Wow, where can I even begin. Such an amazing 3 days in Tulsa, OK at the 2013 AKC National Agility Championship! So many incredible dog and handler teams conquering some really great courses. Congrats to all of the new Champions!

I don’t think I’ve smiled so much at a National Event as this one. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had with Smack. Here’s a run down of how our weekend went:

Warm-Up Standard: A pretty good run. He was very excited and raring to go; his see-saw was on the naughty side, and then he knocked some bars at the end. It puzzled me a bit, but I shook it off and forgot about it quickly.



T2B: I can’t exactly remember how I felt before this run. I was smiling, and made decisions on course that were risky but felt right for Smack at the time. We ran a clear round and ended up placing 5th. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.



Round 1 JWW: I’ll admit it, I was nervous. Stomach in knots, heart beating fast, nervous; I’ve always enjoyed that feeling. It just all fell together; another clear round, this time placing 8th. Only 1 second separated me from the first place time.


Round 2 STD: I was feeling good before this round. 26″ was in the main ring, towards the end of the day; the stands were full of competitors cheering on each team; I was excited for this round. Smack had an odd, unfortunate off course at the beginning. My heart sank, but then I went for it. Smack ran his heart out, and put in an outstanding time. It was the most fun course of the weekend. All I could recall at the end of the day was how exciting it was, not any of my handling choices. Glad I had video 🙂

Round 3 HYBRID: Sunday morning, I knew I still had a chance at Challengers round, but I needed a clear round in Hybrid. I was confident in my handling choices, and having already run the course with Beaux, I felt great stepping to the line, but perhaps a little too great. I wasn’t nervous, I wasn’t worried, I was calm, and ok with whatever happened. Smack knocked a bar about mid course. A very disappointing moment for me.

The Challengers and Finals rounds were really great to watch, and there were some stunning runs to be seen! I was very pleased with the quality of the courses this year: Fast paced, but they didn’t leave the handler out of the picture — you had to really think about handling and bring your “A-game”. It was a fun experience, and I can’t wait for next year!


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Committed to providing a supportive learning environment for learners at both ends of the leash, Megan works with each team as individuals, bringing them to the next level no matter which path you choose to take with her: in-person classes, seminars, online classes, or 1-on-1 coaching.