About The Trainers

SUE CONKLIN

  I have been training animals for over 30 years. In the ‘50’s my parents imported Standard Poodles from Germany. My mother showed them in conformation and my father took them duck hunting!    

As a horse trainer for over 20 years, I found the teachings of the ‘Horse Whisperers’ Monty Roberts and John Lyons who trained without force. My goal was to train animals using kindness and not force. I learned to develop relationship based training methods. 


For over 15 years I worked with horses using a gentle approach. My husband and I managed Thoroughbred 

horse farms Ohio, MD and PA 

using gentle techniques to handle

 and train race horses. 


When career changes brought me back to the dog world, I made it my mission 

to teach dogs without force by helping owners to develop leadership and a better relationship with their dog. 


Since that time, I have attended 

over 30 seminars and conferences

 on all aspects of dog training and behavior. I have had the privilege 

to learn from some of the best trainers and behaviorists in the world.

 I believe that no matter how much

 one knows, there is always 

more to learn.


My Beagle Loretta and I compete

successfully in Nose Work 

and Agility events throughout the South.

ANNA ABNEY

  Anna got her first professional dog training job in 2006. She joined 

The Puppy Nanny team in 2011 

as  the “other” Puppy Nanny. 

Anna teaches our Puppy and 

Good Manners classes as well as

 CGC prep, Conformation, 

and Hiking classes. She has become a sought after expert on the subject of working Livestock Guardian Dogs. She has given workshops and presentations at agricultural conferences and farm

 shows in the Upstate of South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. 


Anna says,” I have been working with dogs since 1997 when I got my first job working at a kennel while in high school.

I acquired my first dog Eve from a rescue program at the kennel. Eve was a handful in many ways, so I began mentoring under professional  trainers and reading everything I could get my hands on to learn more about training and dog behavior. Eve ended up trained in Obedience, Tracking, and Therapy work. She was my number  one hiking companion. 


Since then I have become involved in small scale farming and raising Central Asian Shepherd Dogs as livestock guardians for my goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Lini is my American Hairless Terrier, and Sage, an English Shepherd, is my first working herding dog. I am an avid backpacker, and am always accompanied by my dogs. 

I also show my Central Asian Shepherd Dogs in Conformation, with several Champions, and occasionally

 in Rally Obedience.”