Ted first became involved with dog training and competition in 1980 when he acquired an 11 month old German Shepherd as a rescue. As many of us do, he decided to take "Heidi" to a local obedience class. She was a joy to work with and Ted was hooked. Since that time, Ted has continued to train and has competed with several other wonderful dogs with whom he has been privileged to share his life. He and his dogs have achieved many advanced titles, including 3 Utility Dog titles; and an Obedience Trial Championship, the highest attainable title in AKC competition. Ted has competed not only at the local level, but in regional and national competitions. He is a member of the Sandlapper Golden Retriever Club, the Golden Retriever Club of America and is involved with Golden Retriever Rescue. After many years as a competitor, Ted is an official AKC Obedience judge, and judges all levels of competition. Ted has been with Companion Dog Training School for 30 years, and enjoys teaching the Puppy and Beginner classes. His training and competition philosophy is "It should definitely be fun!"