Competition ClassesMeet Our Instructors
Lou Ann McGahey
Lou Ann has been training dogs since 2008. In 2018, her Novice A dog, Nellie Rose became the eleventh Brittany to earn an OTCH. Her Brittanys, Nellie and LuLu proudly represented their breed by competing together in the National Obedience Championship and by earning placements at the AKC Obedience Classic. Lou Ann also trains her dogs for conformation and fieldwork and is passionate about canine fitness. Her current Brittany, Henry, has challenged her ways the girls never did and will be the dog that makes her a better trainer and emphathetic instructor. She has an open and inquisitive mind and is constantly incorporating innovative ideas into her training. There is nothing that brings her more joy than sharing her passion for training dogs.
Beth has been teaching advanced competition obedience at the Companion Dog Training Club in Weaverville (formerly Asheville) for over 25 years. She currently teaches the advanced classes with Jane Johnson on Saturday mornings. In addition to teaching at CDTS, she will be bringing her experience to Happy Dogs on Wednesdays and Thursdays as an instructor in all competition obedience classes. Beth’s dogs have earned titles in conformation, tracking, obedience, scent work and rally. Her heart dog is the Doberman but her “comic relief” dog – the one she adores – is the Italian Greyhound. Beth and her IG, Deux are on a journey to earn Beth’s tenth Utility title.
Kathy brings a diversified background to Happy Dogs. Her experience includes Search & Rescue, AKC Agility and Obedience, Therapy Dog instruction and certification, and in-home basic obedience and manners training. Kathy loves competing in Rally and is pursuing an AKC Rally Championship with her Labrador Retriever, Tori. Kathy is the person that greets everyone that comes through the door for Rally Drop-in Training at Happy Dogs.
Donna has been training dogs for 30 years. She served as Executive Director for Fidos for Freedom where she trained therapy, assistance, and hearing alert dogs. Her Labrador Retrievers, Kick and Macy earned OTCHs and several perfect obedience scores of 200. She has competed in the Masters Class at the AKC Classic and the National Obedience Championship with her Labrador Retrievers, Kick and Macy, each time earning their way into the Top 20 Competition. Donna supports our team of instructors by leading workshops on topics of interest to our students, Happy Dogs members. Her workshops are open to nonmembers, when space is available.