Ron Webb   Handling

Ron has been a dog handler/owner for more than 15 years.  He is a multi-breed handler, although, he has bred, trained and raised German Shepherd Dogs (GSD) for more than 20 years.  Ron is a superb instructor and his classes are always well attended.  Check our website for the current schedule.



Jessica Miller   Scent Work

Jessica has been training dogs professionally in Washington County since 2010, after years of working as a shelter volunteer throughout the tri-state area. She was employed a Head Dog Trainer at Briggs Animal Adoption Center and worked as a lead trainer at Peaceable Paws in Fairplay, MD for several years before opening her own training company Go Pawsitive.

Since 2013, she has been teaching K9 Nose Work® classes in the 4-state. In 2014, she completed a year long program with NACSW K9 Nose Work® to become a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI). Since then Jess has worked for NACSW as a Trial Coordinator, Certifying Official and Judge for ORTs, as well as hosting NACSW sanctioned trials and workshops.

In 2017 Jessica became the first person in the state of Maryland to be licensed as an AKC Scent Work judge and is approved to judge all levels of AKC Scent Work from Novice through Detective Class. She is also a certified AKC CGC Evaluator and Trick Dog Evaluator.

She continues to train her 3 Australian Shepherds (Cassie, Penny and Elle) in Rally, Obedience, Herding, Agility, Tricks and of course, K9 Nose Work & AKC Scent Work.

Alyssia Black   Agility

Alyssia has been involved in training and showing dogs for the last 15 years. She acquired her first dog in 2001 and quickly found the sport of agility. She has trained, shown, and competed in agility, conformation, hunt tests, Dock Diving, Fast CAT, Barn Hunt, and Rally-O and has successfully earned a variety of titles and championships across venues. She currently competes in AKC and UKI agility with her 8 year old Smooth Fox Terrier, Asti and her 3 year old Golden Retriever, Fahren. Asti has finished the last 4 years as the #1 Agility Smooth Fox in the country and has been invited to compete at the AKC Invitational Championship the last 5 years. She is working on earning her 4th Master Agility Championship (MACH) title. Fahren is just starting her agility career and has hit the ground running by being selected to represent TEAM USA in the 2020 Americas & Caribe de Agility tournament in Itu, Brazil. Alyssia loves welcoming new teams into this sport and seeing their relationship as a team grow through training. She enjoys teaching the foundation and fundamentals that allow teams to be successful in all their training endeavors.



Michele Beatty   Puppy Kindergarten
Certified Puppy Star and CGC Evaluator  

Michele has been involved with dogs her whole life.  There isn’t a time she can remember not living with or training a dog.  She is passionate about developing strong bonds with our four-legged family members.

She has worked with and trained many breeds, from Basset Hounds to German Shepherd Dogs.  She is a graduate from Kutztown University Canine Training and Management program that focused on positive dog training methods and understanding canine behavior.

She and her husband currently breed German Shepherd Dogs.  They started Mickena German Shepherds to put well bred dogs with great temperments into family homes.  She has bred or owned several show Champions and Grand Champions. She has also titled dogs in Scent work and Rally Obedience.

Colleen Nolan   Obedience and Rally-O

I’ve been training dogs my entire life, albeit not formally for AKC competition. I grew up on a working ranch and was involved in the basic training of both working dogs (primarily Border Collies and Australian Shepherds) as well as family pets (various breeds that included Australian Shepherd, Rough Collie, Border Collie, Dalmatian, Beagle, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Great Dane). After leaving home for college I always had at least one dog (purebred or rescue) that would be trained in basic obedience (heel, sit, down, stay, leave it, come, off leash walking, etc.). While my education and work kept me from considering anything other than training my dogs as pets I always wanted to train and compete in AKC events. A number of years ago I made a change in my professional career and decided to begin training and competing in AKC events. I got Z, my first Spanish Water Dog, in May 2013 and two other Spanish Water Dogs have joined my pack – Kai in 2014 and Rain in 2016. I train and compete with these three wonderful girls in AKC Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Fast CAT, CAT, and Scent Work as well as NADD Dock Diving. I have competed with Z at the AKC Obedience Classic in Novice and Utility and at the Inaugural AKC Fast CAT Invitational. Kai and Rain have qualified for the AKC Obedience Classic and the Rally Championships but we were unable to compete because of entry limits.

While training I work on building a relationship with my dogs and weave different types of rewards and play into training sessions. These are some of the first Spanish Water Dogs competing in AKC events and I’ve been lucky enough to earn multiple titles (sometimes the first for the breed) with Z, Kai and Rain. The highest titles I’ve earned with each of my girls are shown below.

  • Ariosa Fundy Bay It’s A Wonderfullife (Z) –UD, RAE, RAE2, CAX, FCAT5, CGCA, TKI
  • Angel Kiss the S’Kai de Ariosa (Kai) – CD, RE, CAA, FCAT, CGCA
  • Ariosa Concurrido Chasin Fiesta’s Midnight Rain (Rain) – GCH, CD, RE, FCAT2, SWN, CGC, TKN

In addition to these titles I’ve been lucky enough to have received different awards, recognitions and invitations with these three girls that include:

  • High Combined Rally Excellent and Advanced – 10 awards while competing with Z
  • High in Trial – 3 awards while competing with Rain (all out of Novice B class)
  • Top 25 Pure Speed Placement at the Inaugural AKC Fast CAT Invitational – Z