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Author: Ivette

I live in the North East region of the U.S. I am married and have 3 JRTS. I have competed in dog agility for about 12 years. I created this blog as a personal journal to document our journey.
Netherlands!!

Netherlands!!

A few weeks ago Roxy and I headed across the pond to Hellendoorn, Netherlands for the 2019 IFCS World Agility Championships! I was so excited and honored to once again represent the United States at this amazing competition. The event did not disappoint! The courses were amazing and a blast to run. It was great seeing old friends from other countries. I love this one ring international event as you can watch all the amazing teams. Our own team USA put in some amazing runs and had several podium appearances!!

I could not have been prouder of my little peanut. These international events are crowded, loud and high energy. Roxy and I had some really great parts to every run. Her demeanor matched the energy of the event. She was focused, pumped and ready to go each time we stepped to the line. This was such a major milestone in our training and this behavior alone was enough to make me so proud of her. I managed to handle her well in most areas and gave her the information she needed in a timely manner. We struggled a bit with our weave pole entrances however. Roxy is very sensitive to my energy and I think she was reading my lack of faith and not trusting her and over managing her poles. By the end of the weekend I let go of that energy and she nailed her weave pole entry no issues! Lesson learned!! That being said, my take away homework from the event is to practice challenging weave pole entries and improve our dog walk performance.

We hope we have the opportunity for future world team performances. We sure enjoyed this one!! Here is a collection of our 1st International World Team adventure!

Dream Big!!

Dream Big!!

Well once again it has been too long since I last made a blog post. Right after our last post Roxy and I were getting ready to head to IFCS World Team try outs in Tennessee. Our goals for try outs was to focus on Roxy’s confidence and overall mental wellness. I knew Roxy had the skills, I just needed to figure out how to get her best self in the competition ring. I knew if gave it our best we would have a good shot at making the team. Well my little poodle girl exceeded my expectations at try outs. She ran her heart out and I managed to give her what she needed. We ended the weekend as overall 1st place 12″ dog and winning a spot onto the 2019 IFCS Team USA! I was beyond over the moon proud of what we had accomplished. We have had a long journey to get to this point and I know our journey is far from over but we were not afraid to dream big!

Here is one of our runs from try outs: