Component Training Camps, Workshops & Coaching



Component Training Camps, Workshops & Coaching

Ed Presnall & CT Annie working a parking lot.

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

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.

We provide solutions to your problems ...

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 in two AKC Tracking Invitationals 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, Trick and Agility titles on her dogs. She is a AKC Tracking Judge for TD & TDU and VST.

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 eleven 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. For over 25 years they have worked with thousands of dogs and their handlers encompassing 144 different breeds. To date, their students have earned over 600 tracking titles, including over 120 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.

For many years Ed and Debbie have utilized Lanny Bassham's Mental ManagementTM program allowing them to better manage the mental portion of their personal training and testing process. Lanny is a 2-time Olympian earning both Silver and Gold medals.

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 allow them to become better coaches and mentors.

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

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