PappsDogServices

Balanced training in conformation, obedience, rally, and puppy classes

Balanced training in conformation, obedience, rally, and puppy classes

Balanced training in conformation, obedience, rally, and puppy classesBalanced training in conformation, obedience, rally, and puppy classes

About Us

HOW WE HELP

Papp's  Dog Services has a balanced approach to training designed to give  each person the tools they need to have their dog be a wonderful companion and a good canine citizen.  One of Susan's stated goals is to  have you become the best thing in your dog's life!  Papp's Dog Services  has assisted not only those who desire to compete in obedience and  rally, but those who have had behavioral issues, such as fear biting, as  well as helping the owner be able to have their dog be a good member of  the family.  Though we do not have a specific service dog training  program, we provide a basic foundation for that training, and assist  those who have trained their dog for service dog and therapy dog work.

SUSAN AND STAFF

Susan  Is a member of NADOI and the IACP, and is a Certified CGC evaluator for  the AKC. Click the links in the text below for details about these  organizations. She has trained several dogs to advanced degrees  including American and Canadian Utility Dog. Susan is a member of the  national Labrador Retriever Club and a board member of NADOI, the  National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. 

 

Papp's Dog Services has always had a staff  of volunteer trainers who have trained at PDS before, and know the  importance of giving dog owners the tools they need to both understand  and change  their pet's behavior. Not every tool works for every dog or  breed of dog.

Every  Papp's instructor has titled at least one dog in competition. Susan,  Lois, and Angie are certified by NADOI. Angie and Susan have Agility  titles in Novice, Open, Excellent and Masters levels. 

a bit of history

Papp's  Dog Services was started by Jack and Sally Papp in Akron, Ohio in the  mid 1970s, although they had been training dogs part time since the  early 1960's. By Jack's reckoning, they had been "in the business" for  42 years as of Spring of 2005, and have earned an excellent reputation.  In December, 2004 they decided to retire, and sold the business to Lewis  and Susan Jenkins. Jack and Sally are now Trainers Emeritus, and, when  the weather is warm, are running the West Canada Creek Campground with  their son and his family in Poland, NY (It is near Utica, just south of  the Adirondacks. Check out www.westcanadacreekcampsites.com. It has a great trout fishing stream! ). When Winter sets in, they follow the Sun South.  

Credentials

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CREDENTIALS

Susan and many of her instructors are members of NADOI and/or the IACP.  Every Papp's instructor has titled at least one dog in competition. 

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

NADOI was founded in 1965 to promote modern, humane training methods and at the same time elevate standards in the dog obedience instructing profession. Click here to visit their website.

International Association of Canine Professionals

Founded in 1999, the IACP was established to  develop and promote the highest standards of professional and business  practice among canine professionals  Click here to visit their website. 

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

Started by the American Kennel Club in 1989,  the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home  and in the community. This certification is awarded after dog and handler have passed a standard good manners test designed by the AKC.  Click here to visit their website.

RECOMMENDATIONS 

For the full text of each recommendation, see the bottom of the Curriculum page.

  • Kirstin N. Boddy, DVM, MS, DACVIM(c) and Flower the Pittbull Terrier
  • Teresa West-Holmes, Vet Tech, Kin-dah (Tajamani Kindoro at Luvakis, CGC) Bro (Luvakis Shirley's Legen- Wait For It -dary!)

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ABOUT SUSAN


Susan has been training dogs since 1985, and  has brought dogs to advanced degrees including American and Canadian  Utility Dog. Her first dog Becca was in the top 20 Labs in the U.S. for  scores and placements when she got her UD degree. When Caleb was just  over two years old he was ranked eighth in the U.S. among Labs using the  Delaney Novice Ratings when he got his CD. Caleb left us suddenly at  just over ten years old.  He had his UDX4, OM5, and 91 points toward his  OTCH with all of his first places.  Caleb, Micah and Susan's Lab Toby  all qualified for the Front and Finish Excellence Obedience Gold award  for getting their CD degrees in their first three shows with competition  scores of 190 or better out of 200.  In the 2011 rankings, Caleb was  ranked the number nine Labrador in the nation in the First and Foremost  ratings.  He was also ranked 23rd of the top 100 dogs for receiving High  in Trials.  Micah completed his CDX in early December 2011 with scores  all in the 190's.  In early February 2012, he completed his Utility Dog  title.  In less than nine and a half months, Micah earned his CD, CDX  and UD qualifying him for the Front and Finish Excellence Platinum  award.  Micah and Susan compete in agility where Micah has his Master  Standard Preferred agility title—one of the most advanced.  Malachi  joined the "pack" in November of 2013, and is already training in  Obedience, Rally, field work, and Conformation with multiple titles in  Obedience, Rally, and Conformation. Susan is also co-owner of Jackson, a  Border Collie, and has earned his Rally Novice, Beginner Novice and  Companion Dog titles. 

