Connie DeBusschere is the founder and head training at Canine Training Adventures LLC in Sweet Home Oregon. She has been working with dogs for over 30 years and during this time she was an assistant dog 4H leader and assistant trainer before getting into competition. She taught classes for the Willamette Agility Group and the Linn County Kennel Club before teaching her own classes.
Connie’s attended the Association of Professional Dog Trainers conference, Oregon State University's Department of Animal Science course on canine behavior, Patricia McConnell behavior seminars and Pat Hasting’s Structure in Action Workshop. Connie is committed to providing the most effective solutions to her students’ needs thus continues her education by attending seminars and workshops on canine behavior, force free training, positive reinforcement and current humane training techniques.
Having grown up with English Shepherds, Connie is now a breeder and a huge enthusiast for the breed. She is the current President of the Versatile English Shepherd Association, one of the founders of the Versatile English Shepherd Awards Program, and hosts one of the largest English Shepherd Gatherings in the northwest.
Connie competes with her own dogs and has titled them in Obedience, Agility, Barn Hunt, Herding, Conformation, Farm Dog and Trick Dog. Connie and her English Shepherd Jasper competed at the first Agility World Championship held in the United States that was aired on Animal Planet. Jasper was also the first English Shepherd to achieve the Outstanding Versatile English Shepherd award.
Connie’s dog Rose helps her in classes and is a certified therapy dog through the Alliance of Therapy Dog Organization. Connie assisted the Sweet Home Library in establishing the R.E.A.D (Reading, Education, Assistance, Dogs) program, where kids with reading problems read to dogs. Rose is one of the R.E.A.D dogs. Connie and Rose also visit some of the local schools.
Connie is a member of the Animal Behavior Association, Doggone Safe Program and Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She is an American Kennel Club Farm Dog Judge, Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog evaluator and soon to be a Dog Bite Safety Educator.
She believes in supporting the community and is one of the founders of the Cascade K9 Jamboree, which is a fundraising event for the Sweet Home Police Departments Drug Detection K9 Program.
Connie is excited to share her experience and knowledge with her students. She enjoys watching the relationship grow between owners and their dogs, and helping turn dogs of all ages into adored family companions.