Helen Aiken


Helen Aiken has always been blessed by the dogs in her life. After being raised by a Doberman nanny her parents finally gave her a Doberman puppy at age 12. That’s when she took her first classes at the OCC and began a life long love of learning with her canine partners. Since then she has worked briefly with the Memphis Obedience Club before returning to Chattanooga. In 2003 she joined the OCC and begin teaching Rally, Obedience and Star Puppy classes and serving on the board. She has been owned by many dogs thru the years, Dachshunds, Dobermans, Corgis, several rescues and at present three Rat Terriers. Every dog in her life has been thru classes at the OCC!

Helen is a CGC Evaluator. With her dogs, Rocky, Rosie and Randy she has won titles in Obedience, Rally (RAE 3, Master RM2), Trick Dog, Farm Dog, CGC, TDI, and Lure Coursing. Rocky has been invited to compete in the Rally Nationals three years in a row (and maybe this year too) and is working on a RACH title. It’s a good thing Helen is retired because her dogs keep her very busy!

This year (2020) Helen is working on a new title as President of the OCC.

Dave Bennett

Renee Blanco

Devon Brooks

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor

Karly Brown

Class assistant

Demaree Clay


Demaree Clay
A graduate and former instructor at the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers, Demaree has been training dogs for over 35 years and counseling in behavior for over 20 years. During this time over 3,300 dogs have passed through her hands in a training and behavior capacity. Her family was very involved in the showing, breeding and training of dogs and she learned from an early age how to manage and modify behavior and even placed her first dog in the show ring while in her early teens. Demaree has sponsored seminars and has lectured the public and professional organizations including the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the New Jersey Dog Federation as well as other groups and rescues. Prior to training dogs professionally, and while serving as a veterinary technician, Demaree received certification as a Small Animal Dietician.
Demaree has served in a talent procurement position for local commercials and print ads using her own client base and served as the handler for the selected dogs during filming. Several of Demaree’s canine companions, and a few of her client’s dogs, have been featured on radio (a “speaking” part), on television during interviews, in television commercials, in print ads and on stage.
Demaree is a former member of the National K-9 Graduate’s Association, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and the Delta Society, and is certified by the Red Cross in Canine CPR and Pet First Aid. Demaree and several of her dogs were registered with the Delta Society as Pet Partners for in-hospital and in-facility pet therapy. She served as a licensed Delta Pet-Partner Evaluator and a licensed Delta Pet-Partner Preparatory Instructor. Since the inception of her professional career, all of her working dogs have taken and passed the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test(s), and a few of her dogs have gone on to earn more advanced titles. Demaree has judged 4-H Obedience Matches, as well as the North Jersey Regional Science Fair’s behavioral science entries.
Specializing in Aggression, Reactivity, Canine Body Language and Puppy Personality development, she lobbies against breed-discriminate legislation and for standardized behavioral testing of all dogs living in an urban or suburban lifestyle.

Demaree serves OCC as an Instructor, Consultant and as an AKC licensed CGC Evaluator / STAR Instructor while working full-time as a Certified Master Trainer / Applied Canine Behaviorist.

JoAnne Davis


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.

Laura Ellis

Sharen Fisher

"Sharen and her soft coated wheaten terrier are well-known in the Chattanooga area. Sharen joined OCC when she first moved to the south in fall of 2014 and became a Board Member soon after.

Sharen has been parenting her fur kids since she was a small child and dressed them in clothes and wheeled them in her doll carriages, buggies, and wagons. She brushed their teeth, taught them to eat off silverware, and play games with her. They even had parts in plays she wrote when she was in grade school. They were always considered weirdly well behaved by neighbors, friends and family.

Sharen always wanted her fur kids to go everywhere with her. So she decided they would have opportunities to be included in family events as much as possible when she grew up. Blending the parenting concept with several traditional and non-traditional training techniques has made that possible. She now wants to share her training and experience with others and OCC has afforded her that opportunity.

She has shared her life with a golden retriever, Pekingese, cocker spaniels, cock-a-poos, yorkies, cats, rats, hamsters, and a horse, (commonly referred to as the largest lap dog ever.) She currently parents a soft coated wheaten terrier, which has titles as a Champion, Grand Champion, Canine Good Citizen Advanced, Therapy Dog, Neutral dog for testing dogs for therapy work, and Rally Novice.

When not at OCC, Quinn and Sharen test and observe canines and humans to become Therapy Dog Teams as well as provide therapy to a variety of populations. They go on walks in the woods, play hide-n-seek, and cuddle a lot."

Elisha Gibson


Diane Goff

Class Assistant

Julia Gregory

Julia Gregory has been a member of OCC since 1998 and has been training dogs since she went to obedience classes at age nine with her Great Dane. She has been owned in addition by two beagles, three Cardigan Welsh Corgis, a Ditch Dog and a pug (sort of).

Julia and her partners have earned titles in obedience, rally agility, and freestyle. She and her dogs have also dabbled in agility and herding. Julia is an AKC CGC evaluator and a Canine Freestyle Federation certified instructor.

Julia teaches AKC S.T.A.R. puppy class, Beginning Agility , and Freestyle. She has also served as OCC's president. "I believe that a happy dog-human relationship is based on treating a dog like a dog and not imposing our primate heritage on him. The human must be a strong leader who provides and protects. The dog wants to be a working pack member and if we don't give him a job, he'll invent one."

