Karen Scheiner, Obedience Instructor

Karen believes that if you work hard, you should play hard. That is, find an activity that you really, really love, and go for it.  When she first started working as an attorney, some 30 years ago, she worked long hours, leaving early, coming home late and working on weekends.  Recognizing that this was a draining lifestyle, Karen sought an activity that would be worthwhile, yet challenging and fun.


Many decades ago, as an 18-year-old college freshman, Karen attended a biology assembly demonstrating the scent ability of dogs.  The program featured a Labrador who “amazingly” was able to detect its owner’s scent on a dumbbell!  To Karen, this was fascinating.  (In fact, a dog’s sense of smell can be up to 100,000 times that of a person.)  This presentation virtually altered the course of Karen’s life.  She was determined to replicate that biology demonstration and years later, she began to train dogs for show and obedience.  Needless to say, Karen is proud that she has trained many of her own dogs to “find” her scent on the correct utility article and she has even presented training programs on the subject!


Karen has been involved in training dogs for more than 25 years.  She is an AKC conformation judge and an AKC obedience judge for non-regular classes.  (She hopes to fulfill the qualifications shortly for regular obedience classes.)  She has been a CGC evaluator for over 10 years, and is also approved as an AKC ATT (Temperament) Test judge as well as an ACT (agility) judge.   Karen serves on the board of directors for SOJAC as well as for the Dachshund Club of NJ.


In 2017, Karen closed the door on the practice of law forever, to devote herself full-time to training and showing dogs.  Her dachshunds are nationally recognized in both obedience and agility as top-ranked in their breed.  She has been invited to participate in the AKC Obedience Nationals and also had the opportunity to compete at the AKC Agility Invitationals.  Not to be outdone by the dachshunds, her toy poodle, “Pop-Tart,” also competes at the highest levels in obedience and agility.  He recently won a High In Trial award in obedience at a specialty show and is expected to earn a MACH in agility “any day now.”


Glad that she is no longer drafting legal briefs, Karen has instead written training articles for books and other publications over the years.  For the last 7 years, she has authored her own performance column known as “Weaves and Retrieves,” for the Dachshund Club of America national magazine, which she continues to write to this day.


Karen is very passionate about training dogs, and she loves what she does.  Her approach is to keep it upbeat and positive.  She uses lots of games and toys in the process. Always keep your dog wanting more! A happy dog is a great teammate.

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Our Training Center:

The Building:
10 Tidswell Ave. Medford, NJ 08055 Note: Please do not send mail to this address. See mailing addresses below.
Located in the Historic Village of Medford. Our 6000 square foot building space is 50 x 120. This size space with our custom made portable privacy ring barriers makes it easy for us to offer one large agility ring or both an agility class and an obedience class at the same time. Our rings are well lighted and heated in winter and well ventilated with large garage doors on three sides and large fans in summer. Our crating room is airconditioned so your dog can cool off between training sessions. Quiet safe location off major highway with plenty of paved parking and grassy areas to walk your dog around the entire building.

Our Ring Surface:
We have chosen the best! Field Turf with a rubber infill. This is considered by most experts to be the best possible surface for shock absorption and traction for both the handler and canine athlete. 

Classes Offered:
Dog Training classes are offered in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Puppy and Breed Show Handling. Additional classes will be coming soon.
See list of classes and instructors by clicking on the links above. 
Ring Rentals: 
Our rings are available to rent when not in use. Please email us for availability. 
50 x 90 Agility Ring with equipment: $40.00 per hour, $30.00 for 3 or more hours.
50 x 30 Obedience Ring: $25.00 per hour, 20.00 for 3 or more hours.
Weekend Whole Day Rentals:
Saturdays:50 x 120 Entire Ring Space: $450.00 up to 10 hours.
Sundays: 50 x 120 Entire Ring Space: 350.00 up to 9 hours, must finish by 5:00pm.
Two Day Weekend Rental: 750.00 

There is a $10.00 fine for any canine that has an accident inside the building. This will be strictly enforced.
This building is electronically monitored. Must leave rings as you find them.

MAILING ADRESSES: Note: we do not receive mail at the building site!

Send all class Applications to:
Pinelands Dog Training Center
c/o Diane Harrington
848 Jacksonville Mt. Holly Road
Bordentown,NJ 08505

Send All Seminar Payments To:
Pinelands Dog Training Center
c/o Susan Bintliff
286 Hapete Trail
Medford Lakes, NJ 08055