Sound Dog's trainers have several several decades of experience to offer their students.
Terry Murphyowner/trainer, grew up rescuing and training dogs. With a Masters in Education, she also has experience teaching all ages of people (and dogs!). Terry has successfully trained dogs through the AKC Utility level of competitive obedience, and has also titled dogs at the Excellent level in agility and through all levels of Rally obedience. Terry is a board member of the Blue Ridge Belgian Tervuren Club, a past board member of P.A.W.S. of Carteret County Pet Adoption and Welfare Society, is a member of the American Belgian Tervuren Club and the Association of Pet Dog trainers and is also an AKC CGC & S.T.A.R. puppy evaluator.Terry has given programs and demonstrations on training for agility and obedience for various groups in the area and attends seminars regularly on obedience (both pet and competitive), agility, herding, tracking, and rally. Terry currently lives with three Belgian Tervuren and three cats. In her spare time she loves time on the water and the beach.
Sally Hoytowner/trainer, has had dogs, both mixed breed and purebred, her entire life.She has extensive knowledge of breeds in the herding group having owned German Shepherds, Old Engish Sheepdogs, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuern and a her first dog Dutchess, a Collie. Sally worked in a Veterinary Hospital in Rocky Mount, NC before moving to the Crystal Coast and starting her unique gift shop "Seagrass" on Front Street in Beaufort, NC. Sally, along with her husband Terry, is currently training and showing her three Belgian Tervuren, Ham, Gabby, and Hannah in agility, rally and obedience. Sally is a member of the Blue Ridge Belgian Tervuren Club.
Jean NocillyNow an Obedience and Rally Judge for AKC! (Training Advisor) started showing her first Bouvier, Amos, in 1993 after 25 years of competing in Quarter Horse shows. In 2002 she retired from teaching High School Biology in Syracuse, New York and began spending the winters at her parents’ home in Morehead City, NC. Jean has taught obedience and agility for the Syracuse Obedience Training Club since 1995, is teaching obedience in Delaware at About Great Dogs, LLC and is assisting at Sound Dog whenever she is in town. Jean has owned and trained 6 Bouviers:
“Amos” Am Can Ch U-CDX Olde Ridge Ursa Major UD HXAd HS AX OAJ (1993-2005)
“Anchor “Am Can Ch U-CD Eclipse Singular Sensation UDX HXAd HSAs OA NAJ NJP RE (1996-2007)
“Grover” DC (dual champion) Mapleridge Babochon Illusion UDX HXAd HSBd AX AXJ RAE (1998)
“Dust” Ch Skrattegaard Eat My Dust CD HXAd HSAs RE NAP (2004)
“Mariah” Ch Skrattegaard Breakin The Rules HXAd HIAs RA NAP (2005)
In 2006 Jean and Grover were honored to compete at the AKC National Obedience Invitational in Long Beach, CA. Dust and Mariah are currently training and trialing in herding, agility, obedience, tracking and rally, and Callie is competing. And on the scene is Nike!!!! The newest member of the Nocilly "pack"
Skip Schnibben(Training Advisor)has been training and showing Doberman Pinschers since 1986 when she acquired her first Dobe, Bda/Can Ch A'Fair of Scudamore's Rik-O-Shay, UD, Can CDX. Since then Skip has achieved multiple UD's, CDX's, CD's in addition to many Rally and Agility titles. Skip has had several American, Bermuda, Canadian and United Kennel Club Champions, including one in the DPCA Top Twenty. She is currently showing Damask Von Schlottsky V Azar, BN CGC.
Jean Stack (trainer) Has trained and competed successfully throught RAE, Novice Obedience, and Novice agility. Jean lives with her husband and two German Shepherd Dogs. Her experience and knowledge has added much depth to Sound Dog's training staff. Jean recently became a CGC evaluator.
Dana Mackonis (Training Advisor & Webmaster) has been breeding, training and showing Belgian Tervuren since 1972. She has competed in conformation, obedience, tracking, herding, rally, agility, schutzhund, and trained dogs for police canine detection. She had her own training school for 18 years, Companion Dog School and a drug dog detection training service, Canine Detection Services.She is a founding member of 3 regional Tervuren clubs and 2 obedience and all breed clubs. Her training philosophy is to have fun with your dog in a positive manner.