Marilyn Snyder (owner/instructor) knew from a very young age that animals would somehow be a part of her future. Living her dream, K-9 Kollege has been providing quality and affordable training services to the Springfield and surrounding area since 1986. Earning a B. S. in Education, Marilyn chose teaching dogs & owners in lieu of the traditional classroom. Marilyn’s energetic delivery makes her classes fun & interesting. She has enjoyed competing and instructing dog agility since 1994, earning the coveted AKC Master Agility Champion(MACH) title & USDAA Agility Dog Champion (ADCH) title in 2004 with her Australian Shepherd, Roper (1997-2009) and CPE C-ATCH with Hemi. She shares her life with her Husband Tad, 3 dogs (Moose, Hemi & Joker) 2 cats (Steiny & Angus). Marilyn instructs the Puppy Plus, Beginning Obedience, Advanced Obedience, Reactive Dog, Agility and Dog Trick Classes. As a fifth generation Springfielder, Marilyn is committed to her community. A 1986 Leadership Academy graduate, Marilyn earned the 1991 Leader of the Year award because of her involvement within the Springfield area. She thanks her husband & family for their love and support.
Karen Parrill, associate instructor, has been instructing classes for K-9 Kollege for 7 years. She says the best part of being an instructor is watching the dog gain confidence and watching the bond become established between owner and dog. Karen assists with the K-9 Kollege Puppy Kindergarten, Beginning Obedience & Agility classes. A lifelong Clark county resident, Karen is dog mom to her four australian shepherds – Killian, Elijah, Bryce & Asher. An avid agility enthusiast, Karen instructs and competes in dog agility and enjoys other activities with her dogs such as parades, demonstrations and dog trick contests. Karen Is a long time 4-H advisor working with children and their dogs. Her real life occupation is with the Springfield City Schools.
Vicki has been teaching at K-9 Kollege since 2005. A lifelong resident of Champaign County, she is a West Liberty Salem graduate and has worked in the health care industry for her entire adult career. Vicki has had a longstanding love affair with Australian Cattle Dogs and currently makes her home with LaDu and Lilly, both red Cattle Dogs. Through the years, Vicki has enjoyed competing in several Dog sports including obedience, rally, agility & barn hunt. Since 1999, she has served as an advisor for the Muttley Crew 4-H dog club sharing her extensive knowledge in helping these children meet their own goals with their personal dogs. One cannot know Vicki without knowing of her lifelong passion for horses. From childhood to adulthood, Vicki has owned, trained & shown many horses. The horse world ultimately led her to her beloved Australian Cattle Dog breed which opened up a whole new & different hobby for this horse lover. K-9 Kollege is pleased to have Vicki & her experience on board with us.