Jan Harkner-Abbs is the training director for Michiana Working Dog Association. She has been training in Schutzhund since 1983, dogs in general since 1968 and has titled multiple dogs through Schutzhund 1,2 and 3. Jan and Jim own and operate a kennel and training grounds on 34 acres. Jan trains in the area of search and detection work with different types of dogs. Jan is the K9 coordinator and a K9 handler for Orange Twp Fire Department search and rescue team, Executive Director of the Indiana Search and Response Team and the training coordinator of the State of Indiana District 3 SAR K9 team. She is a special education consultant for the 4 county area.
Kelly Landers is a search and rescue dog handler and also competes in the sport of schutzhund. She has titled her first german shepherd to a SAR certification, BH, obedience 1 and tracking 1! Kelly has just begun training her second pup this year. Her certified search and accelerant dogs are chocolate labs. Kelly is a dispatcher for Lagrange County Sheriff Department and a K9 handler for Johnson Twp Fire Department. Kelly is also the secretary for the Michiana Working Dog Association.David Scott is returning and training his first dog in the sport after raising a new family! He has placed a BH on his first dog and is now beginning a new puppy. David works in the insurance industry and lives in Fort Wayne, IN.
Garry Hammer and his wife Pam began training in 2010. Garry is the handler for Aeros and is training him for search work in human remains detection. He is a paramedic and deputy coroner in Lagrange and Noble counties.
Pam Hammer has a new pup of her own and is training Cyba for schutzhund as well as human remains detection for search and rescue. Pam works for the Lagrange County Government offices.
Jim Abbs has been in the sport for 20 years as a helper and retired in 2011. He owns a cattle dog but does not train in the sport. We were lucky to have a dedicated helper like Jim for our dogs! Thank you for all your past work! Jim is married to Jan and is the Chief Attorney for the Public Defenders Office of Noble County, IN.
Bre Willison came in for training her dog to track deer for hunters in need of assistance in finding wounded deer. She became interested in the area of search and rescue and is training to be a back up to the handlers on searches. Bre also owns and operated Willison Dog Training. With sadness, Bre passed from Cancer in June of 2012. RIP Bre, we'll miss you.
Amber Taylor is new to the sport of Schutzhund and is learning the basics with her dog Sparrow.
Laurie and Brad Binz are beginning the sport of schutzhund and are training a German shepherd puppy Diesel. Brad is also beginning his helper training and has completed his first helper seminar!
Betsy Fanase is a new member with her puppy! Welcome!
Mark and Sara Zimmerman are beginning with their new German Shepherd puppy. Mark is also beginning his work as a helper and has completed his first seminar.