4th Annual Greatmats National Award Series to Accept Nominations In October

Greatmats Annual National Award Series

Specialty flooring retailer Greatmats is awarding a series of national awards for athletic instructors as well as animal trainers who have made a positive impact in their respective communities. The national awards are designed to honor those positive leaders in the United States that have made a favorable impact on the lives of their students, clients and community through service, integrity and quality.

Click on the contest below to learn how to nominate or vote for someone and see the past winners and nominees for the national awards. In 2018 Greatmats will be accepting nominations in the following categories, starting in October.

Award Categories: (Click category of choice to learn more)
4th Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year
4th Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year
4th Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year
3rd Annual National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
3rd Annual National Cheerleading Coach of the Year
National Fitness Trainer of the Year (3rd Year)
National Gymnastics Coach of the Year (2nd Year)

Sara Carson, The Super Collies

Sara Carson – 2017 National Dog Trainer of the Year

The first of its kind to recognize such a diverse group of individuals for both their positive professional and community influence, the Greatmats National Award Series began in 2015. Starting with Dance Instructors, Dog Trainers and Horse Trainers the award series has expanded to include Martial Arts Instructors, Cheer Coaches, Fitness Trainers and Gymnastics Coaches. More than 31,700 votes have been cast to honor these great instructors over the first 3 years of the National Awards Series.

Winners will receive:
– $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the winner’s related business
– Profile story
– Greatmats national award certificate

Past Greatmats National Award Series Winners

 

Kelly Murphy-Alley - Striking KMA Performance Horses

Kelly Murphy-Alley – 2017 Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year

National Fitness Trainer of the Year
2015 – Jeanette Raichle – Owatonna Tennis and Fitness Center – Owatonna, MN
2017 – Thea Jorgensen – Thea Ward Fitness – Bismarck, ND

National Cheerleading Coach of the Year
2016 – Amy Beth Klopf – Coleman Junior Senior High School – Coleman, MI
2017 – Sherri Andrzejewski – Wilkes-Barre Bears – Wilkes-Barre, PA

National Dance Instructors of the Year
2015 – Rosanne Vavasis – Gotta Dance – Hudson, FL
2016 – John Culbertson – Dance Attack Dance Studio – Miami, FL
2017 – Heidi Sulminski & Heather Gerard – H&H Dance Academy – Millbury, MA

National Dog Trainers of the Year
2015 – Jeremy Joseph Brown – The Complete Canine – Tucson, AZ
2016 – Jeremy Joseph Brown – The Complete Canine – Tucson, AZ
2017 – Sara Carson – The Super Collies – Palmdale, CA

 

Rilee Sauer, Gold Medal Gymnastics

Rilee Sauer – 2016 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

National Gymnastics Coach of the Year
2016 – Rilee Sauer – Gold Medal Gymnastics – Chandler, AZ

National Horse Trainer of the Year
2016 – Jessica Moctezuma – Moctezuma Stables – Woodstock, IL
2017 – Kelly Murphy-Alley – Striking KMA Performance Horses – Wilmore, KY

National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
2016 – Grandmaster Bryant Harrell – Real World Combat Academy, High Point Neighborhood Family Center – Clearwater, FL
2017 – Master Ron Poholik – Pride Martial Arts – New Lenox, IL

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Dog Trainers of All Styles to Compete for National Title

Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year LogoJeremy Joseph BrownMilltown, WI – Whether training for law enforcement, entertainment, protection, agility, obedience or companionship dog training plays an important role in the quality of life for both the animals and their humans. And it doesn’t stop at training to make the world a better

Sara Carson

place. That’s why dog enthusiasts from across the country have come together to nominate seven of the top dog trainers in the U.S.A. For Greatmats’ third annual National Dog Trainer of the Year Award. The award, part of Greatmats annual National Award Series, is designed to recognize those trainers who have had a positive impact in their communities through not only their dog training skills but community service and inspiration.

The public will determine the two finalist for the award through a social media vote Nov. 16-30 on Greatmats Facebook page. Then Elizabeth BerryGreatmats will choose the winner of the award, who will also receive his/her choice of new dog training flooring or a cash option.

This year’s nominees, representing six different states, are:

 

Arizona

Two-time defending National Dog Trainer of the Year Jeremy Joseph Brown of The Complete Canine in Tucson.

Leigh SylvesterDee Hoult

 

California

America’s Got Talent finalist Sara Carson of The Super Collies in San Diego.

Rehoming specialist Elizabeth Berry of Four The Paws in Novato.

 

Connecticut

World obedience champion Leigh Sylvester of Paws ‘N Effect in Hamden

 

Jason Brodt

Florida

Inmate rehabilitation supporter Dee Hoult of Applause Your Paws in Miami

 

 

Minnesota

Law enforcement specialist Jason Brodt of the St. Paul Police Department.

 

Texas

International defense and law enforcement performance award winner Windy Pool of Corpus Christi

Windy Pool

Learn more about the 2017 National Dog Trainer of the Year Award and how to vote for your favorite trainer at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-dog-trainer-of-the-year-contest.php.

As part of the National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Personal Trainers, Horse Trainers and Dance Instructors. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php.

