Not only is Celeste one of the owners but she is the brains behind this amazing facility. Celeste’s vision was to create a facility that was inviting not only owners but pets as well. AK9C is a facility built by dog trainers for dog trainers. Every aspect of the facility revolves around convenience along with a cozy home feeling. This is more than a pet care facility, rather it is both pet and owner’s home away from home. Whether it be the beautifully hand painted floors or one of the many murals that cover our walls Celeste poured her heart and soul into making this facility what it is today!
As a professional dog trainer, Celeste Meade has had a successful career competing nationally and training dogs for over 20 years. She has achieved numerous titles in obedience, conformation, sheep herding and tracking while earning number one national rankings and multiple high in trials, championships and numerous coveted “Dog World Awards.” Celeste has earned a place in the Bloodhound breeder’s Hall of Fame, breeding over 35 champions in only 4 litters. Celeste is noted for her ability and love of training the most unusual and “so called” non-obedient, difficult breeds. The most well known being the Bloodhound. Her first, “Tucker” (CH. Nimrod Frankie’s Tucker UDT, Can CDX) was the first & ONLY bloodhound of all time to receive OTCH points along with multiple High in Trials.Yet another one of her Bloodhound partners, “Ryder” (Ch.The Nimrod’s Rainbo Ryder CD)had multiple first places, High in Trials and “Sunday’s Best” at a Gaines Classic with a score of 199 1/2, being the highest scoring obedience Bloodhound of ALL TIME!
And then there was the infamous Border Collie “Zoom” CH. OTCH Shoreland’s Zoomin in on EWE UDX14 HSas. Here are just a few of Zoom’s accomplishments: TEN Perfect 200′s, #1 “First & Foremost” All-Breed Obedience Dog for 2004, #2 All Breed for OTCH points 2005, #1 Herding Dog at the AKC National Obedience Invitational 2005, #1 Obedience Border Collie for 2004 & 2005, #3 All-Breed Obedience OTCH Points for 2004, 100+ High in Trials, 100′s High Combined’s, 110 UDX legs, Over 2,000 OTCH points 100′s of First Placements, Earned his CD in 3 shows with 3 FIRSTS! Dog World and Multiple HIT’s, Earned his CDX in 3 shows with 3 FIRSTS! Dog World and Multiple HIT’s, Earned his UD in 3 shows with 3 FIRSTS! Dog World and Multiple HIT’s, OTCH in 9 SHOWS!!, UDX in 11 SHOWS!!, RN, RA & RE all firsts in 3 Shows!, Earned his conformation Championship with 4 majors in 4 weekends with multiple Best of Breeds!, Herding Sheep A Course in 3 trials-all top placements! Placed 13th in the WORLD @ CRUFTS (The World’s Largest Dog Show) inBirminghamEnglandin March of 2006.
Her newest family member is “Sparky” OTCH BorderBay’s Ewe Make Sparks Fly MXF AX AXJ. Sparky & Celeste are an incredible team! In their short career of only 5 months they have gone from CD to OTCH earning TWO perfect scores of 200, numerous High in Trials as well as multiple High Combine’s along the way. Sparky not only bring flawless precision to the Obedience ring, but he also brings SPEED & PIZAZZ with his “show-off” attitude. Be on the look out for this “smoking” team in a ring near you!
Beyond Celeste’s personal successes she takes an even greater pride in the success of her students! They are among the most successful obedience competitors in the country with nationally ranked dogs! Currently her students have earned Thirty 200 scores, Thirty-Three OTCHS’s, over Sixty UD’s not to mention multiple High in Trials, top placements and national wins. Whether she’s outside the ring warming up a student or outside the ring cheering them on, Celeste pours her heart and soul into every dog & handler team. Celeste prides herself in her “Attitude is Everything” way of dog training & Aerobic Handling Techniques.
Celeste’s UPBEAT, motivational method of training combines embracing the distractions NOT correcting them. “Without want-to in the dog, have to will ALWAYS dwindle down attitude in your dog’s performance.” Celeste believes that the ring should be the most enjoyable place for the dog. It should be fast fun with a series of obstacles with motivational “pick-ups” in between each exercise. So many people forget to train “the in between sequence” Celeste feels that time in between the exercises is a gift given to you by AKC to motivate, reconnect, reduce stress, regain attention& set-up for the next exercise. She believes in “Pre-Cues”. She teaches how to create drive in the dog along with how to control it. Celeste not only knows how to reduce stress in the dog but she creates confidence in the handler that every dog needs for a proper team partnership. Her methods have proven successful in many breeds including her competitive, fast, upbeat, precise Bloodhounds.
Celeste currently travels all over the country for private coaching, training weekends, seminars & workshops. She instructs our competitive CD, CDX, UD, UDX and OTCH students here at AK9C. She is also available for private lessons and behavioral evaluations.
**For more information on holding your own seminar or Private Lessons with Celeste Please email Amber.