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Titles and awards earned by 

Papps' trainers and students

  • Companion Dog, Companion Dog eXcellent, Utility Dog, Utility Dog
  • eXcellent, Obedience Master, Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH).
  • Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, Rally Advanced Excellent.
  • Agility Dog, Master Standard Preferred agility title.
  • American Kennel Club (AKC) Champion and Grand Champion.
  • United Kennel Club  (UKC) Champion and Grand Champion.

Instructors

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Instructors  at Papp’s Dog Services have over 100 years combined experience to help  you and your dog grow from the puppy foundation good manners class all the way through competition in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and  Rally. Papp's Dog Services has always had a staff of volunteer trainers who have trained at PDS before, and know the  importance of giving dog owners the tools they need in order to both understand and change their pet's behavior. Not every tool works for every dog or  breed of dog. Every Papp's instructor has titled at least one dog in competition. Susan,  Lois, and Angie are certified by NADOI. Angie and Susan have Agility titles in Novice, Open, Excellent and Masters levels. 

LOIS BROWN: Lois  is a groomer by profession and a semi-professional handler.  She has  handled Dobermans, Shar Pei, Border Collies, Labradors and Spinone Italianos just to name a few breeds. Lois brings years of experience to the conformation class.  Lois also competes actively in Obedience and  Rally with her Shar Peis, Shetland Sheepdog and Border Collies including  advance titles in both venues.  She is also certified through NADOI (National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors).

ELIZABETH MORSTATTER: A  retired social worker, Elizabeth is fantastic with students as well as  reading the dogs.  Her years of experience have included training an Airedale and Poodle, but her breed of choice is Spinone Italiano. She  had one of the first female Champion/Master Hunter Spinone’s in the  history of the breed.  Elizabeth not only helps with the Rally and  Novice classes , she competes in breed, Rally and Obedience to bring a  balanced view in her training.  Elizabeth is also an evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test.

 BOB HARBERT: One of the newest instructors, Bob has a natural eye for dog behavior.  He  is currently training and competing with his young Labrador at the advance level of both Obedience and Rally. He has attended numerous  seminars with trainers from all over the country to help hone his  skills.  He is an evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good  Citizen test, and is currently working on his Provisional membership  through NADOI (the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors).

LINDA DAVIS: Linda  has a keen eye for dogs and their behavior.  She helps with Beginner classes and also brings years of experience along with having trained  Norwegian Elkhound, German Shepherd Dog and Belgian Sheepdog.  She also  has competed in Rally and Obedience earning advance titles in each. 

SU LINDSEY: A  vet tech by profession, Su has been training and competing for many  years in field work, Obedience, and Rally as well as conformation.  She  also used to breed Bulldogs as well as show them in breed and  Obedience.  She now has Spinone Italianos. 

KATHY SEIDER: Kathy  has also been training for many years.  Though she started out in  Obedience she now is a breeder of Labrador Retrievers and brings very  important insight to people training their dogs. 

NANCY GRANT: A retired professor who has a wonderful ability to communicate with  students, Nancy has trained Border Collie, but her breed for competition  is the Basenji, a non-traditional breed which has taught her how to  think outside the box. 

ANGELA PLEAT: Angie  started out just wanting a nicely behaved dog when she first came with  her Rottweiler.  She got hooked on training and has now titled a  Rottweiler, German Shepherd Dog, All-American as well as her Labradors  in Agility, Rally and Obedience, including advance titles in all three  venues.  Angie is certified through NADOI (National Association of Dog  Obedience Instructors) and is an evaluator for the American  Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. 

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Angie,  Bob, Elizabeth and Susan are CGC evaluators. 
  • Su and Elizabeth have shown their dogs in the famous AKC Westminster Dog Show in New York City.