Neuman K-9 Academy – Dog Boot Camp

Outdoor Patio Tile and Interlocking Dog Agility Mats for moisture control

Neuman K-9 Academy in Hugo, Minnesota

By Brett Hart

Neuman K9 Academy Dog Training School with Greatmats Dog Agility FloorFighting the elements isn’t always the easiest thing to do in Minnesota. That’s why Josiah Neuman, owner and training director of the nation’s leading dog boot camp, designed a premiere 3,600 square foot climate-controlled all-weather training area when he moved his 20-acre St. Peter training facility, Neuman K-9 Academy, onto 10 acres of pristine wilderness in Hugo, Minn., in late 2011.

”I’ve been training dogs professionally since 2007 (when he became a Certified Master Trainer),” Josiah said. ”We’ve had about 1,000 dogs go through the course. Dogs come from all over. This year, we’ve had dogs return to their owners in Switzerland, Brazil and Canada (as well as all over the U.S.). We get them from all over the place specifically for the boot camp.”

At the time of the move, the new property had a pole shed in disrepair, which Josiah and his staff envisioned as the location of the indoor training area.

Greatmats Dog Agility Mats Dog Training Floor”Clients want their dogs to have first class accommodations,” Josiah said. ”We do train outside as well, but it’s nice to have an atmosphere like this where you can walk in and focus on the dog and training and not the elements.”

After several months of intense restoration and remodeling work, the final hurdle of the project was selecting a durable floor that would stay dry while also providing a safe and comfortable surface for dogs.

”We were really going back and forth on how to treat the concrete floors previous to installing any sort of flooring, because we knew it (the concrete) would sweat,” Josiah said. ”We put a lot of time and effort into researching different flooring options. It was import to us to have space that is climate controlled.”

In July of 2012, the staff at Neuman K-9 Academy decided blaze a new trail in K-9 flooring with an alternative use for Patio Outdoor Tiles they found on a website called Greatmats.com. The Patio Outdoor Tiles, designed for use in wet areas, would serve as a subfloor underneath waterproof interlocking Dog Agility Mats also found at Greatmats.com. Waterproof and slip resistant, the patio tiles are designed to allow water to drain through them and are elevated, permitting air to flow underneath the flooring.

Neuman K9 Academy Dog Training School with Greatmats Dog Agility Floor and Patio Outdoor Tile”We put down the PVC as a subfloor because… we didn’t want the moisture to be trapped underneath,” Josiah said. ”It just made more sense to use a product like the PVC floor that would be designed for getting wet, airflow, things like that.”

Summer Duggan, the assistant training director at Neuman K-9 Academy, added, ”It’s a firm material, but I think it even adds an extra layer of support and cushioning – as opposed to just having the mats flat on concrete.”

The idea for interlocking dog agility mats as the top surface of the floating floor came upon recommendation of other friends in the professional dog training industry. One training facility in western Wisconsin used these same kind of interlocking dog agility mats, and Josiah was particularly impressed by their performance.

Greatmats Patio Outdoor Tiles Underlayment for Dog Training Floor”They’ve had them for a long time,” Josiah said, noting that they’ve beaten up the mats and they’re still holding up really well.

”We do sport dogs,” Josiah said. ”We do bite work. So we’ll literally have a dog back tied – agitation; they’re gripping; they’re clawing; they’re pulling. These go through a lot of abuse. One of the biggest considerations with the type of flooring we were going to go with was not only… Is it comfortable for the dogs? Is it safe for them? And then very importantly, what’s the longevity of the product going to be like.”

Durability
The K-9 Academy uses the facility 3-4 times per week, specifically for off-leash behavior and training with up to 15 dogs at a time. After nearly 3 years, the flooring has suffered some expected cosmetic blemishes that come along with hard use and abuse. But the mats continue to perform as well as the day they were installed.

Summer said, ”We work with different working breeds in different venues in addition to the obedience and the agility, and I’m very impressed with the durability of the product. It gets a lot of mileage. There are lots of dogs running around in here – lots of toenails, and its held up phenomenally well, even in the really high traffic areas.”

”So far, we haven’t replaced a single tile,” Josiah added.

Comfort and Safety
The new flooring system hasn’t disappointed in comfort or safety either.

Neuman K9 Academy Dog Jumping Greatmats Dog Agility Floor”When we are doing jumps, we’re having dogs clear things and land hard,” Josiah said. ”When you are training a sport dog to jump, typically you won’t start until they’re 12 months of age or older – sometimes even 2 years of age or older – because of their bones developing. With how soft these (tiles) are to land on, we can actually start dogs at a younger age, because it’s low impact.”

To get out of the elements at its previous location, Neuman K-9 Academy needed to rent space, and the flooring systems varied greatly.

”One place had concrete pavers, which was not good,” Summer said. ”There were situations sometimes where dogs would get scraped pads. Other places had a pebbly/rubbery floor – decent traction, but no shock absorption. This is the best!”

As for the water problem from sweaty concrete and foot traffic… There isn’t one.

”When people are coming in and out… if there’s snow, if it’s a rainy day… things dry up really nice,” Josiah said. ”We’ve never had a problem with them.”

