Diane has owned and trained five Australian Shepherds and one Border Collie in agility, obedience, rally, flyball, and Nose Work. After achieving multiple titles in all those performance sports, she feels the key to success is the journey and the relationship with each dog.
Diane taught agility from 1996-1999 in Florida, and developed a program at a Denver school in 2000. She now has a roster of over fifty students in agility at her own facility, Hoppin’ in the Hills, several students in rally, and 15+ students in Nose Work classes.
Through Spirit, her deceased deaf Aussie, Diane formed the Denver Deaf Dog Group with eleven deaf dogs and their families. That group has grown to a list of over 300 families and rescue contacts, still holding an annual playday. Animal Planet contacted Diane about training deaf dogs in the Denver area and came to Colorado to film a segment on how common deaf dogs are and how easy it is to train them. Since 2000, she has consulted with over thirty owners and helped them train their deaf dogs.
Diane believes that safety and fun are of utmost importance in training dogs. If the dog is not having fun it is not open to learning. Having a dog that enjoys what it is doing is very fulfilling to the dog and gives them a sense of worth and builds confidence. The time spent training also increases the bond and strengthens the relationship between owner and pet.
Diane trains at her own facility in Indian Hills, Mantayo Kennels, Zinn Dog Training and All Dog Sense facilities for nose work.