Maureen Burke is a teacher by trade and presently teaches sophomore and senior English at Girard College. With summers off from her teaching job, Maureen spends her days at High Octane instructing group classes and offering private lessons.
As one of the founders and owners of High Octane Agility in Doylestown, Pa., Maureen brings 20 years of experience training dogs. Maureen currently instructs weekly and offers private instruction when her schedule permits.
Her first dog, Corky, was a mix breed who introduced Maureen to dog training. Corky was titled in NADAC, USDAA and AKC and was CGC and TDI certified.
Maureen’s next dog, Isis, earned her ADCH in USDAA and NATCH4 in NADAC. Maureen and Isis attended their first USDAA nationals together in October, 2011.
ADCH Rhyme, Maureen’s competition dog, is competing at the USDAA Masters and AKC Excellent levels. Rhyme introduced Maureen to the wonderful worlds of: shaping, impulse control, and fitness. Maureen and Rhyme attended their second Cynosport World Games and placed 31 of over 200 teams with their team “Supa Heroes”.
In December 2016, Maureen earned her FitPAWS Master Trainer certification! In August 2017, she became a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer from the University of Tennessee and the College of Veterinary Medicine. In the past four years, Maureen and Rhyme have been experiencing the wonderful world of fitness! Fitness has helped improve Rhyme’s jumping, balance, coordination, and relationship with Maureen. Maureen helps other teams find success with fitness equipment by teaching seminars using the FitPAWS equipment. In addition, High Octane is now a FitPaws dealer.
Steel is Maureen’s two year old Border Collie puppy. Together, Steel and Maureen are beginning their training in: agility, manners, and fitness. Steel will begin competing in agility in 2017.
Maureen also works with dogs who can be fearful and she offers instruction which includes a strong foundation in Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed book and teachings. Another interest of Maureen’s is teaching distance work for agility. Maureen believes in positive motivation and reward based instruction.
As a handler, Maureen trains on a regular basis with Perry DeWitt, Mary Ellen Barry and Jessica Ajoux. Maureen continues to educate herself through online classes with Bobbie Lyons (Fitness) and by attending seminars and camps.
Maureen is available for seminars and lessons off site in both agility and fitness.