Loretta Mueller - February 2016
Loretta Mueller will be coming to Stars & Stripes Agility (Chino) February 4-7 for four days of handling seminars.
Thursday, Feb 4 – Masters Skills & Drills
Friday, Feb 5 – Masters/International Coursework
Saturday, Feb 6 – Inexperienced Teams/Younger Dog Skills Development
Sunday, Feb 7 – Inexperienced Teams sequencing/short courses (no contacts)
Each session will be from 9 to 5:30 with a lunch break. The cost is $165 per day for a working spot. Auditing is $50 per day. Drinks and light snacks will be available daily.
Loretta Mueller has been involved in agility since 2003 with her first rescue dog Ace. Since then she has been involved in a variety of dog training activities including USBCHA herding, competitive obedience, rally obedience, service dog and agility training. In 2007, she started Full Tilt Dog Training in Buckman, Minnesota--and the rest is history!
She has achieved ADCH’s with 4 Border Collies—Zip (retired due to back injury), Klink, Gator (achieving his ADCH at the age of 2 ½) and Lynn. Loretta and her dogs are no strangers to the finals at the Cynosports World Championships. Since attending her first Cynosports in 2008, she has competed with one or more dogs in each of the finals. The 2012 USDAA World Championships she had two dogs in EACH of the three finals; Grand Prix, Steeplechase and DAM Tournament.
In 2014, Loretta was chosen as Assistant Coach for the IFCS USA World Team; the team was very successful with many medals won. In 2015, Loretta was chosen as Coach for the WAO USA World Team, with competition scheduled for May 2016 in Buckingham, England.
In addition to her border collies, Loretta also is heavily involved in helping her husband, Andy Mueller, train his Jack Russell Terrier “Crackers,” who at the age of 5, has represented the US on the IFCS and WAO world teams the past two years. Crackers was the 2014 Steeplechase Champion and the 2015 WAO gold medalist in both Games and Biathlon! Andy and Crackers are no strangers to the podium, having brought home many medals in the US and abroad--yet this is his very first agility dog!
Loretta has an ability to work with all different breeds of dogs; she believes there is never a “one size fits all” method and she is very good at working with each dog and handler as an individual team to help them succeed. One of her specialties is building drive in dogs who otherwise might be a challenge, using positive methods! She believes it isn’t just about the handling of the courses, but the entire picture that makes a great agility team! Besides giving agility seminars and teaching at home, Loretta is also teaching online classes for The Denise Fenzi Academy on agility handling.
For more about Loretta, visit her website here.