Awards and Trophies


Sir Hampton Stuart CD RN (Hampton) recently earned his Companion Dog, Novice A Obedience Title with a total of 5 wins,1 second, and 1 third place. He also earned his Rally, Novice B Obedience Title with 1 win, earning a perfect score of 100 points, 1 second, and 1 qualifying score.

An Academy4Paws graduate, Hampton has high hopes (as does his owner, Kate Black of Cottonwood, AZ) of finishing 2006 as the #1 Dachshund in Novice A Obedience, and perhaps #1 Hound as well!

What's in an Award?

Cheryl and her students have been winning awards and trophies for a long time. The walls of her office are covered with plaques and ribbons from countless competitions, tournaments and meets. She is proud of all of them, satisfied that her students took their training seriously, worked hard, had loads of fun and are proud of their achievements. Her biggest problem is what to do with all those awards sitting in boxes at home...



Kate Black, Jackie Enders, Ann Coker, Gary Thorp and Rick Castro have never trained, or titled a dog in any competitive sport prior to coming to the Academy. Starting like most dog owners seeking simple obedience instruction, these folks have given their dogs the greatest of honors.

A title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. And although the dog himself doesn't know or care that his achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans. It says your dog was smart, adaptable and safe to be around. That your dog loved enough to please you and perform difficult tasks.

A title says you loved the dog enough to spend time and give him another chance when he failed.

A title proves your dog inspired you to have a special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable dogs, this dog with a title was greatly loved and loved greatly in return.

A title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend.

Congratulations to all
Academy Four Paws
clients who have titled their dogs in

, Flyball and Obedience!



So You Really Want to Know?

Here are some of Cheryl's favorite awards:

Cheryl has a Professional rating with IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals), and is a member of the Prescott Kennel Club.

Cheryl has earned titles through AKC (American Kennel Club) in Obedience and Agility, ESSFTA (English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association) Working Dog Field Titles, NAFA (North American Flyball Association) Flyball Champions, USDAA (United States Agility Association), ASC (Australian Shepherd Club) Obedience, USA (United Schutzhund of America) Obedience.

Personal accomplishments include:
Winning Utah’s first Working Dog Test in 1985
Greater Salt Lake Dog Training Club 1983 Highest Scoring Spaniel
AKC Agility year 2000 rating 8th in the Nation for American Staffordshire Terrier
Breed Conformation Champions and put points on a variety of breeds.
Motion Picture and Commercial work for Saxon House Talent Agency
Leader in 4-H with many Youth Halter wins.
Halter Class 2 years Reserve Champion Appaloosa Gelding and many wins in Western Pleasure, Trail Class, Reining Class.

Student accomplishments include:
Obedience HIT (High in Trial) and range in the Top 3 Placings
Over 160 titles have been awarded to her students in Obedience.
3 students attended the NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) Nationals in Agility, Placed 3rd in the 16th inch Division
Over 107 titles in Agility have been awarded to her students.
In Flyball, over 12 titles have been awarded to her students
Three students have titles in Working Dog Field Trials and 1 has gone on to win Master Title.

Hampton and his owner Kate Black again, 
with their new title at Durango

1050 Page Springs Road
Cornville, AZ 86325

Phone: (928) 646-0168