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Trisha Stall

Trisha has been training, teaching, and competing in dog agility since 1995.  She 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 Sandy and Trisha on television, as they have been on several invitational events.  She has competed with her dogs in the USDAA, NADAC, and CPE Nationals Championships; Sandy won the NADAC Championships in 2002 and CPE Nationals in 2003, and Crystal won the CPE Nationals in 2002.

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“I have learned over the years that agility is the ultimate way to improve the relationship with your dog.  We never stop learning, and our dogs are great teachers!  We teach them that agility is the most fun thing to do in the world, while they are teaching us to better communicate with them on a daily basis.”

"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 USA and beyond, and have incorporated “the best of the best” into my own training philosophies."

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Melinda Schneider


Melinda has been training and playing with dogs since childhood.  Early on, she discovered a talent for the precision of competitive obedience.  Her first dogs were eager to please and easy to train using the traditional methods of the day.  Years later, she realized just how damaging compulsion training can be to the sensitive species we call our "best friend."

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


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Lisa Norris

pandora and lisaLisa 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.

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             Mr. Peabody                                                                                                                           Pandora 

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Jeff Boyer

Jeff BoyerJeff 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.

Jeff has 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.

Jeff is active in all aspects of dog agility.  He serves as a member of the TDAA board of directors and is a TDAA judge.  Jeff is also active in two agility clubs and founded an agility league, the Capital District Agility Fun Group.  He has also held nearly every role imaginable at agility trials.  A firm believer that learning is a lifelong endeavor, he has attended seminars led by Jim Gregg, Bud Houston, Leslie McDevitt, Stacy Peardot-Gaudy, and Abbie Tamber.  He also attended the Clean Run Instructors Conference in 2007.

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.

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