Meet Our Instructors
Over the course of 20+ years as an agility instructor, Jeff has worked with a wide range of dog and handler teams from beginners though accomplished international competitors. He recognizes that each team learns at their own unique pace regardless of the class level. Jeff's cornerstone for teaching is detail and consistency, resulting in teams with better confidence and understanding. He often pushes students beyond their comfort zone to help expand their limits and redefine their own personal goals. Jeff is able to improve team communication while reinforcing speed - all while centering their experience on fun and laughter. From teams just entering their first agility competition, to teams in the Excellent or Masters classes, or those focusing on improving their international handling abilities, Jeff skillfully uses a myriad of tools learned from top national and international instructors to help his students achieve their personal best.
Jeff has owned dogs that include the historic 5-time AKC Invitational MACH 2 and USDAA Master Agility Dog Tipo (Spanish Water Dog); MACH and USDAA ADCH Snafu (Border Collie), a semi-finalist at the 2015 USDAA Cynosport World Games. Both dogs have had many impressive rankings and wins and are multiple AKC Nationals qualifiers.
His recent competitive partner is AKC MX, MXJ and USDAA MAD Fray. She has competed at the AWC International Tryouts and the AKC European Open Tryouts with impressive showings. In 2019, she was a UKI National Championship Finalist.
He also owns his upcoming agility partner Hookah.
Jeanie began her agility journey at Kruisin' Kanines over 20 years ago with a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a rescued Pit Bull mix. Since then Jeanie has gone on to be an instructor for a variety of agility classes and is Kruisin' Kanines Training Director. She shares a wealth of knowledge learned over the years from national and international instructors. One of her interests is the early shaping of subtle behaviors so they mature into fast dependable habits. She is also interested in fast and reliable obstacle performances and international handling. And while her calm demeanor might belie her competitive spirit, she is a master at creating drive while maintaining focus. A self-described "student of the game," her own students welcome her creativity and dedication to excellence that helps them succeed in the sport.
Jeanie has a soft spot for rescues. She has worked with and through a variety of rescue behaviors. She works to modify and reshape them in an effort to achieve confidence, enthusiasm, and ultimately build successful teams.
Jeanie's current competition dogs include MACH4 ADCH River, a rescued Border Collie. River has qualified for AKC Nationals annually since the age of two. River and Jeanie made the Finals at AKC Nationals in 2014 and placed an impressive 5th in the 24" class. Her young Border Collie WiFi is now embarking on his agility career and shows tremendous promise.*