Tracy Sklenar will be coming to DogGrrrCise Agility (Las Vegas, NV) from March 17-19, 2017. The following seminars will be offered:
Friday, Marcy 17 AM (9am-12:30pm) - Foundation Handling Skills
Friday, March 17 PM (1:30pm-5pm) - Got Drive? Get FOCUS!
Saturday, March 18 (9am-5pm) - What Every Agility Dog Should Know
Sunday, March 19 (9am-5pm) - Master The Course!
Foundation Handling Skills
Bring your puppies, young dogs and dogs in need of better foundation to learn how to train amazing handling skills! We will be working on the flat and with wings to teach the dogs how to “read” your handling, while teaching you how to communicate with your pup!
Got Drive? Get FOCUS!
Tracy is a master at getting a great balance of focus and drive from all types of dogs! Turn your teamwork around and learn how to bring out the best in your dog! Are you having trouble getting your dog to be attentive and execute trained behaviors at classes and/or trials? This clinic covers dealing with all sorts of distractions is perfect for dogs that sniff or run slowly as well as dogs that get ‘over the top’.
What Every Agility Dog Should Know
What Every Agility Dog Should Know: In this handling clinic, we will work on the skills needed for success on course at any level! We will be focusing on side changes/crosses, getting speed, cuing turns, using rotations and deceleration, and handling discriminations.
Master The Course
You will be presented with high level challenges to help prepare you and your dog for anything you will encounter on course in 2017 and beyond! Expand your toolbox while honing existing skills to tackle any challenge. Get ready for upcoming trials with sequences using the challenges found in USDAA and AKC. Learn the tricks to keeping your feet facing forward to maximize your running ability while also getting tight turns from the dog. Learn how to use international handling techniques to effectively guide your dog around the course as well as get ahead and stay ahead on big lines.
Half-day seminars will have 8 working spots. Working spots for half-day seminars are $90; auditing is $35. Full-day seminars will have 10 working spots. Working spots for full-day seminars are $180; auditing is $75.
Registration for the seminars will be handled by Agility University, with registration opening on Thursday, December 1, 2016. To enroll, follow the procedures below - payment holds your spot! Direct questions to Sue at the Agility U office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The registration periods opens on December 1st. If there is a lot of interest in working spots, registration will be done by lottery. The lottery will be done on December 15 at 5pm EST. The lottery will include all registration received before 12/15 at 5pm. To register, please follow this procedure:
1. Email email@example.com with the following information:
a. Dog’s Name
b. Handler’s Name
c. Email address
d. Clinic you are registering for
**If registering for more than one clinic or more than one dog, please send a separate email for each clinic and each dog**
2. Send payment by mail or by PayPal
a. By mail: Make check payable to Leader of the Pack and send to 181 Chestnut Grove Road, Callaway, VA 24067
b. By PayPal: Send payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
**If registering for more than one clinic or dog, please send a separate check for each dog**
If the clinics fill and you do not get a working spot, your payment will be refunded or your check destroyed. Payments are non-refundable unless your spot can be filled.
Tracy Sklenar has been training dogs and competing in dog agility for almost 20 years and is perhaps the only handler in the world who has gotten the podium & won medals in international Finals as a coach for her country, as a coach for a different country AND as a handler with her own dog in both team and individual events. She is on the faculty of Agility University (www.agility-u.com) and travels throughout North America to teach seminars and compete. 2016 has started with a bang, with Export winning 3 gold medals and 1 bronze medal at USDAA Regional events, and Voodoo and Nacho beginning their careers in the ring!
2015 was an exciting year, with Tracy and Export winning a Silver medal (Team) and Bronze medal (Individual Agility) for the USA at the IFCS World Agility Championships as well as winning multiple regionals and enjoying a very successful Nationals. 2014 was also a busy year, featuring wins in 5 different Regional Finals (in 2 different heights), a 4th place finish in the Steeplechase Finals at USDAA's Cynosport World Games as well as running in both the Team Finals and the Master Challenge Finals, selection to a spot on Team USA at European Open, winning a spot on Team USA for IFCS and earning a Finalist spot at the AKC National Championships.
Tracy has competed successfully in agility with a variety of dogs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments. Currently, she shares her life with 6 dogs: a Rat Terrier (retired 14 year old Rebound), 3 BC mixes (11 year old Export, 8 year old Matrix and 3 year old Voodoo), and a two Papillons (4 year old Crusher and 2 year old Macho Nacho). In the ring, their runs are noted for focus, accuracy, consistency and speed!
Tracy also has extensive coaching experience, ranging from local competitors to international teams. In 2012 and 2011, she was the Coach/Manager of Team USA at the World Agility Open in Belgium and the United Kingdom , and in both years was proud to see the US team bring home more medals than any other country both times! She served as the Manager/Coach for Team Canada at the IFCS World Agility Championships in 2008, 2010 and in 2012. These teams were very successful, ranking high in the Individual medal count and bringing home medals in the Team event.
Outside of international competitions, Tracy's local and national level students from line classes and online classes have achieved great success with a variety of breeds, including championship titles, national finals appearances, top five finishes in their breed, Invitational appearances, and more! Tracy uses positive reinforcement, games and shaping to build brilliant behaviors in the dogs while teaching the handlers to be consistent and positive in their handling and dog training. She is heavily influenced by various international styles of handling and emphasizes teamwork, connection, consistency, mental focus, play and fun for both the handler and the dog to build a clear system of communication for each team.