winning partnerships

Our Philosophy

A Click Above, LLC is a partnership built on passion and excellence. Our combined expertise spans several decades (more than we care to admit!) and across many venues - from agility to obedience to breed and beyond.

We employ positive reinforcement and operant training methods to achieve our impressive results. "Clicker training" is at the heart of this philosophy and enables us to teach everything from basic manners to tricks to complex handling. We believe everything for the dog - and handler - should be fun and enjoyable.

Most of our classes have multiple instructors to ensure each student gets the time and attention needed to build rewarding partnerships that will last a lifetime.

A Click Above's World Class Training Facility

World-Class Training Facility

Our facility has one indoor building with sprint turf footing measuring 100' x 125'. We are able to divide the area to safely hold two concurrent classes with enough room left for crating. The building is fully heated in winter and air conditioned in summer, providing both dogs and handlers the ability to comfortably train year-round.

We also have two outdoor rings on grass - perfect for preparing for outdoor trials. Our front ring is also fully lit for evening training.

Our equipment is the latest available and maintained in top condition. We have complete rings for AKC, UKI and USDAA agility as well as AKC Obedience and Rally-O. We can accomodate Nose Work, Fly Ball and Free Style as well.

Meet our Instructors

We are proud of our instructors who've been atop podiums in nearly every performance arena. Each year our instructors excel at national and regional events, earning the highest honors and titles. We have broad experience across many different breeds and challenges.

Claudia Bates

Claudia Bates

Partner and Instructor
Foundations, Agility

Claudia is a former technical writer that has been training dogs and people with dogs since 1996. Her dogs have earned titles in tracking, obedience, herding, and agility. She successfully… Read More

Elsie Maylott

Elsie Maylott

Partner and Instructor
Foundations, Agility, Obedience

Elsie has been involved in dog training for over 20 years. She is a member of the APDT (Association for Pet Dog Trainers) and attends many educational workshops, seminars, and… Read More

Nancy Walkins

Nancy Walkins

Partner and Instructor
Foundations, Agility, Obedience

Nancy has been training and competing with dogs since 1984. A native New Englander, Nancy began teaching obedience in Maine in 1987, and eventually agility, when it evolved in the… Read More

Karen Allen

Karen Allen

Instructor
Foundations, Obedience

Karen has been successfully breeding, showing, and training German Shorthaired Pointers (GSPs) since 1977. Karen has put 48 obedience titles (from CD to OTCH), 24 Rally titles, over 40 agility… Read More

Kirsten Anderson

Kirsten Anderson

Instructor
Foundations, Agility

Kirsten lives in Catharpin, Virginia and has been a Veterinary Technician for 15 year at Towne Animal Clinic in Leesburg. Kirsten has a couple of border collies, one of whom… Read More

Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson

Instructor
Agility

Ashley got her start training dogs at age six, and by age eight, she and her Golden Retriever, Whirly had their first AKC title, a CD from the obedience ring.… Read More

Julie Bacon

Julie Bacon

Instructor
Foundations, Agility, Obedience

Julie’s training foundation started in her childhood spent riding hunter/jumper horses, with success at state, regional and national levels. She’s transferred that energy to big… Read More

Elizabeth Breyer

Elizabeth Breyer

Instructor
Foundations, Obedience

Liz Breyer has been training dogs for some 25 years. Starting with Bernese Mountain Dogs and then switching to Golden Retrievers, Liz has trained and titled multiple dogs in both… Read More

Kris Eckard

Kris Eckard

Instructor
Obedience

Kris began training and showing dogs in 1979 with the family Cocker Spaniel. She was active in 4-H, FFA and Block and Bridle, raising and showing cattle, horses, swine,… Read More

Diann Gastley

Diann Gastley

Instructor
Foundations, Obedience, Agility

Diann grew up with dogs and became involved with her own dogs when she got her first Jack Russell Terrier, Cayenne, over 10 years ago. She was active with the… Read More

Mary Iannelli

Mary Iannelli

Instructor
Foundations, Agility, Obedience

Mary comes from a strong horse back ground which became a career of 18 years with race horses. During that time, Mary held professional Licenses, both as a Jockey and… Read More

Beth Mathews-Bradshaw

Beth Mathews-Bradshaw

Instructor
Agility

Beth has been training and showing in agility for almost 20 years. She has handled dogs of all sizes from Dobermans to 8-pound toy Manchesters. She currently lives in… Read More

Kayla Wieland

Kayla Wieland

Instructor
Foundations, Agility

Kayla began competing with dogs at age 7, doing so in agility, conformation and eventually Junior Showmanship with her Siberian Husky, Timber. She also got into obedience and rally then… Read More