Melanie has been involved in dog agility since 1998, and has developed her own style of handling, melding concepts from great handlers around the world. Her handling is always aimed at giving the dog the earliest possible information, while keeping the handler ahead to show clear, effective cues. She also recognizes that each dog and handler team is unique, and works to find the best possible solution for that team. She believes that each team’s potential is unlimited and she works to give a clear plan for the next most critical steps to help that team reach their full potential.
Melanie has a unique approach to her instruction, combining several key concepts:
Melanie has been on multiple EO, IFCS, and WAO World Teams with multiple dogs, and she has several young, upcoming dogs that are preparing for overseas endeavors. At home, she regularly competes in the top levels of AKC and UKI trials. In addition to being a high level competitor, Melanie has also used her passion for the sport to champion improvements in safety for the sport plus availability of the new ISC program offered by AKC.
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