Glue Skills for Performance Dogs
Nancy (she/her) has been training dogs for dog sports since the early 1980’s when she started training her Novice A obedience dog, a Labrador Retriever. He went on to become Nancy’s first AKC Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH). He ranked in the top ten of all AKC breeds in the country, placed in national tournaments, and was inducted into the Flyball Hall of Fame. Nancy put four OTCH’s on her dogs following him (all Border Collies), and many of them qualified and placed in National Obedience competitions during their time. Nancy was licensed to judge all AKC obedience classes, and she judged three National Obedience tournaments during her judging career. She retired from judging in 2008 to spend more time training and competing with her dogs.
Nancy also trains her Border Collies for herding competitions. In the past, she put AKC Herding Championships on three of her dogs, accumulating points from both the A and B courses on sheep and ducks. In the past, she had sheep and gave herding lessons.
In addition, she has put multiple agility championships on her dogs in AKC and USDAA. Nancy has had four different dogs qualify and compete in eight AKC or USDAA Nationals. She made the AKC NAC Finals in 2017 in the most competitive jump height – the 20″ division.
Currently, she’s running three dogs in AKC and UKI agility – two Border Collies and a Chihuahua x Poodle mix she rescued in March 2020. She’s still competing in herding and obedience, but she spends most of her competition weekends at agility trials.
While Nancy loves competing in dog sports, she loves training her dogs more than anything else. Besides training her dogs, she also loves coaching her online and local dog sports students for agility and obedience competitions.
Nancy draws from her experience training and competing in multiple sports. That experience has given her the ability to find create creative solutions for training and handling dogs. She feels that many trainers lose sight of little details that are the foundation of communication and harmony with their dogs. Nancy loves working with different types of dogs and different training plans. She loves nothing more than obsessing about what’s needed for progress in training and handling—and then helping the student build that behavior.
Years ago, Nancy gradually transitioned from a traditional obedience training background into reward-based/positive methods for her and her students’ dogs. She teaches her students to train and handle with clear communication and a systematic approach based on the dog and the student’s needs.