Matt Twitty


“Matt & Rae”



Matthew Twitty is the owner and operator of Lakeland Canine Academy.  Since 1999 Matt has been showing his dogs in competitive dogs sports (Flyball, Agility, Herding and Rally) as well as doing in-home behavioral lessons. Matt was one of the few handlers to put an Obedience Trial Championship on his Novice A dog, Tyler.

By the age of 30, Matt had already trained two Obedience Trial Champions as well as two other Multiple HIT dogs.

He is the youngest and the only person to win High in Trial at Florida’s DOCOF Competition with three different dogs, Millie in 2002, Brandy in 2010 and Girlie in 2015.


At the National Obedience Classic in 2015 his dog Girlie was tied for 8th (10th) in the Novice Division and in 2016 she was 3rd in the Open Division. He’s had multiple High in Trials and High combined awards on the dogs he has shown, but his true gift is being able to motivate and teach students to enable them to have their own success in the obedience ring as well and has been highly sought after as a seminar clinician. He has found a passion in breeding and raising a working line of Border Collies and many amazing dogs carry the TyMac prefix. Check out TyMac Border Collies here.

He truly lives his motto, “Life is Stressful – Training your dog shouldn’t be!”