Meet our Trainers
Tekla Viker – K9 Trainer
Tekla has been involved in showing and training English Springer Spaniels for 20+ years. She has bred springers that have been nationally ranked. Her dog, Evy, was one of the
first 10 springers in the country to earn her grand champion title and also competed in the 2011 Westminster show. Tekla’s experience, however, is not limited to the breed ring, she has also shown in obedience where she has won two specialty high in trials. Most recently she has competed in rally and agility. Over the years she has attended many seminars and clinics on handling, breeding and canine structure and health. Tekla is currently a member of ESSFTA (the national Springer club) and TCVESSA (a local Springer club).
- Emma (Eng. Springer Spaniel)
CH Eldamar Dartek Vision CD RA
- Evy (Eng. Springer Spaniel)
G.CH CH Dartek Eldamar Envision
- Bliss (Eng. Springer Spaniel)
G.CH CH Dartek Chocolat Bliss BN RA OA OAJ
- Jazzie (Eng. Springer Spaniel)
Dartek’s Eldamar Journey’s All Jazzed Up
Alice Howe – K9 Trainer
From Saint Bernards to Papillions and puppies to MACH/OTCH dogs, Alice Howe trains
them all. Alice has been teaching for 30+ years. She has trained/handled multiple High in
Trial Dogs in AKC and CKC venues. In fact she and her Golden Retriever Bobbi were the 1st
Minnesota team to achieve both Agility and Obedience Championship titles!
- Riot (Papillion)
GCH CH MACH2 Amoure Beau’s Life Of The Party MXS MJG T2B
- JJ (Border Collie)
Brighteye Jump for Joy
- Abby (Border Collie)
Tina Hince – K9 Trainer
Tina originally started training at Leashes and Leads in March of 2009 when she got her first border collie, Max. Max showed her the ropes and helped Tina understand the patience and excitement of learning and taught her many things about dog behavior. Tina has apprenticed under Alice Howe for 4 years and attends many seminars throughout the year. She trials in AKC agility with her two border collies, Rhap and Jive.
- Rhap (Border Collie)
Brighteye Rhapsody in Blue MX MXJ CGC
- Jive (Border Collie)
Brighteye Fancy Feet MX MXB MXJ CGC
- Breeze (Australian Shepherd)
Cedarwood’s Little Covergirl AX AXJ CGC
- Nikon (German Shorthaired Pointer)
Snap shot Good Reason
Kate Thornton – K9 Trainer
A lifelong collie person who also has had a Newfoundland and a beloved mix. Kate’s life with dogs has been an education from, “I tell the dog what to do”, to “Let’s learn this together!”. Kate started her serious dog training in Rally Obedience at Leashes and Leads in 2009 and it remains one of her favorite dog training & competing activities. Kate trains in Rally, Obedience, Agility and Herding. Kate loves traveling to dog shows and seminars for competition and education, but sharing what she knows with students (dog teams!) is her passion.
- Griffen (Smooth Collie)
Griffen CD BN RN RA RE HIC
- Glory (Rough Collie)
Mikaela Gustafson – K9 Trainer
Born and raised in Minnesota, Mikaela has always had a passion for animals. That passion carried through in raising and training dogs. Mikaela has interests in many dog sports such as Agility, Disc, Tricks and Obedience.
“Angel” and “Chloe” are Mikaela’s current Miniature Schnauzers. She also has a Border Collie name Flash. She has competed in agility with Angel and excelled every time they went on the field, earning multiple titles. Angel and Chloe both earned their Trick Dog Championship- the first miniature schnauzers in the United States to earn this title! Recently, Flash has earned his Advanced Trick Dog title and is working on agility and disc foundations for his future sports career!
Mikaela is very ambitious and dedicated to continuing her education by working to improve her abilities as a dog trainer.
- TDCH Angel (Miniature Schnauzer)
- TDCH Chloe (Miniature Schnauzer)
- Flash ATD (Border Collie)
Amy Edstrom – K9 Agility Trainer
Amy’s background is primarily in horses. She has been teaching, riding and training horses for Western Pleasure, Dressage and Hunter Jumper for more years then she will say.
Agility follows many of the same principals. From her horse background her strengths are in the ability to see the most efficient lines between obstacles, bring the awareness of body
language use for communicating, and years of adapting training techniques to meet the animal’s individual needs. Amy started training in dog agility and got hooked. She is currently competing in AKC, USDAA & CPE agility with her English Cocker Spaniels Fern & Thorn. Fern also competes in field trials and hunt test which means she splits her training time between agility with Amy and field work with her husband.
- Fern (Eng. Cocker Sp.)
Razr’s Kung Foo MH MX MXJ MJB NF
- Bramble (Eng. Cocker Sp.)
Razr’s Rambl’n Bramble of Featherwood AX AXJ
- Thorn (Eng. Cocker Sp.)
Featherwood Blackthorn OA OAJ
Amy Gau – K9 Conformation Trainer
Amy has had collies her entire life. She has bred/handled/trained multiple nationally ranked collies. She has bred multiple dogs that have done well in obedience, tracking, agility and rally. She received her AKC judge’s license and is currently approved to judge collies and working on judging other breeds as well junior showmanship. She is very involved in the RMKC and the Collie Club of America.
- Peter (Collie)
G.CH CH Rosepoint High Tide
- Nikki (Collie)
CH Rosepoint Northstar Nikita
- Coral (Collie)
G.CH CH Rosepoint Jamaican Sunrise
- Pearl (Collie)
CH Rosepoint Tahitian Pearl
Ashley has had a love and deep desire to work with animals since she was a child. She saw her passion through when she attended the Petropolis Academy of Dog Training and Grooming in Chesterfield, Missouri. Upon graduation, Ashley received her certification in Professional Dog Training. With her Labrador Retriever, Dakota, she completed training in narcotics, advanced obedience and force retrieve. Ashley helps assist in classes and helps with one on one training as well.
- Dakota (Labrador Retriever)
- Chance (Chesapeake Bay Retriever)