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TOTC Instructors

Mary Dick
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Mary has been teaching classes at TOTC for almost 15 years. She started out as a pet owner who wanted her Boxer, Toby, simply to have some manners. She got hooked on training and the rest is history. Toby earned his AKC Companion Dog title.

 

Her four Giant Schnauzers, Zoya, Quest, Frankie, and Vince earned their conformation championships. Zoya was a certified therapy dog through Therapet of Tyler. She also made a star appearance and performed with the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles. All three have earned AKC Utility Dog titles. Frankie has also earned numerous AKC obedience titles including UDX4.  She was the number one Obedience Giant Schnauzer in 2017. Mary and Frankie also competed at the AKC National Obedience Championship in 2019 and were also invited to compete at Westminster obedience every year since 2020.

Mary and her dogs have a new hobby these days. You may just find all three on a trail in Tyler with the dogs pulling a sulky and Mary in the seat.

Mary currently teaches Canine Foundations, Pet Manners, Advanced Pet and Companion Dog classes.

Karen Pollard

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Karen Pollard caught the training bug as a young child, teaching the family Golden Retriever a number of tricks. Throughout her life she has enjoyed training a number of different horses and dogs. She joined TOTC in 2018 to meet other dog people who also love spending time with their four-legged friends!

Karen currently has a Smooth Collie named Teddy and an Australian Shepherd/Lab mix named Captain. Karen and Captain compete in rally and obedience and have earned a Rally Advanced title as well as a Companion Dog title. Captain has his Canine Good Citizen and also his Advanced Trick Dog title.

Karen lives in Tyler with her husband and two sons, who love to help train the dogs any chance they get.

Carly
Shotts-DeArmond

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Carly Shotts-DeArmond is an avid dog sports lover born and raised here in Tyler, Tx. From doing agility for fun as a kid with TOTC to now competing and trialing, Carly LOVES to get new people into doing more with their dogs. 

Carly currently owns a German Shorthaired Pointer named Archer who has multiple titles in a variety of different sports such as field trials, dock diving, barn hunt, agility, lure coursing as well as advanced CGCs and Trick Dog titles. 

Carly and Archer are currently working on obedience and rally titles as he gets older, but still love to play all the high impact games!

Archer has attended several Dock Diving Championships, multiple years in a row with high placements and holds the record for one of the top 3 GSPs for extreme vertical. 

"I'm here to encourage and show people you CAN do more than you think with your dog. Together, let's make them great"

Lauren Kowalski

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Lauren started her training journey in the horse world and entered the dog training world in 2020 when she got her first dog - an Australian Shepherd named Monty. 

With Monty, she discovered dog sports and quickly fell in love with training not just the dogs but also the people. She began teaching foundations classes at her agility club in Arizona and joined TOTC in 2022 after moving to Texas. 

Lauren and Monty currently compete in a variety of dog sports including agility, dock diving, rally, barn hunt, and FastCAT. 

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