2017 World Agility Championship

Have you dreamed of you and your dog competing on an international level? Do you enjoy watching very skilled teams compete at a sport you love? We do! Emma and I will be watching the 2017 IFCS World competition held in Spain this year. Hopefully, you will be too! There’s sure to be lots of … Read more…

What makes a USDAA judge?

What makes a USDAA judge?

Interview with Courtney Keys  At my first agility competition,  it was a weird mix of fear and excitement. I only entered runs that I understood and only as many as I thought my dog and I could handle. I’d been trying to get to this place in time for a really long time. As I … Read more…

Have Fun with your Dogs

Have Fun with your Dogs

Interview with Silvia Trkman World renowned Dog Agility Champion and Coach, Silvia Trkman shares some of her thoughts on how she’s achieved success in competition with her dogs. As a young girl, training dogs was something she explored in a time that positive reinforcement was not commonly understood. She continues to find new ways to train while having fun and … Read more…

Becoming an Agility Coach

Becoming an Agility Coach

Interview with Dave Grems. I met Dave Grems at my baby dog’s first agility trial. He made an impression on me by being kind and generous with Emma, taking the time to give her treats to ease her nervousness. After a few years now, I’ve gotten to know him better as an instructor and a friend. He continues … Read more…

Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running

Interview with Joy Mercier.    Now that things have calmed down from their big journey, Joy has taken a bit of time to fill us in on what it was like to compete at her first international competition in the Netherlands. I’ve included questions about how a big trial is run and how she felt about her … Read more…

Flying High with Chiqui

Flying High with Chiqui

Interview with Joy Mercier.  It was so exciting to hear about Joy Mercier’s trip to the Netherlands for her first International competition. She graciously allowed me to pick her brain on everything from preparation for flying with her dog, Chiquita, to how she felt about the competition. Because she has so much valuable information to share, … Read more…

Joy to the IFCS World Team

Joy to the IFCS World Team

Interview with Joy Mercier You start out training and competing in agility for fun. But oftentimes dreams of competing at a higher level sneak up on you.  If  it does, how do you achieve that goal? How might it affect the way you handle your dog? How do you manage the new stress level? What steps … Read more…

Running with Heart

Running with Heart

Interview with Shawn Cossart.  Austin, TX area dog agility trainer, Shawn Cossart, was teaching classes in dog behavior when she first became interested in agility. Since starting her journey she’s grown to be a top local trainer and local agility event planner. With classes, seminars and events, HOT Dog Sports is one of the leading … Read more…

Mental Management® Coach, Heather Sumlin

Mental Management® Coach, Heather Sumlin

Mental Management® Coach Heather Sumlin takes a moment to answer some questions about her journey and share some personal challenges. She has been coaching since 2010 and plans to offer some specific help for agility and dog sport competitors in the coming months. Read the interview below as she offers insight on making your mental training … Read more…

Agility Coach Catherine Laria

Agility Coach Catherine Laria

Local business owner and agility coach Catherine Laria has worked and trained Border Collies since 2001.  She participates in many dog sports including Agility, Obedience, Dock Diving, Rally, and Sheep Herding.  K9 Country Club has become known as one of the finest boarding facilities in Central Texas and the most competitive agility training center. Read the interview below to learn … Read more…