From House Manners to Competition Obedience Dogs
Heel Dog Training Academy
Mary Maltbie PhD
Random, a Golden Retriever, with Mary in the Veteran Novice class at the Golden Retriever National in Georgia.
Mary Maltbie has been training dogs and teaching family dog obedience classes since 1990 through local dog obedience clubs. She started teaching competition obedience classes since 1997 and has taught all competition levels (Novice, Open and Utility) for many years. Mary is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. Mary brings a wealth of dog behavior and training knowledge to this area and has worked with many dog breeds and handlers in fulfilling their goals for the obedience ring.
Mary has competed in obedience (AKC and UKC) since 1993 and competed in Agility (AKC) starting in 1995 with her own dogs. All of her dogs have done very well in their show careers.
Mary strongly believes in the importance of furthering her education. She furthers her education by attending seminars and continually researches other training methods by referencing available videos and books in order to expand her knowledge of training methods and relationship building with our canine companions.
Simi, a Golden Retriever, heeling with Mary in the Open A class at the Golden Retriever National in Rhode Island.
Photograph courtesy of Karen Hocker Photography.
Pol doing a retrieve over the high jump. This exercise is part of the Open class. Open is an obedience competition class where dogs can get there CDX.
U-UD DNA's Polymerase UD, JH, WCX, Member of the Golden Retriever Obedience Hall of Fame (call name Pol). Pol: her Novice A dog won several High in Trials and 75 OTCh points before retiring.
Random taking a bar jump. It is part of the Utility class.
U-CD DNA's Random Reaction UD,JH,AX,AXJ,NF,WC (call name Random). Random did very well in the obedience ring. He placed 4th at the All Star International Obedience Competition in the Novice Division. While pursuing his CD, U-CD and CDX, his qualifying scores earned him the Front and Finish Excellence Award Obedience Gold and Front and Finish Excellence Award Obedience Platinum.
Simi posing with her trophy, Champion High Farms Golden Liddell Am/Can/Bmda CDX Perpetual Memorial Challenge Trophy. This is to be awarded to the member-owned golden retriever accumulating the most points in obedience at AKC trials.
KC's Spirit Valley CDX,JH,OA,NAJ,OF,RN,GO,WC (call name Simi). Simi has placed in every leg towards her CD and CDX titles including a second place at the Golden Retriever National in her first appearance in Open.
New addition to the family, Steel, a Golden Retriever.
Otterbrook's Song of Ice and Fire UD,PCD,PCDX,BN,RAE,WC (call name Steel).