One of her dogs broke the world's record for running the longest human dog tunnel, 309 people long. Julia is an educator at the Tennessee Aquarium. In addition to dogs, her animal training experience includes elephants, sea lions, birds and horses.

Linda Hagen

Class Assistant

Melissa Kubic

Mary Lujan

Class Assistant

Paula Lynch

Class assistant puppy preschool and agility 2 beginner.

Linda Maddox


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 currently does agility with her Russell Terriers, Ellis and Flip.

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 classes, including Better Beginning Babies, Obedience, and Agility. In 2016 Linda volunteered countless hours to develop our 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”.

Kat Melvin

Pamela Moore

Agility Instructor - Daisy Peele Agility class, Agility 3, and agility focus group classes

Jamie Morris


Stephanie Moss

Class assistant

Alyssa Partlo

Agility Foundations class instructor

Grace Pearson

Class Assistant

Matthew Peeney

Amy Schmidt

Agility Foundations instructor

Melissa Shirk

Class Assistant

Jacquelyn Starr

Fay Taylor


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.

Katherine Taylor-Worth

Katherine Taylor-Worth grew up surrounded by dogs of all sorts and sizes. As a small child, her parents had a kennel behind the house in which they bred and raised bulldogs. As time went on, and they ceased breeding bulldogs, the kennel runs in the back filled with a variety of dogs from neighborhood strays to Westies to Dachshunds. Her first clear memories, though, were of sharing the house with a Great Dane, named Duchess, and a Toy Manchester, named Brandy. Then, later, there was another Great Dane, named Summer. Summer was the first dog that she trained, and she remembers going to the Obedience Club of Chattanooga when it was meeting at the Armory in order to work with Summer.

In 2008, Katherine returned to Chattanooga. She began working at Play Dog Excellent, and she also joined OCC. At that time, she adopted her dog Hal, as well, taking Hal from Julia, who is Hal’s foster Mom. In the time since, Hal has earned a CD and RE and has taught the entire household that SQUIRRELS ARE EVIL, of which fact the household was dangerously unaware, as Hal explains daily. More recently, Stoner, a greyhound from the Birmingham racetrack, has also joined the family, and he has become a fiend for doing weaves on the agility field, though he is constantly attempting to explain how much FASTER he could go without all those obstacles in the way.

In the last few years, Katherine has taught Beginner Obedience I and II. She believes that most dogs learn best when given the opportunity to learn through positive reinforcement and that behavior problems are usually the result of poor communication between the canine and his human family, not intractable stupidity, stubbornness, or malice on the dog’s part.

Savannah Thomas

Class Assistant

Diana Thompson

Diana instructs the Canine Good Citizen, Tricks, Beginner Obedience and Intermediate Obedience classes.

She’s an approved assistant for the Puppy Preschool class as well as and approved assistant in the Fair Play classes.

Diana is working and studying to increase her vast knowledge of canine body language.

Diana’s love of dogs is visible in every interaction with every dog and her advocacy for their health and safety is why she is one of our most popular Instructors. Everyone knows Diana – and chances are – she knows their dog!

Debbie Tuthill

Debbie Tuthill has been a member of OCC since 2005. She began doing agility with her Brittany, Amber, when she was just a puppy. Brittany’s are well known for having lots of energy, so she wanted to do something with her that would be great exercise for Amber and herself. Now Debbie owns three Brittany’s: Amber 13, Josie 5, and Ginger who is 10 months old.

Debbie and her pups have earned many Agility titles. She is currently competing with Amber (“just for fun” due to Amber’s advanced age and health issues), and Josie is competing at the novice level. Ginger will start competing when she reaches 18 months of age.

Debbie has been an instructor with OCC for several years. She currently teaches Debbie Tuthill Agility at OCC. She and has taught agility skills at all levels to many handlers with dogs of all breeds. To people who say “my dog could never do that,” Debbie always replies: “Do you walk your dog? Do you run with your dog? Do you play with your dog? Then yes, with the right training you too can do agility.”
Debbie tells her students that the bond that grows between handler and dog is something incredible and very special. She says: “I never realized the strength of that bond until I started doing agility. Now Amber is aware of and reacts to every move I make.”

Debbie works full time as a Human Resource Consultant with EBS Consulting in Chattanooga, TN.

Carol Wetzel

Carol Wetzel has been a member of OCC since 2000 and was training director from 2005-2015. Dobermans(Jenny, Heide, and Casey) are her breed of choice, but along the way she has rescued a Labrador Retriever(Molly) and an Australian Cattle Dog mix(Riley).This group has earned titles in canine good citizen, obedience, and rally.
She believes that all dogs need to know the basic commands to be good canine citizens and therefore have the best chance to stay in a forever home with responsible owners.

Carol has taught Advanced Puppy Obedience, Beginner Obedience 1 & 2, and Canine Good Citizen.

She is retired, lives on Signal Mountain, and is an avid gardener.

Stacey Whited

Instructor - BBB

Beth Willingham - Guest Instructor

Beth Willingham, a Canine Behavior Specialist, has been involved with dogs her entire life. She has owned, trained and shown numerous breeds in Obedience, Agility, and Retriever trials. Over the past 30 years, Beth has honed her training skills through the study of animal behavior and training with some of the top animal specialists in the world. Beth developed training curriculum currently in use across the United States. In addition to training her own dogs, Beth teaches group classes, private lessons, seminars, and consults with families whose dogs have problem behaviors. Beth currently shares her life with three Golden Retrievers, a Schipperke, a Havanese, and numerous farm animals.