Credentials

My 26 Year Career 

TOP TEN National Level Rankings

 

(Some Ranking Stats From 1998 - 2015 NA  due to basement flooding, dang!)

 

AKC               AGILITY

1st Place        NA             Ibizan Hound   1st Ibizan to earn this     6/1999

1st Place        OA             Ibizan Hound   1st Ibizan to earn this     8/1999

2nd Place       NA             Ibizan Hound   1st Ibizan to earn this     5/2001

 

9th Place       NA             Dalmatian                                             1998

3rd Place       OA             Dalmatian                                             6/1999

 

High In Trial  &                German Shepherd National Specialty  10/18/2002

High In Show                  German Shepherd National Specialty   10/18/2002

 

2016                               #3 Saluki in the United States               12/2016

                                        invited to compete in December, in Orlando, FL

 

2017                               #4 Saluki in the United States               12/2017

                                       invited to compete in December, in Orlando, FL

 

AKC             OBEDIENCE

5th Place      CD             Borzoi                                            7/1999

 

9th Place      CD            Dalmatian                                       1997

10th Place    CD            Dalmatian                                       1998

  - -  - -                           Overall Top Ten Dalmatian             1998

 

1st Place CD                German Shepherd            10/18/2002

                                     his score beat 84 competitors

High In Trial                  German Shepherd           10/18/2002

High In Show                German Shepherd           10/18/2002

 

UKC            AGILITY

1st Place     AG- I         Ibizan Hound   1st Ibizan to earn this            

1st Place       AG-II           Ibizan Hound      1st Ibizan to earn this                 

  

High In Trial                  3 times     German Shepherd          

High Combined            2 times     German Shepherd           

 

UKC         OBEDIENCE

1st Place    CD              German Shepherd competing against GSDs        

5th Place    CD              German Shepherd competing against All Breeds  

 

Dog World Award       Ibizan Hound   1st Ibizan to earn this           8/19/1999

 

GERMAN SCHUTZHUND / IPO    

This is an extremely difficult test.

It’s a pass or fail test, not just point deductions.

 

BH                   Ibizan Hound   1st Ibizan to earn this        11/3/2001

 

BH                  German Shepherd                                  11/3/2001

 

My test was:

outside, in several acres of disked corn field with no fence

very cold rainy day

with dozens of Canadian Geese flying  by us repeatedly

out of control dogs, and people, standing nearby

my GSD was attacked by another GSD during my dog’s long down

as I ran to protect him I yelled “NO bite NO bite NO bite”

my dog did not bite back, came to me, and we finished our test

  

Most Titled Ibizan Hound, from numerous venues

CH Serandida’s Elusive Sorocco, FCH, JS, CGC, TDI, AKC OA, UKC U-AG-II, IPO BH

                                                                                       7/2002

 

Tonja Osborn

Canine Training By Mystic Moon, Inc.

Personal       515/321-3634

Office           515/287-4809

info@iowadogtrainer.com

 

26 Years Self Employed - Teacher, Trainer, Coach, Exhibitor, Competitor

Title Holder of Dog World Awards

Won the German Shepherd Dog National Speciality, High In Trial & High In Show

Numerous High in Trial and High in Show - AKC, UKC, NADAC, ASFA

Top Ten National Ranking - AKC, UKC, NADAC, ASFA

 

www.iowadogtrainer.com

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Publication Referenced:

AKC stats

Front & Finish

Field Advisory News

UKC Bloodlines

Spotter Publication of  Dalmatian Club of America, Inc.

 

Deutscher Verband Der Gebrauchshundsportvereine

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Listed here are just a few of my favorite learning experiences;  and, most valued Instructors, and Coaches.

Ken Ramirez: Has been training a variety of animal species all over the world, for 40 years.  This Lecture included discussing the basics of operant conditioning, and the advanced topic, by reviewing the advantage and techniques of using non-food reinforcers.  Also, discussion on the strategies for handling animal mistakes in a positive way.  Primary reasons for training could be physical exercise, mental stimulation, cooperative behavior (teeth cleaning and brushing, trimming toenails, inspecting inside of the ears), and general animal welfare.  Secondary reasons for training an animal could be entertainment, sport, conservation, research and education.

 

Dr. Roger Abrantes, Ethology Institute Cambridge:   “We humans have never been able to contemplate a thing without changing it; and yet the most important must be to understand, accept and respect other living beings independently of their species and race.” ~ Roger Abrantes in Evolution".

Dr. Abrantes has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology and an Ethology, DHC MAPBC. He has authored 17 books in numerous languages, and numerous articles on behavior. He is probably one of the most versatile ethologists in the world. He is especially known for his views on social behavior, and it's applications to the daily understanding of pet behavior. For his working methods he uses psychology rather than power, teaching the animal new patterns patiently and efficiently step by step.

"Q"   

 

GSD National Speciality

High in Trial Obedience & Agility

David Kroyer, Canine Training Systems: Training Through Pictures with Dave Kroyer

  • 2014 Hermes Creative Gold Award
  • 2014 35th Annual People's Choice Bronze Telly Award
  • 2014 DV Award Finalist 

 

Ivan Balabanov: Competed in the USA National Schutzhund Champion, Vice Champion at the Belgian Shepherd Championships, and he competed on 7 Schutzhund World Teams. Ivan has demonstrated his dog training system at dozens of national seminars and on his videos, including "Obedience Without Conflict".

Yes, that is me, with a real live full blooded wolf!  His eyes mesmerized me! I felt like a deer looking into headlights, I honestly could not look away.  Wolf Park was an amazing opportunity to study the root body language of canines, in a variety of social situations.

Wolves!At Canine Training by Mystic Moon, Inc. we believe in continued education outside the Midwest. Why outside the Midwest?  Because "training techniques" differ greatly around the world, and become regional. Most trainers in a region usually have similar techniques, because they have learned from each other; and, see each other's techniques at local events.

Dr. Erich Klinghammer: Director of Wolf Park, Institute of Ethology, which is dedicated to the conservation, research, and education in the Biology of Behavior and Ecology of Animal. My stay at Wolf Park was a wonderful experience -- co-habiting with a pack of wolves, therefore learning by sight, sound and touch (at a very accelerated rate!).

Chuck Tompkins: Vice President Curator for the largest marine park in the world. He has trained over 100 different species.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers: Conducts dozens of Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops annually. APDT is a professional organization of individual dog trainers who are committed to being better trainers through education.