Lance the Corgi
Lance has been my guinea pig dog as he introduced me to the world of dogs sports and patiently taught me how to train, and retrain behaviors to hold up in trial environments.
Before an injury forced early retirement, Lance achieved his UDX, OM2, and 50pts plus all needed wins towards his OTCH in AKC obedience. Lance also competed in CDSP obedience earning his OTCH-C, WCRL rally earning multiple level 3 championships, and a brief stint in AKC rally earning his RE. In agility Lance primarily competed in NADAC at the elite level.
Vito the Toller
Vito is my special dog who struggles greatly with anxiety issues in daily life and in the competition world. He continues to teach me how to motivate dogs and help those with ring stress.
Vito had the most success in conquering his anxiety and motivation issues in the agility ring. He is now retired, but primarily competed in USDAA and UKI agility, earning championship titles in both organizations.
In obedience we continued to work towards finding the right plan to help him feel happy in the ring, and were pretty successful in lower key environments like CDSP! In AKC obedience he has earned his CD, PCDX, and RE. In CDSP obedience Vito earned his UD-C, and in WCRL rally he has his RL3.
Zumi the Duck (Toller)
Zumi is my youngest dog and is actively competing in obedience, rally, and agility. She is a high drive dog with a sensitive side! She is currently teaching me how to work with dogs who get overly aroused.
In obedience she has her AKC CDX title and CDSP CDX-C title. In rally she has her AKC RA and WCRL RL3. In agility she has competes in USDAA and UKI and has earned her first championship title!
Over the past 10 years I have had the joy of personally training several hundred service dogs in training. Some I personally puppy raised, most I worked with during their "final training" over a period of several weeks to months as I trained the skills they would need to become an eager service dog partner.
Every dog I worked with has taught me something new about training and I will always smile as I think about their individual stories.