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

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.

 

Doris and Nyssa

Doris and Nyssa

Doris Chin has trained two dogs in Obedience under Camille’s tutelage over the past nine years. She joined the club with the intention of having the best-trained dog she could ever have. Her first dog, Luna, a mini schnoodle, earned her American Kennel Club® (AKC) and United Kennel Club® (UKC) Novice titles during her all-too-short life of four years. Soon after, Nyssa, a feisty mini poodle puppy, entered Doris’ life, picking up the mantle and continuing the “best-trained dog” journey.  

Currently at five years of age, Nyssa has surpassed whatever Doris could have imagined. Nyssa has achieved her AKC Open title, AKC Excellent Coursing Ability title, AKC Advanced Tricks title, and Do More With Your Dog!® (DMWYD) Advanced Tricks title. Doris’ interest in Tricks peaked when Camille announced in May of 2017 that the AKC was making it a recognized sport. A light bulb turned on, and a year later, along with multiple Tricks titles, Doris earned her certification from DMWYD as a Trick Dog instructor. Now Doris can’t wait to share the FUN of Tricks with her students!

Kathy and Patrick

Kathy and Patrick

Kathy Gardosh is owned and loved by two Rescue Golden Retrievers. Kathy didn’t start training her dogs for Obedience competition until 2006 and under Camille’s guidance, her Golden Retriever, Bridget, earned an AKC CD, a CDCSP CD-CH, as well as numerous Rally titles in both AKC and World Cynosport Rally, including an ARCHMX. She brought her other Golden, Sam,
to Good Neighbor’s Beginner class where he learned his basic commands, but he just wasn’t into Obedience competition work. However, she discovered he was an excellent Therapy Dog who is still working at 12 years of age. Sam is also a Test Dog for the Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs Registry http://www.golden-dogs.org

Talking to so many pet owners who wanted to do Therapy work with their dogs and getting so many requests from facilities wanting Therapy dogs, led her to become an evaluator for Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. When she lost Bridget, she adopted Patrick who loves Obedience work, so back to Camille she went. Patrick has earned multiple titles in both Obedience and Rally in three different venues. He is currently working as a therapy dog and earned his AKC Therapy Dog Novice Title this past year and was recently made a test dog for Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs. Kathy is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and coordinates the Dog Therapy Teams working in the Upper Dublin School District under Nor’wester Therapy Dogs, Inc., http://www.norwestertherapydogs.org, a canine assisted learning program.