Lynn brings a diverse background in behavioral
education to her learning sessions. She has
accumulated 35+ years of experience in special
education working in the fitness area with
extremely challenging populations as well as
officiating and coaching women athletes at the
Division 1 collegiate level. Lynn has accrued
13+ years working with
Connecticut Valley Dog Training (Smartydog
Center For Canine Enrichment) under Martha
A 5 star college athlete, as well as the 1972
AAU Pentathlon Eastern Region champion, Lynn
was also inducted into the Connecticut Women's
Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
Lynn began working with dogs in 1978 when she
was coaching women's college basketball and one
of her players arrived at practice with a puppy
in every pocket of her jacket. The puppies were
abandoned during the blizzard in the Northeast!
From that venture, she sought to increase her
skills in the canine world. She was gifted to
share 17.5 years with "GEORGE" a behaviorally
creative "mix" from that rescued litter.
Lynn regularly attends behavioral seminars. She
has attended canine seminars and workshops with
Stacey Peardot Goudy, John Rogerson, Steve
White, Patricia McConnell, Debbie Hutchinson,
Terri Cesarak, Brenda Aloff, Ray Wheeler, Judy
Reilly, Pat Miller, John Nys and Mary Jo Lavin.
She credits most of her hands on learning to
specializes in directional activities designed
to build confidence and improve the
human/handler connection in the pre-novice and
novice level team. Lynn spends the majority of
her time outdoors, enjoying life and
"Cross-Training" her dogs, a method which
integrates confidence and directional work with
various agility and non-agility obstacles and
the human-canine "TEAM" connection above all
other skills. She has enjoyed "playing" FORMAL
agility since 2000 with Buddy, a robust, highly
enthusiastic rescue Labrador retriever. Lynn
credits Buddy with being one of her greatest
agility instructors. Buddy crossed the rainbow
bridge in 2011.
Buddy (Buddy Balm of Cook Hill), taught LYNN how
to guide him to his C-atch-3, CT-atch, Nadac
Elite titles, P2 USDAA titles, and the level of
Excellent in AKC before he crossed the rainbow
bridge in 2011.
Since Billy Joe Hunter joined the family he has
achieved his AKC MACH, a CPE C-ate and 2 C-atch's,
his Usdaa MAD and Elite Nadac titles in all
classes as well as his INTERMEDIATE TRICK dog
He regularly competed in the highest levels
across several agility venues until his
retirement in 2013.
Known for having fun - Q or NQ - you can often
catch them smiling as they negotiate their
This year Billy-Joe added tracking and noseworks
to his repertoire.
You will catch Billy-Joe in
Smartydog's Flex classes having a grand
Wish Is Granted Long Live Jambi),
is the middle pup of the "Joe-Boys". He enjoyed
SMARTYDOG puppy and basic lessons and
currently participates in
Smartydog's FLEX program. He also
participates in competition obedience, rally and
many core, confidence and foundation activities!
Jambi-Joe achieved his AKC Rally Novice Title
before he was 2yrs old! Known as a rock steady
agility dog, he achieved his AKC PACH
championship in 2013, and a CPE C-atch both
before the age of 3. He competes in USDAA at the
Master's level and is working on his CPE- C-ATE.
Known for being a "thinking" dog, he is also
taking on noseworks, tracking and has his
INTERMEDIATE TRICK dog title.
At only 11 months
of age, Jambi-Joe placed 1st two consecutive
days with scores of 99 and 100 in Rally Novice
Labrador Retriever National Specialty in 2011.
(Mistyfield's Dance With An Angel), is the
youngest of the Joe Boys! He is currently
participating in Smartydog's Puppy and Core
Classes - You can find him woo'ing folks for
treats with his downright CUTENESS!
and Buddy, Billy-Joe & Jambi-Joe on their many accomplishments in
( look at that pucker face )
Congrats to Lynn and
Buddy Balm of Cook Hill
C-ATCH1, C-ATCH2, C-ATCH3,
Cs-ATCH on their 4th Catch,
AKC MACh, a CPE
C-ate, USDAA AAD
and Elite titles in all NADAC
Congratulations to Lynn
and Billy Joe Hunter on
their AKC MACh title. 10/2011
Congrats to Lynn and
Jambi-Joe on their two
Rally-Obedience legs earned at the Lab
Nationals with first place
scores of 99 & 100.