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.
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Obedience and Rally Instructors
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.
Ann Potter started obedience training a dachshund in 1971. Training and showing dachshunds led to an expanding interest in other hounds, including training and showing whippets and basenjis. The hounds led to an interest in the sporting group, starting with conformation, then back to obedience. A retired obedience dog inspired a beginning in agility, and from there to rally. The dachshunds were a natural for field trials and go to ground trials, and the whippets were in at the beginning of lure coursing. In the sporting group, English cockers led to hunt tests and working tests sponsored by the American Spaniel Club.
There have also been a few herding dogs in obedience, agility, rally and herding. Since 1971 Ann’s dogs have earned more than 50 titles including conformation and field championships, working test titles, 3 UDs, master agility titles, and more recently titles in rally. Ann is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Training Program.
Special Program Instructors
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.
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.
Not so long ago, you could walk into any Canine Agility Trial in the state of Texas; ask for “Peanut’s Mom” and you would enthusiastically be led to Debbie Vogel …… that is, if you didn’t hear her cheering on her dachshunds in the show ring first!
It was “Pretty Boy” Peanut that got Debbie involved in agility. In 2004 when every ounce of this 6 pound package contained unruly and destructive behavior, Debbie sought out the advice of a behaviorist who put Peanut in an agility class. Amazed at the turnaround in Peanut’s attitude after being given a job to do, Debbie was hooked on learning all she could about canine behavior.
Though the classes Debbie teaches at ACC are TDAA (Teacup Dog Agility Association) styled, the principles she teaches apply to any agility venue. Debbie teaches agility from a behavioral point of view, aimed at solidifying the relationship between you and your dog- and the principles work.
Peanut was named one of the top ten AKC dachshunds in 2007. Dachshund mix Mariah consistently appeared on the top ten NADAC agility lists from 2008 to 2011, and “Dachsador” puppy Colt had two “High in Trial” designations before a tragic accident took the lives of all of Debbie’s dogs in October 2011.
After a brief period of rebuilding, Debbie is back in the show ring with her new dogs, Genesis and Zorro, and the ribbons are starting to pile up. But as Debbie would say, it is not about the ribbons. It is about the relationship, and the memories that brings!
Richard Harbin started as a student with Joyce Morgan in 1999 with a male Labrador retriever puppy (Tejas) and has been successful 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.
She has earned her Novice Agility and Novice Agility Jumpers titles with all first and second placements. Richard’s newest addition, a Labrador puppy named Jag, is in training as a puppy. Richard is also active with his dogs in hunter retriever competition. Tejas has his senior hunter (SH) title, with 2 passes towards his master’s title, and Katie has her master’s (MH). Richard subs in the obedience classes as needed, and “pays the bills”.
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.
And the one who started it all…
Joyce 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.