Curriculum TBD but you'll learn something and your pup will have fun!
Anne isn’t a native Texan but got here as fast as she could! Anne lives in Bedford and shares her home with her sister Barb.
Anne has always loved training dogs and remembers teaching her family’s German Shepherd, Gypsy, to jump over lawn chairs resting on their sides. Little did she know that this would one day be her passion and hobby called dog agility.
Anne has been involved in agility for 20+ years. At the beginning, she had to learn how to handle her exuberant and often reactive Aussie, Boomer. Because of his struggles, Anne found herself diving into every clicker class, dog book, and dog behavior workshop she could find. She learned at seminars with Brenda Alloff, Turid Rugaas and Bob Bailey, attended TTouch classes and went to behavior conferences like NT ORCA and Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo. Fast forwarding to today – Anne’s training and teaching is influenced by Jessica Patterson, Justine Davenport and Susan Garrett.
Anne shares her life with 2 dogs: Hemi (2010 - ) an Aussie who is a perfect mix of sassy and sweet, has earned her ADCH (Agility Dog Champion) in USDAA. Even though Anne primarily competes in USDAA, AKC and dabbles in UKI, Hemi holds many NADAC Elite titles as well. Now at age 11, Hemi is semi-retired from agility and is learning all about Nosework!
Seeley (2016 - ) a Border Collie, lives up to his name which means happy-go-lucky. He is full of energy and can learn just about anything in two reps – good or bad! Learning to harness his need for speed and enthusiasm for agility has stretched Anne’s knowledge even further. Anne loves the challenges that Seeley brings because she truly believes with every dog is an opportunity to grow as a trainer, handler and owner.
Anne taught clicker obedience for 3+ years and puppy agility for 4+ years. As an instructor, Anne's philosophy is that it is all about teamwork, balance and FUN. She enjoys teaching foundation exercises to puppies or older dogs that need clarity on particular skills. She coaches more experienced handlers to improve through better obstacle performance, more efficient handling and proper reward timing and placement.
Away from agility, Anne spends her time kayaking, reading mystery novels, learning more about photography and recently took up planting her own vegetable garden!