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.  I 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.

Judy Bowman

I got interested in nose work for dogs when my agility trainer (Narae Kim at Zulu’s TLC) suggested I learn to teach it as an alternative sport for agility dogs needing a break. A graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Dog Training Academy and a CPDT, I’d taught manners and CGC classes at Piedmont Adult School, ARF, and East Bay SPCA. Something new and different sounded like fun.  Nearby Braveheart Dog Training was where I and my 11-year-old Spike-Rose had our first class. Her pleasure and excitement in hunting were immediately convincing.


That was April of 2012. I took some instructor training with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and became an Associate Nose Work Instructor (ANWI). Spikie got her NW1 and NW2 titles from NACSW and Novice and Advanced ribbons from the Canadian Sporting Detection Dog Association (SDDA). She loved every event and never wanted to stop. Spikie’s gone now, but young Mitzi is just as enthusiastic and has already passed two Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs) and is ready to start trialing.


Nose work is fun because the dog gradually takes on responsibility for the search; the handler learns to read and support the dog as they work through more and more complicated searches of containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles. It is serious mental exercise without a large physical component, so all kinds of dogs and people can participate.


Before taking up dog training, I worked in the database business, although my education (UC Berkeley BA & MA) was in oriental languages – go figure.

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:



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)



AKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) (2017)

AKC Companion Dog (CD) (2014; 2016)

AKC Beginner Novice (BN) (2014)



AKC Rally Excellent (RE)  (2017)

AKC Rally Advanced (RA) (2016)

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



NACSW Nose Work 2 (NW2) (2014; 2017)

SDS Excellent (SDS-E) (2017)

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Loretta Delinger

For many years I have had the pleasure of working at the best job in the world.  That includes working  and competing with my dogs in AKC events and  teaching  puppy through advanced obedience and rally classes to so many wonderful  dogs and their owners.    


For more than 20 years I have enjoyed being an American Kennel Club Judge for Obedience and Rally. I also judge for the Australian Shepherd National and International Club This job included chairing many AkC events and seminars


For over 30 years I was either president or board member of the Associated Obedience Clubs of No. Ca.

Over the years my dogs, German Shepherds, Shelties, Border Collies, and one Aussie have titled in many events.  Breed Champion, Herding Champion, Obedience, Rally and Agility.  Still enjoying this sport.

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