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Nick DeCesare has been training Golden Retrievers for over twenty years, earning obedience, agility, field, and tracking titles. Nick was president of the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club from 1999 to 2003. Nick has served as agility trial chairman for the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club, chairing 38 agility trials since 2000. Nick is currently training his two younger Goldens for TD tests, the next oldest Golden for TDX and his senior Golden for Variable Surface Tracking (VST).

Cher Snyder - coming soon

Mary Webb has been training and showing shelties for over 30 years. To date, her dogs have gotten 10 UDs, 1 UDX, 2 Obedience championships and 2 Master Agility Championships. Utility has always been her favorite class to teach handlers and their dogs. She has helped large and small dogs obtain their UD. She strives to make learning fun for both human and canine and stresses a good foundation and being prepared to compete as the key to success.

Mary currently competes at the Masters level in agility with 2 year old Nick and is preparing for his obedience debut next year.


Wendi Mitzel - coming soon

Mike Litchfield - coming soon

Valerie Koogle -coming soon

Donna Sims is a public school teacher who has been involved in agility since 2003.  She uses her knowledge as a science teacher to effectively analyze courses and determine the best paths to take with the dog she is running.  She has put multiple championship titles on her corgis in both USDAA and AKC and has been a finalist in both USDAA and AKC national events. 

Donna believes that agility should be fun for both the dog and handler.  She feels that it is important to maintain a positive attitude when working with your dog.  She has experience both with crazy fast dogs (large and small) and dogs that are less motivated and fearful. 

Donna presently competes at the Masters level with her two corgis, Ditto and Reese and is beginning to compete with her young Golden, Angie.

About Our Instructors:

All our instructors are committed to using only the most up to date, humane techniques to train your dog AND you.  We ensure that you and your dog enjoy learning whether it's mastering a sit/stay or learning the latest agility move from Europe.

Marta Coursey, CPDT, CNWI, CTDI started training professionally in 1998 and has been helping people turn their dogs into family members in the Hanover, PA and Westminster, MD area since that time.  She competes with her Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever  and her Border Collie in agility, Rally, obedience and Nose Work.

Professional Certifications:

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Certified Nose Work Instructor

Certified Trick Dog Instructor

Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine Evaluator

Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Member Pet Professional Guild