For dogs of distinction
Jo Ann's grandson and Donna's son, Michael marks the 3rd generation of our family to make their career at Dog Woods. He is licensed by the A.K.C. as an Evaluator, allowing him to administer tests and titles for Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog, and others. Michael truthfully claims he was "raised in a dog kennel." He began competing in obedience trials and earning titles at eleven years of age. Being totally immersed in Dog Woods since birth, he has a unique level of expertise for someone barely 30 years old. In addition to running our Day Training service, Michael instructs several hours of both group and private training lessons each week,
The owner and leader at Dog Woods with over forty years of experience instructing people and their dogs. Her expertise is valued by several local organizations, such as Mid South Therapy Dogs and Memphis Kennel Club. A.K.C. regularly utilizes her as an obedience judge at it's trials, even having her judge their National tournament in 2014. Dog Woods classes are mostly made up of people who received word-of-mouth referrals and repeat customers; which she takes a great deal of pride in. Daily, Dog Woods has callers who attended class 15, 20, even 30 years ago who say they need to sign up for a class taught by Donna.
Dog 101 Class
May 5 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
June 22 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
July 1– 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
In 1972, after training as a hobby and doing some AKC Obedience Competition, Jo Ann Geeslin left her job in order to open her own dog training school. The business grew quite quickly and became an endeavor which would require some participation from each member of her family. Her daughter, Donna Eddins, has been training dogs professionally since her early teens. Mother and daughter eventually began to run the business as partners until 2003 when Jo Ann retired. Donna and her son, Michael, are the instructors today