Sue Cone

Born, raised and educated on the East Coast, my future husband and I moved to California in the mid 80’s. For more than 30 years I worked as a regulator, managing the Hazardous Materials Program for the City and County of San Francisco. I’ve been blissfully retired since 2014.


We acquired our first Shetland Sheepdog in 1985 but it wasn’t until 2001 that I began agility training and quickly became hooked. In all, 7 Shelties have been part of my family and I brought my mother’s Shih Tzu from Florida to join the pack a few months ago. 


Through the years I have learned that each dog is different and there is always more than one way to successfully train a behavior. It is the handler’s job to find the best way for the dog that is by their side ON THAT DAY. My “recipe” for dog training includes lots of positive reinforcement, well placed re-direction when necessary and mutual respect between dog and handler. Add to that a huge amount of FUN and you have the makings for a truly rewarding relationship with your dog, whether or not you take it to the competition ring. I currently train and compete in several dog sports including Obedience, Rally, Agility and Scent Work. Both of my current Shelties have earned their Novice Trick Dog titles and have been recognized by AKC as Achiever Dogs. I’ve had the extreme privilege of putting the following titles on Shelties, past and present: 


AGILITY

AKC Master Agility Champion 2 (MACH2) (2009) 

AKC Master Agility Champion (MACH) (2007; 2009) 

CPE Agility Trial Champion (CATCH) (2009; 2010) 

AKC Master Excellent FAST (MXF) (2010; 2011) 

AKC Master Gold Agility (MXG) (2011; 2012) 

AKC Master Gold Jumpers with Weaves (MJG) (2011; 2012) 


OBEDIENCE 

AKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) (2017) 

AKC Companion Dog (CD) (2014; 2016) 

AKC Beginner Novice (BN) (2014) 


RALLY AKC Rally Excellent (RE)  (2017) 

AKC Rally Advanced (RA) (2016) 

AKC Rally Novice (RN) (2007, 2007, 2016, 2018) 


NOSEWORK 

NACSW Nose Work 2 (NW2) (2014; 2017) 

SDS Excellent (SDS-E) (2017)


Linda Bianco

My name is Linda Bianco and I've been a member of Mount Diablo Dog Training Club for over twenty five years. I'm a native San Franciscan and retired from the Brisbane School District after teaching Kindergarten and First Grade for thirty six years. My husband, Michael, retired as Senior Vice President of Plant Operations from the Jelly Belly Candy Company, in Fairfield, California. We acquired our first Sheltie in 1986. I quickly enrolled Trixie in Obedience classes at Mt. Diablo that were being given at the Concord National Guard Armory. While attending classes there, I had the opportunity to observe dogs working in the Open and Utility classes and was so impressed with their performances. was hooked!!! After attending classes and training for a while, I was invited to become an assistant trainer for the Puppy and Beginner classes, and was a substitute trainer for the Novice 1 class. I also served as Training Director, Chief Ring Steward for a number of our Obedience Trials, and served on the Board of Directors for several years. I was then asked to become one of a team of three trainers for Saturday classes.  I have taught since then and love every minute of it. I am also an AKC Obedience Judge. 


My previous Shelties and titles that they earned are:

 Trixie - CD, CDX 

Heidi - CD, CDX

 Haley - M/BISS GCH Penelane's a Promise Kept UD - Haley became the first Grand Champion Utility Dog in Sheltie history. In 2003 she was the #10 All Breed Novice Obedience dog in the United States, and ranked #5 in the Herding Group. 

Beau - CD, CDX - In 2006, Beau was ranked the #1 All Breed Obedience dog in the United States. 


My current Shelties are: 

Cash - BISS Bronze GCH Westar's Run for the Money CD, BN, CGC, ASSA AOM 

Gabi - She is a 15 month old puppy and has three points toward her Championship.

