Sue Schulze obtained her first obedience title in 1979 with her Sheltie. That was the start of her love of training that has continued to this day. Sue earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and a minor in psychology from the University of Illinois in Carbondale. During college she trained dogs part time and joined Kennelwood Pet Resorts in 1989.
She apprenticed with top St.Louis trainers in the 80’s and has continued her education with seminars and college classes. She was in the first 500 people to sign up for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has been an APDT member ever since. Sue is also CPDT-KA certified, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, an American Temperament Test Society (ATTS) member and provisional tester and a member of IACP, the International Association of Canine Professionals
Sue created many of the materials and programs which Kennelwood has used over the years. Currently she teaches Baby STEPS and First STEPS which are programs designed for introducing a newborns or children to dogs. She also works with Kennelwood’s Safety Committee and teaches employees how to handle dogs and cats in a safe, caring way. Sue has presented her Safety material to Ameren UE meter readers and various area vet clinics. She currently concentrates her time and skills on In-home lessons with Kennelwood clients. Sue has trained and taught thousands of dogs and people over the years. Her training is based on positive reinforcement and features flexibility in exercises and commands to fit in with people’s busy lifestyles as well as giving people the knowledge needed to communicate more clearly with their dogs.
Her own dogs have been shown in AKC Obedience trials and have acquired multiple titles over the years. They have performed on stage at the Working Women’s Convention, area malls for children’s groups, at schools and nursing homes and community festivals. Sue and her dogs love to visit nursing homes in their spare time.