Susan and her husband Glen have been involved with agility for over 15 years. They are regular fixtures competing their numerous Shelties at agility trials all over the Tri-State area. Susan has earned twelve MACHS on eight different dogs. Susan has qualified and competed in six National Agility Championships and has coached many of her students to MACH's and National Agility Championship qualifiers. Susan has taken one of her young Shelties, "MACH Cheer" to the world team tryouts twice.
She has had the unique opportunity to train and handle many different breeds of dogs in Agility. In addition to handling her numerous Shelties, she has also handled Border Collies, German Shepherds, an Aussie, a Toy Poodle, a Cocker Spaniel, a cavalier a Corgi, and even a Red & White Irish Setter. This has given her extensive experience training and competing different breeds in every jump height.
Susan has been involved with training and competing dogs and horses since childhood.
Susan competed in Junior Showmanship and Obedience as a child.
As a young adult, she competed her first Sheltie in Obedience, earning many firsts and a few High in trials. Ten years ago Susan decided to give up showing horses and concentrate on her dogs full time.
Susan breeds Shetland Sheepdogs and has owner handled many of her home bred dogs to their breed & performance Championships as well as Herding titles. She has bred many of the top placing agility Shelties currently out competing.
Susan has hosted and attended several agility seminars over the past 10 years. She has either taken seminars or trained with several of the top agility instructors including Rosie Sutherland, Chris Ott, Jennifer & Susan Crank, Linda Mecklenburg, John Nys, Nancy Gyes, Jaako & Anita and Anne Andrle.
Susan's teaching style and beliefs derive from a culmination of the seminars and lessons she has taken, her competition experience, her background working with many types of dogs and handlers in agility and other disciplines, and her extensive experience with horse training and competition.
She believes in a motion based handling system with emphasis on keeping a connection with your dog by balancing a set of natural and trained cues. Susan is dedicated to creating a positive lesson experience for her students and encourages them to have a positive attitude towards training their dogs.