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Cheri has a lifetime of animal training experience. At 12 years old, Cheri's first job was being the sole foal handler (Birth-yearling) for an Arabian/Turkana breeding farm. She had a very successful career as a head swim coach for 35 years, age group (high school, club & college). She has 25 years experience as a teacher. Cheri was a seminar presenter for skill progression in athletes.
Since retiring Cheri has become a AKC Agility Judge & a master competitor of Agility. She has trained under some of the top performance trainers.
Cheri is a positive reinforcement trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the German Shepherd Dog Club of America. Cheri brings her skills as coach, trainer, and athlete to our training program.
Once a Coach - always a coach! Coach Gordon "Rob" Roberts is a well known and talented head football coach, weightlifting coach and seminar presenter for the past 30 years. Coach was the Florida State Weightlifting Director for 6 years.
Rob was honored to be picked as one of the National Barn Hunt Judges in 2016. He was a highly experienced, and sought after Barn Hunt Seminar Presenter. Rob has now retired from the Rats & Hay and has turned his energies toward obedience training and Dock Diving. HIs ability to teach skills in a sequential fashion has earned him invitations from places such as Bass Pro Shop to present Dock diving as a sport that is fun for people and their dogs of all ages.
We are fortunate to have Rob as the Head Dock Diving Instructor and Basic Obedience instructor where he teaches "manners" obedience to handlers and their dogs at Central Florida Dog Sports. He is a certified UKC & Ultimate Air Dog Dock diving Judge, a K9 Swim Instructor, an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers ( APDT) and believes that the best results are seen through the use of positive reinforcement.
BA, MBA, Business Manager, Trial Secretary, Obedience Training, Assistant Dock Diving Instructor, K9 Swim Instructor
Carrie has been assisting her parents with the family business for the last 10 years and recently has started her CCPDT Certification. She has helped assist in teaching many dog/handler classes as well as being the Trial Secretary for both dock diving and Agility events. She is the hospital administrator at Florida Veterinary Rehabilitation and Business Manager here at CFDS. Carrie and her husband Daniel are the proud parents of two rescue pups, Oreo & Jacks.
Carrie was a competitive swimmer for the first 20 years of her life, so she is very comfortable with the K9 Swim & Dock Diving. She prides herself on being a K9 Swim instructor, AKC CGC Evaluator and soon to be Certified Dog Trainer.
Ree is a black German Shepherd puppy who joined us in September of 2019 and is currently learning all the things that puppies can do and creatively finding some things that she should not do! We welcome Vom Kleinen Hain Ree Osee Hoktochee CGCU, TT, TKI, DS
Meet Boo! Boo is our loudest security alarm, resident "fun police" and biggest "Momma's boy". Boo has retired from agility and dock diving but is very active in AKC scentwork , fitness swimming and lounging :) .
Meet P-Pod, our resident speedster and terrier clown. P-Pod is our dog in training and does a good job of keeping the trainer humble. Currently competing in Dock Diving, Agility.
AKA; Momo! Momo was the man in charge , after retirement from agility he went on to earn a RATCHX in barnhunt and had fun swimming around in the dock diving pool. and playing with the others Dogs , becoming good at running over them and peoples feet with his cart! Momo was diagnosed with DM , We were heartbroken to say good bye to Momo on April 27, 2019.
Central Florida Dog Sports in DeLand specializes in sport dog training in DeLand, seminars and hosting events. We offer agility and dock diving in DeLand and fun days for clubs. Contact us for more details
Quality is important to us. Unlike many training centers All of our classes are taught by instructors who are accomplished competitors and or Judges in their field .
We limit class size, usually offer monthly sections of classes, do not allow drop ins and have a make up policy in effect in case of an emergency or bad weather.
All of this is to make sure that when you and your dog come to a class at Central Florida Dog Sports that you get the quality and Professional attention and instruction that you have paid for.
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