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Sarah Baker will be returning to The Field (Northridge) June 9-11.  She was a big hit last year, and we are excited to be hosting her again. 


The focus for the workshops will be on handling:

Friday, June 9 (8:30AM-5:00PM) - Masters Handling

Sarah will watch each team and help identify areas for improvement.  We will be focusing on building speed and accuracy.

Saturday, June 10 (8:30AM-5:00PM) - Masters

This session is for dogs competing at the Excellent/Masters level in AKC and USDAA.

Sunday, June 11 (8:30AM-12:30PM) - Puppies & Young Dogs

This session is intended for dogs who are not yet competing, or who would like to brush up on foundations and short sequences.  Equipment will be limited to jumps and tunnels.

Sunday, June 12 (1:00-5:00PM) - Take The Darn Obstacle!

This session will be about improving obstacle commitment - particularly for the jumps right in front of your dog  You are heading toward an obstacle, giving direction, but your dog checks in with you, spins, and ta-da!  a refusal.  Sarah will work on obstacle commitment, discrimination, and driving forward in this session.

Half day sessions will have 6 working spots, and are $75 for a working spot/$15 for an auditing spot.  Full day sessions will have 9 working spots, and are $165 for a working spot/$25 for an auditing spot.  Lunch will be available for $10 per day.  Drinks and snacks will be provided to all participants.

To register, contact Kate Bernstein at

About Sarah


Sarah Baker became interested in dog training at the age of 13, which led to her raising her first Guide Dog puppy.  She ended up raising 5 more Guide Dog puppies and 7 service dog puppies, and in 2000 made a career in training dogs and started teaching obedience classes.  She first started in agility in 2008, and quickly became hooked.  


In 2015, Sarah made AKC history by winning the National Agility Championship with both her border collie, Hops, in 20" and her Novice A dog, labrador retriever, Rice, in 20" Preferred at the same event.  Later that year, both Hops and Rice made multiple podium appearances at the USDAA Cynosport World Championships.  She rounded out the year by winning a spot onto the 2016 European Open team with Hops, after finishing the tryout event in a cumulative first place.  In March, Hops & Sarah upheld their title as NAC champion by repeating their win in the 20" class.  You can watch their Finals run here


In addition to Hops and Rice, Sarah competes with her All-American, Dillon, who has had a successful career including being ranked as the #1 mixed breed dog in AKC Agility in 2014.  Based in the Pacific Northwest, Sarah teaches foundations through competition classes, and works with dogs of all breeds and sizes.


For more about Sarah, visit her website here.

Sarah Baker - June 2017

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