South Mountain Dog Training Center
4785 South Mountain Drive - Emmaus, PA 18049 610-966-4447
Head Trainer Pat Wotring
with Zena & Storm
Pat Wotring's Bio
I have been teaching obedience for over 17 years. I participated in AKC obedience Trials and earned my CD, CDX, and Utility titles with my dog Nikki.
Two of my German Shepherds were members of TDI (Therapy Dog International). Nikki and I were honored to go to New York a few days after 9/11 to offer support and comfort to the people involved in the Twin Towers tragedy. Nikki received an award for her service from TDI. I have titled two German Shepherds in DOCNA, NADAC, and AKC agility.
I currently have two German Shepherds, Zena (10-1/2 years) and Storm (18 months old). Storm got her Star Puppy certification at the age of 17 weeks. She started puppy kindergarten shortly after she came home with me. She has also earned her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificate at 16 months. Storm has taken 2 beginner obedience classes at South Mountain Dog Training Center, as well as, Rally obedience. She is such a pleasure to work with.
Zena is my fun girl. She loves Frisbee, agility and long walks. Storm has started agility class and is excelling in it. I love working with dogs and their handlers. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the improvement in the dog/handler teams as they progress in the classes. The joy you get as a handler seeing your dog improve because of the effort and time you spend working with them is amazing. Also, the bond that forms between you and your dog as you work together as a team; whether in obedience, rally obedience, or agility is an wonderful thing to see. Hope to see you soon at South Mountain Dog Training enjoying training with your dog (old or new).
Head Trainer Tom Kosman
with Conaan & Chaos
Tom Kozman's Bio
I started training at South Mountain with Sidney, our second Springer Spaniel, in 1995. He went through Beginner and Advanced obedience training. He was a wonderful companion dog.
In 2005 we changed breeds and found our boy Conaan, a Bullmastiff. Knowing how big he would become, we knew he would have to be well behaved! We picked him up on Friday and started Puppy Preschool the next Wednesday. We followed up with Beginner and Advanced obedience and he earned his CGC title, when he was 14 months. Since, completing his training, he is a show quality dog. We decided to try him in the conformation ring. It was a real learning experience. We found traveling with him was so much fun.
In 2008 we lost Sidney, Conaan was so devastated that we found him a little brother. Another Bullmastiff named Chaos! So Back to South Mountain we went, Preschool, Beginner, Advanced and a CGC title. Working with the dogs was so much fun, we started Agility Classes. Big dogs and little tunnels is something to see! Chaos took over in the show ring and is a champion.
We started Rally Obedience in 2010. Head trainer Pat Wotring asked if I wanted to be an apprentice trainer. So here we are, both dogs have their Rally Novice titles and we still take classes today. We travel and vacation with our dogs, and go to all the events we can.
As a trainer I enjoy seeing dogs grow, mature and build a bond that lasts a lifetime with their owners.
Assistant Trainer Joanne Sora
with Rudy & Gilda
Joanne Sora's Bio
I have loved dogs all my life a& have owned them most of my adult life.
Joanne Sora's Bio
As an adult, my very first puppy was a German Shepherd mix. I taught her every trick in the book. She could sit, stay, roll over, play dead, shake, high five, you name it she could do it. However, when I moved from the country to the city she needed to go on lead, she was terrible. One day she got away from me. I spent an hour trying to get her. I realized that all the tricks in the world wouldn’t cut it; we needed “obedience” training. I signed up for a Beginner Obedience class. That’s when I first met Karen Hertzog. Buffie & I took two classes. I was amazed at how she learned to walk with me on city streets. She stopped at the corners to wait for my command to cross the streets. It was awesome.
Now I am the proud & happy owner of four Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Rudy, Gilda, Rover & Gabby… who are in training daily. They range in ages from 3 to 12 years. Each of them has gone through Puppy Kindergarten, Beginner & Advanced Obedience. They have all been shown in the confirmation ring. Gilda and I took agility, just for the fun of it. It is so much fun training with them. I truly believe they love it too. They have all passed their Canine Good Citizen tests. Rudy & Rover are both Certified Therapy Dogs, although Rudy is retired, they are both Canine Blood Donors for the University of Pennsylvania Canine Blood Mobile. They hold Rally Titles, Lure Coursing (Field) Titles, Canine Good Citizen, & Companion Dog Titles.
One thing I’ve learned through the years of having dogs & raising puppies is that no matter how much you think you know, when you get a new puppy, you are frazzled. After about 3 or 4 weeks, you wonder why you did this to yourself!! Patience, persistence, & proper training, do bring things together. I know the great joy that I have had watching my dogs transform from the little devil dogs into true companions. When I was asked to join the South Mountain Dog Training Center in 2006, I was flattered & excited. Not only did I look forward to continue learning all I can about dog training, but I enjoy helping you transform your dog into that “best friend” you were hoping for. I also enjoy the opportunity to share with you what I have learned & to help you bond with your dog.
Regina Conti's Bio
When I adopted 6 month old Willow, who was very shy and nervous around new people, back in 2011, I knew she needed a confidence boost and decided agility might be a good fit. Well after our first few classes we both had the agility bug and I have been training my dogs and competing ever since. Agility has also helped build my own confidence; I began to feel more at ease in situations unfamiliar to me and interacting with new people.
We compete in CPE in which Willow has earned C-ATCH2 and working on our C-ATE. We also compete in USDAA and AKC Master's level. Willow has also competed in the Ohio CPE Nationals.
My younger dog Fenway also enjoys agility and he is well on his way to a great future in it. He has also earned his C-ATCH in CPE, loves to do Lure Coursing, and enjoys Rally. Both of my dogs also have their CGCA and Willow has a CGCU.
I have been an assistant trainer here at South Mountain Dog Training since 2017 but have been coming to classes here with my own dogs for years prior. I love working with dogs and their families. It's been a wonderful journey so far and I look forward to helping others and having fun!
Sandra Cornog's Bio
I have had dogs all my life. I got my first very own dog at 22 and made some mistakes, so when I got my second dog, I took her to obedience class and what a difference to learn how dogs think. Since then all my dogs have attended Puppy, Beginner and Advanced classes. I also have taken Agility classes and competed in Agility competition.
I fell in love with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels after seeing them at a dog show and bought my first Show dog in 1996. We attended all the basic obedience classes and she became a champion in the breed ring. She later won her first Agility title and was also a Therapy dog. She was bred and is the foundation of most of the dogs you might see me with at South Mountain. I enjoy assisting with the Puppy and Beginner classes and continue to learn so much more helping people to train their dogs. I believe that every dog has the potential to be a Great Dog!
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