Meet Our Staff

Dogwood Dog Training and Sport Center is fortunate to have some of the best trainers in the country! All of our instructors have years of hands on experience training dogs of all shapes, sizes and types!

Dogwood instructors readily train and compete in various canine performance events including obedience, agility, herding, tracking, retriever hunt tests and field trials.


Training for multiple venues gives the Dogwood instructors a wide range of insight and experience unequaled at any other dog training facility in the Houston area.

Regardless of whether your dog is destined to be a well mannered family member or a top competition dog, Dogwood is the place to train! If you are interested in joining our wonderful group please contact us.


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Debby Quigley
(Head Trainer)

Experience: 30 years

Breeds: Border Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties), Siberian Husky and Golden Retrievers

Activities: Obedience, Agility, Herding, Retriever Hunt Tests, Freestyle, Nosework and Tracking.

My Dogs:
Riker - Oelamp's Make It So Number One OA OAJ OF
Sly - MACH2 Patriot Rq Single Shot MXG MJG
Rip - MACH PACH2 Patriot's Rq Ready, Aim And Fire CD RN MXS MJG                MXP5 MXPS MJP5 MJPS PAX2 XF
Solo - OTCH Tejas Just One More Time VCD2 UDX5 MX MXJ
Easy - CH OTCH Tystar Easy Does It VCD1 UDX6 PT OA NAJ TD
Du -  OTCH Shorelands Kandu Too UDX TD JH OBHF
Nessie - My Wee Loch Nessie CDX
Khan - Kublia Khan CDX
Rasha Shanna Slater CD


Accomplishments: Over a dozen - 200 Obedience Scores, placed 3 times at AKC Obedience Invitational, 2nd Place in Super Dog at the 1999 Pup-Peroni Regional, 1st Place in the Novice Division at 1998 Pup-Peroni Classic, and 1st place in the Utility Division at 2000 Detroit World Series. Placed 4th at 1995 Central Regional in Novice, High Score 1995 Central Regional and High Super at the 2000 Classic. She has also attended multiple National events as well as World team try-outs in Obedience and Agility. She has obtained 4 OTCHs, multiple MACHs, PACHs, and PAXs. Debby had the #1 Border Collie in 1998 in the Nation. She has achieved over 100 High in Trials (HIT), over 100 High Combines (HC), and numerous titles in Obedience, Agility, Tracking, Nosework, Herding and Hunting venues. She authored the Book "Success is in the Proofing", and gives seminars and workshops around the country.


DeNise Clemens

Experience: 35 years

Breeds: Shetland Sheepdogs, Collie, Pomeranian

Activities: Activities: Obedience, Agility, Rally, Freestyle, and Nosework. She has over 20 years experience teaching dog obedience and agility classes.

My Dogs:


Accomplishments: Multiple obedience and Rally through AKC’s UDX and RAE (respectively), and multiple AKC agility titles through MX and MXJ. Achieved multiple Dog World Awards, participated in Pup-peroni Regional Competition, multiple Obedience HIT’s and HC’s in both obedience and rally.

Sandra Marr

Experience: 45 years

Breeds: English Cockers, Labrador Retriever, Doberman Pinschers, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers

Activities: Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Agility, Tracking & Field.

My Dogs
Diego – Intl/Amer CH Idyll Silverado (in training)
Skylar - CH Winsome Rising Star UD BN GN RAE OA AXJ CGC
Josh - CH Sudbury Midnight Gambler CD BN RN CGC
Copper - CH OTCH Winsome Mavrk Copper Eclipse UDX4 RAE AX MXJ CGC WDX Waco - OTCH Brazos River Waco UD TD WD
Maverick - CH Caddo Brazos River Maverick CDX TD WD
Ricci - CH Brazos River Riccochet WD
Britches - World, Intl, Amer/Mex CH Winterhawk Riverbend Holiday CD
Toga - CH Nacona’s Saratoga
Nikki - CH Nacona’s Paduca CD
Dylan CDX
Tara – Tamara Rojo CDX


