Meet Our Professional Staff!

Austin Canine Central has a group of dog trainers with the best experience in the industry.  We are a trusted group of professionals, who coach you to get the best out of your dog.  We train all breeds and all ages, and believe every dog can learn and improve with positive energy and the right leadership.

Click on the names to read their biography.

Obedience and Rally Instructors

Dawn Dutelle  was eight when she started showing her Collie at fun events. Since then, in addition to Collies, she has trained Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Labradors.

Dawn has titled dogs to CD,CDX and UD levels in obedience.  In addition, she has also titled her dogs in conformation, rally, agility, hunt test and working certificates. She is a member of two dog clubs.

Jean Good  started training for competitive obedience (and met Joyce Morgan) with her standard Manchester terrier, Gazelle. Jean and Gazelle excelled in competition and were invited to compete in the Gaines Regional competition, and placed fourth in the Novice division.

Jean continues to train standard Manchester terriers and whippets, and has earned 1 UD, 3 CDXs, and 6 CDs. She has also earned numerous titles in conformation, agility, and lure coursing. In addition to competitive activities with her dogs Jean particularly enjoys her pet therapy work with Delta Pet Partners at the Children’s Hospital of Austin.

Jennifer Tennison

For the first 40 years of her life, Jennifer rode and showed hunter and jumper horses. She even had her own stable and riding students. In 2005, she had a 1-year old Standard Schnauzer that absolutely refused to come when called and since she lived on a small working ranch, that became dangerous. She was told by an acquaintance about a training facility in town that she had gone to and had enjoyed. She had absolutely no idea what to expect.

The class turned out to be a beginning Novice class and after a few weeks, she was totally hooked. She gave up horses and a little over a year later, she went to her first show and won first place in Novice A. The next year she got a Giant Schnauzer, Lola, which is now her breed of choice and began working with her in Novice. The Standard only made it through Novice, as she never could get through the out of sight stays.

But Jennifer was off and going with her Giant, Lola. They flew through Novice and got their Open title with 3 first places. Onward to Utility. After working for a year and a half, they finally began showing in Utility. In 2010, Lola earned her Utility title with 3 first places. Onward to the UDX title.  Jennifer received her UDX after a year of grueling showing. Lola was the Giant Schnauzer Club of America’s Obedience Giant of the Year in 2010 and again in 2012, and on the top 10 obedience Giants for 5 years. They won 3 High in Trials during their competitive career.  Lola ended up with 20 OTCh points which may not be a lot to some but it was huge for them.  Lola and Jennifer were invited to the AKC National Obedience Invitational (NOI) two times and were able to go in 2011.  It was the experience of a lifetime and they ended up 9th in the working group.  Lola and Jennifer traveled all over the country showing – it was the best time of her life.

Jennifer taught Rally for 7 years then took a break when Lola became too old to show.  She now has a 4-year old Giant named Lorelei that she has trained all the way through Utility and we are currently working on our Open title (CDX).

Training and showing her Giants is her life and she enjoys every minute of it.  In her case, you could definitely say her life has gone to the dogs.

Evilene J. Miller

As a child, Evilene joined a Jr. Showmanship club in Kansas City, Mo, and learned to show her Yorkie in Jr. Showmanship  conformation competition.  As an adult, she is now on her 3rd Italian Greyhound and also owns a standard Manchester terrier with another ACC trainer, Jean Good, my mentor.

Evilene had 2 Italian Greyhounds involved in pet therapy with Pet Partners (formerly Delta) with one doing 8.5 yrs. working with children at the Children’s Hospital of Austin, now Dell, where she met Jean Good.  Her other IG, Hattie, worked in an adult hospital setting and has her AKC therapy title in addition to her BN, RN, and several trick titles.  She retired early due to an auto-immune disease and lives a life of luxury with just a little training at home for fun. The Manchester, Dandy, has his CDX, RAE, and several trick titles with both Jean and Evilene showing and training him.  He is currently working on his UD title with Jean, and she hopes to show him for his Masters Rally title later.

Other than her interest in dogs, Evilene has been as a Texas certified music teacher working with elementary children both in daily teaching and learning/performing music programs.  She plays piano, flute, and a little guitar in addition to singing.  She has also received her MBA from TAMU and worked in healthcare marketing as an account manager with two well-known healthcare insurance providers.  Now basically retired, Evilene does do some occasional substitute work in Leander ISD and trains dogs at ACC.

