Ellen Drewes-Stoen

Ellen with UKC/IntlCH Legacy Trekkin' With The Trolls! (Trek) and IntlCH Sketchbook I'm All Ears (Audio)

*Good Dog Center instructor of Manners Too, Basic Obedience and Puppy Kindergarten classes

It started at the Army Reserve Center (Decorah, Iowa) in 1989 with “Shadoe” (Miniature Schnauzer) enrolled in a Basic Obedience course taught by Beth Einck.  Little did I know that I would be “bitten” by the obedience bug.  Soon, I found myself competing in obedience events, placing several titles on our Minis and Standard Schnauzers.  After acquiring “Stormie” (our first Standard Schnauzer), we benefitted from the assistance of a terrific mentor who taught us the ropes of conformation.  In 2000, Stormie was ranked #2 in the U.S., competing at Eukanuba and receiving Best of Opposite Sex---all owner-trainer-handled-groomed.   Stormie was the first dual-titled Standard Schnauzer to be recognized as such by the Standard Schnauzer Club of America (SSCA).   Since 2000, I have placed numerous championships (AKC, International, CKC, and UKC) on several of our Standard Schnauzers, with many receiving national rankings, including Am/UKC/Intl CH Asgard Promise Me a Rainbow ("Saige")---SSCA Hall of Fame, Leading Producer, and through Saige's accomplishments earned the AKC Breeder of Merit award.

Since 1990, I have had these experiences as a professional dog trainer:
  • Assisted Instructor, Basic Dog Obedience classes
  • Endorsed by National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (endorsements:  puppy, basic, manners)
  • “Paws 2 Train” (NICC Cresco)—Basic Dog Obedience
In 2013, the time had come for me to take on a new challenge:  we acquired a Berger Picard (rare breed).   How interesting has been to travel the road that is involved when a rare breed moves into the miscellaneous class, on the way to becoming recognized by AKC (herding group, July, 2015).  In our short time with this comedic breed, “Audio” (Sketchbook I’m All Ears!) has already received three Best in Shows-Puppy in International Show venues.  More conformation is in Audi’s future, as well as a return to the performance venues.   We are excited about what lies ahead for this new breed, as well as what we can accomplish!
Over the years, I have been actively involved in:
  • animal-assisted activities with our dogs at area nursing homes
  •  writing numerous training and breed-specific articles
  • Canine CPR and Basic First Aid (Amercan Red Cross)
  • Standard Schnauzer Club of America (SSCA)
  • Berger Picard Club of America (BPCA)
  • Iowa United Kennel Club (IUKC)
It’s a shame when dog showing interferes with one’s professional career (;-)……
Currently, I am a physical education professor at Luther College and teach numerous upper level courses.  I served as head volleyball coach for 25 years.  My husband, Erik, is a safety & security officer at Luther, and we reside with our pack in the “Big Red Dog House” in Highlandville, Iowa.   I am very excited about having the opportunity to teach training classes at the Good Dog Center, and look
forward to sharing and laughing at the wonderful human-dog connection!