TANYA YARBROUGH (PET OBEDIENCE)
Tanya is a mixed technique trainer, incorporating pack leadership skills with clicker training. Her experience of training mammals spans over 30 years, professionally training dogs and cats for over 9 years. Tanya’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology focusing her studies on mammalian physiology and behavior, and a working knowledge of training dogs and cats for film, TV and photography. As a trainer, she is known to use humor and strong analogies to teach people techniques and principles. You may freely sample Tanya’s teaching/training style on “That Dog Training Show with Tanya Yarbrough” on radiotitans.com or on iTunes. Tanya’s primary goal is to educate the dog owner in terms of understanding what their dog truly needs psychologically and how to communicate effectively with their dog. The result is transformative for both the dog and the owner, leading to them to a healthier and happier relationship.
EDEN HEIGEL (AGILITY)
Eden started agility in 2000 and feel in love with the sport. She starting teaching in 2010.
Today Eden competes at the highest level in Agility with her big powerful border collie Aston and now also with her puppy Ral who is up and coming and her semi retired JRT Lorky who is still going strong.
Eden has trained with the best in the sport including Silvia Trkman, Krisztina Kabai, Tereza Kralova and Lisa Frick. Eden and Aston are honorary long distance members of the KOSSP Club in Zagreb, Croatia and train under the watchful eye of good friend, AWC coach and EO winner Alen Marekovic.
After a break in 2015 due to an Eden's ACL tear, the pair came back in 2016 with a vengeance. Aston and Eden qualified to tryout for the French National Agility Team, they didn't make the team but they came in at 19th out of 85 of the top teams in France.
- 2013 "Aston" Blue Danube 19th (Korneuburg Austria)
- 2013 "Aston' Julius Cup 3rd Agility and 4th Jumping (Zalagerszeg Hungary)
- 2014 "Aston" Team USA FCI Americas Y El Caribe (Peru)
- 2014 "Lorky" European Open Small Category Team Member (Hungary)
- 2014 "Aston" Team USA Border Collie Classic (Slovakia)
- 2014 "Aston" Team USA Monrovia Cup (Czech Republic)
- 2016 "Aston" French Nation Team 19th Overall
- 2016 "Aston" Qualified for Nationals and upcoming World Team Tryouts later this year.
As a trainer Eden is familiar with many methods from basic clicker training to different handling techniques. Eden specializes in international handling techniques and course analyzation.
"Every dog and handler are different, as a trainer I need to adapt to many different methods so I can find the best way to make that particular team the best that they can be"
JULIE RIEKES, CNWI (NOSEWORK)
Julie Riekes, CNWI, started nose work in January 2013 with her Australian Cattle Dog mix Amber. She
currently competes with Amber at Elite, which is the highest level of nose work, and they are one of the
top teams in the country. They have consistently received top overall placements and search
placements in NACSW Elite trials. She trains regularly with Amy Herot, a founder of the sport, as well as
many of the founding instructors. Julie and Amber have travelled across the country to compete and
attend nose work seminars and camps. In 2017, she and Amber earned High in Trial and second place
overall in the Turner Trials, an elite style multi day trial that drew elite teams from all over the country,
and featured hides set by Ron Gaunt, another founder of the sport. She and Amber received the Harry
Award in January 2014, which is awarded to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates
extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work at the NW1 level. Julie is also a nose work trial host through
JavaK9s and has hosted several trials in the Southern California area. In addition, she serves as a mentor
to new hosts in nose work, a volunteer coordinator for fellow hosts and a trial coordinator for NACSW.
Julie and Amber are one of the few teams in the country to have their ELT-CH title.