The Instructors

About our Instructors

 Camille and Maya having fun during a glove exercise

Camille and Maya having fun during a
glove exercise

Camille Robinson, founder and head instructor at Good Neighbor Dog Obedience Club (GNDOC), has been teaching dog obedience for over 35 years. 

Camille has taught dog obedience for the Suburban Dog Training Club, the Dog Training Club of Chester County, and the Abington and Upper Dublin Township Adult Schools. Camille led and expanded the obedience training program for the Women’s Humane Society at its Philadelphia location. 

She is a long-time member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, and has also served as the corresponding secretary for the organization. Camille is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor.

Camille’s dogs, which are German Shepherds and Shetland Sheepdogs, have earned Obedience titles in AKC and UKC registries in the United States and with the CKC registry in Canada and AKC Rally titles. In addition, Camille’s dogs have also  participated in the fields of Agility, Tracking, and Herding.

Endorsed Member of NADOI #669
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #3327

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor

 

 Cheryl with her beloved Golden Dakota

Cheryl with her beloved Golden Dakota

Cheryl Metzel's love for Golden Retrievers began over 15 years ago when she became interested in pet therapy work. She adopted her first Golden through Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, and later learned the handling and presenting of the breed for the group’s adoption events.

Cheryl then decided to raise a Golden puppy. She attended basic training classes at Old York Road Dog Training Club and continued her therapy work. Cheryl later became an evaluator for Therapy Dogs Incorporated and AKC Canine Good Citizen (“CGC”), and also became a lead instructor with Old York Road DTC. Cheryl was referred to GNDOC to train with Camille to hone her formal obedience skills.

After retiring from teaching, Cheryl worked at Petco as a dog trainer and mentor for other employees interested in becoming trainers. She conducts CGC training and testing with GNDOC and has also recently become an evaluator for Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Cheryl and her Golden Retrievers have earned titles in AKC and UKC obedience, accomplishments made possible due to expert instruction from Camille Robinson at GNDOC. They are also AKC Canine Good Citizens and participate in therapy dog work. Cheryl’s dogs have also competed in Barn Hunt and confirmation. She is currently training her third Golden in formal obedience.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #32474
International Association of Canine Professionals- Professional #3650

 

 Jo and Twister

Jo and Twister

Joanne Holliday came late to the world of dog obedience instruction, although she has sought training for every dog she has owned in her adult life. Her first dog was a female Rhodesian Ridgeback named Simba who graduated first in her class from the Lower Bucks Dog Training Club. Her latest is a pit bull-terrier mix named Twister whose training, along with Kathy Acosta’s guidance, facilitated Jo's introduction to Camille and the Good Neighbor Dog Obedience Club. When Camille asked her to assist with training classes Jo jumped at the opportunity.  Over the past several years of working with and, most especially, learning from Camille, Jo's skills have developed to the level that she is able to cover classes on those occasions when Camille is absent which enables GNDOC to offer uninterrupted scheduling for its students. In addition to which, she is helping the club develop its “Nose Work” class to be offered this year. Jo assists Camille with several classes each week and continues to learn from and appreciate the canine experience this opportunity is providing her.