Heather is the founder and owner of Tail Waggin’ Dog Training. Heather holds her associates degree in business from The University of Southern Maine, as well as earning her Advanced Dog Educator/ Trainer certificates from Jo-Thors’ Dog Training Academy in Marietta GA. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and continuously attends seminars and conferences such as the annual APDT Conference and clicker expo. As well as being an active member and trainer for the Cape Cod Kennel Club, She is a certified evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen as well as Therapy Dogs International. Heather is also a certified agility instructor through White Mountain Agility School.
Heather is a devoted animal specialist and caring pet owner. She has been working with animals professionally for the past twenty-four years. Heather, a native Cape Codder, currently has two Border Collies, a Border Collie Mix, one cat and a Green Winged Macaw, all of which are rescues and lives in Brewster, MA. Her specialty is working with behavior-specific issues utilizing clicker training, positive cues and reinforcement.
“Training your dog is all about achieving a positive relationship between you and your dog and having fun while doing so,” says Heather.
K9 training and competition have been an integral part of Sue’s life for quite some time. She has been training dogs for over 50 years starting with an apprenticeship with an AKC Welsh Terrier breeder, getting puppies ready for the confirmation ring and then obedience class competitions. Later on as a police K9 handler and trainer, Sue trained her own police dogs, K9 Bob and K9 Art, for patrol, narcotics, and tracking work. In 1990, Sue spent one month in Germany with K9 Bob living and training at the German Customs Police Dog School in Neuendettlesau, Germany learning their methods of canine scent work.
During Sue’s time in law enforcement she proposed and developed the department’s first K9 program. Once implemented, Sue and her K9 Bob and K9 Art became the first K9 Unit for the Duxbury, MA Police Department. During their years on the force they were responsible for finding many criminals, lost individuals, and illegal narcotics and evidence.
Sue and her police K9 Bob competed in many United Schutzhund Clubs of American trials, and police WPO and DPO trials as well as the United States Police Canine Association trials, traveling all over the country. They also competed internationally in Germany as members of team USA at the 1989 SV-Bundessiegerprὕfng in Hannover. Early in his career, K9 Bob won third place in a national DPO competition. His titles included DPO I and II, SchH 1, 2, 3, and Police Service Dog I and II, Narcotic Detector Dog, and Tracking Dog.
Sue retired from police work in 2011 after 34 years on the job. Sue’s passion for dogs has continued into retirement when she discovered the NACSW and began to train & compete in the civilian sport of nose work. Sue subsequently established her business, Canine Partners of Cape Cod, to assist busy owners of puppies in properly socializing their young dogs as well as providing instruction in scent work and tracking. Sue has attended many obedience related classes and K9 Nose Work® Classes. She has NACSW titled two of her dogs and her third dog is currently in training.
Recently Sue has become a National Association of Canine Scent Work ANWI and has been a Trial Judge since 2014. Sue teaches the fun sport of K9 Nose Work® through the NACSW so that the public can experience the fun of bonding with their dog while observing the awe inspiring abilities of their dogs. She also a certified Nosework instructor with the National Association of Canine Scent Work. Sue’s classes are held on the South Shore and Cape Cod.
Sue has a bachelor’s degree in education from UMass Amherst and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College.