Your Teachers Profile – Experience in Trialing & Training pays off for you in the Classroom!

With 1000’s of  Qs (Qualifying Ribbons) and over 150 Titles on multiple Dogs –Placing Dogs Regionally in the Top 5 to 10th Podium positions -  over 20 times. Placing Dogs with a First on the Podium in 2010 – 2011 – 2012 -  2013 – 2014 – 2015 - 2016.

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REGIONALS 2015  - Tucker 1st Place, Gracie 2nd Place

Lacey 1st Place, Aerial 1st Place!





Aerial & Dawn – 2nd PLACE – 2014

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Regionals 2013  -   All 3 Dogs Qualifying for Nationals

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Gracie – 1st Place - 22" Sp- Qualified for Nationals

- Ribbons – 3 Firsts, 3 Seconds Overall

Xena - Regionally 3rd Place - 6" Sp  -  Qualified for Nationals

Annie - Regionally 4th Place - 6" Vet - Qualified for Nationals

Sophie - Regionally 4th Place – 10” Sp - Qualified for Nationals


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Gracie - Regionally 2nd Place - 22" Sp- Qualified for Nationals

- Ribbons in - Gambles 3rd, Standard 2nd & 4th, Jumpers 3rd

Melody - Regionally 5th Place - 6" Vet - Qualified for Nationals

- Ribbons in - Gambles 2nd & 3rd, Standard 6th & 9th, Jumpers 1st & 2nd

Xena - Regionally 3rd Place - 6" Sp  - Also 2nd Place Steepelchase Finalist

- Qualified for Nationals

- Ribbons in - Gambles 2nd & 3rd, Standard 1st & 3rd, Jumpers 1st & 3rd

Annie - Regionally 2nd Place - 6" Sp - Also 1st Place Steeplechase Finalist

- Qualified for Nationals

- Ribbons in - Gambles Two 1sts, Standard 2nd & 4th, Jumpers 1st & 3rd

Starr - Qualified for Nationals




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NATIONALS 2008 – Sussex

2 Dogs Placing 8th Nationally Overall

Regionals 2008 – 2 Dogs – Gabriel 3rd & Gracie 6th

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Your Teachers Profile – Experience in Trialing & Training pays off for you in the Classroom!

With 1000’s of  Qs (Qualifying Ribbons) and over 150 Titles on multiple Dogs –Placing Dogs Regionally in the Top 5 to 10th Podium positions -  over 20 times. Placing Dogs with a First in 2010 – 2011 – 2012 -  2013 – 2014 – 2015 - 2016.  A First to Handle 8 Dogs of different Breed Types and Sizes in a single Regional Event. Qualifying 5 and Placing 4 in the Top 5 Standings for that Year.  Following up with a First Place National Standing in 2011 with Gracie and a placement of  5th and 7th with two others.  Qualifying 5 Dogs in the same Regional Twice – 2007 & 2011.  Qualifying 4 Dogs in the 2012 Regional with all placing in the Top 4 – a   1st, 3rd, and two 4th Places. 

Qualifying 3 of 3 Dogs entered in the 2013 Regionals with - Gracie – First Place, Aerial – Second Place, Jaye – Fourth Place – in their Divisions.


Bringing a wide range of Quality Information, Training and Experience to you from over 20 years of working with Dogs of different Sizes, Personality and Breed types.  As well Dawn has rehabilitated and placed multiple rescued Dogs.  Using these years of Handling and Behavior information, Dawn is able help you make changes quickly within the Handler and Dog relationship .



Your Instructor Dawn:

Profile: Dawn Chisholm :  Owner / Instructor Morning Star Dog Academy.  Over 20 years of Dog Experience.  Bringing Progressive Dog Sports of Canada to Kingston in 2010 and debuting the new Progressive Obedience Classes.  New Concepts in training and trialing!

Teaching Obedience/Behavior Basics at St. Lawrence College 2008, 2009, 2010.  Dawn has completed multiple K9 training courses over the years including Agility, Obedience & Rally-O as well as adding Tracking and Search & Rescue to her portfolio.  As well, attending many Behavior Symposiums at Guelph University.  Experience with multiple breeds – purebred and mixed - have provided extensive experience with all kinds of K9 personality types giving valuable information to offer to others about living and training in the home environment and working with many breeds and their breed oriented and problematic behaviors.  For more than 20 years Dawn has worked with Rescued dogs and has had the opportunity to observe, live and work with no less than 6 – 10 dogs living in a home group setting at all times.   Always the group included big and small dogs, multiple breed types, mixed and purebred.  The ability to work, observe the breed specifics, personality dynamics, train, rehabilitate and debunk many dog training theories has given unique perspective.  Often many trainers /specialists have only lived with, in an ongoing setting, one or two dogs, or often only one specific breed type.  

