Lisa Kirschner – Owner
My vision began with an energetic 3 month old puppy named Lucy. I wanted to spend all my time training her to be the best dog she could be. We attended some classes, but I wanted more for her; and for me. Dog parks left me feeling dissatisfied. There had to be a better way to accomplish what I wanted for Lucy. That is when I decided to create an indoor, year-round dog training and social center in our area. I knew I couldn’t be the only person who was looking for a safe alternative to the dog park that my dog can play and have fun learning in. Several years later, it’s a reality. Thank you Lucy.
She has had dogs her entire life. After getting her first Aussie, Lucy over 7 years ago, and her Husky, Isis, over 5 years ago, training has become an important part of her life. She loves to see dogs transition from nervous and fearful to confident and fearless, just as Lucy has.
Lucy plays several sports, and does well in them. She has earned her TG1, TG2, and TG3 titles in Teacup Dogs Agility Association, her SSB in UKI Agility, her NJP in AKC agility, and her CL1 in CPE agility. Lucy has also earned her NW1, NW2, NW3 and L1I in nose work through National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), NC and NI in UKC Nosework, and PSD-NC, PSD-NE, PSD-ND, and PSD-NS through Performance Scent Dogs. Lucy has also earned her Canine Good Citizen as well as her Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Tricks titles through the AKC. Lucy is also working on her obedience titles.
Since opening Sit, Stay, ‘N Play, Lisa adopted a Border Collie named Bourbon. Bourbon earned his S.T.A.R. Puppy title, and is training in several different sports. Bourbon has earned his NAJ in AKC agility, his TG1, TG2, TG3, TBAD, TIAD, TSAD, and TMAG2 in Teacup Agility, his SSB and SSN in UKI Agility, and his CL1 in CPE agility. Bourbon has earned his NW1 and L1C through NACSW. He has earned his PSD-NC, PSD-NE, and PSD-NS through Performance Scent Dogs. He has also earned his Canine Good Citizen as well as his Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Tricks titles through the AKC. Bourbon has also earned his Starter Novice title (SN-C) through Companion Sport Dogs Program (CDSP).
She is married and has two wonderful boys.
Kathy Varkados – Obedience Trainer
Kathy always had dogs in her life. Her love and compassion for dogs is immeasurable. 21 years ago, she received a call about a severely abused Rottweiler with a broken leg and heart. That is when Kathy got involved with Rescue and her local Humane Society. She became the Rescue Coordinator, Special Needs Coordinator & Advisor and was on the Board of Directors.
Kathy also taught Humane Education in schools and visited nursing homes alongside shelter dogs, the Humane Police Officer and 1 of her dogs, Clancey who was born blind and deaf. Besides training Obedience, she also trains blind/deaf dogs by touch. Her Clancey is AKC Canine Good Citizen (one of the first blind/deaf to be recognized) and is now doing nose work.
Kathy loves a challenge and wants to help all dogs become confident while have fun learning. She is married and a Mom of 5 beautiful children. Her 4 legged children consist of her blind/deaf Aussies and Border Collies, a 3 legged Border Collie named Checkers and 1 Golden Retriever named Bella.
Laurie Lyons – Head Agility Trainer
Laurie started obedience training with her first Golden Retriever over 30 yrs ago. She competed with him in the junior handler obedience and completed his CD (Companion Dog). Since then she has trained and help others train their dogs. She worked previously at PetSmart as the Area Trainer. She currently has 5 Border Collies, 4 that compete in Agility. She has also taken them for herding work and basic obedience work. She is currently training Mick in Triebball, and three of them in nose work.
She has been training and competing in Agility for over 10 years.
MACH 4 PACH 2 Dallas MXC, MJS2, MXP5, MXPS, MJP6, MJPS, PAX2 MJB2, XF, T2B2 (qualified for 6 AKC Nationals and competed in the last 5 AKC Nationals.)
