We first met in 2008 while training Emma, Lilly and Rosie at McCann’s. Since then we’ve become friends, training partners, friendly competitors and now we’ve created Dog Agility Ontario.
Our goal, with Dog Agility Ontario, is to build a “competitor friendly” organization that runs fun and efficient agility trials for the hundreds of agility enthusiasts who live, train and compete in the area bounded by Kingston, Muskoka and London. We recognize that many of our fellow competitors are “world class” and that the rest of us would like to become as proficient. We hope that our trials will be challenging but fair, allowing us all equal opportunities to enhance our handling skills and our rapport with our furry teammates and HAVE FUN!
Dog Agility Ontario will earn your support as we run our events. We will also need your help as agility events cannot exist on their own – volunteers will be needed to help with scoring/timing, course building and in-ring crew to set bars and adjust equipment.
Dog Agility Ontario welcomes your input – without it, knowing how to deliver an experience that exceeds customer expectations will be a challenge. To send us your comments please email them to us at email@example.com.
We hope to see you on course. Always remember, play hard and HAVE FUN!
Sandy & Gary
My wife, Margaret Bartlett, and I own 3 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers – Emma (14), Madeleine (11) and Lilly (6). Our first Toller Emma having joined our family in 1998.
All three Tollers are agility enthusiasts having been trained first at Campaign Dog Academy and then at McCann’s starting in 2003. Since then, The Tollers have been competing at club, regional and national levels including the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 AAC Regionals and the 2009 and 2011 AAC Nationals.
Like my other favourite sport – competitive yacht racing, agility requires dedication, teamwork relationship and drive to succeed. Like yacht racing, practice does make perfect and we find ourselves training frequently, even while hiking in the bog – a natural Toller habitat or jumping a low fence walking along a road at the cottage.
To me it is all about building a rapport and confidence with your teammates and I have two pretty good teammates in Emma and Lilly! Madeleine no longer can compete due to health matters but she still cheers the other on from her crate on occasion!
When not on the agility field, I enjoy boating and occasionally going flying or for a paddle in my kayak with Marg and 3 Tollers….that can be exciting to say the least!
While good results are always the objective in any competitive sport, as The Tollers have lots of titles and Masters Q’s (Emma has 3 Masters Qs), it is also about having fun and knowing when to “dial up” or “dial down” the intensity to achieve the sought after result, so remember – Agility is a game – enjoy it and have fun with your teammate!
I am a resident of Waterdown, Ontario, as such, I am fortunate to be less than 10 minutes away from excellent agility training instructors and facilities.
My four legged partner is Rosie, a 7 year old All Canadian (we think she is a shepherd-cattle dog mix). Rosie was rescued from the Oakville Humane Society in July 2006 when she was one year old. Following her adoption we immediately began obedience training then agility training. Her first AAC trial was in August 2008. Her very first Q was in Oct. 2008. On September 29, 2012 Rosie earned her ATChC.
Rosie and I participated in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 AAC Ontario Regionals. We qualified for the AAC Nationals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and attended the 2011 Nationals in Barrie.
My wife (Tammy) is also an agility enthusiast with Tara. Tara, a 3.5 year old German Shepherd mix, is a rescue dog from the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA. Tara is currently learning agility and has started to compete in June 2012.
When I am not playing agility, I am a product manager and have worked for large companies like Canon, Purolator and Bell Mobility. I am a high tech gadget junkie.
I am also an avid photographer, you may have seen me at trials and my work at www.agilitypics.com.