Sue Sommerfield

Sue Sommerfield

Acting Director, Canine Operations

Sue Sommerfield has been training dogs professionally for over 35 years and has trained many hundreds of dogs one-on-one in basic and advanced obedience, and in all levels of competitive obedience. Her own dogs have proven their obedience skills by earning multiple titles in AKC obedience trials, high scores, and national rankings. Also active in the breed ring, Sue is a former nationally-ranked junior handler, has handled dogs to championships and top wins around the country and in Canada, and teaches show handling.

As an instructor at the well-respected Olde Towne School for Dogs for ten years, Sue gained invaluable experience with many breeds and temperaments, including aggressive dogs.

Sue raised and did advanced training for the first-ever Dalmatian to become a mobility-assist service dog. She chaired a volunteer rescue group for many years and now trains dogs for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. She currently owns Alexandria Dog Training Company and tailors her training to individual dogs and handlers, adjusting her teaching approach to fit the individual dog and person. Working with horses adds another dimension to her training skills.

Sue’s background includes a master’s in international education, experience teaching in public and private schools, co-authoring a strategic planning manual for United Way of America, and working for several non-profit organizations.

Terri Hill

Terri Hill

Trainer

Terri believes every dog is an individual, so each training approach needs to be tailored to the personality and needs of each dog. She has been trained in both major approaches to dog training: classical conditioning and operant conditioning. This gives her the skills and tools needed to customize her approach to your dog.

She has a reputation for powerful connection skills with dogs and for helping owners enjoy their dogs with confidence and competence. Her goal is to help you maintain an open line of communication with your dog so it becomes a treasured member of your family.

  • Master Trainer Course Graduate of National K-9 School for Dog Trainers in Columbus, Ohio (one of the top schools in the country)
  • Attended Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainer
  • Complete courses in basic and advanced obedience, puppy development, e-collar, protection work
  • Certified in canine first aid by the American Red Cross
  • Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals
  • Member of the National K9 Dog Trainers Association
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator
  • Balanced Trainer
  • Tyler Muto Seminar “Dogmanship Through Feel”
  • Completed Andrew Ramsey “Nose Work” Instructor course
  • Completed Robin Macfarlane E-Cademy remote collar school
  • Retired paramedic and ER nurse

Pete Hill

Pete Hill

Trainer

Pete had the privilege of attending  the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers in Fairfield, California, as well as completing an intense program at the world-renowned Martin Deeley’s International School for Dog Trainers in Orlando, Fl.  Attending both of these schools has allowed Pete to diversify his approach to dog training.  This diversity allows him to individualize each training approach to each dog.  Michael Ellis is one of the driving forces in reward base training.  Martin Deeley is a world renowned trainer, author and founder of E-Touch.

  • Completed the Martin Deeley’s International School for Dog Trainers
  • Attended Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers
  • Completed courses in basic obedience, advanced obedience, puppy development, e collar and protection work
  • Competed and titled several dogs in various events
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator
  • Member of the International Association of canine Professional
  • Balanced Trainer
  • Tyler Muto Seminar “Dogmanship Through Feel”
  • Completed Andrew Ramsey “Nose Work” Instructor course
  • Professional firefighter