Accomplishments: AKC Obedience and Rally Judge and CGC Evaluator.  Two OTCH’s, multiple AKC National Obedience Invitational invitations, multiple Obedience titles and Dog World Awards, multiple HIT’s, HC’s, National Specialty HIT’s, Lone Star specialty HIT.  She had the nationally ranked #1 obedience English Cocker, first English Cocker to obtain an OTCH, and only English Cocker that is an AKC Champion and obtained an OTCH. She has several tracking and field working titles on multiple breeds. She has obtained a AX and MXJ in AKC Agility. Her dogs have numerous U.S.A, Mexico, International and World competition conformation Championships and has earned these titles also on multiple breeds.  Recipient of the 2009 ECSCA Rescue Angel award for Bradley, a foster dog.  Obedience and Rally Trial Chairman 2016, 2017 and 2020 for English Cocker Spaniel Club of America [ECSCA], and Obedience and Rally Liaison to the Board of the ECSCA, statistician for Obedience and Rally rankings of English Cockers, Chair for the National Performance Challenge awards and National New Title awards for the ECSCA, member and author for the Publications Committee for the ECSCA’s annual Yearbook and Quarterly Review publications, Past Vice President, Recording Secretary and Board Director of the ECSCA.  Current Treasurer and past Secretary of Lone Star English Cocker Spaniel Club, Past President and Obedience Trial Chairman of South Texas Obedience Club, co-founder and Charter member/officer of Bellaire Dog Obedience Club.  Past member of Doberman Pincher Club of America, Doberman Pincher Club of Houston, German Wirehair Pointer Club of America, German Shorthair Pointer Club of America, Gulf Coast German Shorthair Pointer Club, and the San Jacinto Kennel Club. Professional conformation handler of multiple breeds for various owners/clients in the USA and Mexico.

Jan Nuzzo

Experience: 37 years

Breeds: Mixed breeds, Golden Retrievers , Chinese Crested and Vizslas.

Activities: Tracking, Pointing Dog Hunt Tests, Agility and Conformation as well as Obedience and Rally.  Currently learning in the area of Nosework (NACSW).

My Dogs:
Aji - CH Poquito’s Chile Aji De Mesa CD PCD BN RE CGC
Prize - Pristine Holiday Sir Prize CD RE CGC
Cracker - Intl CH Poquitos El Cohete De La Mesa UD RE NA NAJ NF CGC
Cutty - CH Poquito Cut N Shoot TX de Si Si MH RA CDX OA OAJ CGC
2K - Ch Poquito Y Tu Que Vida RE CGC JH OA OAJ
Randy -  UD TD CGC
Shana - CDX TD
Matti - CD NA NAJ


Accomplishments: AKC CGC evaluator, multiple titles in AKC Obedience, Rally, Agility, AKC Conformation (CH’s), Hunt Tests, and Tracking, Canadian Kennel Club and UKC Obedience.  Awarded Breeder of Merit with Si Si. Participated in Therapy Dogs International "Canine Company" in New York, and currently active with Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs.  Volunteer for Vizsla Rescue and assisted in setting up The Vizsla Rescue of Texas organization (501c3).  Active in local AKC Obedience, All-Breed, Specialty Breed and Tracking clubs.  Member of the Vizsla Club of America, Southwest Tracking Association, and Toy Dog Club of Houston.  Board member, Treasurer, and past Vice-President of the Texas Gulf Coast Vizsla Club; Past President and Vice-President of the West Houston Obedience Club.   Currently the Corresponding Secretary and Show Chairman for the West Houston Obedience Club.  Founding board member and Treasurer of the Vizsla Rescue of Texas.

Gayle Mahar

Experience: 15 years

Breeds: Basset Hounds

Activities: Agility, Obedience, and Tracking.

My dogs:

Ben - CH Southlake John Grisham TD, TDU, CGC.
Max - CT CH Southlake Hey, Porter TDU, RA, RN, BN, CGC.
Luke - CH Green Mountain Ancho VCD1  (TD, CD, NAP, NJP), RN, BN, GCG.


Accomplishments: Multiple AKC titles in Conformation, Tracking, Obedience, and Rally. My Max is one of only 5 CT Bassets in the USA and Max is the only Basset with all AKC 4 tracking titles. In addition, there are only Bassets that have earned 4 VCD1 of which Luke was one of them. Lays track for Houston area tracking test and for teams that practice. Stewards for Houston area obedience and rally shows.

Andrea Friedel

Experience: 10 years

Breeds: Border Collie, Minature Pinscher, Yorkshire Terrier, Mixed Breeds

Activities: Agility, Obedience, Rally, Nosework, Houston SPCA foster and volunteer program, Therapy Dog programs.

