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A Click Above, LLC

About A Click Above

At A Click Above, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing quality training for our students based on the leading scientific method of dog training-Operant Conditioning. Our methods use positive reinforcement to facilitate and optimize the communication and relationship between canine companion and student. We bring a high level of professionalism and caring to all of our classes from puppy kindergarten to competitive agility.

Our Facility

ACA Outdoor Grass Agility Field
ACA Interior Building for Agility and Obedience Training, Trials, and Special Events
ACA Sand Outdoor Agility Field

Our facility is conveniently located just two miles south of Leesburg, Virginia in scenic Loudoun County, very accessible via the Dulles Greenway, Route 15, and Route 7. We have an insulated and heated 100 by 125-foot building suitable for agility, flyball, obedience, and seminars. We also have two outdoor training arenas, one being fully lit with grass and the other being sand. Our site provides a safe and pleasant atmosphere for learning, socializing, and lots of canine fun!

Our Instructors

Our staff of instructors and assistants are completely dedicated to providing quality instruction for our students and their pets. All instructors are currently competing in the discipline they teach and attend many seminars each year to keep their skills current and competitive.

  1. Claudia Bates

    Claudia Bates


    Claudia is a former technical writer that has been training dogs and people with dogs since 1996. Her dogs have earned titles in tracking, obedience, herding, and agility. She successfully competes at the Excellent and/or Masters level of AKC and USDAA agility registries. She also competes in AHBA, ASCA, AKC, and USBHCA herding with her Border Collies. Their accomplishments include: USDAA ADCh title and AKC MACH for Giddy Up!; AKC HXAS title for Max; AHBA HTCh and AKC HXAS for Jade; Bartleby: Top Winner (national ranking #1) for Novice A Standard Agility in 1997 and Top Winner (national ranking #1) for Novice B Jumpers with Weaves in 1999 by the Bernese Mt. Dog Club of America based on perfect qualifying scores of 100 and placements; Giddy Up!: 4th place cumulatively after 3 runs at the 2006 AKC National Championship competing in the Finals and finishing in the top 14 out of 300- 20? dogs; semifinalist in 2005, 2007, and 2008, and finalist in 2009 USDAA Grand Prix at the USDAA World Cynosport Games in Scottsdale, Arizona; sixth placement in the Dog Agility Masters Team Tournament in 2009 with ?Cyclone? and ?Ruthless? (run by fellow ACA instructor, Kristen Clarkson); Kestrel: USDAA ADCH title; semifinalist in the 2007 and 2008 USDAA Grand Prix, semifinalist in the 2009 Performance Grand Prix, and finalist, finishing in 4th place in Performance Speed Jumping at the USDAA World Cynosport Games in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Claudia, her husband Jim, and their eight Border Collies, and two cats live on a small farm in Berryville, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, playing with her dogs (training, training, training!), as well as attending camps, lectures, and classes to further her education in dog training, operant conditioning, and teaching.
  2. Elsie Maylott

    Elsie Maylott


    Elsie has been involved in dog training for over 20 years. She is a member of the APDT (Association for Pet Dog Trainers) and attends many educational workshops, seminars, and camps every year. In 1994, she discovered agility and the rest is history! She successfully competes with her dogs in UKC and AKC obedience and agility and in USDAA and NADAC agility. She is currently competing in agility and herding with her Border Collies, Tera and Prowler. Elsie owns Shelties and Border Collies and lives at the A Click Above Training Center in Leesburg. She devotes her spare time to friends and family.
  3. Nancy Walkins

    Nancy Walkins


    Nancy has been training dogs since 1984. She has a Masters degree in Education and teaches high school mathematics for Loudoun County Public Schools. She has competed with Australian Shepherds and Border Collies in the highest levels of agility, obedience, rally obedience, flyball, and herding, locally and nationally. Her dogs have earned titles in numerous registries: AKC agility (MX, MXJ), obedience (OTCH, UDX, and multiple HIT & HC awards), rally obedience (RAE), and herding; USDAA and NADAC: agility, including the championship titles, ADCH and NATCH, respectively; UKC obedience (U-UD) and agility (UAGII), ASCA obedience (UD), herding (STDs, STDd)), and agility; and NAFA flyball (30,000 point Grand Champion title). The majority of her dogs have also earned both the CGC and TDI titles. Special achievements for Nancy's dogs include: third national ranking for ASCA Utility in 1993 and fifth national ranking for ASCA Utility in 1995 (Annie); third national ranking for ASCA Novice in 2003 (Riley); USDAA Top Ten Snooker Master for 1996 (Skye); eighth place in 20? at the 1998 NADAC Nationals (Riley), and top thirty in 20? at the AKC Nationals in 2000 (Riley). She currently owns four Border Collies with whom she competes in agility, obedience, rally obedience, and flyball. In addition, she has put numerous agility titles on a Border Terrier who is presently working toward his AKC MACH title. Nancy's hobbies include gardening, sports, reading, and raising Katahdin sheep, pygmy goats, and chickens on her 16 acre farm in Waterford, VA.
  4. Karen Allen

    Karen Allen


    Karen Allen is an internationally known animal artist who enjoys capturing the beauty and life of her subjects in a variety of mediums and surfaces.

