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Greatmats 6th Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest

By Created: June, 2017 - Modified: December, 2023

Congratulations to Courtney Gluchacki for being named the 2020 Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year!
Courtney Gluchacki

Want to honor a dog trainer for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian or animal rights efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats National Award Series, is designed to recognize Dog Trainers who have made a difference in the lives of their clients, animals and communities through the virtues of service, integrity and quality.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate

To nominate the trainer for this award, email the following information to or visit our contest page and fill out the online nomination form before Oct. 26, 2020. Nominators will not be identified.
  1. Trainer's Name
  2. Name and location of the training facility (Must be located in the USA)
  3. A brief description of why you are nominating this trainer, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality
  4. A photo and/or video of the trainer

How the winner is chosen:

  1. Voting will take place Nov. 2-16, 2020 for the Sixth Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year Award. The two dog trainers with the most votes will be named grand prize finalists.
  2. Greatmats will interview the two finalists to determine the winner.


Grand Prize:
  1. $250 in Greatmats Products for the Facility
  2. National Dance Instructor of the Year Certificate
  1. Runner Up: $150 in Greatmats Products
  2. Third Prize: $100 in Greatmats Products
  3. 4th-10th Place: $50 Greatmats Coupon toward purchases of $200 or more
    1. Voting instructions:

      Visit Greatmats contest page during the voting period to vote for this year's National Dog Trainer of the Year. Click vote button next to the photo of the Dog Trainer you'd like to win. Feel free to share the ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote. The two dog trainers with the most votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner (scroll down to see prizes) based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

      Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year History

      More than 66,000 votes have been cast in the first 5 years of the Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest.

      Past Greatmats National Dog Trainers of the Year:

      Greatmats is a national dog training, agility and daycare flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

      View all of Greatmats' dog agility and dog daycare flooring at

      All media submissions, including text, photos and videos become property of Greatmats.


      Past Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Nominees


      Michelle ONeill - The Barking Dog - Scottsdale (2019)
      JJ & Nicole Klingert - Sublime K9 - Tucson (2018)
      Jeremy Brown - The Complete Canine - Tucson (2017, 2016, 2015)


      Dusty Trieshman - Clearly Connected Canine - Bishop (2018)
      Sybl Saisselin - K9 KeepFit - San Jose (2018)
      Sara Carson - The Super Collies - San Diego (2017)
      Elizabeth Berry - Four The Paws - Novato (2017)
      Jenna Waite - NA - Redding (2016)
      Zach Skow - Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue - Tehachapi (2016)


      Julie Parker - Rock Mountain Dog Training - Broomfield (2019)
      Kelly Roll & Margaret Adams - Rock 'N R Ranch - Hudson (2018)
      Barbara Henry - Domina Service Dogs - Lakewood (2015)


      Leigh Sylvester - Paws 'N Effect - Hamden (2017)


      Tibor Feigel - Zen K9 - West Palm Beach (2018)
      Dee Hoult - Applause Your Paws - Miami (2017)
      Jackie Dougall - Jackie's Wag N' Train - Hudson (2015)
      Jim Crosby - Canine Aggression - Jacksonville


      Mary K. Whalen - Do More With Your Dog - Atlanta (2019)
      Allisia Vroom - Humane Society for Greater Savannah - Savannah (2018)
      Cindy McManus - Noble Beasts Dog Training - Savannah (2018)


      Adam Kravit - Positive Pet Services - Buffalo Grove (2018)
      Brenda Belmonte - Two Paws Up Dog Training - Lake Bluff (2018)


      Tiffany Lambert - Paws & Play Dog Resort & Training Center - Fishers (2018)


      Chrissy Joy - BFF Pet Services - Brandywine (2018)


      Kaylene Klingert - Simply Manners Dog Training - Salisbury Beach (2018)


      Christine Bean - Michigan Search and Rescue - Muir (2019)
      Wendy Mackenzie - Plaza Pet Club - St. Clair (2018)


      Grete Krause - Total Recall School for Dogs - Hugo (2019)
      PK Shader - For Love of Dogs - Circle Pines (2019)
      Jason Brodt - St. Paul Police Department - St. Paul (2017)


      Joe Worsham - Worsham Kennels - Easton (2019)
      Tracy Pritchard - Fido F.I.T. - St. Louis (2018)


      Kate Blaze - Reno (2019)

      New Jersey

      Kathy Nieves - WonderDogs of West Berlin - Franklinville (2019)
      Kathy Medel - DogStar Training NJ - Hightstown (2018)

      North Carolina

      Alison Pennington - Perfect Pet Dog Training - Gastonia (2019)


      Abbey Beasley - Incredipaws - Pataskala (2019)


      Chloe Bales - Rock Creek Border Collies - Harrah (2018)


      Roman Gottfried - Roman's Holistic Dog Training - Corvallis (2019)


      Paul V. Anthony - AB Canine - Industry (2019)
      Hannah Ernst - Down Home Dog Training - Meadville (2018)

      Rhode Island

      Courtney Gluchaki - K9 Positive Training - Warwick (2018)

      South Carolina

      Courtney Wise Higgins - Steadfast Dog Training of the Carolina's - Lancaster (2019)


      Robert Happy Allen - PetSmart - Tullahoma (2018, 2019)
      Annelise Lynch - The Balanced Canine Training Academy - Crossville (2018)


      Jorge Guerra - Fur Paws - Houston (2018)
      Felicia Foy - The Fur-Tastic K9s - Waco (2018)
      Windy Pool - C3 Hundesport - Corpus Christi (2017)


      Christopher Baity - Semper K9 Assistance Dogs - Woodbridge (2016)


      Brenda Cirricione - Journey Together Service Dog Inc. - Oshkosh (2016)
      Karen Rude - Rude Dog U - Eau Claire (2015)
      Lori Peper-Rucks - Sunshine Kennels & Search & Rescue/Therapy/Service/Police K-9 - Luck (2015)


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