How did you first get started in agility?
I got my start in agility in 1991 when I attended my first agility seminar. It was new to Canada at that time. I started taking classes and it soon became my passion K9 sport. I have not looked back!
Did Dazzle show early signs of becoming an agility star?
I named Dazzle “Destn2shyn” (destined to shine) in hopes that she would dazzle in agility. It is a long road to success and the longer you're in the sport, you realize all the intricacies of training and competing in this competitive sport. I always try to keep learning and growing together to be the best team partners.
What’s Dazzle’s favourite piece of equipment? What was the hardest piece to train her to do?
Dazzle LOVES the dog walk since we have trained a running contact. This, too, was the most difficult to train. Hours of training, from the ground up, but it was worth it!
Have you two ever had a major setback or misstep, and if so, how did you work through it?
Yes we did! I’m sure everyone goes through some training issue. With Dazzle, it was an early jumping issue, especially on the long straight lines, where I’m ahead. All I can say is “jump grid, jump grid , jump grid”. She had really improved with this; however, I mange with a verbal “EASY” on the long line, so she puts in an extra stride. This seems to really help her, while I can still get ahead.
What was your most memorable moment of 2019?
Attending and winning the 24” Division at the 2019 CKC Summer Spectacular. Attending and winning Top 24” Dog at the 2019 UKI Western Fall Cup. Also completing the AgMXJ2 and AgMX2 titles.
What is your one big piece of advice for someone starting out in the sport?
I suggest you train with an experienced trainer who uses positive methods. More training is not always better. If you hit a road block, try, try again, but play more, train less to help build confidence. Don’t train if you are not in a proper mindset! Most important thing to remember is love your dog first and the sport second. Be the BEST possible partner for your dog.
What’s next for Dazzle?
When things get back to more normal, we will continue to compete in this great sport and enjoy all our future moments together.