Debbie D'Elia

NNJGSDC Obedience Trainer

Deb has been with dogs all of her life with German Shepherd Dogs and Golden Retrievers being her favorite breeds.  She is an AKC Obedience exhibitor that has successfully shown her dogs to high levels in competition for over 12 years.  In 2017 Deb received her fifth prestigious invitation to compete in the AKC National Obedience Championships with her Golden Retriever, OTCH Gaylan's Fire in the Sky UDX8, OGM, OBHF, CCA, CGC "Zahra".  The National Obedience Championships is an invitation only, knock out tournament where only the top dogs in the country are selected to compete.  Zahra has earned over 40 High in Trial and 35 High Combined awards as well as multiple 200 scores.  Deb will be retiring Zahra this year at age 10 with over 1000 lifetime OTCH points, an Obedience Grand Master title and an Obedience Dog Hall of Fame award. 

Enter Darth Vader… Deb's current competition dog is her German Shepherd Dog, Stargazer-Ashmead's Galactic Warrior "Vader" CDX, BN who is Deb's first solid black GSD from German working lines.  Vader came out in Beginner Novice with a perfect 200 score and earned his CD with scores of 199 and a run off for High in Trial against the winner of the Westminster Master Obedience competition!  Vader follow that by earning his CDX with more 199 scores and winning a run off for High in Trial.  Deb is very excited about this future contender who is fulfilling the promise of his pedigree and looks forward to see what the future holds for them. 

Deb is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and her greatest joy showing people how to have a working relationship with their dog; always hoping to get new exhibitors into the AKC competition rings.  Deb's very first "taste" of formal obedience training was back in the early 1990s at the Northern NJ German Shepherd Dog Club where she took her very first obedience class with her GSD "Jack"!