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…

Welcome the New Agility Competitor

Welcome the New Agility Competitor

There’s a First Time for Everything You enter the large area full of busy people that you don’t know. You’ve never been there before and don’t know where to go. Your dog feels your energy and starts to bark, which only heightens your own anxiety. Your chair and stuff start to get heavy so you scan the arena … 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…

USDAA Gamblers

USDAA Gamblers

What’s in a Game? That which we call Gamblers would be just as fun. Games or non-standard runs can be really fun, but not if you don’t understand how they work. This unclear feeling when entering or running games can make some feel frustrated.  In my effort to further my own understanding, I’ll try to help YOU understand them … Read more…

Steeplechase – What’s the rush?

Steeplechase – What’s the rush?

I’m a novice handler, why would I want to enter a steeplechase competition? Good question. Maybe you strive to progress and move forward in your training? Maybe you want to know what it feels like to run a more advanced course? If you want a chance to test your abilities, Steeplechase Tournaments are a good … Read more…

Build an Adjustable Agility Dog Teeter Base

Build an Adjustable Agility Dog Teeter Base

  As a website designer,  my main task is to design a detailed oriented website for my clients.  I apply the same skill set when I work on other projects.  My latest endeavor, to build sturdy, affordable dog agility equipment,  has been very rewarding. It enables me to spend more time working and playing with … 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…

Your First Agility Competition

Your First Agility Competition

Looking around at your first competition, it’s hard to believe anyone there now was ever there for the first time. Some have been there so long they’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel new. You will want to know simple things that veterans take for granted. There typically aren’t any indicators posted as to where … 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…