Dawn consistently uses positively based training methods as the first options in training and systematically works with progressive training information instead of starting with aversive methods as the first options.  From Puppy Class to Adult K9 training, Dawn utilizes leading edge information about such things as – “the problems created from large group play in puppy classes”, and “assessing dogs in class first for such things as fear based behaviors and the negative results of using aggressive training methods with these personality types”, all this to ensure the Dogs and Owners have the best chance at positive long term results.

Dawn graduated from the Medical Arts Secretarial Courses at St. Lawrence with Distinction.  Deciding to pursue Dog Careers had Dawn heading back to complete the Grooming Courses at St. Lawrence College.  Adding over 10 years of experience Grooming Dogs and the experience of handling, training and shaping the behaviors of the many personalities of the dog clientele has added additional information to share with the public.  To keep up to date on everything doggy, Dawn has taken part in many seminars with well known dog behaviorists such as, Kerry Vinson and Cheryl Smith.  Dawn has also attended the Advanced Canine Learning Symposiums at the University of Guelph in 2003, 2004 and 2005.  With over 12 – 15 Specialists and as many Topics covered in each symposium, everything from Canine Behavioral Problems to the Science of Genetics and how it affects your dog.  Other topics - leading edge information on dog aggression, behavioral observations and treatment options.  Speakers included such as Susan Garrett, Jean Donaldson, Dr. Daniel Estep, Dr. Myrna Milani, Dr. Plonsky, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Stanley Coren among many others.  Shaping, Power Struggles, Classical and Operant Conditioning and Motivating the Performance Dog were among some of the very interesting topics included.  Attending seminars on TTouch and K9 First Aid round out more of the added skills to the portfolio. 

Morning Star Dog Academy is truly the leading K9 Learning venue in Kingston.  Now adding the development of the PROGRESSIVE DOG SPORTS OF CANADA competitive Agility organization and the Progressive Obedience outlines to the portfolio.  Making progressive changes to the Dog Training world that positively effect the fair and humane competitive outlooks for all dogs in competition.


GRACIE – Belgian Malinois –  Nationally 1st Place 2011,

Regionals 2013, 2012 & 2010 – 1st Place

 RNMCL, In less than six months in Agility, Starter to Masters -  ADC,  SGDC, AADC, AGDC, MADC,MGDC, MSDC, MJDC, MTRDC, ATChC, MSCDC, Bronze, Silver, Gold, ExSt Bronze, ExSt Silver, ExSt Gold, EXJ Silver, EXJ Bronze, EXG Bronze, EXG Silver, EXG Gold, EXS Bronze, EXS Silver, EXTr Bronze, EXSc Bronze, VBA, VSA, Lifetime Award of Excellence, MSCDC, 2008 Nationally 8th place overall 26” Regular, Nationally 8th – 2008, Regionally 6th – 2008. National Qualifier 2007 & 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

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XENA – SHELTIE – ADC, SGDC, AADC, AGDC, MJDC, MSDC, MADC, EXJ BRONZE - Nationally 7th 2011, Regionally 3RD 2011 & 2012

ANNIE – JRT – ADC, SGDC, AADC, AGDC, MJDC, MSDC, MGDC, - Nationally 5th 2011, Regionally 2nd 2011, 4th 2012






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CASEY  - All Canadian- ADC, AADC,SMADC, SMGDC, SMSDC, SMTRDC, SMJDC, SATChC, RNMCL,RAMCL,RXMCL, BRONZE AWARD OF MERIT,  Nationally 5th –2003 & 2004, Regionally  8TH – 2007,  Regionally  4TH – 2006, Regionally  2nd-2005, Regionally  3rd – 2003 &-2004, Nationals 2005 Ribbons  5th in Gamblers &  4th in Standard, National Qualifier 2002 TO 2007 Inclusive

