Our Trainers

Each of our trainers has years of training experience, not only with their own dogs, but with all kinds breeds encountered at ABOTC.

If you have a question about our classes that is not answered on this web site, please send your question to our team of trainers - click here.

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Bill Martin

Bill began training with Irish Setters many years ago. He has always loved the sporting breeds and before he bought his first one he looked at their size and personality and figured they needed obedience training to be good canine citizens.
Since Bill began training, his dogs have earned numerous Companion Dog titles, Companion Dog Excellence titles, Utility titles, Dog World awards, Confirmation Champion title, and Canine Good Citizen awards.

He has always said that regardless of their age all dogs will benefit from obedience training. Obedience training is fun for the dog and handler, as a trained dog is a better companion, enjoys working for his master, and enjoys being taken to class, on trips, or just for a ride in the car or walk in the park.

Bill believes all you have to do to be successful is to listen to the advice given by your instructor and practice with your dog. It only takes a few minutes a day, and your dog will thank you for it everyday. For more information regarding our training programs or private training information, contact Bill at BillM@ABOTC.com.

Beth Bornman

Beth began training dogs over 20 years ago, starting with her first black Labrador, Cochise. Beth was raised with small poodles, but fell in love with a Labrador owned by a (former) boyfriend.

After getting married and purchasing a home, she at last got the large dog she loved. However, Cochise died soon after finishing a Beginner Class, and Beth obtained Loki a few months later. She was able to train Loki through his Utility title in AKC.

Loki also became a certified pet therapy dog at Baylor Rehab and gave love, and hope to many before he died. A neighbor gave her a red Doberman puppy, Sasha, which became the family's second large dog in the household. Sasha received her CD/Companion Dog and CDX/Companion Dog Excellent titles through AKC.

Her black Labrador, Merlin, has received his CD/Companion Dog and CDX/Companion Dog Excellent titles in AKC and one leg towards his UKC Companion Dog title.

Beth has taken classes at Eastfield College and Hound House, as well as from All Breed Obedience Training Club. She became a teacher at ABOTC about 15 years ago. Beth has instructed the First Night, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes.

She is currently teaching the First Month Class, which she finds rewarding, because it is easy to see how the dogs improve each week with their training, with the help of their owners.

"Wednesday night training classes are one of the highlights of the week, because they are fun and exciting, with the opportunity to meet new people and new dogs, as well as visit with friends."

You can contact Beth by email using the Contact form on this page or by sending an email to BethB@ABOTC.com.

Emily Heitzman

Emily started as an ABOTC student at with a mixed breed puppy who showed up on her driveway at only 5 weeks old. Her vet told her to get the puppy into an obedience class - quick.

Since joining ABOTC in 1995, she has trained that puppy, Tiger; Maggie, an Austrailian Cattle Dog/Greyhound mix, Lexus and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Max.

Her Blue Heeler, Maggie, has been her class demonstration dog since she started teaching.

Emily is a firm believer in dog rescue - responsible rescue with training to create canine good citizens. She teaches beginner's class to show first-time dog owners a new way to communicate with their dog and the personal satisfaction of a well-trained dog.

Emily has been a volunteer teacher at ABOTC since 1998.

This clip shows Emily explaining some basic training information to dog owners at the First Month Class.

Tom Hansen

In 1996, a big strong Labrador pup Harley was given to me by a family that had lost control -the dog was chewing up the kids. I was now hit by a tornado of a dog that would pull me down jump on me and bite.

I turned to ABOTC for help. With instruction from all the trainers - Billy, Wade, Mary, Beth, Marty, Evelyn - I was able to go from Beginners to Advance class and win first prize in all AKC dog shows wining CD/Companion Dog and CDX/Companion Dog Excellent itles.

"What a great dog Harley was, and she gave me Sam the best black Labrador, now 10 years old. I don’t remember ever having to train Sam, Harley did all the training. After Harley died Sam was very depressed so I got my third Labrador, AH-OH and he has been living up to that name every day.

"I love Labs - they are energetic, strong willed and very challenging to train. All my dogs have gone through AKC Good Citizen Ship and are Patient Therapy Rehab dogs at Baylor Hospital."

Tom has been the ABOTC Advanced Class instructor for over 10 years, and has been trained by the dog whisperer- Cesar Millan - and Wendy Volhard (dog training for dummies), .Lee Mannix (dog aggression) and SPCA CAT aggression shaping seminars.

“It sometimes takes years for a dog to make it to my advance class and I try to challenge both the owner and the dogs to try new obedient training methods like jumping, hand signals, freestyle heeling, we try and make it fun for the dogs. I am proud of my advance class, they have worked for years and are dedicated to training there dogs to be obedient members of there family’s and completive show dogs.”