    She has been successfully breeding, showing, and training German Shorthaired Pointers (GSPs) since 1977. Karen has put 43 obedience titles (from CD to OTCH), 24 Rally titles, over 40 agility titles including a MACH on Flynn and Fly, working on Fly?s PACH , five championship titles (CH), and two obedience trial championships (OTCH) on her own GSPs. She and her dogs have won over 60 high in trial awards (HIT), and a National Specialty Best of Breed (beating almost 1,000 other GSP's) at the 1992 GSP National Specialty, while a littermate took HIT at the same specialty. Karen has the distinct honor of being the only person showing a GSP who placed at the Gaines Classic (a very prestigious obedience competition). Her dog, OTCH Linn, was a four time winner of the Obedience Dog of the Year - an award given by the GSP Club of America. Her dog Fly has just been given the recognition award of VCA ( Versatility Certificate Advanced) by the GSP club of America, which is a high level of achievement in many areas of training.

    Karen has been teaching all levels of obedience since 1992 and has a loyal following of students. Her current dogs compete in Breed, Obedience Rally, Agility, Hunt tests and now Nose work. She loves seeing many students achieve there goals. She has two children and three grandchildren who she loves to visit them in Arizona, enjoys doing her art, miniature art, reading and photography in her spare time.
  5. Kirsten Anderson

    Kirsten Anderson


    Kirsten lives in Leesburg with her daughter Charlotte, 5 border collies and 2 cats and works full-time as a Vet Assistant/Tech at a small animal practice. She is currently going back to school to become a licensed Vet Tech. Kirsten and her dog Dare can be seen competing in USDAA Masters and AKC Excellent and her young dog Reckless is competing in USDAA advanced/starters classes and AKC Novice. She finished an impressive third at the 2001 AKC Invitational (agility try outs for the US World Team) with her dog, Flurry, and also attended the 2001 AKC National Championships. Together, Kirsten and Flurry earned her MACH2 title, as well as placed 4th overall in USDAA's Dog Agility Masters team tournament in 2003. Dare is an Agility Dog Champion in USDAA and was 4th overall in team at USDAA Dog Agility Masters team tournament in 2004 and has placed in several classes at USDAA Nationals over the last 7 years. Kirsten was also an accomplished three-day event rider as a junior and competed her horse at the upper levels until 2001.
  6. Carrie Jones

    Carrie Jones


    Carrie Jones has been training and competing in agility since 1998. She is a creative and thorough handler, trainer, and instructor and teaches upper-level handling classes, as well as private lessons, seminars, and camps throughout the country. Her goal is to help others create a successful working relationship with their dog through positive training and consistent handling.

    Carrie has successfully competed with multiple dogs -- Tango (JRT), Twist (JRT), and Jive (BC). All of her dogs have earned their MACH and ADCH titles. At USDAA Nationals, she has been a finalist in Steeplechase and/or Grand Prix (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), as well as winning the Team Championship in 2007. At AKC Nationals, she and her dogs have made multiple appearances in the finals and/or challengers round (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), and was crowned the 2008 AKC 24? National Champion with Jive. She is a three-time AKC/USA World Team member. She and Jive won a silver medal at the FCI Agility World Championships in Norway on the US Large Dog Team, as well as finishing 6th overall in the Individual Large division. She has represented the AKC at Crufts where she and Jive won the final agility round. At present, Carrie is training and just beginning to compete in agility with her newest addition, Ruger, a one year old Border Collie.
  7. Paulena Simpson

    Paulena Simpson


    Paulena teaches both advanced agility classes and private lessons at A Click Above. She has an extensive background in horse training and dog training. Her methods are positive and stress building drive, speed, and accuracy into every dog. She tailors her methods to fit each dog and handler, making her an excellent instructor.

