Tami McLeod (Assoc. of Pet Dog Trainers member #70214) has trained and coached hundreds of dogs and their owners, spanning over 16 years of professional canine dog training. She truly enjoys all facets of the dog training experience from dealing with the day to day issues pet dog owners face to training for competition at the world level.
Having been fortunate to have trained, raised, and/or handled some of the top dogs in the country in both AKC dog training obedience and Schutzhund (known as the triathalon of working dogs), Tami has the experience and background to bring out the best in your dog.
At just thirteen years of age she earned her first obedience title with her German Shepherd dog, "Saga". Over seventy-five titles later handling a variety of breeds in competition from Borzoi to Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds to Rottweilers, she is still entranced with the thrill and excitement of the world of dog obedience training competitions, and has since gone on to attain several regional and national titles. She has placed on the podium at regional championships at the top levels, competed at several national championship trials including the North American Championship and USA Nationals, and been ranked top ten nationally over the years. Internationally, Tami and her Belgian Malinois "Filo" had the opportunity to represent the United States in Germany at the world championships, an experience that combined her joy of travel with competitive canine sports.
In 2007, Tami took a hiatus from training to pursue law enforcement, graduating from the Metro Nashville Police Academy. While in one of the noblest of careers, she desperately missed the challenge of training dogs, the human-canine interaction, and the challenge of teaching new behaviors in increasingly progressive and motivational ways. She is back to dog obedience training at a relaxed pace and available on a limited basis for dog training advice, coaching and training.
As a dog behaviorist and consultant, Tami and can effectively formulate a plan to remedy a variety of dog behavior problems including separation anxiety, leash reactivity, phobia, potty training, dominance, digging, and destructive chewing. A dog that experiences dog aggression, social aggression, biting, and becoming fearful needs a behaviorist. All these problems need dog behavior modification.
The vibrant city of Nashville and active dog sport community serves as an inspirational back drop for Absolute K9 Solutions. Tami's dog training program now includes dog training at home and gives the dog owner exceptional dog training advice on how to teach their own dog.We offer private puppy obedience training or advanced puppy dog training at home.
Below you will find a partial resume of her accomplishments.
Speaker for workshops for the following:
-Willamette Valley SchH Club (Portland, Oregon)-Puppy and Young Dog Development Workshop
-Vancouver Island Dog Sport Club (Vancouver Island, Canada)-Training Workshop
-No Leash Needed Trainer's Workshop (St. Louis, MO)
-Dog Days Festival (Mount Vernon, Washington)
-Centennial Dog Days (Nashville, TN) for Petco
-Centennial Dog Days (Nashville, TN) for Greymont Academy
-Bow Wow Brunch for Petco (Sheraton Hotel)
Training Director for:
-PNW Region for United SchH Clubs of America (WA, OR, MT, WY, AK)
-Evergreen Working Rottweiler Klub (WA)
-Alliance Schutzhund Klub (WA)
-Greymont Academy (Fairview, TN)-commercial dog kennel
Attended seminars with:
-Dog trainer Janice Gunn
-Dog trainer Michael Ellis
-Dog trainer Bart Bellon
-Dog trainer Knut Fuchs
-Dog trainer Lutger Vortkamp
-Dog trainer Jack Smith
-Dog trainer Ivan Balabanov
-Dog trainer Wolfgang Gross
-Founding member of the American Working Malinois Association (one of five including Ivan Balabanov, Mary Allen, Anne Camper, and Virgil Davis)
-Delegate to the American Working Dog Federation (representing AWMA)
-Interviewed by Australia Working Dog Magazine (Felix Ho)
-Editor of Performance Canine Magazine
-Chaired several working dog championships/shows including the USRC Western Regionals, UBSDA Protection Sports
-Committee Chair (before the formation of AWMA) and 2000 Belgian Event chairperson, second ever Mondio trial in the US (Seattle, WA)
Competition Experience/ Sport Titles
Tami has an incredible amount of competition experience with dogs in all different venues. The following titles she has earned with these dogs highlight her abilities as a trainer:
Kadami's Saga (GSD)-CD, High German Shepherd in trial (earned when she was only 13 years old!)
Kadami's Woton (GSD)-BH, AD
Kadami's Brigga (GSD)-BH
Rheine Maintz Basra-SchH II (High SchH II), BST, Handled to multiple V-1 wins including Canadian National Siegerin (Rott)
Wito v Haus Neubrand-handled to V rating at Western Regional Sieger Show (working male class) (Rott)
Norris vow Schleibruggen, SchH III, High Protection
Haio v Hutberg, SchH II, Kkl. 1, handled to V-1 rating (working class males), High tracking (GSD)
Banna v Vinzant-BH, SchH I
Regulator, BH, SchH I, High Obedience (Rott)
Classic-AD (Giant Schnauzer)
Pounder du Domaine du Soleil-BH, IPO I (High Obedience 97 pts., High Protection 96 pts, HIT), CDX, AWMA Nationals (MAL)
O'Kink du Domaine du Soleil-BH, ScHH A (High Obedience, High Protection 99 pts.), Flyball Dog Excellent
Filo du Ciel Rouge-SchH III/IPO III X 7, 3rd place PNW Regional Championship, N. American Championship (Gatlinburg, TN), USA Nationals (Reno, NV), '98 FCI IPO World Championship (Meppen, Germany), French Ring Brevet
Lothar du Chenil Victoire-BH, SchH I, SchH II, SchH III, N. American Championship (Lancaster, CA)
Degn's Monrad-SchH III, MidEast Regionals, USA Nationals (Birmingham, AL) received "Excellent" ratings in all three phases at all levels (SchH/IPO I, II, and III)
Drake Von Vinzant-BH (Middle TN Schutzhund Club, Leiper's Fork, TN)
Trained/handled for notable kennels/breeders including: Loups du Soleil Malinois, Zabava Borzoi (#1 Borzoi breeder in the US), Classic Giants, K9 Estates, Bullinger Shepherds
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