In the summer of 2010, after teaching high school biology for the last 10 years full time and teaching agility classes and private lessons part time for 8 years, I decided that it was time to take my training and teaching to the next level. I decided to combine my knowledge of the game of agility, my love of dogs, and my love of teaching and started Peak Performance Dog Sports. My goal is for all of my students to find agility as much fun as I do. I always try to break things down and explain the details of why and how, a handling move or a training method will work in order to best help my students and their dogs. I understand the importance of thinking about the course and the cues from the dog’s point of view and teach my students to do the same.
A firm believer in positive methods, I love using the clicker to allow the dog to take charge of their learning and rewards. I find this to be especially useful when teaching a shy dog that lacks confidence. I am a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and am currently working toward full certification.
I have learned so much from so many different instructors over the years. From mentoring under Sheli Rhodes of Love on a Leash, taking private lessons from top instructors such as Paulena Hope, and Claudia Bates, to attending numerous camps and seminars including: Stacy Peardot- Goudy, Jen Pinder, Mary Ellen Barry, Carrie Jones, Jane Killian, and attending Awesome Paws Camp, Speedoggie Camp and Clean Run Instructors Camp. I am constantly trying to learn something new, and gain a better understanding of how to communicate best with our canine partners.
I love training and running dogs of all breeds and sizes. I have competed with a variety of breeds over the years including Border Collies, Jack Russell Terriers, a Westie, a Border Terrier, a Standard Poodle, Havanese, and of course my own Golden Retrievers. In the last few years, I have had the privilege of competing at a higher level than I’d ever dreamed thanks to my wonderful partner Cheetah.
Together we have:
Earned MACH 3, ADCH Bronze and LAA Bronze
competed at FCI World Team tryouts in 2008, 2009 and 2010
were members of the 2010 US European Open Team, where she was the only Golden Retriever at the competition.
Qualified for and competed at every AKC Nationals since 2007.
2010 and 2013 USDAA Steeplechase semifinalist
2010 USDAA Grand Prix Semifinalist - ranked 25th
2010 USDAA 8th Place in Team Snooker (26” class)
2013 USDAA 4th in Masters Challange Jumpers
I believe that training should be fun for both you and your dog and I strive to make that possible for all of my students. I also believe that you never should limit yourself because of what others might think.
I am available for group classes, private and semi private lessons, and seminars/workshops. Please contact me about a training opportunities or questions at: email@example.com