Teri has more then 20 years of experience
training and showing dogs in a
multitude of events, including conformation,
obedience, flyball and agility,
achieving early success as a National Junior
Conformation Champion and
winning Championships at Jack Russell trials.
Teri was a member of Alberta's
fastest flyball team for Five years in NAFA, but
her primary focus and main passion for the last
several years has been agility. As one of the top
agility competitors in Canada. Teri has had the
opportunity to compete on various world teams,
representing Canada at IFCS, WAO and AWC.
Teri's proudest moment so far has been the
2013 World Agility Open in Spain, where her
Border collie Tylt placed well in all events but
brought her 1st Gold Medal as a 22" Biathlon
Teri strives to refine a smooth handling style,
which increases on course flow and creating
handling efficiency. Teri has quite a bit of
European influence in her techniques and this
results in tight turns and maximum speed from
any dog. As more North American handlers
incorporate these methods, the overall result
will be improved performacnce in Canadian
Agility. Teri's goal is to share her knowledge and
skills with other handlers who want to encourge
the best performance possible from themselves
and their dogs.
Meaghan alongside her sister has grown up in the Dogsport world. With over 18 years of experience participating in Conformation, Obedience, Flyball, Agility, Disc Dog, Dock Diving, and Superdogs. Meaghan won her first National Agility Championship as a Junior Handler at 17 with her first border collie Flyte. Flyte then went on to win many Regional and National titles with Meaghan after that.
Meghan then branched out on her own for several years training independently and also joining the Norther Power Paws Flyball club. There she achieved a PB of 3.734 with her BC Wynd, and was part of their Top Team for several Fun years. But then made the hard decision to focus solely on agility when her young dog Snow Devyl was growing up.
Wynd took Meaghan to the height of the Agility World, making 3 consecutive WAO World teams, and IFCS teams twice as alternate. Wynd was the dog that took Meaghan to the next step to the World Stage, and Wynd gave it her all while there. But it was her daughter Snow Devyl that was born for it. At only 2 years old, Snow Devyl made her first World team, and has been on a team every year since. Now at only 5 years old, they have won a Total of 7 Medals to date for Team Canada at the IFCS World Agility Championships with no signs of slowing down.
Meaghan approach to handling is to choosing the best lines possible for the dog, and for the handler to get and stay ahead. Communicating with the dog where they are going before they get there. So much of that stems from the dog having solid understanding of its job and the obstacles, so the handler can have the confidence to leave and get ahead, and trust the dog. With the dog having a solid understanding, that is when you can build up your distance as well. And when it all comes together it is a beautiful thing, but it is all tied together, the solid understanding, then the trust and confidence, then the right handling. She believes there is so much more to agility then just doing the next obstacle, and when you start to understand how much more there is to the game, then it gives everything you are already doing a new perspective.