From the mid 1960’s through the early 1970’s Joyce Coccia worked at a small German Shepherd show/breeding kennel in East Walpole, MA. Her duties were mostly cleaning kennels, brushing, bathing, & feeding the dogs. In 1970 the owners of the kennel began bringing Joyce to a few local shows and she was instantly hooked. After college Joyce acquired a yellow Labrador but soon found a kinship with Golden Retrievers which she still owns today. She then went on to train and trial her dogs in competitive obedience and in 1988 Joyce owned a Flat Coated Retriever that was ranked the #7 Flat Coat Retriever in obedience competition in the country! Through the years she has titled dogs in obedience, retriever hunt tests, and has finished many breed champions. Now as a professional handler, Joyce has shown and finished many breeds in the Sporting, Working, Hound, Non Sporting, and Terrier groups. Over the past 20 plus years she has campaigned many dogs to high rankings. Most recently, Joyce campaigned a Sussex Spaniel to be the #1 Sussex Spaniel in the United States!