We both have been competing in dog agility with our Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties) since 1996, and it all started because of our beloved Brandy. As a puppy, was very shy and aloof. Every where we turned for advise to help build her self-esteem, someone suggested the sport of dog agility. We noticed a flyer in a local pet store about an all-day agility workshop in Pheland, CA. We signed up with our two shelties, Brandy then 3 and Jake at 6 months. In the dusty heat of the desert we worked for 6 hours learning this new, exciting sport. Needless to say, we got hooked!
We gradually started purchasing and making various pieces of agility equipment to help perfect our skills. Realizing how important it was to have a safe place with regulation equipment where you could take your dog to practice, and how rare such a facility was, we began offering our "field of equipment" to fellow agility competitors.
Since then, we have competed at the national level in the AKC, USDAA, and CPE divisions of agility, and have taken instruction from some of the nation's leaders in the sport. We have organized and participated in Dog Agility demonstrations for the LA County Fair, local schools, organizations, and charity events. For several years we offered dog training classes through the Riverside Community College Continuing Education program.
Our most challenging and rewarding endeavor was training Troy – our white sheltie who was born deaf. Through the use of sign language we were able to teach him agility and competed with him at the national level in the CPE division of agility. Because of Troy, we often worked closely with Dr. Monica Diedrich, Animal Communicator, to gain insight on how dogs view training techniques, how to recognize anxiety and stress in training, and most importantly, how to listen to them through their body language and actions and respond to their needs accordingly. Dr. Monica says, "Our pets are CONSTANTLY trying to communicate with us through their body language, and behaviors."
We offer group and private lessons in both Dog Agility and Doggy Good Manners at our facility in Riverside/Woodcrest California. Together, we teach all of our classes so our students have the benefit of two instructors. This often allows for individual instruction if necessary – even during class time.
In agility, you advance through the levels by obtaining a "qualifying" score or "Q" for short. The "Q" ribbons are often green as our primary colors. That is why we named our facility "CampWannaQ". It's always nice to get a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th ribbon placement but - YOU REALLY WANNA "Q"!