has been training, teaching, and competing in dog
agility since 1995.
began training her first dog in agility 13 years ago; since then she have become
a top competitor in the sport and has altered her life to be involved with dog
agility full time. An Engineer for
13 years, Trisha quit that career in 2000 to become a full time agility
instructor. She currently have two
dogs, one of them a mixed breed, and is competing at the top levels of the sport
with all of her dogs. You may even
have seen her dog
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"I believe in positive,
no-force methods, and incorporating the use of clicker (operant
conditioning) training, targeting, and backchaining.
I have attended numerous seminars and workshops
myself, learning from top trainers from the "
Working with hundreds of shelter dogs, Melinda learned to appreciate individual and breed differences. Tuning in to her own dogs, all shelter adoptees, gave her the insights needed to make the transition to positive training.
Tansy was Melinda's first rescue dog. Deaf, neglected and abused, she taught Melinda the finer points of communication and forgiveness. Vada, an out-of-control border collie, responded to gentle guidance after traditional training worsened her aggressive streak. Peabody, a sheltie-beagle mix, showed Melinda the importance of addressing stress in competition dogs. At one time leaving the agility ring without attempting a single obstacle, Peabody now plays agility at the top levels of the game
Lisa has been involved with training animals all of her life. She began her partnership with animals working with horses in the hunter/jumper rings and rehabbing retired racehorses, teaching riding lessons as well as training terriers and barn dogs along the way.
In 1998, she became active in Dog Agility & Clicker training and traded her reins for a clicker and leash. She's been teaching Clicker training & Agility since 2001 near Albany & Kingston New York. Her dogs, Boston Terriers, don't know they're supposed to be Non-Sporting and successfully compete in Masters level agility and have run in numerous national and regional events. Pandora became the 1st Boston ever to attain USDAA National Top Ten Masters Agility rankings in 2001 through 2007. Applying Clicker training and Positive motivation, Lisa guides handlers and dogs of all types to learn the FUNdamentals of Agility. Her young dog Pistol is currently working in Advanced & Masters level in her first year of competition.
Mr. Peabody Pandora
Jeff has had dogs all his life. His first real experience with dog training came as a teenager when he worked for a breeder of Weimaraners and Afghan hounds. At the time, he did not realize that dogs would play such a major part of his life in the future. A relative newcomer to dog sports, Jeff began training a rescued Rottweiler in agility in 2003; she has since retired and moved to Florida for some well-deserved R&R. Jeff is now working with smaller dogs – a Chihuahua and a Papillon. He has been teaching agility to people and their dogs since 2005. He believes that learning and training should be fun for both members of the team, and strives for a teaching environment that is relaxed, supportive, and positive for all. His training philosophy is to keep an open mind, try different methods, learn new skills, reward handsomely, and have fun.
been competing in agility since 2004 and in Rally Obedience since 2007.
His Chihuahua , Chalupa, holds titles in several agility venues, including
American Kennel Club (AKC), Canine Performance Events (CPE), Dogs on Course in
North America (DOCNA), and Teacup Dogs Agility Association (TDAA). She has also
earned her AKC Rally Novice title. Look for his Papillon, Winforme’s Too
Hot to Handle (a.k.a. Sizzle) to live up to her name beginning in 2008.
One of Jeff’s favorite dog-related books is Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman. It really shows that dogs are fun-loving creatures that can do all sorts of wonderful things. All we have to do is show them the way.