Meet Joan Meyer

Joan Meyer’s Biography

Joan Meyer began her dog training career in 1974 with a neighbor’s 150 pound Saint Bernard. She taught him obedience and to go down slides, over the see-saw and to jump bicycle racks. The love for dog training was known at this young age of 12.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baker University, she was encouraged by her professor to pursue her love of dog training. She began work for the Lawrence Humane Society and listened to all the reasons people were giving up their pets. She decided there was a true need to help people train their dogs. She started working as a veterinary technician and training obedience classes.

Joan opened her own full-time training and boarding school in 1986, devoting her skills to educating the public and to solving the bad behaviors causing so many pets to be given away.

Joan as Competitor and Coach

Joan began competing in agility in 1993. She is nationally and internationally known for the wide variety of breeds and number of dogs that she handles.

Joan and her dogs have earned 40 Agility Championships in AKC and USDAA.  They are a four-time winner of Grand Prix, Steeplechase and Team Relay at USDAA Cynosports.  Competed at 3 AKC/ USA World Team Championships where they received a Silver medal in 2001 as a member of the dream team in Portugal.  She has traveled internationally to compete at the European Open for the USA team and finished in the top ten overall for the 14-inch division.  Winner of the Incredible Dog Challenge 2 years.  Competing in the finals at AKC Invitational and at the AKC and USDAA Nationals with both her shelties and her Norfolk terrier, she loves the thrill of the competition but loves the problem solving of dog training along the way.

Her teaching and coaching at Triune Canine Training consist of training the total dog and handler.  To date, Joan has instructed and coached 103 handlers in six different agility venues to achieving their goal of earning their Agility Championship.


Team Chris and Porter finished 2nd in the 20 inch class and Team Rusty and Nanuk took 4th at the 2016 AKC Agility Invitational

Joan Meyer and the Removal of the Chute

In addition to competing and coaching, Joan continues to improve the sport of agility for everyone.  Based on extensive research and documentation on the hidden dangers of the chute, Joan Meyer started a petition to remove the chute from canine agility on August 18, 2016.

Her petition gained over 4500 signatures.  By the end of August, the following organizations had discontinued the chute: UKA, UKI, AKC, USDAA, CPE, TDAA, IFCS, AAC, CKC and UK Kennel Club.

Learn how Joan started a grass roots movement to ensure the safety of our canine teammates:


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