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Oakland Dog Training Club Instructors

Lora Cox       Lizanne Kaiser       Lynn Kosmakos       Hazel Olbrich

Hazel Olbrich

Hazel Olbrich attended her first dog training class with her Saint Bernard puppy in 1968. Since that time she has owned and trained Saint Bernards with a few Chesapeakes, Corgis, and Terriers (Bull and Irish) added to the mix. She had trained dogs to titles in obedience, tracking, agility, carting, weight pulling, and Rally obedience. She uses positive lures and reinforcement to teach new skills and motivate the desired behaviors, followed by more assertive input and corrections as appropriate to establish a reliably trained dog. Currently Hazel has one Saint Bernard, Sam, age 4 years.

Lora Cox

My first dog was "MingToy" a Lasha Apso, when I was 10 years old. I spoiled her rotten, and we were kicked out of Obedience school in Marble Head MA because Ming Toy bit the instructor more than once. Since then I have had multiple dogs and increasing success training them. Calico a mixed breed, who looked like a Catahoula Hound Dog, earned her Mixed Breed Utility title. I had to show her indoors because she thought the go out was a release to keep running for ever. She taught me the importance of a reliable recall.

Fawn, a female German shepherd, earned her AKC CDX. She taught me not to loose my patience in training. If I did she would just lie down and quit.

Tucker, a male Australian Shepherd, earned his ASCA OTCH, AKC UDX, UCDX. He showed me how much fun training can be, and that food and toys are great motivators and do carry over into the ring performance.

Duke, a male Australian Shepherd, earned his ASCA OTCH, AKC UDX, UCDX. He showed me what real team work is and not to be complacent in training.

Vista, a female Australian Shepherd, has earned her ASCA UD, NA, AKC UD, RE, PT. She has been my biggest challenge to date. A very talented dog, but inconsistent in her performances. Not one to please you, more what's in it for her.

Ranger, a male Australian Shepherd, just turned 1 year old and is going to be a blast to train. With 30 some odd years of dog training under my belt, we are making great progress in his training. He is retrieving, doing go outs, hand signals, jumps, tracking, herding and always wants to be with me.

You never stop learning when you are a dog trainer. Over the years I have been to many seminars by the top trainers in our country and from the UK. There are always multiple ways to achieve something; one size does not fit all. You also need to know how to communicate your wealth of information to the general public. A well trained dog is a happy dog. Patience, Motivation, Consistency, and Praise.

Lizanne Kaiser

Lizanne Kaiser grew up with a variety of breeds (Beagle, Lab, St. Bernard), and for the past 20 years has owned multiple German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs). She's volunteered with and adopted from GSD rescue organizations, so she's experienced in behavioral issues that may be encountered with re-homed dogs from animal shelters. Lizanne has been competing in AKC dog sports (Obedience, Rally, and Tracking) since 2005. She and her dogs have earned Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH), Obedience Grand Master (OGM), Utility Dog Excellent (UDX), Utility Dog (UD), Rally Excellent (RE), and Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) titles. They have competed at the AKC National Obedience Championship (NOC) multiple times, finishing in the top 20 dogs nationally.

Lizanne's training philosophy is founded on "relationship-based training." Trainers need to have a large "tool box" of training techniques and methods. However, no tool or process works for all dogs or even for the same dog all the time. Ultimately, what.s most important is to be able to read your dog in the moment and tailor your response based on what's best for your dog's individual training needs and progression. This requires having a trusting relationship and honest communication style with your dog, both during training and at home. This is essential no matter what your goals are -- whether it's having a well-mannered canine companion you can live with, or as a foundation for pursuing a variety of dog activities together.

Lynn Kosmakos, CGC evaluator

I named my first dog Fido because I was 3 years old and thought all dogs were named Fido. He was a St. Bernard/Great Dane cross who outweighed all of the kids in the neighborhood put together. Fido was soon joined by a black cocker my family won in a national sweepstakes put on by Dave Garroway's The Today Show. A series of Poodles, Great Danes, Pomeranians, Toy Fox Terriers, Rough/Smooth/Border Collies, Dobes and mixes of all kinds followed. I got my 1st German Shepherd and joined the county SAR team. That GSD, the 1st of 3, took me into obedience, rally, herding, tracking and agility competitions. In April 2014 I started another adventure with Fixx, a Border Collie puppy intended for obedience, herding, and agility.