Helen Aiken has been surrounded by animals all her life. Dogs, horses, chickens, possums, rabbits and one cat. She learned how to walk holding onto a Doberman who was the neighborhood nanny. Dobermans, Dachshunds, Corgis, and rescues have been the primary dogs in her life. At age 12 she started taking her first Doberman puppy to classes at the OCC. Helen was involved in the Memphis Obedience Club and then, moving back to Chattanooga, joined the club here.
12 years ago she rescued Moxie, her first Rat Terrier and has been smitten by that breed ever since. Helen and her dogs compete and hold titles in Obedience, Rally, Lure Coursing, CGC, TDI and Conformation
Helen has taught Obedience, Rally and is currently an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator. Teaching puppies that are on the cusp of becoming teenagers has become her favorite niche. With six weeks of fun play between puppy and person she gets to watch their transform into a great working team that has a better understanding of each other.
"Tracy has been a member of OCC since 2014 and has been training dogs since her family got their first Collie mix when she was just four-years-old. Since then, she has worked with many different breeds — from Beagles to Pit Bulls, and everything in-between.
""I feel that it's important to be a calm and assertive leader when dealing with dogs. (Kids, too!) If you're not going to act as their pack leader, they will try to take over ... and all manner of behavior issues ensue. However, most dogs want to please their humans and are extremely forgiving with the dumb human's mistakes! LOL! Seriously, though, dogs are very smart, and training problems are usually due to humans not clearly & consistently communicating what we want from them. That's what the OCC is here to help you with!""
For the past five years, Tracy and her whole family (husband & two young boys) have been breeding and training English Golden Retrievers. They are currently owned by three English Goldens, one Sheltie, and one Jack Russell Terrier; as well as an extremely cool Ragdoll cat that thinks she's a dog. Not to mention 18 laying hens and one big, fat, mean rooster!
Tracy teaches Beginner Obedience I, and also enjoys volunteering at the OCC's Hamilton County Fair booth and the many Obedience and Rally Trials as a ring steward. She also has had a life-long obsession with all things horses, and currently owns and trail rides a big, beautiful Tennessee Walking Horse mare."
She has a Husband and four dogs that share her life. Two American Staffordshire Terriers (Shawnee & Shaonia), one Boston Terrier (SayDee Belle), and a Springer Spaniel mix(Sophie). Chickens, goats and ducks are also present on their small farm.
JoAnne has grown up around animals all her life, dogs, cats, goats, chicken, pigs, horses, and ducks, to name a few. With her Mom as an avid animal rescuer, they always had animals in their life.
JoAnne has three Therapy Dogs. Shawnee and Sophie have been registered with Therapy Dog International (TDI) for three years. Shaonia is registered with Alliance Therapy Dogs (ATD) for about five months. They visit local hospitals, colleges and work with Hospice. They enjoy the response when people see them come for a visit. People are so happy to be able to pet, hold, talk to the dogs, and tell us about their pets.
JoAnne and Shawnee have also obtained the Beginner Novice Rally Title.
JoAnne teaches CGC (Canine Good Citizen) & Therapy Dog classes. She has assisted with the Beginner Obedience and Advance Puppy classes.
JoAnne believes that no life is complete without the joy, companionship, and love of a dog.
"Tina Gross has been a member of OCC since at least 2007, and has owned dogs and/or cats for most of her life. She was a pet sitter for decades. She has owned Shetland sheepdogs, and currently has a Pomeranian and four cats.
During her OCC membership she has earned titles in obedience, rally, canine good citizen advanced, and therapy dog. She also has some experience in agility.
At OCC she has instructed Beginning Rally, and currently co-teaches Rally and Intermediate Obedience. She has served as OCC's Secretary, and on various committees over the years. Currently she serves as Facilities Coordinator and Inventory Specialist. She organized and served as on-site Trial Secretary for a Rally trial held at OCC in August 2015. She recently designed a new logo for OCC.
She is a retired teacher of art, science, English, reading, and gifted students in the north Georgia area.
Linda started in performance when she got her first Bull Terrier and hasn’t looked back. Along with her Bull Terriers, Linda has obtained performance titles with an Irish Setter, Boxer and Border Collie. She is currently readying her Russell Terrier, Ellis, for agility.
