Agility Handling Seminars with Tracy Sklenar
December 7 and 8, 2015
Pawsitive Partners Agility Training Center
Enrollments open July 1, 2015
Tracy Sklenar has been training dogs and competing in dog agility for over 10 years. She is the Training Director of Leader of the Pack (www.lotp.com) in central New York State and was a longtime instructor at Susan Garrett’s Say Yes! Dog Training in Ontario, Canada.
Tracy has competed successfully in agility with a variety of dogs of shapes, sizes and temperaments. Currently, she shares her life with 5 dogs: 2 Dalmatians (13 year old Pierce and 12 year old Samson, both retired from agility), a Rat Terrier (10 year old Rebound) and 2 mixed breeds (6 year old Export and 3 year old Matrix). In the ring, their runs are noted for accuracy, consistency and speed! Besides putting numerous high level titles on the dogs, Tracy and her canine partners have earned multiple wins and placements at local, Regional and
National events. Samson and Export also enjoy careers as a models/actors for print advertising and TV commercials, with Tracy handling them as well as several other dogs for major ad campaigns and television appearances. Tracy has also appeared as a Behavior Counselor on Animal Planet’s ground-breaking series, “Animal Precinct.”
Rebound and Export have both appeared in multiple National finals in the US and Canada, in events that require speed (Steeplechase and Grand Prix) as well as consistency (DAM Team and Veterans All-Around). Both dogs have won and placed in Regional events in the US and Canada, as well as won numerous classes locally. Export has twice represented the USA at the European Open and will be returning to the team in 2012!
“Baby dog” Matrix has made her agility debut. She is a fast, exciting new partner who brings new heights of speed, power and drive to the game.
Tracy’s coaching experience ranges from local competitors to international teams. In 2011, she coached Team USA at the World Agility Open in the UK, with Team USA bringing home more medals and placements than any other team. She has also coached Team Canada at the IFCS World Agility Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2012, with Team Canada also bringing home impressive medal totals Local and national level students have achieved great success with a variety of breeds, including championship titles, national finals appearances, top five finishes in their breed, and more!
Tracy uses positive reinforcement, games and shaping to build brilliant behaviors in the dogs while teaching the handlers to be consistent and positive in their handling and dog training. She is also a regular contributor to Clean Run and DogSport magazines. She emphasizes teamwork, consistency, mental focus, handling mechanics, play and fun for both the handler and the dog. She also has extensive experience teaching and coaching, instructing local classes, teaching clinics& seminars throughout North America.