I have been competing in Dog Agility since I was three and a half years old. I trained my first dog for Agility competitions when I was seven. At ten, I went to California for my first AKC Dog Agility Nationals, and currently still hold the title of youngest competitor to qualify and compete with their own dog.
After that, when I was ten years old, I finally got my very own puppy. At fifteen months of age, dogs are allowed to compete in Agility. Every year that he was eligible, until he semi-retired at age eleven, he qualified to compete at the Nationals. We attended four Nationals over the course of his career, and at his last AKC Dog Agility Nationals he was ranked 36th in the Nation. He officially retired at age twelve, but not before earning a grand total of six championships in Dog Agility, and competing in AKC Conformation, AKC Obedience, AKC Rally, and earning his Canine Good Citizenship title.
I am not just accomplished in Dog Agility. I have also been the Lead Animal Trainer on the sets of two independent films, “Angel Dog” and “My Dog the Champion”. “Angel Dog” was filmed using my foster Border Collie, Tommy, and “My Dog the Champion” was filmed using my own personal Shetland Sheepdog, Karlie.
Karlie and I were also and accomplished team together. Being a Petsmart Pet Trainer for five years, and Karlie was my demonstration dog, meaning she had to know and be able to perform every task in the Training Curriculum. On top of being trained for the movie and being a demonstration dog, Karlie also competed in AKC Dog Agility, AKC Conformation, AKC Obedience, AKC Rally, of course she received her Canine Good Citizenship title.
Dog training has my heart and I just can't stay away. I have continued to work with just about any breed or mix you can imagine as well as reactive dogs. It’s been a wild ride, can’t wait to see what the future holds.