Rachelle has always had dogs, Poodles and Poodle mixes, a Rough Collie, German Shepherds, a Papillon and currently Belgian Sheepdogs. She has been involved in the world of dogs since High School going to dog shows with her sister who showed and bred German Shepherds.
She is a CNWI, NACSW Certifying Official, Trial Host and Trial Coordinator and has been a professional dog trainer using positive reinforcement for the past 20 plus years. She strongly believes in continuing education and regularly attends seminars to keep up her chops in K9 behavior. She owns About Face K-9 Academy in Olympia, WA. She teaches puppy and basic manners classes and also works with all behavioral issues in dogs.
She lives with her wonderful husband, Ed and 5 Belgian Sheedogs. She has been showing in conformation for the past 20 years. Her dog’s accomplishments include a Belgian Sheepdog National Specialty Best of Breed, National Specialty Winner’s Bitch, National Specialty Best of Opposite Sex, Multiple National Specialty Award of Merit and Selects, Multiple Breed Group placements, AKC All Breed Best in Show and Best of Breed at the Westminster dog show. Her dogs have also held rally and obedience titles.
Her main focus now is the amazing activity and sport of K9 Nose Work®. Four of her dogs do K9 Nose Work®, Drake has his NW2, L1C, L1E, L2E and L1V, Pierce earned his NW3 Elite title, L1V, L1C, anL2C. Loni and Chili are currently enjoying the game for fun.
She and her training partner Dorothy Turley, CPDT, CNWI co-teach K9 Nose Work® classes and co-host 3-4 K9 Nose Work® trials per year.