MELODY – Miniature Pinscher -  Regionally 2nd 2010 and 5th in 2011, RNCL,  ADC,  SGDC, AADC, AGDC, MADC,MGDC, MSDC, MJDC, MTRDC, ATChC, MSCDC, Bronze, Silver, Gold, ExSt Bronze, V EXJ Silver,  V EXJ Bronze,V EXS Bronze, V VBA, , Nationally 6th, 2009 – Regionally 9th 2009, National Qualifier 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,  MELODY - 2005  - # 1 MIN PIN AAC TOP DOGS LIST BY BREED

PENNY - Border Collie - ADC,AADC, VAGDC, VMJDC, VMGDC, VMSDC, VMADC, VMTRDC, VATChC,  4YR National Qualifier – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

GABRIEL  – GSD - RNMCL, RAMCL, RXCL, SADC, SSGDC, SAADC, SAGDC, SMADC, SMJDC, SMTRDC,  SMSDC, SMGDC, SATChC, BRONZE AWARD OF MERIT, SILVER AWARD OF MERIT, National Qualifier 2005 & 2006, 2007 & 2008,  Regionally 3RD 2008 – 6 ribbons in 6 events, Regionally  7th –2005 & 2006, 2008 Nationally 8th place overall 22 “ Vet – including 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th placement ribbons.  Nationals 2005 Ribbons 6th in Gamblers &  6th in Standard.  GABRIEL - 2005  - # 4 - GSD AAC TOP DOGS LIST BY BREED

STARR – CATTLE DOG – ADC, SGDC, AADC, MADC, Qualified for 2011 Nationals


Currently competing with 8 dogs in different levels – Masters, Advanced and Starters in Agility.  Competing with a wide range of dog breeds, personalities and ages gives a constant supply of challenges and a fresh and realistic approach to the many needs of each type of dog.  Dawn provides - Private Behavioral Consultations, Large group classes in Obedience and Agility as well as private training for both dog sports. 

Dogs require individual attention to their training based on breed, age, personality and their different speed of learning development.  As well, every individual two-legged Student that comes to Morning Star also gets the same focus on their individual training needs based on their current dog knowledge and skill level.

Dawn is best at identifying and finding a way to balance the Dogs’ and the Handlers current skill levels and how they work with each other in either a Home or Competitive Setting.  Many competitive handlers have lots of skills they have attained through attending many training venues and as well their dogs have improved skills, but often they still struggle to find the success they seek in the Home or Competitive environment.  Through observation of the Dog and Handler working together, it is possible to find the communication points or lack of communication points that present and to help the Handler to improve their training and understanding to find success.  Bridging the gap between the Dog and Handlers understanding of each other is the greatest challenge at which Dawn is most proud of and successful at.

http://www.mstardogacademy.com/Pictures/campdog3.jpgTeaching Agility Seminars in the summers of 2001 and 2002 at Camp Dogwould's annual Dog Camps in Ottawa have also been among the experiences, and Dawn and her dogs have been familiar faces at many of the local dog demonstrations for such causes as the Humane Society and the Sky's the Limit Festival.





Dawn says about Teaching & Training :

"It is my greatest aspiration to improve the level of http://www.mstardogacademy.com/Pictures/natcasgamble.jpgcommunication and awareness between people and their pets in hopes of improving the quality of life for both.  Helping people come away from the experience having learned to approach their dog with more respect and empathy."

Dawn says about the Dog Sport of Agility :

"It is the most amazing experience to work and play as a team with your dog at a level of communication that most people don't have the opportunity to share."

"Two species - Dog and Human - Two languages - English and Doglish - One Team - Perfect Communication! A life changing experience."




2011 Review

A First to Handle 8 Dogs, of different Breed Types and Sizes, in a single Regional Event, Qualifying 5 and Placing 4 in the Top 5 Standings for that Year.  Following up with a First Place National Standing with Gracie and 5th and 7th with two others.   PDSC takes off and adds in the exciting game of X & O’s to the schedule.  Added Hawkridge Arena to our Trial Schedule.  Fabulous and beautiful Location.  Many Thanks to all the Supporters – Thank You to Herdabout Shelties for their Sponsorship to the 2011 Nationals – Brains and Drive Collide with these amazing Herdabout Dogs.

Thanking our New Trial Sponsors of Omega Alpha and Brookland Fine Homes for the 2011 donations making the Fall Trials more exciting and Fun!  Many Thanks to Krista for all her support over the years and the amazing Dome experiences.




Another great year Teaching at St. Lawrence !


Morning Star’s NEW P.D.S.C – Progressive Dog Sports of Canada League Launches !

