Experienced Instructors

DogStar Activity Center classes are taught by instructors who share their 50+ years of experience in dog training and competition.

Julie Rembrandt Seeley, CPDT-KA

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Julie has been a professional dog trainer since 1988. She holds a professional membership in the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and was among the group to take the first ever APDT Certification Exam for dog trainers, earning her the CPDT title.

Julie and her husband have been breeding and exhibiting Miniature and Standard Poodles under the kennel name Rembrandt since 1983, producing 45+ breed champions, including nationally ranked All-Breed and Specialty Best in Show Winners, many obedience, agility, and rally titleholders, and the first Poodle in the U.S. to achieve both MACH and ADCH agility titles.

Julie is currently competing in conformation, obedience, rally, agility, and doing Therapy Dog work. She also works with MassFed to preserve dog owners' rights. She is an AKC CGC Evaluator and has been judging AKC Rally Obedience since its inception.

Grace Buzanoski

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Grace has been training dogs professionally since 2000. She has trained and competed with her dogs in agility, tracking, rally and obedience. She also enjoys using clicker training to train tricks, teach new behaviors and fine tune existing behaviors.

Grace has achieved many titles including both multiple MACHs (AKC Master Agility Champion) and ADCHs (USDAA Agility Dog Championship) in agility. She has qualified for AKC & USDAA Nationals numerous times with multiple dogs. At the 2011 AKC National Agility Championship in Lexington, VA she and her Golden Retriever Zer finished 2nd in the 24" height class. Zer again made the finals in the 2014 Nationals in Harrisburg, PA and the Challengers round in 2017 in Perry, GA. Grace's other Golden, Punk, attended International Team Tryouts in May of 2014, World Team Tryouts in May of 2017 and EO Tryouts in December of 2017. Punk made Steeplechase finals at Cynosports 2017 along with Westminster finals in 2017.

Grace is interested in helping each dog work to their potential and each dog and handler team work as a cohesive unit with both members having a great time.

Karen Dicampo

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Karen has trained and exhibited her own dogs in agility, obedience, musical freestyle, and conformation. She is the leader of Middlesex County Canine 4H Dog Club, a member of the World Canine Freestyle Organization and the Unleashed Dance Company.

Karen became interested in canine musical freestyle when her daughter pointed out that freestyle looked exciting. She set out to learn everything she could about the sport and began taking classes and seminars. It was not long before Karen and her Airedale Terrier Tansy began performing in demonstrations and competing. Karen and Tansy have earned their Beginner Musical Freestyle title. She enjoys using clicker training to teach and fine tune the tricks and behaviors that she uses in her freestyle routines. Karen especially enjoys combining music, costume, heelwork and tricks into fun and entertaining freestyle routines.

Karen wants to share the joy of canine musical freestyle with her students and their canine partners.

Beth Atkinson

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Beth's love of dog training and competing began in 1991 when she and her husband acquired their first Bernese Mountain Dog, Poppy. Despite being complete rookies at dog training, Poppy showed them that dogs are capable of great things with the right guidance, love, lots of patience, and of course, good cookies. Poppy earned advanced titles in obedience, tracking and drafting and was among the first handful of Berners to receive the National Breed Club's 'Working Dog Excellent' award.

Twenty-some years and 5 Berners later, Beth is still actively competing in obedience, rally, agility, conformation and draft. She is also involved in Bernese Rescue and occasionally takes in foster dogs to help them polish up their manners for their forever homes.

Beth strives to help handlers and their dogs 'learn together' through motivational and fun training methods.

Karen Hocker

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Karen began teaching clicker based dog training classes in 1998 and continued teaching for 10 years before taking some time off to run her own business.

Karen started competing in agility in April 2001 and since then has competed with 5 different of her Golden Retrievers in both AKC and USDAA. She has earned many agility titles including both a MACH (AKC Master Agility Champion) and ADCH (USDAA Agility Dog Championship) in agility on several of her dogs. Beyond agility, Karen has also titled dogs in obedience, rally, hunt tests, and even dock diving.

Karen has qualified and competed at the AKC National Agility Championship several different years with three of her Golden Retrievers. She and her Golden Retriever, Nikon earned of the 2008 Excellence in Agility Trophy at the GRCA National Specialty. Then at the 2011 AKC National Agility Championship in Lexington, VA she and Nikon were 9th after three clean rounds, just missing the cutoff to compete in the finals.

She welcomes this new change in direction and is excited to be back assisting clients in achieving the best their team can be.

Noelle Givler

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Noelle discovered positive training as a teenager in the 1970s while attempting to train Amy, her bouncy, distractible 6-month old Labrador Retriever. She was making very little progress when a family friend suggested she read an article that proposed using food as a training reward. She still remembers the joy she felt when Amy finally figured out what “Sit” meant. Equally important – training was fun for both of them. All it took was cheese, consistency, and a hungry pup.

Noelle now competes in both obedience and rally with Mikko, her second Standard Poodle. Mikko has both a CDX and a Rally Master title. He loves training and lets Noelle know when she’s getting too serious.

Sheila Bennett

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Sheila started training dogs as a teenager with her Doberman Pinscher. She got Riley, her first Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, in 2007 and immediately started in obedience and field training. Riley completed his CD and his CDX as a three year old, his UD and UDX as a four year old, and completed the Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) title at six years old. Riley is also a Grand Champion in Conformation, has a Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) title, and competed at the Invitational Competition and the National Obedience Championship.

Declan is Sheila’s second Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. He has achieved his UD title and Rally Intermediate title and is working toward the UDX and continuing with Rally. Declan is also a Champion.

Clayton is the third Wirehaired Pointing Griffon in the Bennett household. He is a great addition to the family and has worked very hard to keep up with his housemates. He is currently working towards his Utility title and the Rally Advanced Excellent title.

All three dogs work in the field finding birds whenever possible and enjoy every minute of it.

Using positive training methods only, Sheila’s dogs enjoy their training time. Riley is now retired from Obedience competition but loves his weekly underwater treadmill to keep him in good shape and field work. Declan and Clayton enjoy competing in AKC and Companion Dog Sport’s Program (CDSP) Obedience trials. Sheila is a judge for CDSP and has also started judging AKC Obedience trials as well.

Jean McCord, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CNWI

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Jean has been professionally involved in dog care and training since the 1980s, and has been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed since 2003. In 2010, she graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy and earned her status as a KPA Certified Training Partner. In 2011, she was in the National Association of Canine Scent Work’s first east coast graduating class, to become a Certified Nose Work Instructor.

She also holds her certification as a Wag It! Games instructor, is an evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen programs, and has taught Dog Obedience and Clinical Animal Behavior courses at Becker College in Leicester. She was a member of the MSPCA’s Behavior Mod Squad at Nevins Farm, has worked with other local rescue organizations and has spoken on the value of nose work for shelter dogs at Massachusetts Animal Coalition symposia held at Tufts Veterinary School.

Jean has bred four litters of Whippets and has participated in lure coursing, racing, agility, Rally, conformation, and nose work events. Her dogs have achieved titles in lure coursing, Rally, conformation, AKC obedience and K9 Nose Work©. Jean currently shares her home with Tess, her 12 1/2 year old Whippet; Cricket, her 2 1/2 year old Windsprite; three cats; and four society finches.