I have been training in agility nearly my entire life. With seventeen years of experience, I have had the opportunities to work with hundreds of dogs within a large variety of breeds. I began my agility journey with an American Eskimo and a Westie. In 1999, I began competing with my first Shetland Sheepdog, Buddy. Buddy’s lesson to me was about connection and bond. While running him, I knew that agility was what I was meant to do. Buddy’s agility career was cut short due to an injury, but we spent 15 amazing years together as a team! In 2003, Ty became apart of my life and my agility career took off like a rocket. He was 3-years old and not completely sure of himself, but together, we blossomed into an incredible team, on and off the course! In 2005, I attended my first National event and took fifth place in the $10,000 Dog Agility Steeplechase Finals, and also became a USDAA Judge (the youngest ever at 13 years old). Since then I have competed at National events every year with multiple dogs, taking a dog to the finals many times, and traveled the country to judge for USDAA sanctioned events. I am currently competing with my two border collies, Smack and Shock, and have recently added Shrek, a Parson Russell Terrier, to my pack! Smack and I recently attended the 2015 European Open as part of Team USA. Synergy Dog Sports is my training school that offers in-person group classes, private lessons, seminars, online classes, and video analysis. Over the years of my agility career, I have learned from many of the “greats”. I believe in agility handling and training from the dog’s perspective, and finding ways for agility handlers of all ages to handle intuitively and with efficiency. As of June 2016, I am a OneMind Dogs Assistant Coach. My main goal as a dog trainer is to create happy dogs and happy handlers using positive teaching methods and a high rate of reinforcement on both ends of the leash. I work closely with Kathrine McAleese, creator of Mind to Win – mindset training is a huge part of my agility program at Synergy Dog Sports.