    Paulena has been competing in agility since 1996. In that time, she has achieved much success. In addition to earning multiple MACH and ADCH titles on her dogs, she has won the 20? division AKC National Agility Championship three times (1999 with Flurry; 2000 with Time Flys; and 2007 with Smart As). She has also been a finalist at AKC Nationals with her dogs Never and Cloud 9. In 2000, Paulena and Time Flys were members of the AKC/USA World Team placing 7th in Individual Jumpers and Time Flys was also named AKC?s MACH Dog of the Year. In USDAA, Paulena has won the 1999 Steeplechase Finals with Flurry in the 30? division; 2000 Dog Agility Masters Team Champions with Time Flys; and with Never and Cloud 9 has placed in the Grand Prix Finals, Steeplechase Finals and DAM Team Finals. Her youngest dog competing is two year old F5 Tornado and he has already earned his MX, MXJ, and XF.
  8. Ashley Anderson

    Ashley Anderson

    Assistant Instructor

    Ashley got her start training dogs at age six, and by age eight, she had her Golden Retriever, ?Whirly,? had their first AKC title, a CD from the obedience ring. Ashley moved into the agility ring in the mid-90s and in 2002 got her first Border Collie, ?Skid.? She and ?Skid? earned AKC MACH, USDAA ADCH and PDCH, and AHBA Level 1 & 2 Herding titles. Their first trip to a national agility even in 2010 resulted in a moment on the podium with the team earning a Bronze in USDAA Performance Versatility Pairs.

    Ashley describes ?Psi,? her second BC, as her ?once-in-a-lifetime dog. Together she and Psi have earned AKC MACH2, USDAA ADCH Silver and LAA Silver, and AHBA Level 1 & 2 herding titles. They have traveled the world to compete in the 2013 FCI European Open in Belgium; the 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships in the Netherlands; the 2014 FCI European Open in Hungary; and were alternates for the 2014 FCI AKC World Team at the Agility World Championships in Luxembourg.

    Ashley and ?Psi? have made several National Finals including a 4th place in the 2014 AKC National Championships (26?), and a Bronze in the 2014 USDAA National Grand Prix (26?). At nine years old, ?Psi? now competes at 20? and has had several podium placements in 2015 at USDAA Regional events. Meanwhile Ashley?s latest addition is a BC named ?More? who hails from Germany and who is building a solid foundation.

    Ashley works as a Veterinary Technician and is also a USDAA Starters/Advanced judge as well as an UKI judge.
  9. Julie Bacon

    Julie Bacon

    Assistant Instructor

    Julie's pre-college years were spent competing extensively in the hunter/jumper arena with many horses over a 13-year period. She consistently qualified for national finals, finishing in the top three multiple times. Perhaps it's no surprise that Julie fell for the extra-large breed dogs and sees agility as just a smaller scale of her hunter/jumper days.

    While Julie has had dogs all her life, it was her first Bernese Mountain Dog, Karma, who got her hooked on competitive performance dog sports. With her Berners, Julie competes in obedience, Rally, agility, herding and draft (carting) and has earned advanced titles across those venues. Karma and Julie finished third in the Inaugural Rally National Championship (2014) as well as qualified for the AKC Agility Invitational (2013). The team also earned their BMDCA Grand Master Draft Dog title. Julie is a draft judge and enjoys teaching all breeds the joy of draft work.
  10. Elizabeth Breyer

    Elizabeth Breyer

    Assistant Instructor

    Liz Breyer has been training dogs for some 25 years. Starting with Bernese Mountain Dogs and then switching to Golden Retrievers, Liz has trained and titled multiple dogs in both Obedience and Rally. She is a CGC Evaluator for the American Kennel Club and a member of Mid-Atlantic Stewards Association, the Golden Retriever Club of America, and the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club. Liz is especially proud of her volunteer work, both as a visiting team and as a temperament evaluator, for Fairfax Pets on Wheels, an organization that provides pet visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Fairfax County.

    Liz has two grown children and lives in McLean, VA with her husband John, her two Goldens, and Cleo, the cat who controls it all.
  11. Kristen Clarkson

    Kristen Clarkson

    Assistant Instructor

    Kristen is 24 years old and has been training dogs since she was 13 years old. She used to compete in horseback riding; mostly in dressage. She started agility with her first dog, Puppy, a fourteen year old Shetland Sheepdog she purchased from a breeder ad in a newspaper in Canada. Before that, she did a lot of obedience practice, but never competed. Puppy is now retired, but competed strongly for 10 years earning his MACH in AKC and his ADCH is USDAA. At the USDAA Nationals in 2003, Puppy placed 5th in the Steeplechase Finals and his team placed 4th overall in the DAM Team Finals. In USDAA in 2004, Puppy won a Grand Prix Regional Championship and placed fifth in the Grand Prix Finals at Nationals. Puppy was ranked 3rd in Tournament Top Ten in USDAA for 2004.

