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Oakland Dog Training Club Instructors

Helen Marie Capps       Lora Cox       Barbara Henry       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.

[image coming soon] Barbara Henry I grew up in Wisconsin where my dog training expertise consisted of the commands "whoa", "giddy-up", "gee" and "haw" which I taught to our very patient mutt, Rusty. Armed with this invaluable knowledge I left home and my journey through life did not include a dog until I acquired a West Highland White Terrier named Muffy (Cameron's Carole UD) in 1974. She was the beginning of my dog training odyssey.

Over the years I have trained and earned obedience titles on 5 Westies, 5 Irish Terriers, 1 Australian Shepherd and 1 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. I also work my dogs in rally, agility and tracking and have shown one Westie and two Irish Terriers to their breed championships. My first Irish Terrier, OTCH Begorra Katie Scarlet O'Henry UDX5, became the first Irish Terrier Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) and earned the first Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) title awarded to a Terrier. I earned a second OTCH on my Irish, Meghan (CH OTCH Begorra Kilkenny Spring UDX4, RE, NA, NAJ). I have taught public obedience classes for Arydith Obedience, San Mateo Dog Training Club and Oakland Dog Training Club.

I believe obedience training is the ultimate act of caring a person can give to a dog. A dog well and kindly taught is a far better companion than a dog that is simply well taken care of. There is no one method of dog training that works for every dog and every handler. My training methods are tailored to the individual needs of both human and dog; my goal is to help the handler build a relationship of trust and respect -- and, hopefully, to have fun training their dog.

I currently share my home with one patient husband and three Irish Terriers: Meghan, 10-1/2, Archie, 6 and BonnieB, 2-1/2.

Helen Marie Capps has been teaching dog manners since she was 10 years old. Her skills have come from continuous studies and the experiences she has had working with dogs and their handlers for past 50 years. Her methods are diversified having worked with a variety of breeds, age groups and temperaments.

In her teachings she doesn't use "same method for all dogs." She will work the dog's personality and skills to find the best method for that dog and handler.

She competes with her Brittanys in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Conformation and the Hunting fields. Helen Marie got her first Brittany Apache in 1986 expanding her companion (house dog) teaching career into the competition arena.

She currently lives with her three Brittanys:

Am/Ntl/Intl CH Starline's Magnum Champagne, UDX, VER, RAE, JH, NA, NAJ, OAP, AJP, CGC (rainbow bridge)

La Petite Margaux Merlot, CDX, RAE, JH, AX, AXJ CGC (rescue)

CH Dogwood Hollow Strike the Gold, BN, CD, GN, RE, SH, CGC