|PHOTOGRAPHERS that have provided most of the photos for my website:
Mary Arango - http://www.maryfisharangophotography.com
Seth Casteel - http://www.littlefriendsphoto.com
CONTACT SUZANNE at PREMIERE BORDER COLLIES:
Moviestoo@yahoo.com or call 310-729-8683
Photo by Mary Arango
I have worked professionally as a horse trainer, bird trainer, tour guide, actress, stuntwoman, screenwriter, scuba diver, software instructor, artist, independent film
executive, studio motion picture executive and now a dog trainer.
I started my training career training and showing horses. I bought 2 thoroughbred race horses off the race track, trained and showed and then sold them as
hunter/jumpers. I fell off a lot which later prepared me to work as a stuntwoman.
I performed the Bird Show for audiences at Busch Gardens Bird Sanctuary. My favorite was taking the boat out at dawn to feed the flamingos. The hardest bird to train
was the "wise" owl.
I lived on a sailboat for several years, started to sail around the world, but after 8 months, returned to the USA. I've traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Bora Bora,
Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, UK, Holland, Belgium, Mexico, Tahiti and I won a week in Hawaii, all expenses paid from answering movie trivia
questions on an LA radio show. I was also a tour guide at Universal Studios for 2 years.
From 1982 to 2009 I settled down and worked in the Motion Picture industry. I was lucky enough to work on films like Dances With Wolves (I got to attend the Academy
Awards for Dances with Wolves), Silence of the Lambs, Notting Hill, Casino Royale, Spiderman and 100s of other films.
Then came the dogs....in 2000, I started training and competing in agility. Two years later I added conformation, herding and obedience. In 2009 I started working full-time
as a trainer. I’ve done very well in competition including numerous awards in herding, agility, conformation, rally & K9 Nose Work©. In herding, my Border Collies were
ranked #2 (B course) & #6 overall Nationally (AKC herding stats). I have multiple breeds (Border Collies, Whippets and Parson Russell Terriers) ranked in Top 20
conformation & owner handled by me. Other honors include AKC Eukanuba Nationals honor roll 2012 with 3 different breeds and Awards of Merit wins, Best in Specialty
Show win and many, many other competitive awards.
My dogs have been on TV including Animal Planet’s TOO CUTE. They’ve also been in motion pictures, TV commercials, magazine covers, magazine ads, and in
calendars, including numerous calendar covers.
CURRENTLY I am a certified K9 Nose Work© instructor and work with a Southern California all breed rescue group, rescuing shelter dogs, puppy mill survivors, dogs that
have been deserted and left to die in the desert, training them for successful good citizen home placement. I trained a Guinea Pig to perform agility and scent detection
and I also recently trained 18 German Shepherd dogs for celebrity clients.
DOG TRAINING: AGILITY: Kate & Karen Moureaux, Contact Point Agility; Terry Simmons HANDLING: Louise Brady, Corky Vroom, Amanda Giles OBEDIENCE: Moira
Cornell, Valley Hills Obedience Club, Lori Burnam HERDING: Molly Wisecarver, Michelle McGuire, Judy Vandeford, Robin Penland, Terry Kenney TRACKING: John Zappe
K9 NOSE WORK©: Michael McManus, NACSW K9 Nose Work© Instructor’s program with founders, Ron Gaunt, Amy Herot and Jill-Marie O'Brien
SEMINARS, BOOT CAMPS, CLINICS: DOG TRAINING & BEHAVIOR: John Rogerson “Dog Aggression in Depth,” Roger Abrantes “4 day Guinea Pig Training Camp”, Karen
Pryor "Clicker Training"; Patricia McConnell, PHD, "Dog Play"', Dr. Ian Dunbar "New Concepts for the Treatment of Dog Aggression 2014", Dr. Ian Dunbar's Common
Sense & Cutting Edge Concepts in Dog Training 2014” “ Trish King “Fear and it’s Fallout, Aggression & Anxiety, 2014” STRUCTURE & BREEDING: Pat Hastings
"Structure in Action" & "Puppy Puzzle 2014" Pat Hasting’s Puppy Puzzle 2009 & 2011”, Carmen Betaglia "Breeding Better Dogs" 2010 & 2014; Claudia Orlandi "ABCs of
Dog Breeding"; Myra Savant Harris Whelping HANDLING: Corky Vroom clinic HERDING: Jack Knox clinic; Kyle Trumbull-Clark, stockmanship clinic; Candy Kennedy,
herding clinic; Molly Wisecarver, Dawna Simms & Sue Bradley, herding clinic AGILITY: Susan Garrett TRACKING: SoCal Trackers
K9 ASSOCIATIONS/K9 CLUBS
PRESENT and PAST MEMBERSHIPS:
' National Association of Canine Scent Work
' Association Of Professional Dog Trainers
' AKC Canine Good Citizen (certified evaluator)
' Border Collie Society of America
' Analope Valley Kennel Club
' TriValley Working Dog Club of Pinon Hills (Board Member)
' Valley Hills Obedience Club
' Pacific Coast Parson Russell Terrier Club
' Owner Handlers Association
' High Desert Agility Club
' Southern CA Kennel Owners & Breeders Assoc. (Treasurer)
' Antelope Valley Stock Dog Association
' Border Collie Club of Greater LA
' Parson Russell Terrier Association of America
' Temecula All Breed Kennel Club
' AKC Top 20, Eukanuba Award of Merit, BISS
' AKC Breeder of Merit
TITLES ON MY DOGS
' VDCX BORDERFAME MYSTERY LABEL HSAs, HSBs, HIAds, HIBs, HXAsd, HXBsd, RN, TDI, CGC, HTAD-III, HRD-III, STDs, NW1
and has competed and scored in USBCHA. (Multiple HIT & RHIT), Silver Belt Buckle Award Border Collie Nationals Advanced B Sheep. .
' DCX SUN MTN'S WIND DANCER HXAds, HXBs, HTAD-III, HRD-III, STDsd (Multiple HIT & RHIT)
' VCH SUN MTN'S A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, AX, AXJ, PT, RN
' CH SPORTINGFIELD CALL TO HOLLOWSHOT HSAsd (multiple HIT & RHIT)
' CH SPORTINGFIELD’S GONE WITH THE WIND HSAsd, (HIT)
' CH MAJESTIC ELITE HEARTSTRINGS (Border Collie Nationals Top 20, 2010 & 2011, BOB from classes over 33 + Specials)
' CH SPORTINGFIELD'S THAT TOUCH OF MINK
' CH PREMIERE PRINCE OF TIDES (BOS 2010 BC Nationals, Group 2 & Group 3, Best In Futurity 2009 BC Nationals, Winner’s Dog BCCNC Specialty, CH at 7 mo)
' CH PREMIERE COMEDIAN GEORGE CARLIN (Winner’s Dog 2011 BC Nationals)
' BISS GCH SPORTINGFIELD’S TIGER LILY (Best in Specialty show, Select winner Eukanuba National dog show, multiple Group placements, Top 10 in USA)
' GCH PREMIERE NAUGHTY BY NATURE SC
' CH SPORTINGFIELD’S BACCARAT (2x BOW Specialty winner)
' CH FOX VALLEY RUMOR HAS IT (cover of Infinia dog food packaging)