Lots of great Agility successes!  Gracie 1st Place Regionally plus achieving her Life Time Award of Excellence.  Melody 2nd Place Regionally.  Starr debuts and achieves ADC and AADC in short order.  PDSC – Progressive Dog Sports of Canada launches into action and the New Progressive Obedience Classes get started.  A great year for new adventures in progressive thinking and trialing.  PDSC – Debut in Dog Sport Magazine Nov/Dec 2010.



Huge trial success with Melody Min Pin – 6th Nationally, 9th Regionally

Another great year Teaching at St. Lawrence – Great Trials at the Soccer Dome !  Lots more Titles on the dogs !



Teaching at St. Lawrence was a great and positive experience – Looking forward to 2009 Classes.

Great Agility Success with 3 ATChC’s, 2 Bronze, 2 Silvers within 9 months on several dogs!

Lots of Students moving quickly from Starter to Masters Levels in less than a Year ! Great Job Done by them all. Very Proud of their positive attitudes and Agility Success !

Achieving 3rd and 6th Placements at Regionals and  two 8th Place Nationally with Gabriel & Gracie!  Woo HOO !



Morning Star and the Kingston area clubs have exploded into the Trial Headlines ! 

Some of the 2007 Highlights for Morning Star and Dawn was a profile in Profile Kingston Magazine, and Dawn was also the first Competitor to trial 5 dogs and Qualify all 5 dogs at the Local Regional.  Morning Star is growing and making lots of great friends along the way !

Looking forward to teaching at St. Lawrence in 2008 !



2006  Kingston’s first ever Sanctioned Agility Trials

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Local News  Kingston This Week - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 @ 08:00

Breeze, an Australian shepherd owned by Linda Keeler, is jumping a double bar jump in the standard starters course at Kingston’s first sanctioned

agility trial at the Quarry SportsPlex on Saturday.


Breeze received two qualifying scores in Standards 1 and 2. More than 60 dogs competed in 200 runs at this event. Morning Star Dog Academy, the host of the trial, handed out three starters titles on Saturday: one to Selena Willemsen and her Boston terrier, Harley; one to Kali Veigh, who is hearing impaired, and her dog Alfie, an all Canadian (mixed breed), and one to Theda Pretsell and her cavalier king charles, Bailey.




In 2005 – Morning Star held our first ever set of Team Events at our own outdoor location.  Lots of Team Work, Lots of Dogs, and Lots of Friends.  Many Thanks to Val and our Agility friends for making everything run smoothly and successfully.  !  We look forward to Team Challenge 2006, and the first ever Sanctioned Agility Trials in Kingston.     The 2005 Nationals were a great adventure !!   Three days of travel by vehicle seeing the many beautiful sights on the way to Saskatoon.  Once at the event there were almost 500 Competitors working hard to pick up ribbons over the two days of events.  Dawn and Dogs were lucky enough to make it to the podium 4 times.  Casey picked up a 4th in Standard and a 5th in Gamblers, and Gabriel picked up a 6th in Gamblers, and a 6th in Standard.   ANOTHER HUGE SURPRISE AND HONOUR was the Judges Choice Sportsmanship Award –  Awarded to Dawn Chisholm – for most supportive inside and outside of the competition ring over the weekend with dogs and other competitors.   What an exciting Journey!


It has been an exciting and busy year for Dawn & Morning Star Dog Academy and the extended group of friends and students – including Radio, Newspaper, and T.V. spots.  As well as providing the Agility Demonstrations at the Sheep Dog Trials, and hosting Kingston’s three – first ever -  Rally Obedience events – Placing 3rd Regionally and 5th Nationally with Casey once again – Achieving 9 new titles with 3 K9’s; plus Great Successes for the 20 Dog & Handler Teams at K9 Kup – 3rd and 6th places -  And of course meeting lots of new friends and students with such positive attitudes was the best part of this past year !! - I look forward to an exciting Fall and New Year in 2005!

 I extend heartfelt Thanks to all the students and friends who pitched in and Volunteered and Participated throughout this 2004 year – your hard work and steady support and amazing attitudes are the reason why Morning Star Dog Academy has been a GREAT SUCCESS !  Thanks for setting a positive standard and example that others have noticed, have been inspired by and want to follow!


The MORNING STAR DOG ACADEMY is a place to "play & learn" with your dog. It provides a whole new concept and approach for spending quality time with the family K9.

613 – 378 – 0600

1095 Princess St., Kingston, Ont.

Email at:  ellen@kingston.net to join a class !

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