Our Instructors

Kathy Nieves- Flyball

Kathy enjoys the one-on-one training that is unique to each handler and dog. She also believes in the importance of encouraging students to keep things fun for them as well as their dogs.

Following her Rat Terrier’s true passion for tennis balls, Kathy started training Ripley in flyball with Dede Crough at WonderDogs in 2007. In 2012, Ripley achieved her ONYX title through the North American Flyball Association (NAFA®). Ripley and Kathy are original members of the Happily Evfur After Flyball Club and at age 11, Ripley is still competing. In 2011, Kathy began assistant teaching with Dede and in 2014 became the WonderDogs flyball instructor.

Before turning her focus to flyball, Kathy trained Ripley in agility competing in AKC, CPE, and NADAC. Ripley is an avid dock diver, earning her UJJ title through the United Kennel Club.

Kathy’s other Rat Terrier, Newt (age 9), has been trained in agility and most recently started training in K9 Nose Work.

In 2010, Kathy rescued Keegan, a Border Collie. Since Keegan is dog reactive, Kathy has pursued training in agility through private lessons and competing in VALOR, a virtual agility league geared for dogs and handlers unable to compete in mainstream venues. Keegan has earned his VES and VEJ titles. Keegan also trains in herding and more recently Kathy introduced him and Ripley to canine water sports.

Kathy continues to grow her knowledge of dog behavior and sports through training with skilled instructors, attending seminars, and reading books.