Karen Smalley is a graduate of CPT’s in-house training program and has passed with honors all of CPT’s behavioral and obedience training examinations. She has trained for CPT for the past 21 years. Prior to working for CPT, Karen worked as an educator in the Georgia public school system after her graduation from Oglethorpe University.
Karen has owned three Border Collies, Abby, Casey, and Bodhi. Karen and Abby completed their AKC Companion Dog (CD) title with scores that included several placements and one first place finish. While achieving their Novice title, Karen and Casey accomplished 3 first place finishes including a score of 198 (out of a possible 200 points), which tied them for High-In-Trial. Karen and Casey completed their Open (CDX) title with three consecutive first place finishes and a high score of 198. On average, competitors require 13 trials to achieve their three open legs. Karen and Casey accomplished the feat with a perfect three out of three with all first place finishes. During January 2006, Karen and Casey added to their accomplishments by completing their AKC Utility (UD) title with 3 first place finishes. Abby and Casey also performed as CPT’s trick demonstration dogs.
Presently, Karen is training Bodhi for obedience and flyball competitions. Bodhi also performs in movies, TV commercials, and print advertisements. Karen and Bodhi achieved their AKC Novice (CD), Open (CDX), and Graduate Open titles, with a Utility (UD) title planned for 2017, AKC Rally Novice and Advanced titles, with 2 of 3 legs toward a Rally Excellent title, ASCA CD and CDX titles, a UKC Novice title, and a leg toward a UKC Open title. Along the way, Karen and Bodhi have earned scores as high as a 199.5 (out of a possible 200 points), which is very rare, High-In-Trial Awards in AKC Open-B (2x) and UKC Novice-B (1x), first place finishes in every class, including exclusively first place finishes while campaigning for their AKC Open title and two firsts and a second while earning their Graduate Open title.
When not working at CPT, Karen enjoys visiting art galleries and cycling. Karen teaches Group Class at CPT’s Sandy Springs location and performs Private Lessons and In-Home Private Lessons for CPT.