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.
In 1984, when graduating from Baker University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Joan’s advisor made a wise statement to her when she questioned continuing her education in Physical Therapy.
He told her to DO WHAT YOU LOVE BECAUSE YOU MUST LOVE WHAT YOU DO. If doing something with dogs is your passion, follow your dream.
Instead of continuing her education to become a physical therapist, she worked for the Lawrence Humane Society. After just two years of listening to all the excuses from people relinquishing their dogs, Joan decided to get on the side of the dogs. She wanted the dogs to stay in their homes. With her God-given talent of understanding what dogs are thinking and her ability to train them to be a well-behaved members of society, she started her business. In 1986, was the beginning of being an advocate for dogs. The business name Triune was chosen as a reminder to keep God first in her life in while building her business.
With the continual expansion of her business of educating pet owners, she found a new sport in 1992, called agility. She went all in when she found this competitive sport of running an obstacle course with dogs. She attended as many seminars as she could to learn as much as she could. With the continued training and learning, she set her goals on becoming a member of the USA World Agility Team. This dream became reality when she was chosen for the American Kennel Club/USA World Team in 2001 to compete in Portugal,France against 42 countries. This was an emotional trip for all of the team members, as we were going overseas to compete right after the devastation in our country on 9/11. We became the Dream Team, when the Large Dog Team and the Mini Dog Team both stood on the podium to receive their Gold and Silver medals to show that our country will never quit.
Since that time, Joan has been on the AKC/USA World Team 2 additional times, the AKC/USA European Open team 4 times, has won a triple national championship with the USDAA Cynosport World Games, achieved the #1 Shetland Sheepdog Top Dog for the AKC Invitational, #2 AKC National Championship winner, #2 Agility Invitational winner, #5 AKC TopDog in Agility MACH Competition for All AKC Recognized Breeds at a Jump Height of 12 inches in history of agility, #5 AKC Top Dogs in Agility MACH Competition for All Shetland Sheepdogs in the history of agility, and has earned with one dog 30285 Lifetime MACH points with 340 Double Qs.
Another dream of Joan’s from the start of agility was owning a complete dog training facility and event center that offered a variety of training from puppy training to competition levels and the ability to hold competitions in agility. She has now been blessed again with her dream of Triune Canine Training and Event Center opening March 2018.