Indie, being a border collie mix, turns out to love agility - Suzanne loves games, a perfect match. Five years later, she and Indie now compete in the Masters level of USDAA agility classes. Indie has Master's Titles in Standard, Jumpers, Snooker and Pairs. Suzanne has been an instructor for Agility classes at All Dog since Fall 2010. She was recently the trial secretary and organizer of the inaugural agility trial committee for All Dog Adventures first USDAA trial.
Suzanne holds her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology and works as a speech therapist (independent contractor) for Henrico and Chesterfield Counties.
Tami teaches agility. She owns shelties and competes in agility.