Linda Biano

My name is Linda Bianco and I've been a member of Mount Diablo Dog Training Club for over twenty five years. I'm a native San Franciscan and retired from the Brisbane School District after teaching Kindergarten and First Grade for thirty six years. My husband, Michael, retired as Senior Vice President of Plant Operations from the Jelly Belly Candy Company, in Fairfield, California. We acquired our first Sheltie in 1986. I quickly enrolled Trixie in Obedience classes at Mt. Diablo that were being given at the Concord National Guard Armory. While attending classes there, I had the opportunity to observe dogs working in the Open and Utility classes and was so impressed with their performances. was hooked!!! After attending classes and training for a while, I was invited to become an assistant trainer for the Puppy and Beginner classes, and was a substitute trainer for the Novice 1 class. I also served as Training Director, Chief Ring Steward for a number of our Obedience Trials, and served on the Board of Directors for several years. I was then asked to become one of a team of three trainers for Saturday classes.  I have taught since then and love every minute of it. I am also an AKC Obedience Judge. 


My previous Shelties and titles that they earned are:

 Trixie - CD, CDX 

Heidi - CD, CDX

 Haley - M/BISS GCH Penelane's a Promise Kept UD - Haley became the first Grand Champion Utility Dog in Sheltie history. In 2003 she was the #10 All Breed Novice Obedience dog in the United States, and ranked #5 in the Herding Group. 

Beau - CD, CDX - In 2006, Beau was ranked the #1 All Breed Obedience dog in the United States. 


My current Shelties are: 

Cash - BISS Bronze GCH Westar's Run for the Money CD, BN, CGC, ASSA AOM 

Gabi - She is a 15 month old puppy and has three points toward her Championship.

Sue Cone

Born, raised and educated on the East Coast, my future husband and I moved to California in the mid 80’s. For more than 30 years I worked as a regulator, managing the Hazardous Materials Program for the City and County of San Francisco. I’ve been blissfully retired since 2014.


We acquired our first Shetland Sheepdog in 1985 but it wasn’t until 2001 that I began agility training and quickly became hooked. In all, 7 Shelties have been part of my family and I brought my mother’s Shih Tzu from Florida to join the pack a few months ago. 


Through the years I have learned that each dog is different and there is always more than one way to successfully train a behavior. It is the handler’s job to find the best way for the dog that is by their side ON THAT DAY. My “recipe” for dog training includes lots of positive reinforcement, well placed re-direction when necessary and mutual respect between dog and handler. Add to that a huge amount of FUN and you have the makings for a truly rewarding relationship with your dog, whether or not you take it to the competition ring. I currently train and compete in several dog sports including Obedience, Rally, Agility and Scent Work. Both of my current Shelties have earned their Novice Trick Dog titles and have been recognized by AKC as Achiever Dogs. I’ve had the extreme privilege of putting the following titles on Shelties, past and present: 


AGILITY

AKC Master Agility Champion 2 (MACH2) (2009) 

AKC Master Agility Champion (MACH) (2007; 2009) 

CPE Agility Trial Champion (CATCH) (2009; 2010) 

AKC Master Excellent FAST (MXF) (2010; 2011) 

AKC Master Gold Agility (MXG) (2011; 2012) 

AKC Master Gold Jumpers with Weaves (MJG) (2011; 2012) 


OBEDIENCE 

AKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) (2017) 

AKC Companion Dog (CD) (2014; 2016) 

AKC Beginner Novice (BN) (2014) 


RALLY AKC Rally Excellent (RE)  (2017) 

AKC Rally Advanced (RA) (2016) 

AKC Rally Novice (RN) (2007, 2007, 2016, 2018) 


NOSEWORK 

NACSW Nose Work 2 (NW2) (2014; 2017) 

SDS Excellent (SDS-E) (2017)


Mt. Diable Dog Training Club, Inc. is a licensed club of the AKC.

EVENTS

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

 

Obed & Rally Trials

Agility Trial & Matches

 

Run Throughs

Meeting Dates