I love dogs.

cropped-cropped-ariel122.jpgSince October 2016, I have been an approved CGC Evaluator for the American Kennel Club (#93744) in the Boise, Idaho area and can provide training and testing for Puppy S.T.A.R., Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine (the Advanced CGC Title) and Urban CGC. I can also sign off on the AKC Trick Dog Application forms. I recently became certified as an AKC Level 1 Fit Dog Instructor as well.

A professional educator in my day job, I have been working and playing with dogs for almost a decade, training and competing in multiple companion dog events with my own dogs and volunteering hundreds of hours to helping shelter dogs and their adopters and 4-H youth.

I am a member of the Idaho Capital City Kennel Club, the Lizard Butte Kennel Club, and Boise Agility Runners and Climbers (BARC). I have held several board and officer positions with BARC. I frequently serve as Trial Chair for local AKC, USDAA and NADAC agility trials through these clubs. I have judged agility and obedience for 4-H youth, and serve as the co-superintendent for the Canyon County Fair dog show.

I have Shetland Sheepdogs, a small herding breed known for their lovable, loyal natures and their aptitude for numerous performance events. From the beginning, I have embraced training that focuses on positive reinforcement and reward-based methods with them that are mutually enjoyable for dogs and humans. A few of my influential heroes are Patricia McConnell, Pat Miller and Paul Owens. I am also inspired by the work of Sarah Stremming and I continue to learn from the many gifted trainers at the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

I have experienced incredible success with my first dog, MACHmach-1-with-clyde-claussen-10_9_14 Shalamar Flashdance “Oliver,” whose earned his CGC title in 2009. He has gone on to complete an AKC Agility Master Agility Championship, has competed twice at NADAC National Agility Championships, winning Team Champion and Highest Scoring Veteran Sheltie in 2014. In 2015 Oliver made the Bad Dog Agility Breed Power 10 list in the 12″ Preferred category. Oliver has also competed in AKC Rally, AHBA Herding, and BarnHunt. In 2014, Oliver was one of the first dogs in Idaho to earn the Community Canine Advanced CGC Title. He has retired from agility and is working on accumulating titles in AKC Trick Dog and Scent Work with the same joy and success. Oliver is a very special first dog who made it all seem easy!

ariel18My beautiful and spirited young girl Twilyte Allstar “Dodger” competes in AKC rally, AKC, USDAA and NADAC agility, Barnhunt, AKC Scent Work, Trick Dog, Herding and UKC Conformation, where she has one Best in Show (Altered Class) win. Dodger has taught me a great deal about how to work with a very intense, fast, sensitive dog with significant drive and desire to understand her task.

The latest addition to our family is IDAWG Infinite “Newton,” a one year old tri sheltie who came to us from the Idaho Domestic Animal Working Group rescue. He is a bright and adorable boy who earned his CGC title and is just starting his career in agility. He has taught me how to work with a dog who needs a little extra help developing his confidence and bravery. He also dabbles in nosework, Barn Hunt, tricks and obedience with enthusiasm!

Top and middle photos by https://www.facebook.com/amyjeanwphotography/. Agility photo by Donna Lee, Q-Quest Agility. Bottom photo by Claire Krigbaum.