Mickey has attended scores of training classes seminars and private classes, with some of the dog world’s top instructors, and has handled and/or competed with many dogs besides her own. She began teaching in 1994. She has used many methods of training, both with her own dogs and in teaching classes. In 2002, she taught classes for Vicki’s Grooming and Training. In the last 10 years, she has taught classes from several different facilities and has been teaching manners, competitive Obedience, Retriever work, and Rally, and has judged countless fun matches. In 2012, Mickey qualified to judge CKC Working Certificate and Hunt Tests, and has judged for several clubs in the Edmonton area.
Mickey’s motto for training is “train the dog you’ve got”, and she strives to be a versatile trainer, with a focus on positive methods
Mickey bought her first dog in 1980, a Lab cross, and attended training classes for the next three years. She bought her first purebred Labrador in 1993, and started training in earnest. Within the first two years, she and Gemma earned their CD, WC, and NAHRA SH, and she was hooked on dog training and competing.
In 1995, she obtained her second Labrador, Maddie, and in 1996, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dodger. In 1999, Mickey obtained her Golden Retriever Gaelen, and was introduced to the sport of conformation shows. In 2002, Labrador JoDee and Cavalier Rocky joined Maddie Dodger and Gaelen. In 2005, JoDee’s daughter Georgia arrived, and in 2007, JoDee’s daughter Morgan. In 2011, Labrador Regen arrived, Labrador Remi is the latest recruit and he’s 18 months old.
Mickey competed with all but one of these dogs, earning numerous Obedience, Field, Agility, Rally, Show, Flyball, and Scent Hurdling titles, with CKC, AKC, UKC, NADAC, and NAHRA clubs.
Some of Mickey’s proudest accomplishments are:
-In 1994, Gemma qualified for, competed in, and qualified in NAHRA ‘s Western Regional Hunt tests.
-In 1999, 2000, and 2001, Dodger was awarded one of Canada’s top 10 obedience Toy dogs, as well as #2 and #3 Cavalier in Obedience.
-In 2009, Morgen was qualified as a certified Service Dog, working with her handler, Kim
-In 2010, JoDee earned a High in Trial.
-In 2012, JoDee and Mickey campaigned in Rally Obedience, ending the year as #1 Labrador Retriever, #6 in the Sporting group, and #13 overall in Canada.
-U-CD SR Dennmoney Black Gemma CDX WC SHDCh CGC (Lab 1993-2002)
-SR Dennmoney Master’s Degree CD WC FBDCh SHDCh CGC (Lab 1995-2009)
-GB Artful Dodger CDX SHDCh CGN Am. CD CGC (Cavalier 1996-2005)
-Ch Verdoro’s Faere Gaelen CD WC SHDCh CGN (Golden 1998-2013)
-Ch St Jon’s We Will Rock You AG.I AG.IJ(Cavalier 2001-2008)
-Paevalley’s Bring On The Rain CDX WC AG.N AG.NJ RAE3 CGN (Lab 2002-2017)
-Meadowhall Rainy Night in GA CD JH WC RN (Lab 2005-2015)
-Am/Cdn Ch Verdoro’s Itzakadoozie RN CGN (Golden 2003-2016)
-Ch Shadesi Raining At Meadowhall RN(Lab 2011-2016)