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Manhattan Kansas
Kennel Club

Meet the Manhattan Kennel Club Instructors

Dale Bormann, MKKC Instructor

I grew up with a dog, and when my wife and I moved to Manhattan in 2005 we adopted two Shepherd mixes. I started working with them in Agility and showed extensively in trials with the United Kennel Club (UKC) and North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) from 2007 to 2015. One of our Shepherd mixes, Murray, earned the UKC Grand Agility Championship (U-GRACH) 18 title and our other Shepherd mix, Dusty, earned the U-GRACH 21 title. Both dogs also achieved several NADAC Novice Agility titles. They both have their UKC Rally Level 1 title as well. I began teaching the Beginning Agility class in 2013.

Kay Cassella, MKKC Instructor

I have been a member of MKKC since 1990 and have been teaching the Super Puppy class since 1999. I use everyday practical approaches to help puppy owners raise a well-mannered household pet. I’ve been an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator since 2000. I started my training with a Dalmatian who earned her AKC Companion Dog (CD) title. Then my German Shorthaired Pointer earned her AKC Companion Dog Excellence (CDX) title. My passion grew to Conformation, where I learned to show my breed to AKC national rankings and handle other breeds to their AKC championship.

Susan Keller, MKKC Training Director and Instructor

I joined MKKC in 1985 and became Training Director as well as an instructor in 2005. I currently teach Agility, Rally, Basic Obedience, and Super Puppy classes. I look forward to helping you and your dog establish a strong bond and build the foundation that leads to a well-mannered and well-trained pet.

I was in on the ground floor of Agility with my little mixed breed and have since shown many dogs to a multitude of Agility titles with the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), and United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA). I currently compete in Agility with one of my Bichons. I started showing in Rally Obedience at its inception. I have been competing in Rally since 2000 and seven of my dogs have obtained many titles. One of my Schipperkes competed to the highest level in Rally, earning a place in the Schipperke Club of America Hall of Fame in Rally. I have also shown two of my Schipperkes to breed championship (CH) and Formal Novice Obedience, earning the Companion Dog (CD) title.

In addition to teaching and showing, I am a licensed UKC Agility and Rally judge. I judge 4-H dogs for state and county fairs in Agility, Rally, all levels of Formal Obedience, and Showmanship. I co-authored the State of Kansas 4-H agility rulebook. I’m also an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC), S.T.A.R. Puppy, Trick Dog, and Therapy Dog International (TDI) certifications. I have conducted several workshops and presentations in both Agility and Rally. Several people have apprenticed under me in the application process to become a licensed UKC Agility judge, and I have mentored several students to become dog trainers through Animal Behavior College.

Anna Lane, MKKC Instructor

I started with a Doberman Pinscher in Formal Obedience and have competed in this area for several years. Currently I am campaigning a Shetland Sheepdog in Rally Obedience and have attained three titles at three different levels. I am a certified 4-H dog judge in the areas of Agility, Rally Obedience, Formal Obedience, and Showmanship. Being a schoolteacher gives me a unique ability to adapt my training methods to the individual person and their dog, and I am committed to providing the most effective, convenient solutions to an individual’s training needs.

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