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.