My Dogs:
Ace - PTE PTM PTS PTA PTN Visions Ace Of Spades CD BN RA MX MXB MXJ MXF T2B           TN-E, WV-E, EAC, TG-O, HP-N, OJC
Posh - NV NE PTE PTM PTS PTA Visions Livin The Posh Life MX MXB MXJ MJB MXF T2B           CGC: USDAA titles,  AAD ASA AJ SR NJC, NAC, NCC, TN-O, WV-N


Accomplishments: AKC registered ACT Evaluator. Multiple agility titles in AKC, USDAA, and NADAC, AKC Obedience and Rally titles, CGC and Herding IT, multiple UKC nosework titles.  Qualified for AKC National Agility Championship.  Member of the Delta Society Therapy Dog team and the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Team.  Certified Equine and Canine Massage Therapist.

Amy Parker

Experience: 7 years

Breeds: Border Collies

Activities: Agility, Obedience, Nosework,

My Dogs:
Cricket - AI AC NN PTE AV, MACH G Force Cricket MXS MJS XF T2B CGC; USDAA Titles; AAD, JM


Accomplishments: AKC CGC Evaluator.  Agility Titles in AKC, USDAA, and NADAC, including an AKC MACH. Qualified two years for AKC National Agility Championship. Nosework titles in UKC and NACSW ORT. Assistant in Reactive Dog Classes. Member of the South Texas Nosework Dogs Club. Stewards and is part of the ring crew for agility trials.

Kathy Brady

Experience: 32 years

Breeds: Mixed Breeds, Golden Retriever, German Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs

Activities: Agility, Obedience, Rally, Nosework, Schutzhund & Tracking

My Dogs:
Journey – Kiefert’s Never Ending Adventure BN RE
Ana – EV MI AN Deana vom Dreieck UDX2 OM1 RE BH MXB MJB MFB T2B NW1
Tracker – Sunfire’s Show Me the Way UDX2 OM1 TD RN


Tahnee – UAG1 Tahnee von der Sandkautschneise UDX5 OM1 TDX FH FH2 AX OAJ
Anja – Anja von der Dreieck Sch1 UDX3 TD
Amo – Amo von der Dreieck CDX
Bacchus – Bacchus von der Dreieck CDX
Inca – Inca vom Landschaft Sch2 UD
Philos – Cita vom Landschaft Sch2 CDX
Rogue – Rogue vom Landschaft CDX
Corey – Corey von der Felzen Haus CD
Brandy – Brady’s Brandywine AMBOR (American Mixed Breed Obedience Registry) CD

Accomplishments: Taught obedience for 5 years in Illinois; AKC CGC Evaluator and ACT Evaluator. Multiple AKC Obedience titles including UDX’s and Rally titles to RAE’s, multiple AKC HIT’s and HC’s, OM’s, multiple AKC agility and tracking titles. GSDCA-WDA Schutzhund Level 2, GSDCA-WDA Advanced Tracking titles (FH & FH2), UKC Agility level 1 title, UKC Elite level Nosework titles, and NACSW Level 1 Nosework title. Received the Winifred Strickland Challenge Award in 2016 and had the #3 German Shepherd Dog in Obedience in 2005. AKC Obedience Invitational Qualifier in 2005. Member of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA), South Texas Nosework Dog Club, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). Stewards for obedience, agility, tracking, nosework and Schutzhund shows.

Karol Woodward

Experience: 15 years

Breeds: German Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs, and Golden Retrievers.

Activities: Agility, Obedience, and Rally

My Dogs:


Accomplishments: Multiple AKC Obedience and Agility titles.  Trained a working service dog.  Internship in training narcotic detection and search and rescue dogs. Owner and operator of Paws For A Memory Videography.

Denise McClure

Experience: 13 years

Breeds: Bernese Mountain Dogs (Berner)

Activities: Agility, Tracking, Obedience, Rally, Conformation, and Carting

My Dogs:
Starla - Brighteye Stories In The Stars TD NAP OJP
Dot - CT PACH Brighteye Keeper Of The Stars UD TDU VST MXP6 MJP7 VCD3 PAX           OFP T2B PRN DD BNDD ANDD WDX HIT-National Specialty
Clue - CH Brighteye Haley's Comet UD TDX AX AXJ VCD3 OF RAE BN DD ANDD BNDD           WDX VD
Hayley - CH Brighteye Shooting Star UD TDX AX MXJ VCD3 RE NFP DD VD WDX
Kato - Kato's Jester CDX TD AJP AXP VCD2


Accomplishments: Multiple AKC Obedience, Agility, and Tracking titles, PACH, AKC Agility Invitational Qualifier for 3 years, nationally ranked Bernese Mountain Dogs (berners) in agility.  AKC Obedience Invitational Qualifier, nationally ranked berners in AKC Obedience. AKC Conformation championships (CH). One of my dogs was the first Bernese Mountain Dog to earn AKC's VCD3 award, another one was the 4th to earn the VCD3 and added another VCD3 in 2016. Member of theBernese Mountain Dog Club of America (BMDCA), and local tracking club, Performance Chair-person of the American National Specialty Show, Board of Director for Lone Star BMDC, Tracking chair, secretary and tracklayer for multiple tracking tests. Steward for the Bernese Mountain Dog breed specialties.

