Chris is an advocate of a strong foundation in agility based on positive reinforcement and clear communication between the handler and dog. Chris believes that the best compliment she can receive in the agility ring is that she and her dog are a team. Chris is a fun, knowledgeable, and experienced instructor and will help you become a team – whether that is in the agility ring or in your lifelong journey with your dog.
Chris has been involved with dog training since 2002 in the venues of obedience, therapy dog work, and agility. Chris first started in obedience because she wanted something to do with her dog and she wanted to have a dog “that she could live with”. What was supposed to be a little class to teach her dog basic obedience quickly became a lifelong passion for dog training. Chris trained three of her Aussies in obedience and obtained the Utility Dog title on all three. Shortly after her introduction to obedience, Chris stumbled upon the sport of agility. Chris’ athletic background along with her love for dogs proved to be a perfect match. Chris has achieved the Master Agility Championship on 2 of her Aussies and has earned 7 MACHs in total. Chris has competed extensively with her Aussies and has earned the sport’s top titles, and along with her Aussie Porter, has also been ranked as the Number 1 Aussie for several years. In 2015 and 2016, Chris and Porter earned an invitation to compete at the AKC Invitational in Orlando. In 2016, Chris and Porter made it to the Invitational finals as the number one seed and finished in second place. Chris still competes with Porter and is also competing with her young Aussie, Sculpin.