2010 Agility Camp
July 31-August 1
Sugar Bush Farm, Stephentown NY
Camp Instructor Biographies
On a January night in 1993 ...... I attended my first night of dog agility class with my 5-year-old mixed breed, Breeze. Little did I know I was stepping into a whole new chapter of my life! As I learned how to teach the ever-exuberant Breeze to traverse planks, scurry through tunnels and soar over jumps, our already close bond was fastened even tighter. It was the perfect way to channel her energy and inspire my passion for training. She was a natural, we were a team, and I was hooked!
Over a dozen years later, I am still consumed by the thrill of teaching my dogs new behaviors and fine tuning our moves together out on the agility course. I began teaching for CATS (Canine Agility Training Society) of Keene, New Hampshire, a year later and found it equally exhilarating working with students to gain a higher level of communication with their dogs through agility training.
Breeze Thru Agility was born in early 1995 in the Brattleboro, Vermont, area. Using positive, reward-based training philosophy, I have been teaching a range of dog and handler teams to enjoy the sport ever since. It is as much of a joy for me to help beginner students delight in their dogs' first successful tunnel execution as it is to help guide competition-level handlers working toward the sport's highest titles!
Elise and Spryte recently came in 10th at the Agility World Championships at the Cynosport Games in Arizona.
Tracy Sklenar has been training dogs and competing in dog agility for over 10 years. She is the Training Director of Leader of the Pack (www.lotp.com) in central New York State and is a longtime instructor at Susan Garrett's Say Yes! Dog Training (www.clickerdogs.com) in Ontario, Canada.
Tracy has competed successfully in agility with a variety of dogs of shapes, sizes and temperaments. Currently, she shares her life with 5 dogs: 2 Dalmatians (11 year old Pierce and 10 year old Samson, both retired from agility), a Rat Terrier (8 year old Rebound) and 2 mixed breeds (4 year old Export and 17 month old Matrix). In the ring, their runs are noted for accuracy, consistency and speed! Besides putting numerous titles on the dogs, Tracy and her canine partners have earned multiple wins and placements at local, Regional and National events.
In 2009, Rebound and Export both enjoyed tremendous success in the ring: Rebound began the year by finishing 5th overall in the Ontario regionals, followed by finishing 8th overall at Canadian Nationals, earning multiple placements along the way. Rebound ran clean and fast in every run at the USDAA World Cynosport Games, earning his way to a 5th place finish in the 2009 Performance Grand Prix Finals!
Export won or placed in a variety of classes at Regionals in both the US and Canada, including winning the Regional Grand Prix Finals at the USDAA Rocky Mountain Regional. In July, Export represented the U.S. at the European Open and will once again represent the US at the 2010 EO, this time in the Czech Republic! At the 2009 USDAA World Cynosport Games, Export ran fast & clean, garnering a 7th place finish in the highly competitive Finals of the Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Championships!
Export has started off 2010 with a bang by winning the Triathlon at the USDAA Spring Festival in Virginia - he was the overall winner of his division, including the dogs that attended the Texas event!
Baby dog Matrix has begun her career as a demo dog and will hopefully make her agility debut in the spring of 2010.
Tracy uses positive reinforcement, games and shaping to build brilliant behaviors in the dogs while teaching the handlers to be consistent and positive in their handling and dog training. She emphasizes teamwork, consistency, mental focus, play and fun for both the handler and the dog. She also has extensive experience teaching and coaching, instructing local classes, teaching clinics & seminars throughout North America. Tracy is once again serving as the Manager for Team Canada at the IFCS World Agility Championships in the U.K. in May, 2010, reprising her role from the 2008 event in Belgium. She has learned from and is proud to use the methods of Susan Garrett, Greg Derrett, Laura Derrett, Bob Bailey, Susan Salo and Greg Louganis.
her beloved companions, Becky Therian
founded The Animal
Touch and is dedicated to the well-being of the
animals in her care. Using Reiki energy therapy in conjunction with manual
massage techniques, Becky strives to improve the physical condition and
performance of her animal clients and relieve any stress or discomfort the
animal may experience due to injury, disability or age. Becky also has a
special interest in the behavioral effects of these healing modalities as she
has observed the increase in overall health and vitality of the animal tends to
coincide with the reduction of various behavioral problems and complaints. She
has extensive experience working with a variety of different animals in many
related fields - including veterinary, training and rehabilitation.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world not yet born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that the new world is born."