There will be no classes for the remainder of August, 2019.

Topnotch K9training

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About Us

Karen D’Augusta, Lead Trainer


Karen D’Augusta is actively involved in the sport of dog Agility, Conformation, Obedience and Rally.  She has trained, exhibited, bred, and judged dogs for over 30 years.  Karen is a licensed American Kennel Club Judge for all Obedience and Rally Classes.  Karen previously Judged AKC Agility and was invited to perform the  Agility demo at the Golden Gate Kennel Club show at the Cow Palace for ten consecutive years.

Karen stared early in life training dogs in 4H with her first dog, a Shetland sheepdog, Tiny Lady CDX.  She trained with Canine Caper 4H Club in Littleton, CO for about eight years.  She actively participated in different classes including Obedience, Jr. Showmanship, Trick and Costume.

In her years of teaching agility, obedience, and rally, Karen has managed to find time to train and show her own dogs.  She has completed many titles with two different breeds of dogs, Portuguese Water Dogs and Shetland Sheepdogs. These titles included a MACH, MX, MXJ, UD, RE and a Courier Water Dog title, as well as many other titles.

Karen has also bred Portuguese Water Dogs and Shetland Sheepdog that have completed their Championships and Grand Championships.

Karen bred and showed her Sheltie, CH TopnOTCH Conrad by George UD to his CH/UD.  He was the 99th Sheltie to receive both a Championship and Utility Obedience title.

Karen is a member of the Portuguese Water Club of America and the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Northern California.

Karen actively participates in the American Shetland Sheepdog Associations, where she was a Board Member for a two-year term.  She also belongs to the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Northern California and was past president for three years.

Jan O’Larey, Trainer


Jan began training dogs when she was ten years old.  Currently, she is showing her Shetland Sheepdog “Gibbs” in obedience, together have achieved a Herding Champion and a CDX.

Over the years Jan and her dogs have achieved many titles including a MACH in Agility.  She has also shown dogs in conformation and at one point owned the number 10 Border terrier in the country. 

Marion Pott and Miramar Stock Dog Training


Marion Pott and Miramar Stock Dog Training

Marian has been training dogs competitively in various performance sports for over 30 years, including obedience, scent tracking, lure coursing, rally, and therapy work.  In 1995, she took Badge, a 9-month old German Shepherd pup to an instinct test.  His enthusiasm to work, what we call “drive,” and natural ability amazed me.  Marian found a training facility near where she lived and began the progressive training of herself as a handler to learn what her dog already knew instinctively.  She learned skills from all breed as well as Border Collie trainers and soon entered the world of competition.

Marion trains and competes in various herding venues with her German Shepherds and Border Collies, and handles a variety of herding breeds for clients. She is a licensed herding judge in the AKC and AHBA competition programs for all herding breeds.  Marion put the first AKC Herding Excellent sheep (HX) title on a Swedish Vallhund, Pippin.  Her work with all herding breeds focuses on training methods which bring out the best in your leadership and your dog’s natural talents.  Call or email Marian if you want to have your dog instinct tested.  We also welcome dogs which have been in training elsewhere for lessons.  If you have any questions or would like more information about the herding program, I welcome inquiries.  It’s a lot of fun to see if your dog has natural ability, but I warn you—herding can be addictive!

Kim Norton


Kim has been working with dogs all of her life & at the age of 10 trained in Junior Showmanship,  Kim has not only trained her Golden Retrievers but other breeds as well in Obedience, Agility, Rally, and Conformation.

Linda Tidwell


  Linda Tidwell  Linda has been training dogs for over 30 years and has had Golden Retrievers for nearly as long.  Linda has trained her dogs in Obedience, Agility, AKC Hunt Tests, & GRCA Working Certificate Tests & has been with Topnotch for 18 years.