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Topnotch Training was established in 1981 by Karen D'Augusta and has become one of the longest-running dog training schools in Northern California - with 1,000s of owners and dogs graduating from our live programs.
Now you can learn from Topnotch professionals from the comfort of your own home~~or anywhere!
Karen 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 started 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 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 is also a member of the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Northern California and was past president for three years.
Each training plan is individualized to suit your needs and the dog.
Do you want the best-behaved family pet and companion or are you planning to show your dog in an AKC competition (i.e. Conformation, Companion Sports, Performance Sports and much more).
Our training plans range from basic to advanced disciplines.
My husband and I have been training with Karen, Jan, and Linda since 2008. We have been very pleased with the training and knowledge we have acquired. These instructors are extremely knowledgeable about dogs, breeds, behaviors, and techniques for achieving success in Obedience, Rally, and Agility, all areas that we have trained and competed in. If you are looking for something fun and enjoyable to do with your dog and want a well-trained delightful companion, Topnotch is the training team we recommend. All training is done with positive reinforcement, the dogs enjoy it as do the humans . Great experience for all involved. Excellent trainers and techniques . Definitely a 5 star rated program.
~~Jim and Linda Morrison