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About the Trainer
Cindy Hunter started out working with reactive dogs at a local shelter assisting in classes intended to provide new dog owners with peace of mind by building dog/owner confidence while learning how to desensitize dogs in a positive environment. She has committed to growing herself by attending several seminars by John Rogerson (World Renowned Dog Trainer and Behaviorist) and am a Certified ABC Dog Trainer.
The high level of training and body language required to accomplish this introduced Cindy to the world of dog agility. A fast, fun dog sport where the owner and dog work as a team to finish a course. With the emphasis being on FUN. What better way to grow your bond with your dog.
She has a special affection for the Sporting Breeds am the current proud owner of 3 Vizslas. Her recent accomplishments are (per Vizsla Club of America):
2013 – #1 Excellent Preferred Vizsla, #4 Open Preferred Vizsla
2014 – #1 Excellent Preferred Vizsla, #2 Open Preferred Vizsla
2015 – #2 Excellent Preferred Vizsla
What is dog agility?
Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.
In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, rubber, or special matting. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed.
Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.
What does a course look like?
Course map showing the layout of the course in the following photos. Maps like this are commonly used by officials to communicate the course to handlers.