I have found that there are many similarities in teaching children and teaching dogs!  I try to be detail oriented, want to have fun in training for both humans and canines, and know that there are no “dumb” questions. 

 “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect”

Alex Urbanski, Senior Behavior Specialist

Alex graduated Triple Crown (Star mark Academy) in 2010 where she obtained her certification in training and behavior and her two rescue dogs who she uses for demo work. Since then she has worked in kennels doing board and trains. She has spent the last 6 years at Chicago’s number one dog training company as their Leading Behavior Specialist. Alex has trained everything from puppies to therapy dogs but specializes in dogs with behavioral issues, primarily aggression and anxiety. Alex recently relocated to Austin and is excited to bring her skill set back to Texas.

Special Program Instructors


Kathryn Butts is an avid competitor in both Nosework and barn hunt.  Her Scottish terrier, Bentley, was the fifth dog in UKC history to achieve the EN title (Elite Nosework).

Kathryn is a certified official for UKC Nosework, and assists with the training for Canine Headquarters Nosework Club in Hutto.

In her daily life, she works in public accounting.  In his daily life, Bentley, sleeps on pillows.

Join her Nosework Class Facebook Group!

Joy Mercier has been playing canine agility since 2007 and teaching since 2013. As an instructor, Joy uses positive training methods to teach obstacle performance and “steering” cues to dogs of all breeds and sizes. As a competitor, Joy strives for fast, accurate, and connected runs while preserving clear obstacle performance criteria and maximizing her dog’s enthusiasm for the game.

Joy has competed in NADAC, USDAA, and UKI. Her longtime teammate, a sheltie/terrier mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”), has earned ADCH, PDCH, and Bronze Lifetime Achievement Award titles. Chiqui has placed in at least one USDAA Top Ten class since 2014. In 2016, Joy and Chiqui joined Team USA to compete at the IFCS World Agility Championships in The Netherlands. In 2017, they were Grand Prix Finalists at USDAA Cynosports (Nationals). In 2019, Chiqui entered semi-retirement. Joy continues to compete with Chiqui on a limited basis, and is also looking forward to future competitions with her young Hungarian Mudi, Okos.

 

JoAnn Wolf  began competing in the obedience ring in 1957.  Since that time, she and her dogs have acquired multiple titles in Obedience, Agility, Rally, Flyball, Earthdog, Herding and Coursing Ability as well as the breed ring.

Getting teams polished and ready to succeed in the Novice and Beginner Novice ring is JoAnn’s focus.  She is an AKC Earthdog judge and a CGC/CGCA/STAR evaluator.  JoAnn coordinates seminars and special events.

Richard Harbin started as a student with Joyce Morgan in 1999 with a male Labrador Retriever puppy (Tejas) and had immediate success in the obedience ring, titling Tejas with a CD, CDX, and UD. His CD title was earned with 3 first place awards, and one High in Trial! His UD was also earned with 3 first placements. Richard’s second Labrador, Katie, earned her CDX with 2 first places before her second birthday.

Katie also earned her Novice Agility and Novice Agility Jumpers titles with all first and second placements. Richard’s added another Labrador to the family, Jag, whose competitive training suffered as the business took off, but was a great office and family dog.

Richard was also active with his dogs in hunter retriever competition. Tejas earned his senior hunter (SH) title, with 2 passes towards his master hunter’s (MH) title, and Katie earned her master’s (MH).

Richard substitutes in the obedience classes as needed, and “pays the bills”.

Conformation Instructors

Jo Lynne York began showing dogs in 1972 when her mother entered her in the kiddie handling class at a fun match put on by Austin KC during AquaFest.

She won the Sportsmanship award, which she strongly suspects was given to the kid whose dog pooped in the ring and/or bit them and they didn’t cry. She still have the trophy – a very tarnished silver plate bowl.

She has lived with and shown breeds from every AKC group except for Toys.

Join her Conformation Facebook Group!

And the one who started it all…

Joyce MorganJoyce Morgan has more than 30 years of experience working with dogs. She has trained and shown many dogs, and has five Obedience Trial Champions (OTCh) to her credit. She also earned the first Utility Dog Excellent title (UDX) in Austin.

While her own dogs are poodles, she has a wealth of experience in dog training with all breeds and sizes of dogs.

Joyce travels all around the country exhibiting her dogs at AKC licensed obedience trials.

Although Joyce has now retired to Lampasas to be with family, our instructors carry on the tradition and have been students of hers for many years.