Canine Sports Academy has brought together a well-rounded group
of instructors. Below are the biographies of the instructors who
are teaching our classes.
Kathy Rasmussen is the person who invisioned and
developed the Canine Sports Academy. She has over thirty-five
years experience in the sport of dogs having competed in
conformation, obedience, rally obedience and agility. She
welcomes you all to come and enjoy the facility.
Kari Smith - is a 2nd generation dog show enthusiast.
She started showing in JR Showmanship and for the past
10+ years has been professionally handling show dogs for
clients. She has finished over 100 champions, has wins at
Specialty shows, as well as at the group and breed levels.
She mentors new people in the sport of dog shows and looks
forward to the success of Canine Sports Academy. She has
also put obedience and rally titles on her dogs.
Jim Baum is a Certified Kennel Operator. He has
owned and operated Rewind Countryside Pet Resort
since 1984. He has shown dogs for over 30 years
and has taught basic and novice obedience having
attained CD titles on a number of his show dogs. He
is actively involved with Therapy Dogs Int'l (TDI) and
visits the Norman Veterans Center on a regular basis
with his therapy dogs (shown)
Sandy Ludwig started training and showing obedience
with German Shepard dogs in 1985. She was an active member
of the Cape Fear dog Training Club in Fayetteville, North Carolina
for 7 years. She taught all levels of obedience from Novice to
Utility and served as training director for 6 of those 7 years. After
moving to Oklahoma in 1992 she continued to show obedience
and became involved with Therapy Dog International. She judged
fun matches and administered the AKC Canine Good Citizen test
in Oklahoma for the Oklahoma German Shepard Club in the mid
1990s. After a 6 year hiatus from showing while completing a
PhD from the University of Oklahoma in Special Education, Dr.
Ludwig has been showing her GSD Allie in Rally and Obedience.
She has put several obedience titles and an RAE title on her
|In Loving Memory
Susan worked her dogs in numerous events
from conformation to obedience and rally.
She had a great personality and helped new
people feel comfortable training her dogs.
She passed away quite suddenly and we
miss her dearly. Susan was the sister of
"Where we help turn your dog a better family member"
Kristin Spiva - Graduated schooling from Animal
Behavior Institute and has been working directly with dogs for
5 years. She is certified in Animal Assisted Therapy and
Animal Training & Enrichment and is also a Certified Canine
Training & Behavior Specialist. She has 5 dogs of her own,
one of which has recently become a Certified Therapy Dog.
Kristin has also managed a dog kennel, daycare and
grooming facility for 3 years. She enjoys working with all types
of dogs and has a true passion for her job and the dogs.
Susan Spencer - Agility
Alice Ah Lo - Rally
Linda Gregory and Jeanne Grimes
Dennis Gorman our TDAA Secretary extrodinair!
Le Cambell is a Norman, OK native. She has had dogs all her
life. Now a Master Trainer in Canine Fitness she has been active
in Flyball and Luring with her dogs. She currently has two dogs,
Kiwi and JJ (pictured). Le assists with our Basic I classes and
agility. She also is working with our fitness program. She will be
assisting us in safer training of our performance dogs (agility,
Heather Rhodes comes to us as a graduate of the Animal
Behavior College. She did her internship here at CSA, has
been with us over two years and now teaches our puppy
classes. She is a Certified Dog Trainer (CDT) and CGC/S.T.A.R
puppy evaluator. Heather has a German Shepherd named
Cas. She hails from Henderson, NV. She has experience in
protection training with Cas.