Meet The Trainer

meetCynthia Hollis has turned her love of dogs into a dream come true…
that of her full-service dog care facility known as
SIT & STAY Dog Care Center.

After acquiring her first dog in 1974, a German Shepherd named “Freedom”, Cynthia learned she had a natural knack for training dogs.  In 1978 she earned her first obedience title (C.D.- Companion Dog) with her German Shepherd named “Greta” and was hooked from that moment on. 

cyndogs72She continued with Greta’s training, earning the next level (C.D.X. – Companion Dog Excellent).  At the same time she became interested in breed competition (conformation) with an Akita, after earning his C.D. as well as several breed points.

Since 1981 however, the breed that has become her passion and dedication has been the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (  Through this very sensitive-tempered breed, Cynthia has learned that harsh methods do not work with this breed, nor does she believe any other dog needs to perform through force or fear. Only gentle and positive methods are used to help your dog understand what it is you want.

Cynthia has earned over thirty performance titles in Obedience, Agility, and Rally as well as having bred several Champion Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, including the #3 Wheaten in Canada in 1996: Am.Can.CH. Hollywood’s Just in Case. She has also bred and trained the first Wheaten terrier in history to earn the U.D.X (Utility Dog Excellent) title with champion Hollywood’s Happy Jack, ( who was the #1 Obedience Wheaten in 1994. “Jack” remains the only Champion UDX in Wheaten history.

In addition, Jack’s grandson “Dagwood” (CH. Hollywood’s Dagwood Bumstead CD RAE NA NAJ) was the first Terrier in the country to earn the R.A.E. (Rally Advanced Excellent) in 2005. Dagwood’s son champion Hollywood’s Johnny B. Goode RN is also a Registered Therapy Dog, as well as 6th generation obedience dog in her lines.


Cynthia Hollis has been teaching obedience classes since 1997. She opened SIT & STAY Dog Care Center in 2002 with the purchase of a building in Christiana, TN for year-round use.  Her experience includes:

  • Earning over 30 performance titles in Obedience, Agility, and Rally, as well as
    numerous Champions, all breeder/owner handler
  • Certified in Pet First Aid with the American Red Cross
  • Member MOTC (Murfreesboro Obedience Training Club) since 1989. Past vice
    president, class instructor, and Steward at numerous trials
  • Certified AKC evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Program
  • Member of IACP, International Association of Canine Professionals
  • Judged dozens of Obedience matches in the Southeast
  • Regularly holds Obedience matches and SIT & STAY
  • Member APDT, Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Three of her Wheatens have been registered therapy dogs with Therapy Dogs
    International (
  • Has applied to be a TDI Team Evaluator (
  • Member Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club since 1999 (
  • Currently offers the “Happy Jack” Obedience Award for SCWTCA
  • Involved in Wheaten Terrier rescue efforts
  • Has had two of her Wheatens (mother and son) each play the part of “Sandy” in the
    play “Annie” with two different local theater productions 


  • Member Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce since 2005
  • Donates thousands of dollars in merchandise and services each year to: PAWS
    Animal Shelter, Beesley Spay/Neuter Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Special Kids,
    Heart GALA, Starry Night at St. Rose of Lima, Boys and Girls Club, Discovery
    House, On the 5th Day Animal Sanctuary
  • Regularly visits nursing homes with her dogs doing pet therapy with patients
  • Speaks at schools to children about responsible pet ownership
  • Does obedience demonstrations at public and private affairs
  • Has chaired the MOTC Christmas parade and walked with her dogs in
    every parade since 1989


Get In Touch! 615-898-0747

Sit and Stay Home Office
Boarding and Grooming
8661 Hwy 269, Bell Buckle Rd.
Christiana, TN 37037
training rooms
8655 Hwy 269, Bell Buckle Rd.
Christiana, TN 37037