    In 2004, Kristen got her next dog which was an Australian Kelpie she imported from Australia. Her name is Ruthless and she is very smart and a lot of fun. She's been competing with her in USDAA for 3 years. Ruthless earned her ADCH in early 2009 at the age of 4. They attended their first Nationals in 2009, and her team placed 6th overall. Recently, she got a new addition to the family, another Kelpie who is a half brother to Ruthless and also imported from Australia, whose name is Caellum. He is a sweet boy who is always looking to have fun!

    Kristen recently graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in biology. She is now working on her applications for more school as well as working hard on her dog training. She works in vaccine research in Silver Spring MD, and when she gets free time she enjoys spending it with friends and family as well as traveling and of course, playing with her dogs!
  12. Kris Eckard

    Kris Eckard

    Assistant Instructor

    Kris began training and showing dogs in 1979. She was also active in raising and showing cattle, horses, swine, sheep, and rabbits. She is a member of the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America, the English Foxhound Club of America and the Professional Handlers Association. Kris is very active in AKC events such as Breed Conformation Shows, Obedience, Rally-Obedience, and Agility. She handles dogs professionally in the AKC conformation ring. Kris has lived with, trained and shown many different breeds of dogs. She trained and handled ?Flirt? the first English Foxhound to trial and title in AKC agility and Rally-Obedience Excellent levels. Her current English Foxhound ?Wills? is the first English Foxhound to complete and title in the excellent level AKC agility classes, and was the first of her breed to be invited to the AKC Agility Invitationals. Kris?s English Foxhounds are known for their conformation breed ring wins and for their diverse multi-titled accomplishments in many canine venues, Wills was the first of her breed to earn a Novice Draft Dog title with a local Bernese Mountain Dog club. Kris believes in happy versatile dogs, high drive training and titling dogs on both ends of their registered name!
  13. Diann Gastley

    Diann Gastley

    Assistant Instructor

    Diann grew up with dogs and became involved with her own dogs when she got her first Jack Russell Terrier, Cayenne, over 10 years ago. She was active with the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America's Russell Rescue and participated in their terrier trials. Before her retirement, Cayenne participated in earthdog and visited local nursing homes as a therapy dog. Diann rescued her second JRT, Winston, in 1998 and together they have earned numerous agility and obedience titles, including the AKC MACH title. Winston was named the Parson Russell Terrier Association of America's 2006 Agility Dog of the Year. Winston is now retired and enjoys his new job as Squirrel Patrol. Diann is an AKC Earthdog Judge and has served as Trial Chairman for the PRTAA's National Obedience and Agility events. Border Collie, Reddi, is now competing in AKC and USDAA agility.
  14. mary Iannelli

    mary Iannelli

    Assistant Instructor

    Mary comes from a strong horse back ground. Starting with jumpers at the age of 8. Then a career of 18 years with race horses. Mary holds both a professional License, as a Jockey and Trainer in two counties. Mary always had a dog at her side as a girl growing up on Cape Code and through her race horse days. Mary and her dogs have always had a special connection this led the way to her getting involved with Search and Rescue (SAR). Mary and her dogs, Zen and Teco, hold many awards and citations from local, state and federal agencies for their work in the rescue an recovery of people over the 8 years they where in SAR. Mary started doing agility to assist with her skills for SAR. With the enhanced team building Mary and her dogs found with agility lead them into the sport of Agility. Mary and her dogs, Teco, Yuki and Wasabi compete in excellent/masters divisions of AKC and USDAA. Teco was top ten in USDAA Jumpers and Yuki was top ten USDAA Gamblers in 2008. Yuki was national ranked 7th in Jumpers by ASCA in Excellent A in 2008.
  15. Beth Mathews-Bradshaw

    Beth Mathews-Bradshaw

    Assistant Instructor

    Beth began training dogs for competition seven years ago when she and her 10 year old Cattledog, Sydney, earned a CD title. A year later she started training her Doberman, Tessa, in agility, competing through the Excellent level in AKC. Beth currently competes in USDAA and AKC agility at the Masters and Excellent Level with her dogs Dixie, Bounce, and Diesel. Dixie is currently one of the top rated Manchesters competing in AKC agility, and one of the first Manchester Terriers to achieve a USDAA MAD title. Dixie placed 10th overall in the 16" division at the 2005 AKC National Championship. Beth lives in Leesburg with her husband James, Tessa, Dixie, Bounce, Ping Pong, Kramer, and Miss Kit.
  16. Kayla Wieland

    Assistant Instructor