Debi has been professionally involved in dogs for over 20 years. Prior to her canine training career, she taught at the Maryland School for the Deaf as a behavioral specialist for deaf children with multi-handicaps. At home, Debi teaches obedience and Agility training and she competes in agility with her own dogs. Debi has titled dogs in NADAC, USDAA, and AKC.
In learning her craft, Debi has taught and titled and qualified many breeds. The list of breeds she has successfully titled includes All Americans, Beagles,
English Cockers, Golden Retrievers, Akitas, Border Collies, American Eskimos, McNab’s, Shetland Sheepdogs, Wheaten Terriers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and Labradors. Her classes include dogs of all heritages and she enjoys working with dogs who are not among the most popular agility breeds. Debi’s personal achievements include being among the top contenders (top 3) in her classes at several NADAC Championships; Winning the 16” division at the NADAC Championships; having multiple dogs in the NADAC top 10 through the years Many of her students have often made the top 10 rankings for their breeds nationally and have won their divisions in ASCA and NADAC at the championships. Currently, Debi is trialing her beloved old Border Collie Josh, her devil dog McNab Chime and her dearly loved but learning disabled Border Collie Garen. She finds each to be a challenge in different ways and loves and enjoys them all but Garen is her delight. Each little bit of progress he makes is remarkable and she appreciates the effort he must put into all that he does. She says he came to remind her why she started in agility – to have fun with her dog and watch him smile!
Paula has been involved in competitive agility since the early 90’s. In addition to competing, she has been teaching agility since 2000. Her students include dogs of a variety of breeds and not only is Paula well respected locally, she is also sought after for her superb instruction by groups throughout US and Canada.
She has had great success with her own dogs, including a Labrador Retriever named Rafiki’s Emily Jane (Emily), and her border collies Starcrest Victory N’ Motion (Tory), Rival’s Split Second Victory (Split) and Rival’s Tres Magnific Victoire (Trae).
All have had numerous placements at the NADAC Championships most recently including winning the Overall Touch N Go Championship and 3rd place Overall in the 20” Elite division in 2005. Split also won the Overall 16” Skilled Championships and Trae placed 2nd in the Overall 20” Pre-Elite Championships in 2007.