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Susan GreenholtSusan Greenholt has been training dogs for 30 years and teaching others how to train their dogs for 25. Over the years, in partnership with her 7 GSDs, she has earned over 58 agility and obedience titles. Notably among these, she completed the Agility Dog Champion & Tournament Master titles with her beloved Ika, Master Agility Dog title with Vista, and qualified for USDAA Nationals 3 times. In 2013 Susan and Hedda earned the Highest Scoring Dog in Agility at the German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s 100th Anniversary National Specialty. In addition to competing with her dogs, Susan is involved with therapy work. Ika & Vista both became well-loved therapy dogs with PAWS for People participating in both the PAWS for Reading & Autism programs.

Susan began her journey in positive reinforcement training when she attended the first annual conference of The Association of Professionat Dog Trainers (APDT) in Valley Forge, PA. As a professional member of the APDT, Susan is committed to keeping current on the most humane, force free, and effective training techniques available. She and her dogs have attended numerous training camps including Say Yes! Training Camp, Kinetic Dog’s Agility Camp, and Camp Gone to the Dogs, as well as seminars on the subject of positive reinforcement given by noted trainers including Leslie Nelson, Jean Donaldson, Sheila Booth, Susan Garrett, and Pat Miller.

Susan so enjoyed teaching with Greenwood Dog Training School that she enrolled in the Educational Leadership program at Immaculata University. Her graduate education connected learning theory to all the work she has been doing over the years. In 2012, she completed her secondary and special education certifications through the state of Pennsylvania – helping her to enhance and enrich the learning experience of the human end of the leash.

Mary WoodwardMary Woodward has been training dogs for 30 years and teaching others how to train their dogs for 25. Mary's favorite breed is the Rottweiler, although she is besottted with her little Maltese/Shih Tzu Happy (Mary's son found her in the middle of a road, emaciated and covered in urine-soaked, matted fur. She is much happier now! You can read more about Happy on her FaceBook page) and loved Déjà Vu, her beautiful Borzoi. Her previous Rotties Bear and Teddy earned CD titles and CGC certifcates through the AKC. Sugar Bear also earned her CGC certificate and was a therapy dog for PAWS for People (where Mary served on the advisory board and helped develop and implement the dog/handler training & testing program). Mary is currently training her newest Rottie, Honey Bear.

Also inspired by the 1998 APDT conference, Mary was thrilled with what she learned at Camp Gone to the Dogs and at seminars by such accomplished trainers as Sheila Booth, Pat Miller, Leslie Nelson, and Sue Sternberg. She is also a professional member of APDT.

Mary brings plenty of teaching experience to Greenwood. She has worked at Wilmington Friends school since 1998, teaching computer classes for 11 years before becoming the library media specialist, teaching Quakerism classes, and assisting the IT Department. With a degree in psychology, Mary enjoys working with dog owners to help them teach their dogs to become well-behaved, responsive members of their families.

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