With this innovative flooring system, Neuman K-9 Academy is truly top dog.

Josiah Neuman
Neuman K-9 Academy
Hugo MN 55038
For more on this topic please review our Dog Training Flooring product page.

Leerburg Dog Training Mats

Dog Agility Mats at Leerburg

By Brett Hart
Ed Frawley has more than 50 years of experience training dogs and co owns the largest dog training content website on the internet. He’s not one to sit back and stay quiet when he sees something he doesn’t like as he’s made a living out of correcting behavior in dogs and their trainers. Even this outspoken dog training specialist has nothing but good things to say about Greatmats Dog Agility Mats.

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”There is nothing I don’t like about them,” Ed said after nearly five years of using the foam interlocking tiles in his Menomonie, Wisconsin, training facility.

A progressive entrepreneur, Ed co-owns, Leerburg Enterprises, Inc. with his son, Jeff, and Cindy Rhodes. Leerburg has been creating videos on how to train dogs since 1982 and currently offers more than 550 free streaming videos and more than 930 Dog Training Videos on Demand. Its video subjects include all ranges of obedience training, police and military dog training, breeding, bite work, behavioral problems and dog sports, among others.

Greatmats Dog Agility Mats at Leerburg Dog TrainingGreatmats Dog Agility Mats at Leerburg Dog Training
Ed Frawley
Leerburg Enterprises, Inc.
Menomonie WI 54751
For more on this topic please review our Dog Training Flooring product page.

Steve Powell – Dog Training Man Cave

Dog Agility Mats, Sport Dog Training Mats, Dog Training Flooring

By Brett Hart

What’s in a man cave? For Wheeler, Wisconsin, resident Steve Powell, it’s an indoor area with a padded floor where he can train his sport dogs. ”Everybody’s got a yard,” Steve said. ”I thought it would be cool to have somewhere we could come out to (train in a consistent environment).”

Dog Agility Flooring with German Shepherd Sporting Dog

Pursuing his vision, Powell converted the back half of his pole shed into an approximately 900 square foot insulated training area, complete heat and ceiling fans. And after a lot of online research and discussions with others in the dog training business, Powell came to a Facebook page for Greatmats, a Wisconsin based specialty flooring company, where he found his ultimate man cave accessory – interlocking foam dog agility mats. Aside from getting recommendations from reputable trainers, what attracted Powell to the interlocking dog agility tiles was the comfort value for both him and his dogs – the cushion, the non-slip surface and the fact that the tiles are double sided and reversible.

”We do jumping. We do obedience, bite work – a little bit of everything. I needed something that the dogs could land on, and it wouldn’t hurt their legs,” Steve said, noting that his man cave wasn’t just for training purposes. ”Sometimes we come out here just to play around.”

After nearly two years of using his rural private facility, Steve can’t help but rave about his decision to build this place of fun and relaxation with Greatmats dog agility flooring.

”It holds up extremely well,” Steve said, adding that he hasn’t even come close to utilizing the double-sided feature yet. ”There are very little scratches on the floor. It was easy to put in. … I am totally happy with the product, and I don’t know anybody else who wouldn’t be.”

Dog Agility Flooring in Large Shed
Steve Powell
Private Residence
Wheeler WI 54772
For more on this topic please review our Dog Training Flooring product page.

2015 National Dog Trainer of the Year Finalists named

2015 National Dog Trainer of the Year Finalists

Jackie Dougall, Jeremy Joseph Brown, Jim Crosby, Barbara Henry, Lori Peper-Rucks, Karen Rude

MILLTOWN, WI – It takes a special kind of person to be a dog trainer. In most cases these trainers must not only be able to understand the animal’s behavior, but also how to work with its owner to ensure the training sticks. In the process, many dog trainers build a bond with both the animal and its owner that will leave a lasting impact on both. Greatmats wishes to honor these trainers that make a positive influence on the lives of dogs, owners and their communities, which is why it created the National Dance Instructor of the Year Contest. This contest recognizes dog trainers with integrity, outstanding customer service and quality training methods. Dog trainers have been nominated for this award by their clients, peers and community members based on these traits, and six finalists have been named, representing four states, for the 2015 National Dog Trainer of the Year Award.

Your finalists are:

(Name, training facility, city, state)

Jackie Dougall, Jackie’s Wag N’ Train, Hudson, Florida

Jeremy Joseph Brown, The Complete Canine, Tucson, AZ

Jim Crosby, Canine Aggression, Jacksonville, Florida

Barbara Henry, Domino Service Dogs, Lakewood, Colorado

Lori Peper-Rucks, Sunshine Kennels & Search & Rescue/Therapy/Service/Police K-9, Luck, WI

Karen Rude, Rude Dog U, Eau Claire, WI

Voting is taking place on Greatmats’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Greatmats/) now through Nov. 30, 2015 and the winner will be announced Jan. 4, 2016. The National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest is one of four simultaneous contests honoring instructors and trainers from various industries for their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of their students, clients and community.

Greatmats is a national dog and specialty flooring industry leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats has earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and 9.5 TrustPilot rating through its Golden Rule customer service practices. Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.