Linda’s first dog, Stella, was one of the first Bull Terriers to earn a CGC and become a registered therapy dog. Her dog Sawyer was the first, and to date, only Bull Terrier to earn a Rally Advanced Excellent title. He was also her first agility dog. During his career he earned upper level titles in several venues, qualified for the AKC Invitational twice and the NADAC Nationals. At the end of his career he was AKC’s Number 1 Bull Terrier. His sister Emily, also had a successful career. She too earned upper level Rally and Agility titles and qualified for the NADAC Nationals. They both earned the Bull Terrier Club of America’s Versatility Award and Versatility Excellent Award and Sawyer was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award---which has only been given to two other dogs.
Along with Agility, Linda’s other passion is therapy work with her canine partners. To date, she has logged well over a thousand hours visiting nursing homes, hospitals, schools, to name but a few.
Since becoming a member of OCC in 2004, Linda has taught a variety of class, from BBB to Obedience and is currently volunteering her time to help develop and promote the new Agility Curriculum. She has spent many years training with some of the top instructors in GA, AL, TN and takes online classes and seminars in an effort to keep up with the latest training techniques. She is one of two AKC ACT Evaluators at OCC, a CGC evaluator, a Therapy Dog International Evaluator and has written articles for the publications, “The Canine Chronicle” and “Front and Finish”.
Susan Millican has been a member of OCC since 2014 and has been training dogs since she was 12 when she decided to make "Dog Care and Training" her 4H project. She took her English Bulldog, General George S. Patton III to "dog school" at UGA and went on to win an Award of Excellence for her project. Currently she owns a Jack Russel Terrier, George, and Parsons Russel Terrier, Jake. While Susan continued to train her own dogs, it wasn't until she retired, from 30 years in public education, that she was able to get back to her love of "officially" training dogs.
Susan, George and Jake have earned their CGC certifications and Susan and George have earned their Therapy Dog title. Susan and George have worked together at Dade and Davis Elementary Schools and currently work together at Erlanger and Memorial Hospitals with oncology patiences. She and her dogs have also dabbled in agility and freestyle.
Susan teaches Beginner Obedience 1 & 2, Canine Good Citizen, and Therapy Dog. She has also served as OCC's Training Director. "I believe God created these wonderful creatures to teach us about unconditional love. I see this every time my dogs come running in with tails wagging so excited to see me even though I just left the room two minutes prior. I see this every time I see George snuggle on the bed with a patient at the hospital and the patient begins to smile for the first time that week. I believe it is through consistent training that our dogs are able to reach their potential and we are able to love deeper."
Susan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and loves to worship Jesus at Calvary Chapel in Chattanooga. In addition to dogs, she loves spending time decorating & remodeling her home, gardening, watching the birds, riding bikes, and traveling with her wonderful husband.
A little Toy Manchester Terrier, "Toby", was Fay Taylor's first dog, a gift from her parents when she was 8 years old. Having memorized a little "How to Train Your Dog" booklet, she began on Toby. He became the neighborhood star - the only dog around that could sit, stay, go to box, go to kitchen, come, and lie down.
Over the years Fay and her husband, George, have owned, trained, and shown numerous breeds including Toy Manchesters, Bulldogs, Dachshunds, American Eskimo Dogs, West Highland White Terriers, Great Danes, Shetland Sheepdogs, a Greyhound, a Rat Terrier, an Australian Shepherd, a Rat Terrier and several mixed breeds.
Fay's dogs have been awarded four 4 Rally Excellent Titles, Two Obedience Utility Titles; The American Manchester Terrier Club Hall of Fame; Agility Excellent Jumpers and Open Standard; Canine Freestyle Federation Level IV and a Level II Brace (the first brace ever awarded by CFF); 3 Beginner Novice; 3 Pre Novice; 6 CGC's and 2 CGCA's; 2 Therapy Dog International certifications; 1 AKC Therapy Dog Novice title and 1 Conformation Champion. Fay is an AKC certified CGC Evaluator. She makes numerous Therapy Dog Visits to Nursing Homes and schools.
As a member of the Obedience Club of Chattanooga she has served as an officer, been on the Board of Directors, and taught classes in Obedience, Rally, Freestyle, and Star Puppy.
Fay and George live on Signal Mountain where she is the librarian for the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. They have two daughters and a son, all of whom live in Chattanooga or Signal Mountain.