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
Julie maintains a focus on competitive and functional obedience and behavior modification, building a working bond between dogs and handlers, and has notable success in video production work, Rally, Dock Diving, Therapy Dog certification, and Conformation. Thousands of happy dogs and clients have benefited from her training guidance, and many titles and certifications have been earned among her students, as well as personal dogs. She’s excited to be working with dogs and their owners at Austin Canine Central.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Cross is a C.P.D.T-K.A., a C.A.T.C.H. graduate, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator with over 10 years of experience teaching dog owners, training dogs, hosting playgroups, and caring for dogs and puppies. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Dog Gone Safe organization, and the Fear Free organization.
As a student of the Girsha Stewart Academy, she is working on her certification as a Canine Behavioral Adjustment Training Instructor (C.B.A.T.I-K.A.) She used her education to muzzle train and rehabilitate her dog-reactive Hurricane Harvey rescue, Dax, a 65-lb GSD-blood hound-lab mix. In her spare time, when she’s not dog training, teaching group classes, or rehabilitating reactive dogs, she competes and holds Novice titles in AKC and UKI agility with her 12-lb Cavapoo, Lilah.
She appreciates all things dog and dog lovers. Splitting her focus between teaching people how to better communicate and understand their dogs and learning about canine behavior, she avidly takes part in continuing to educate herself in the science behind canine behavior and the relationships between humans and dogs. She believes that the relationship between handler and dog depends on empathy, respect, and communication. One of her favorite aspects of dog training is teaching human handlers how to read and interpret canine body language along with canine stress signals to achieve a healthy understanding and bond between dogs and dog owners.
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”.
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.
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.