I started taking classes from Sky High Jumpers in 2007 and I started teaching in 2016. My competitive career includes taking my oldest dog Charlotte to the AKC National Agility Championships 2017 in Perry, Georgia and then the AKC National Agility Championships 2018 in Reno, Nevada when she was 13 years old. I have competed with 4 dogs, all at the highest levels in AKC and NADAC. I have studied with some of the best Agility Instructors in the sport and use what I've learned from each and every one of them, in my training. My agility dogs are;
PACH Charlotte MXP, MXJP, MXP4, MXPB MJP5 MJPS PAX T2BP
Samantha MX, MXJ
Frankie OA, AXJ
Jack OA, OAJ
I have been training animals (dogs, cats, horses, sheep, pigs, tigers, lions, jaguars, giraffes, zebras, cougars, penguins and more) for more than 40 years. I started competing in agility in 1999 with my field Labrador retriever, Buca. Since then, I have run another Labrador and four border collies in AKC, USDAA, ASCA, UKI and NADAC trials. Three of my dogs have earned multiple podium positions in the finals at USDAA Nationals. My dogs have also been featured at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge and in national commercials for Petsmart and Taco Time. I do not subscribe to a single handling system. Instead, I pull from 21 years of experience training with many great US and European handlers. I have become more addicted to the sport the more scientific it becomes! After 20 years of teaching, I have worked with terriers, sporting, working, hunting and herding breeds as well as too many mixed breeds to count . I believe in building a great working relationship with your dog using positive reinforcement and play
I entered the sport of dog agility in 2010 to keep my dog in shape while I lived in a city and had no idea how fun it would be. In 2014 I stood on my first national podium and became hooked on the science of training. My pack, referred to as the BcBoyz, is now made up of 4 Border Collies - including one local boy! I’ve had the pleasure of competing at the Purina Dog Challenge and accumulated a greater than 90% podium finish rate as a finalist at regional and national events, including 2 national titles with my first two dogs.
My training philosophy, whether I am coaching pet-agility handlers to national finalists, is that mastering the fundamentals leads to the greatest opportunity for consistent success. Further, I place more focus on the handler’s performance over the dog’s because I believe it lets the dog maximize their natural athletic ability. I believe this approach allows handlers to focus on the tiny details which results in better execution while simultaneously allowing our K9 teammate to have fun while training and competing. I have adopted a variety of skills and techniques from training with some of the sport’s amazing coaches, and don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to training. Each dog/handler team develops a unique bond and after the fundamentals are mastered I find the mental and physical process of optimizing teamwork to be the most interesting and rewarding aspect of this sport.