PACH Kasey MX, MXJ, MJB, MXP3, MJP3, MXP3, MXPB, MJPB, PAX, XF, T2BP, NW1, NW2 (qualified and competed in the preferred division of the AKC Nationals).
MACH Pounce MX6, MJS, MXF, T2B
Mick AX, OAJ, XF
Limerick has just started training and is not yet old enough to compete.
Dagan Kirschner – Manager/ Obedience Trainer
Dagan runs the front end of the facility. He helps our trainers set up for each lesson, takes reservations, and makes sure the facility looks great. He is our go-to person and always has a smile on his face and willing to help all our guests. He also is one of our obedience trainers.
Dagan was born and raised in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In 2009, he earned his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
During the winter season, Dagan also works at Ski Shawnee Mountain as a Children’s Ski and Snowboard instructor. He began teaching skiing when he was 14 years old. He has always enjoyed skiing and snowboarding and began his snow adventures at 2 years old.
Dagan attended Keystone College and Northampton Area Community College, where he majored in business. He is also taking classes through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.
Stacy Barnett – Nose Work Instructor
Stacy Barnett lives in New Jersey with her rescued Labrador, Miniature American Shepherd and Standard Poodle. She’s an active competitor in Nosework, Tracking, Obedience, Rally, Agility and Barn Hunt but Scent Sports are her primary focus and her first love. Stacy started her Labrador, Judd, in Nosework using the Operant Conditioning methods as taught by the Fenzi Academy. Judd quickly sailed through NW1, NW2 and NW3 and NW3 Elite. Stacy and Judd earned High In Trial for their first NW3, Second Overall for their 2nd NW3, Third Overall for their third NW3 and they are consistenly in the ribbons. She and Judd are an NW3 Elite3 Team and are training at the Elite Division Level. Judd has placed in the top 3 overall at many of his Elite Division Trials and holds the distinction of being the first Labrador in the country to achieve ELT2. Judd was also the second dog in the country to achieve ELT3. Her Miniature American Shepherd, Why, is mirroring Judd’s enthusiam for the sport of Nosework and Stacy is excited about bringing him through the levels.
Stacy is a longtime FDSA student and trains her Nosework dogs using FDSA methods. She also trains with top local NACSW trainers and judges on a regular basis. This has given Stacy a solid understanding of Scent Theory and a very well rounded education with many tools in her toolbox. She prides herself in being able to bring creative solutions to build odor obedience, confidence, drive and motivation for the sport. Judd himself is by nature a timid, soft dog and Stacy has been able to transform him into a highly competitive Elite Level dog.
One of Stacy’s strengths in Nosework is trial preparation. She is able to evaluate the needs of the dog and develop a plan for setting the dog up for success. As a result she was able to prepare Judd for trialing in record time and has enjoyed an extremely high pass rate with fast times and placings. She’s an experienced Nosework competitor and knows what it takes to succeed in this exciting sport.
Stacy loves helping others and her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious. Even greater than her love for the sport is her love of teaching. She prides herself on being a highly creative, enthusiastic and caring instructor, easliy able to teach all levels of Nosework students. Stacy loves seeing teams flourish in the sport and enjoy what has become an extremely popular outlet for all dogs.
Deb Zirwas – Competition Obedience Instructor
Deb Z started her obedience career 25 years ago when she adopted her ILP (PAL) Labrador Retriever. Deb needed some help with him as he exhibited some behavioral issues and she took both group and private lessons in an effort to help him become more confident in life. When Deb moved to Eastern PA, she met a very talented trainer that not only helped her get him in the ring, but as he went from Novice A to Utility A, his scores improved from the 170s, all the way to the mid 190s.
Deb has assisted with both competition and general obedience classes for 20 years. She has enjoyed helping hundreds of students create and reach their goals.
Although Deb enjoys training, her favorite activity is walking her dogs. Even if it is for only 20 minutes, and the same path each day, it is never the same walk twice with a dog. Seeing the world through the dog’s eyes and nose during that walk cannot do anything but put a smile on one’s face.