Component Training Camps, Workshops & Coaching



CT Dawgs is the host site for the WALL OF FAME. A listing of all known VST titles. Click on "the wall", above or the wall box, to see a listing of all known titles from 1995 to date.


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As Component Training Camps continues to grow, our instructors strive to develop new training and teaching methods to help you succeed in your goal of that elusive CT or TCh title.

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Ed Presnall & Debbie Maheu
Ed has been a professional trainer and coach for the past 25 years and has been involved in breeding, raising and training purebred dogs for over 40 years.

Ed is an International authority on training dogs and their handlers to track. He has authored 8 books, including Component TrainingTM for TDX, Mastering Variable Surface Tracking: The Component TrainingTM Approach and over 200 short stories, articles and columns for a variety of dog publications. The Dog Writer's Association of America has awarded Ed two Maxwell Awards for his publications. He is the creator of the Component TrainingTM method, founder of Component Training Camps, The Ultimate Tracking ExperienceTM, and an American Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club Tracking Judge for all levels.

Ed was one of only 5 participants in the original AKC Tracking Exposition with his Field Spaniel and has participated twice in the AKC Tracking Invitational with his Border Collie and Irish Water Spaniel. His Border Collie was the first dog to pass at any Invitational. Additionally, one of his Field Spaniels was the first Champion Tracker to win at both the Westminster Kennel Club and AKC / Eukanuba National Championship.

Debbie has been involved in the sport of purebred dogs since 1980. Her first purebred dog was an American Cocker Spaniel. Debbie started tracking with an English Springer Spaniel and has achieved numerous TD, TDU, TDX, VST & CT and Obedience, Rally and Agility titles on her dogs. She is a AKC Tracking Judge for TD & TDU and is currently applying for VST approval.

Ed, Debbie and their dogs have earned over 70 tracking titles including 7 VST titles on five different breeds of dogs. They have earned titles on ten different breeds of dogs and hold the distinction of earning two TDX titles and two VST titles on two different breeds at the same tests.

Ed and Debbie are recognized by many as being the leading and most innovative trainers in the sport. They are known by their ability to create solutions to their student's problems. They teach weekend and week-long workshops across the country and internationally at major Universities to simulate the urban environment of testing. Since 1997 they have worked with thousands of dogs and their handlers encompassing 140 different breeds. To date, their students have earned over 500 tracking titles, including over 100 VST titles. They are proud to think “outside of the box”, find innovative methods to coach and teach, develop training methods such as Components, routines and mental preparation while always searching for solutions to their student’s problems.

Using Component TrainingTM methods, Ed and Debbie have trained dozens of other breeds and their handlers to attain advanced titles. They have worked with thousands of dogs in urban tracking through national and international seminars and workshops. Their years of experience in this field, while working with over 140 different breeds of dogs, brings a refreshing motivational outlook on dog training to this sport.

Ed and Debbie have utilized Lanny Bassham's Mental ManagementTM program for many years allowing them to better manage the mental portion of their personal training process. Lanny is a 2-time Olympian earning both a Silver and Gold medal. Click here for more information on Lanny Bassham.

Ed and Debbie have completed Lanny Bassham's Mental Management Training Coaches Program to better incorporate Mental Management into their training process. Lanny's Performance Coaching concepts will allow us to become better coaches and mentors. They are preparing to return to Lanny's offices to complete the requirements to serve as Certified Instructors for the entire Mental Management System processes.

In addition to their passion of tracking, Ed and Debbie participate with their dogs in obedience, agility, rally, tricks and lure coursing events.

Carolyn Fuhrer
Carolyn has over 75 AKC titles on her dogs, including 7 TDX titles and two Champion Tracker titles. She has trained with the top trainers in the USA in all the venues in which she has competed with her Golden Retrievers. She is a member of the National Association of Obedience Instructors (NADOI) and a Certified White Mountain (Julie Daniels) Agility Instructor. Carolyn has attended multiple Component Training Camps and is well prepared to assist you in your goal of a CT with your dog. Carolyn is currently applying to become an AKC Tracking Judge.

Mike Roehrs
Mike has been training and showing dogs in AKC events since 1983. While competing in tracking since 2000, he has put 5 TD's, 5 TDX's, 4 VST's on his Field Spaniels. To pay for his "dog habit," Mike works as a Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy and working with individuals with chronic and terminal medical conditions. He is currently an AKC Tracking Judge for TD, TDU and TDX and is preparing to apply for VST status.

Pat Solkshinitz
Pat has been involved in dog sports most of her life. She is a former Alberta Canada Tracking Representative for the Canadian Kennel Club and has earned numerous obedience, agility and rally titles on her dogs along with three TCh (Tracking Champions) on her Weimaraners.

Moe Foley
Maureen (Moe) has been involved in the sport of purebred dogs since 1975. Her first purebred dog was a Rough Collie, but she obtained her first Belgian Tervuren in 1978. Maureen and her Belgian Tervuren began tracking in 1979. This dog went on to become AKC/CKC CH, Can OTCh StarBright Bacho Noire Am/Can UD TDX; the first Belgian Tervuren bitch to obtain the TDX title. She is a AKC Emeritas Tracking Judge at all levels.

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