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.


Debby Quigleyinstructors_debby

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:
Poe – Czechmate DamErOn
Karrde – Czechmate Smuggler’s “Wild Karrde”
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.

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 CD PCDX BN RE MX MXB MXJ MJB XF
Ana – EV MI AN Deana vom Dreieck UDX2 OM1 BN RE MX MXB MXJ 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 WoodwardKarol

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.

Lorri Niskalalorie staff1

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:

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

Giovanna Imperiaguivonna

Experience: 11 Years

Breeds: Portuguese Water Dogs

Activities: Agility,  Nosework, Obedience, Rally,  Water work,  Conformation

My dogs:
Ollie – SN CH MACH Mariner Olivia Imperia UD RA MXB MJS MXP2 MJP2 MJPB OF T2B, PWDCA Titles: CWDX GROM MAC3
Gigi – EN CH Mariner Verdemare Imperia CDX BN RA MX AXJ XF; PWDCA Titles: CWD MAC4

Accomplishments: Giovanna has been competing for 10+ years in multiple venues — from conformation to agility and obedience.  She is an AKC Scent Work judge, and her dogs have been competing in UKC Nosework since the program inception in 2014.  One of her dogs was the 16th dog in the nation and the first PWD to obtain the UKC Elite Nosework title.  When not judging, Giovanna is competing in AKC Scent Work with her dogs at the Advanced and Excellent levels.

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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, NoseWork, and Scent Hurdling.

My Dogs:
Lani – Lani You Are The Sky – Puppy in training
Maile – CH Epic’s Calypso CD PCD BN RA SEN SCN CGC TKN
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

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.

Denise McClure

Experience: 20 years

Breeds: Bernese Mountain Dog

Activities: Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Conformation, Agility

My dogs:

CT Brighteye Stories In The Stars (Starla) CD VST MXP AJP VCD1 SIN SBN SCN HIT
CT PACH Brighteye Keeper OF The Stars (Dot) UD VST MXP6 MJP7 VCD3 PAX RE T2BP
Past Dogs:
CH Brighteye Haley’s Comet (Clue) UD TDX AX AXJ VCD3 RAE OF BN BMDCA Working Dog Excellent and Versatility Dog DD BNDD Top Producer of Working Dogs
CH Brighteye Shooting Star (Hayley) UD TDX MX AXJ VCD3 OF RE BMDCA Working Dog Excellent NDD DD
Kato’s Jester (Kato) CDX TD AXP AJP VCD2

Accomplishments:  CGC evaluator. Have been training and showing Bernese Mountain Dogs for many years. Her Berners have earned multiple obedience HITs and have titled three through the obedience UD level.. In tracking: CT (Champion Tracking Dog) on two dogs, TDX titles on four, TDs on six, a TDU, all with her Berners. In agility: PACH and PAX with one Berner, multiple MX and MXJ titles. Her Berners have earned all the AKC novice level Scentwork titles and are working at the advanced and excellent levels. They have titled through the RAE level in rally. Denise and her Berners also compete in conformation and draft work. Denise has been invited and participated in both the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC Agility Nationals. She has also qualified for the Obedience Invitational, the Tracking Invitational, and the Rally Nationals.

Pat Roddy

Experience: 5 years for nosework and showed Dachshunds in obedience.

Breeds: Rescues, celebrate diversity!

Activities: Agility, Nosework, Barn Hunt.

My Dogs:
Kia – Kia Ora AX AXJ OF SCN SIN SEN, UKC titles – AVAI NN, NADAC titles – OAC OJC TN-N, USDAA titles – SJ SSA
Sugar – Brown Sugar! OA OAJ NF UKC Titles – NI NV

Accomplishments: Trained a Dachshund in the 1980’s to CDX and won high
scoring hound in obedience several times. Showed two Jack Russells (Bert &
Ernie) to USDAA Agility Dog titles in 1995. Currently active in South Texas
Nosework Dog Club and Houston Area K9 Scentwork Dog Club (AKC).

Ginny Conway

Experience: 30+ Years

Breeds: Cardigan Welsh Corgi, spaniels, toller

Activities: Nosework, Obedience, Rally,Tracking,
Therapy, Tricks, Service

My Dogs:
AN PTE Goober, BN, SWN, CGC, ThD CGC Gold
Bucky, UD, CGC, TDI, ThD CGC Gold
CH Astro, CD, TD, CGC, TDI CGC Silver
CH Morgan, CDX, TDX, CGC
Sneakers, CDX, CGC
Tempest, CD, FD, CGC
Hearing Dogs – Flynn, Winston, Donald,
Saffron, Denver, Spike, Wisper

Accomplishments:Ginny has been
competing for more than 30 years in multiple
venues — starting in conformation then
obedience, tracking, scentwork and rally. She is
both an AKC Scent Work and Tracking judge
and used to be a Flyball judge, and her dogs
have competed in both the US and England. She
trained puppies and rescue dogs for work as hearing dogs which gave her
the luxury of working with a variety of breeds. Ginny is currently trialling
with her dog Spock in detective class – scentwork. She is also an AKC Canine
Good Citizen Evaluator (also served as a Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog
Scheme evaluator whilst in the UK).