Meet Our Talented Instructors
Echo-OTCH Merichase Skye’s Legacy TD UDX3 SH OA AXJ WCX VCX VCD1 OBHF Perfect 200, MACH ptd.

Christy Thomas
Competitive Obedience Instructor
My passion is showing and training dogs for obedience and hunt test. I’ve also enjoyed success in agility, tracking and conformation.  Over the past twenty years, I’ve been fortunate to have trained some wonderful dogs to multiple titles!

U-UD Santana’s Miss Independence UD JH WC (Indy)

OTCH Morninglo Fire in the Sky UDX4 MH NA NAJ WCX VCX OS (Skye)

OTCH Merichase Skye’s Legacy TD UDX3 SH OA AXJ OBHF CCA (Multiple HIT plus a 200) (Echo)

CH OTCH Morgen’s Lil’Bit of Skyefire TD UDX8 OGM MH24 WCX** AX AXJ OBHF DDHF VCX  CCA OS (20 High In Trial and 23 High Combined in 2017), 2-200s (my current working dog) Beau-D

I share all that I have learned with my students in the Novice, Open and Utility competitive obedience classes at Canine Sports. My philosophy is to help each student to achieve whatever goals they chose to train for. I am also available for private lessons.

I am an AKC Hunt test judge and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. 

Christy and “Skye” OTCH Morninglo Fire in the Sky UDX4 MH NA NAJ WCX VCX OS) CH ptd.

 Karen Phillips

S.T.A.R puppy, Basic obedience, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Agility
I have been training and competing with dogs for almost 20 years. I am a member of Cleveland All Breed Training Club (CABTC) and started my training with my labs at CABTC.  It was there that the bug bit me and soon I was shadowing instructors.

I currently have one golden that is training for her TDX tracking title. I am an AKC CGC evaluator and an AKC Tracking judge

Max with his UD!
MACH Hytree Maximum Strike VCD3 OM1 RAE JH MXB MJS NF WC CCA
Morgen’s Skyefire at Rvr Bend TD CD RE CGC

Diane Jones
Rally Instructor
I began competing in dog sports in 2010.  I loved Rally and coached my black lab Jeeter (a former Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy) to earn the World Cynosport Rally Champion title, several C-Wags class titles, and the AKC Master Rally title.  Jeeter also earned novice titles in Obedience and Agility, Trick Dog and several titles in Dock Dogs.  As a reward to his agreeing to work in the Obedience ring we went on to dabble in Barn Hunt, Shed Hunt, and Farm Dog.  Lastly we competed in C Wags and AKC Scentwork, which he absolutely loved, and titled in all the Novice classes and continued to title in the Advanced classes before passing.  I have experience training dogs of many different breeds as you can see from the pictures of my 4 legged family below:  Diesel (husky/shepherd), Jeeter (black lab), Shelby (beagle/lab), and Bailey (German Spitz).  Mack, my second GEB released lab rejoined me in May 2022 and is working on his AKC Rally Master title.  He also has earned his Beginner Novice Obedience title, his AKC Master Scentwork title, his CGC, Trick dog, Farm dog and NACSW NW1 title.  I am now co-raising another black lab, Yang, for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Vidal, my last GEB puppy is in ‘college’ learning his formal guide dog training in New York.  We have added a rare Yakutian Laika to the family.  Bounty is 10 months old and has earned his Rally Novice title.