If you have Labrador questions or are in need of personal training, please contact Tom directly at TomH@ABOTC.com.

This clip shows an Advanced Class running through a number of exercises under Tom's guidance.

Danny Middleton

I previously trained with ABOTC over 30 years ago with my sheltie, showing in AKC Obedience Trials. I have currently been with ABOTC since 2009, training three of my rescue dogs, attending various dog training seminars and teaching in the Intermediate Class for about six years. I am very interested in working with rescues and helping people give these dogs another chance.

My first best friends were all dogs. Very few years of my life have passed without having a dog or some dogs in my household. I have had contact and experience with dogs of just about every attitude and aptitude.

With that said, I learned that you are either your dog's trainer or you are being trained by your dog. You get that dog to follow your lead or get ready to deal with whatever your dog is leading you into.

You need to lead your dog firmly but patiently with kindness for your dog. Have realistic expectations and do the work to accomplish your dog training goals. You will only get out what you put in. When you want more, you will have to do more.

Brenda McCray (AKC Canine Good Citizen certification)

Brenda evaluates our dogs at our semi-annual AKC Canine Good Citizen classes and assists with our Summer and Christmas Parties.

Cindy Rogers

I have had a love and curiosity for animals for as long as I can remember. I have especially loved the herding dogs for their intelligence, loyalty, and loving temperament. I have been obedience training them for over 20 years.

When I came to ABOTC as a student I soon found a shared love for our dogs and training. There is a very special bond you gain with your dog when you train them and we all share that with our dogs each week. It is a pleasure to work with so many different breeds of dogs and get to know their handlers and their dogs.

I share the training of the intermediate class with Danny Middleton and Troy Anderson. I strive to teach the handlers the best way for them to train their dogs. I work on polishing and reinforcing what they have previously learned, introduce them to new training lessons and prepare them for moving to the advance class.

I am also a AKC Canine Good Citizen, Evaluator, along with Brenda McCray and Linda Turner and we train and test dogs twice a year for this beginning AKC title.

Robert Rogers

I have owned eight dogs and have been training for several years also competing at obedience shows. My current dog has earned his CD, CDX and the coveted UD title. I have routinely participated in training seminars and volunteer yearly at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

My current training class is the Beginner class teaching basic motivational training using positive reinforcement techniques. Also I tell why we do each exercise and what it is meant to accomplish. My specialty is the Herding breed and I also work with aggression issues.

I enjoy helping others obtain the potential that their dogs can achieve. Our dogs have so much more to give than most people realize and want to show us what they can do. All we need to know is how to communicate with them to make it happen.

Linda Turner, Instructor for Beginner Class and CGC

Linda was introduced to ABOTC by her vet when she was searching for a class to train her 4 month old Vizsla, Laney. She wanted to make sure this smart, very active puppy grew up to be an obedient companion. ABOTC's program focuses on training the owners to train their dogs. This was exactly what Linda and Laney needed.

After coming to class for 8 years, Linda became a volunteer instructor for the Beginner Class in 2015 with Laney as her demonstration dog. In 2016, she also became a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator. This program, offered twice a year, is the opportunity to help our dogs and their owners earn their first AKC title.

Active participation in class on Wednesday nights creates a strong bond between owners and their dogs. Linda loves to encourage those in her class to invest time in training their dogs, to be consistent in their training and, above all, to enjoy being a responsible dog owner.

Troy Anderson

Growing up with GSD's and other breeds, I was taught by my mother how to raise powerful dogs responsibly. I learned from a young age that constancy and follow through were the common denominator in raising well behaved dogs.

In my 20's and 30's I was without dogs, due to career ambitions and lack of time for proper dog care. Fast forward to 2013, I found myself in a situation where I came across an abandoned American Staffordshire puppy….Peanut. Being a "Pit Bull" I felt a special obligation for Peanut to succeed and become a breed ambassador.

I was referred to ABOTC and was curious to see what had changed in dog training since my youth. With the help of every trainer at ABOTC we were able to turn a discarded street dog into a great example of what happens with consistency and good training. With the success of Peanut and a couple years in the advanced class we were invited to become instructors.

Peanut and I can be found teaching classes from Beginner to advanced depending on where we need staff. Beyond ABOTC I have found myself working and fostering various GSD's as well as others. I love teaching people how to train their dogs.

Private Lessons

For information regarding classes held in other areas of Dallas, contact Bill Martin directly by calling 972-744-0419 or by email (BillM@ABOTC.com).


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