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Kelly Armstrong Megan Lloyd-Thompson
Kelly Armstrong, Training Director
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I have been training dogs for over 25 years and had my own dog training business on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for 10 years.

My previous jobs include:

  • Water quality lab supervisor for the National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Trainer at a boarding kennel in Maryland where I developed and ran their training program
  • Director of the Queen Anne’s County Animal Adoption and Control

I’ve also been an agility instructor at Camp Gone to the Dogs in Vermont, a week long camp for people and their dogs, for the last 13 years.

My current dogs are Golden Retrievers Dibs and Driver. Dibs is working on completing his MACH (AKC’s highest agility title) and his OTCH (AKC’s highest obedience title). I have competed in obedience, field trials, agility, rally, tracking, hunt tests, freestyle and conformation.

One of my proudest moments was winning the 20″ Preferred Class at the 2011 AKC National Agility Championships with my then 11-year-old Golden Retriever Devon.

While I love to compete with my dogs, I feel the most important aspect in training is to have a strong relationship and bond. My goals in training my dogs and helping you to train yours are to cultivate and nurture that bond.

Megan Lloyd Thompson, Instructor
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I’m excited to be a new instructor at Fieldwood although I am not “new” to Fieldwood itself having known Mary since we both started training dogs way back in 1987. She was training a Schipperke and I was training my first Belgian Sheepdog. Schipperkes may look like miniature Belgians but they have very different ideas about working with people so Mary and I had many a fine laugh as we worked our way through novice obedience!

Since those early days I have worked my Belgian Sheepdogs in many different venues: competitive obedience, breed ring showing, herding, agility, tracking, a little “scootering”, and now nose-work/scent-work. I have found tracking and nose-work to be the most fun for us.

Both tracking and nose-work/scent-work utilize a dog’s natural ability to smell things. Both require the trainer to motivate and communicate well with their dog. But, more exciting to me, both require the trainer to pay close attention to what the dog is communicating back to the trainer. You really have to read your dog to succeed in tracking and scent-work! This focus on reading every subtle change in my dog’s behavior is fascinating to me….as well as watching the changes in behavior of my students’ dogs. Outside of a good book there isn’t anything more fun to read than a dog!

Tracking is a great outdoor sport for those who like to hike through fields and woods. Nose-work/scent-work is a great “any place” sport that can be done in your living room, your backyard, a parking lot, office building, anywhere you can take a dog! If it’s raining and you don’t feel like going out, no problem. Practice in the kitchen. Is it a glorious fall day? Great. Go outside and have your dog find the hidden scent on your car bumper or under a rock! It’s all positive, all fun, and can be done by dogs of any age and any physical ability (older dogs, deaf dogs, blind dogs, ANY dog) . . . and by handlers of any age and physical ability.

So, come and join us for “smelly fun”!

Diane Quirk Jen
Diane Quirk, Instructor
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Jen Gillis, Instructor
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I have worked with animals since 1993, studying wildlife behavior and conducting ecological studies of birds and mammals. Pursuing my other main interest, I became a veterinary assistant and have worked in several clinics over the past years. I am currently working as a vet assistant in addition to training dogs.

Over the years, noticing timid or reactive dogs at vet clinics, I became interested in dog training to help alleviate undesirable behavior and help both the dog and owner enjoy their relationship. Completing a certificate in Canine Training and Behavior, I was lucky to work at Fieldwood, learn more valuable skills from Kelly Armstrong, and eventually begin teaching my own classes.

Although I am still very interested in improving “problem behaviors”, I also enjoy instructing students to work and bond with their dog, and to improve their puppy’s future through socialization in group settings.

I presently have a terrier/border collie named Pip and a whippet/beagle named Smooch. Very different from my late border collie mix and Australian shepherd mix, they’ve been a great learning experience for me!