Our Instructors

Helen Aiken

Helen Aiken with dogI've trained dogs since I was fifteen. I started training Dobermans which I showed in Obedience and Conformation. I have had several Dachshunds, Corgis, and rescued mixed breeds. I currently have three dogs: two rescues and two Rat Terriers.

My dogs have won CD CDX RA RN RE and CGC titles. I enjoy teaching babies, beginner obedience, and rally. I have been a member of the OCC for five years. I am also an AKC certified CGC evaluator.

Carol A. Black, DVM

Carol Black with dog Carol began her purebred dog saga in 1977 with a Gordon Setter named Beau. Since he was NOT AKC registered, she decided to show him in obedience.

Despite being almost fatally shy, Beau got his companion dog title in 4 shows in 1978.

Thirty years on, Carol still has Gordon Setters (though they are all AKC registered now), has bred her 10th show champion, and has put a Companion Dog title on her 4th dog. Progress is slow in this breed!

Currently, Carol is active in bench shows, AKC hunting tests, pointing breed field trials and obedience trials (she is currently training her first ever open obedience dog). She has begun training her first agility dog and may be ready to compete in novice by the fall. She lives with 7 Gordon Setters, of which five are show champions, six have field titles, one has an obedience title, and one is a 2 month old puppy.

Carol works as a mobile veterinarian in north Georgia which allows for plenty of time to train and compete with her dogs. She taught her first obedience class with the Southeast Alabama Kennel Club in 1989 and now teaches beginner obedience for the Obedience Club of Chattanooga. Carol is also the President of OCC.

Julia Gregory

Julia with MiloJulia Gregory 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, and freestyle. She and her dogs have also dabbled in agility and herding. Dog scootering is on her horizon. Julia is an AKC CGC evaluator.

Julia teaches AKC S.T.A.R. puppy class, Agility Founations I and II, 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 alpha 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.

Diane Jahoples

Diane Jahoples with dogsDiane Jahoples has a deep love for animals and has enjoyed working with animals all her life. Her Indian heritage may be the reason for her love of animals.

Diane worked under a great trainer for many years who taught her many skills for training horses and dogs. Diane still has horses that she rides for pleasure, but her first love is training her beautiful German Shepherd Dogs that she also breeds.

"Z" does Search and Rescue, and at Siskin Hospital he does Pet Therapy. He also has his CD title and CGC certification. "DIVA" is in training and will be getting her CD soon; she has her CGC certification, and she has been in rally and obedience classes. Diane is an AKC certified CGC evaluator.

There is no love like the devotion between dog and handler. Diane teaches others how to train their dogs, because of this love for all dogs big and small.

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones has been training dogs for over 16 years. She has owned a German Shepherd, several Miniature Poodles, 2 American Eskimos, many Basset Hounds, and several mixed breeds.

She has won titles in many different dog sports—Obedience: Canine Good Citizen, Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent, and 2 legs toward Utility Dog—Agility: Novice Agility, Novice Agility Jumper, Open Agility, Open Agility Jumper, Excellent Agility, and Excellent Agility Jumper - Rally: Rally Novice - Canine Freestyle: Level II Award and the Artistry Award - and Conformation: 1 point toward JJ's Championship.

Andrea has been involved in the Obedience Club of Chattanooga as Training Director for 2 years, on the Board of Directors for 3 years, and for about 12 years has taught Better Beginning Babies, Puppy Obedience, Beginner Obedience, Canine Good Citizen, Puppy Agility, Beginner Agility, and Intermediate Agility.

Andrea did Basset Hound Rescue for over 6 years and is passionate about spaying and neutering dogs.

Fay Taylor

Fay with PatchA 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 George and Fay have owned, trained, and shown numerous breeds including Toy Manchesters, Bulldogs,Dachshunds, American Eskimos Dogs, West Highland White Terriers, Great Danes, Shetland Sheepdogs, a Greyhound, a Rat Terrier, and several mixed breeds.

Fay's dogs have been awarded four 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 Artistry Award, Level III, two Level IIs, a Level II Brace (the first brace ever awarded by CFF), and Level I Team; and Therapy Dog International and CGC certifications.

Fay is an American Kennel Club certified CGC Evaluator. She does numerous Therapy Dog visits with her dogs at schools, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.

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, and Freestyle. She has also been on the Board of Directors of the Canine Freestyle Federation.

Fay is the church librarian at the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. George, her husband of 50 years, is a retired physics teacher. They have three grown children: two daughters, one son, one daughter-in-law, and one son-in-law, all of whom live in the Chattanooga area.

Carol Wetzel

carol wetzel with her dogsCarol Wetzel, who has been the Obedience Club of Chattanooga's Training Director since 2006, lives on Signal Mountain with her Doberman, Casey (CGC RA), and rescued Laborador Retriever, Molly (CD CD-ASCA CGC RE).

Carol teaches Advanced Beginner Obedience and Canine Good Citizen classes. She strongly advocates the spaying and neutering of all family pets and believes that all puppies and dogs should receive obedience training to provide a lasting family relationship and canine good citizenship in our communities.

Terry Woods

Terry Woods with her working dogsTerry woods has been training dogs for 32 years. During that time she has owned American Eskimo Dogs, Border Collies, a Keeshond, a Pomeranian, and an All American Dog.

Her awards in agility from AKC include 2 Master Agility Champions (MACH) and 1 Conformation Champion (CH), and her awards from USDAA include 3 Master Agility Dog (MAD) Titles and 1 Agility Dog Champion (ADCH) Title. These titles have made her a well-known competitor and a much sought after instructor of competition agility in the chattanooga area. Terry has taught competition agility for the Obedience Club of Chattanooga for 7 years.

Also 4 of her dogs have earned CGC certificates, 3 dogs are UKC Conformation Champions, and 2 dogs have UKC Novice Obedience Titles.

Terry is involved with the Therapy Dog International Program with her dogs. Two of her dogs have earned TDIA titles.

She is also a passionate advocate of Border Collie Rescue and American Eskimo Dog Rescue.