Carol Anders

Experience: 10 years

Breeds: Golden Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs

Activities: Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Herding

My dogs:

"Bailey" - GCH CH Kismet’s Light Fantastic CDX GO RAE OA OAJ AXP AJP
“Kane” - Breyston’s Raisin’ Kane Bi Kismet RN CGC
“Sam” Jandale Top of the Morning CD RAE PT
“Chloe” CH Aynsworth Lasting Promise CD
“Misty” Carol’s Highland Mist CD


Accomplishments: Invited and qualified for the AKC Rally Nationals and the 2014 ASSA Nationals as an all around Shetland Sheepdog having to show in conformation, obedience, rally and agility, and invited and qualified in the AKC Rally Nationals. Owner handled Shetland Sheepdog to Grand Championship with 3 Best of Breed wins. Obtained multiple AKC Obedience, Rally, and Agility titles.  Previously handled Shetland Sheepdogs in the conformation ring for other people. Member of the Board of Directors of the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Houston, TX, an AKC Canine Ambassador, judged 4H programs and gave workshops on conformation to the public.

Lorri Niskala

Experience: 40

Breeds: Ibizan Hounds, Italian Greyhounds (IG's), Portuguese Podengos, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees

Activities: Obedience, Rally, Nosework, Conformation, Agility, Lure Coursing, Tracking

My dogs:

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Accomplishments: Multiple AKC Obedience and Rally titles, multiple AKC Breed Championships, and multiple UKC Nosework titles.

Giovanna Imperia

Experience: 9 Years

Breeds: Portuguese Water Dogs

Activities: Agility, Obedience, Nosework, Waterwork, Rally, Conformation

My dogs:
Ollie - SN CH MACH Mariner Olivia Imperia UD RA MXB MJS MXP MJP OF             T2B: PWDCA Titles, CWDX GROM MAC3
Gigi - EN CH Mariner Verdemare Imperia CDX BN RA AX AXJ NF; PWDCA            Titles, WWD MAC4


Accomplishments: AKC Scent Work judge, MACH and advanced agility titles,  multiple Rally titles,  CDX titles and UD title. Multiple Master and Elite Nosework titles on two dogs, advanced water title on two dogs including one Excellent Courier Water Dog title, and 2 Championships (CH) titles.  Giovanna and Gigi are the first PWD (Portuguese Water Dog) team to earn the highly coveted UKC's Elite Nosework title and is one of only 16 teams in the country to have earn this title to date. President of the South Texas Nosework Dog's Club 2015-2017.

Sandy Bertram

Experience: 40 Years

Breeds: Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Doberman Pinschers, Belgian Sheepdogs

Activities: Obedience (20 years experience in teaching dog obedience classes), Rally, Conformation, Tracking, Freestyle, Flyball, and Scent Hurdling.

My Dogs:
Maile - CH Epic's Calypso CD, BN, RN,
Kiko - Epic's Dreamcatcher CD, RA, BN
Isabella - Epic's Fascination UD, RAE, CGC, ASCA Titles CD
Mele - Epic's Midnight Hour UD, TD, RAE, CGC, ASCA Titles CD, U-CDX
Cindy -  CH Kekoa's Sassy Cheerleader CDX, TD, CGC, ASCA Titles CDX, U-CDX
Bosco - ILP Rescue CD, TDX, CGC
Magic - CH Sandstone's Black Magic CD, TD
Pili - Cinberlin Special Delivery CDX, TDX, CGC, Scent Hurdle Racing, Lure           Coursing
Tinker - Keikilani Eleele Kukana - CD

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Accomplishments:  Multiple AKC Obedience HIT’s’s and HC’s, multiple AKC Obedience, Rally, and Tracking titles. Conformation championships on Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spaniels, Belgian Sheepdog and Clumber Spaniels.  Competed in 1998 Novice Division Puperoni Classic, Received Invitation 2016 Novice Division AKC Obedience Classic, Competed in National Freestyle Event, Member First Place Team Hawaii Top Team Competition Two Years.  Taught pet obedience classes for Obedience Training Club of Hawaii for 10 years as well as tracking.  Have held multiple officer board and Chairman positions for multiple obedience clubs. Taught pet obedience classes for a local Houston obedience club for ten years as well as member of their board. Received Sportsmanship Award.  Member of the Dallas Fort Worth English Springer Spaniel Association and English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association (National Breed Club). Steward annually for Houston Sheltie Specialty Obedience shows and various Houston obedience club shows.


