Del Rey Dates Farm

Meet Our Trainers

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Morgan Dondlinger, Owner

AKC CGC & Trick Dog Evaluator

Canine CPR & First Aid Certified

Dog Photographer

Morgan has a strong passion for dogs and their training. Professionally she has been caring for and training dogs for seven years, starting her career at Leashes and Leads, and then opening a business in a partnership. In 2021 she decided to start her own business, The Modern K9.

Her various roles have included daycare, boarding, training, and being entrusted by her clients to bring their dogs into her home for extended periods with the board and train program. Additionally, she competes in various sports with her dogs, Chevy, Kimber and Spire.

Morgan's interest and love for dog sports began when she was 12 with the 4-H dog program she competed in with her dog Tucker. Tucker and Morgan received many honors in obedience, rally, and agility. During their 4-H journey, they had the opportunity to compete and win at the state level multiple times. After she began working at Leashes and Leads, Morgan started taking various classes with Chevy and began competing with him in obedience, rally, and agility, earning various titles and honors.

When not working with client dogs or competing with her dogs, you can often find Morgan out camping, hiking, or paddle-boarding. Morgan's dogs enjoy participating in these hobbies as well, whether it's paddle-boarding with her on a lazy summer day or car camping on a late fall night.

Morgan currently lives in New Jersey, and is thankful for the team in Rochester that keeps things running smoothly.                        While you may not see Morgan often anymore, you can reach her by phone or email with any questions or concerns!

Follow Morgan's pack on Instagram for more photos and updates! @minnesotaherders

Meet Morgan's Dogs

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Chevy is the Aussie that helped to develop Morgan's love and enthusiasm for dog training and sports. Chevy often works with Morgan as her model to help develop her photography skills. He is affectionately known as "Mr. Perfect" among his closest friends. Chevy is a natural in all sports he competes in and has earned titles in agility, disc, dock diving, canine good citizen, and multiple trick titles. Chevy's currently working towards achieving his goal of becoming a rally champion.

Chevy loves all people, and Morgan tried to use this love of his and train him to be a therapy dog. Unfortunately, his love of belly rubs got in the way, making him inaccessible to many of those he would be seeing. When not hard at work seeking belly rubs or strutting around the ring, Chevy can often be found on the search for snacks. Chevy considers himself a snack connoisseur by constantly trying new snacks. Feel free to ask him for recommendations for you or your pup!

Additionally, Chevy loves to be active and explore new places. He frequently goes on expeditions to various state parks with his mom, where in addition to hiking and camping, he enjoys rolling around in the new environment to really get a feel for it.

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Kimber is Morgan's "pandemic puppy" and queen of the house. She recently began agility training and is starting to get her feet wet with dock diving. Almost immediately after Morgan got Kimber, she developed a love for disc, a sport that she continues to excel at. Kimber's goals for 2023 include working towards rally, obedience titles, and competing in agility

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Spire is the newest addition to Morgan and Lucas’ pack. Spire was born on May 25, 2022 in England, and arrived in the United States on August 10, 2022. She is very bold and outgoing, and is already learning some basic obedience and agility foundations! She comes from strong herding lines, and Morgan has plans to introduce her to it in the future. 

Some of Spire's hobbies include attempting to help with household chores such as putting the sheets on the bed, and attempting to sort socks. She also loves to snuggle with her mom when she’s not throwing toys around.

Morgan's goals for Spire are to compete at high levels of agility and competitive obedience as well as play around with herding and dock diving.

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Maddie - Groomer, Trainer & Class Instructor

AKC CGC & Trick Dog Evaluator

AKC Fit Dog Evaluator 

Updog Judge

Maddie joined our team in Fall of 2022 to assist and eventually teach classes. We recently had the opportunity to offer Maddie a full time position to help with daycare as well as add on her own segment of the business; grooming!

Maddie has been attending rally classes since we started offering them. She has always had a love for pets; her parents fostered that love by fostering cats & dogs through her hometown Humane Society. 

In 2017 she started her career as a Dog Grooming through a local salon in Winona, and the rest has been history.  When she isn't grooming, she is training and trialing in a variety of sports with her dogs Whiskey, Santo, and Peach.  In her off time she normally has her nose in a book down by the Mississippi River.

Meet Maddie's Crew

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Mallory - Trainer & Class Instructor

AKC CGC & Trick Dog Evaluator

Mallory has had a love for dogs ever since she was a young girl. She started training at the age of 9 in 4-H, and her passion grew from there. She has been professionally been training dogs since 2010, and in 2017 she started assisting and eventually teaching class such as Trick dog, Basic Manners, Rally, and Advanced manners for Havana dog training until early 2022.

Mallory competes in different dog sporting events with her dogs, she competes in PSA, Rally, and conformation. She has a wide variety of dogs including, a French Bulldog, Belgian Malinois, Rottweiler, and Standard Poodles. When not training or going to Bite Nights with her Malinois, she enjoys spending time outdoors, going to hikes, or spending time with family. But let’s be real, she always has a dog tagging along no matter what she is doing. Mallory looks forward to helping you build the bond between you and your dog!

Rienn - Trainer & Class Assistant

CGC evaluator 

Rienn joined our team in September of 2023. Rienn has been passionate about training dogs since she was little and has always had dogs in her life. 5 years ago she started working with dogs and training and working with service dogs. Her passion has grown so much since working with task training service dogs. Rienn does psa with her Belgian tervuren named Bullet. Her service dog Iris a standard poodle enjoys spending her time with Rienn and keeping her safe with her tasks. She also owns a reactive German shepherd and enjoys working with her and helping her realize the world isn’t so crazy!

Rachel - Groomer & Daycare Attendant

Kate - Rally Class Instructor