Kathy Daniel

Experience: 40 years

Breeds: Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Vizsla

Activities: Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Conformation, work with Corgi Rescue

My dogs (some of them):
J-Lo  - Ch Foxlair Take a Bow BN, RE, TD, CGC
Money - Bailiwick Maristel Take the Money and Run BN, RN, CGC
Cooper - Cooper Dechaumes  BN, RN, CGC
Spring - Ch Triad Mindspring CD, RN, TD
Remi - Bailiwick Oh So Remarkable, CD, RE, TD, CGC
Dory - Ch Elfwish A Little Jazz TD, CGC
Velvet - Bailiwick Velvet Paws BN, RE, TD, CGC
Justine - Bailiwick Just Desserts BN, RN, TD, CGC
Panda - Bailiwick Sweet Talk CD, TD


Accomplishments: Provisional AKC Tracking judge. Multiple CD’s and CDXs on Pembroke Welsh Corgis, multiple AKC Rally and Tracking titles. Finished 9 Conformation Champions, and bred 6 Conformation Champions. AKC Junior Hunter title on a Vizsla. Treasurer of Southwest Tracking Association, Recording Secretary and Show Chairman for the Greater Houston Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers, former member of the Board of Directions for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America. Stewards at agility, obedience and rally trials. Co-ordinates ring stewards for Beaumont Kennel Club at NRG dog show, Houston, TX. Participates in Meet the Breed at NRG. Volunteers herself and her Corgis for Finals Stress Relief at Rice University’s Baker Hall, and holiday gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble Book for the benefit of Corgi Rescue.

Jeremy Schowe

Experience: 17 Years

Breeds: Vizslas

Activities: Agility

My Dogs:
Aji - CH Poquito’s Chile Aji De Mesa CD PCD BN RE CGC
Cracker - Intl CH Poquitos El Cohete De La Mesa UD RE NA NAJ NF CGC, NA          NAJ NF
Cutty - CH Poquito Cut N Shoot TX de Si Si MH RA CDX OA OAJ JH CGC
2K - Ch Poquito Y Tu Que Vida RE CGC JH OA OAJ

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Accomplishments:  Started working and training with my mom’s dogs when in high school.  Successful in earning multiple AKC JH pointing dog titles while still in high school.  Trained 2K in agility.  We both went off to college and am now back working in Agility. Three AKC Agility titles with Cracker.  Now working with Aji and will be showing him soon in agility.

Kym Thomas

Experience: 20+ Years

Breeds: Akitas, Rottweilers, and German Shepherd Dogs (GSD)

Activities: Obedience, Agility, Nosework, GHGSD Rescue and foster

My Dogs:
Roper - In nosework and obedience training
Reischa - Reisha Zet Eurosportu CD BN RE
Leah - PTM PTE AE NC NV Ophelia Z Eurosportu CDX BN RAE2
Lucy - Jailbirds Lawless Lucy CDX RAE2 OA OAJ & Canadian agility titles
Gordy - Jailbirds Governors Pardon CD AX AXJ AD BH
Riley - Riley MX MXJ AD AAD


Accomplishments: Multiple AKC Obedience HIT’s, HC”s, and RALLY HC’s, multiple AKC obedience, Raly, and Agility titles, Multiple USDAA Agility titles, Agility Association of Canada Agility Titles, and UKC Nosework titles.  Riley was the first Akita in the USA to earn an USDAA AAD title and an AKC MX and MXJ Agility Titles, and the number 1 Akita in the USA in AKC Agility 2000 and 2001.  Reischa was in the Front and Finish top 10 in 2016 for her breed. My Rottweilers and GSD’s were and are regularly in the top 10 AKC Obedience and Agility.  Qualified for and competed in 3 AKC Rally National Championships.  Received 8th Place at 2015 AKC Rally National Championship and HIT in Agility at American Rottweiler Club National Specialty.  Obedience Judge for 4H Regional Shows.  Fosters and places numerous foster dogs in adoptive homes, and works with the Greater Houston GSD Rescue’s with GSD’s who are reactive or have little to no manners/obedience skills to prepare them for foster and adoptive homes.