Kathleen spent the first thirty years of her life training and showing horses. She was a professional horse trainer and riding instructor until, at the age of 34, she went to medical school and became a Podiatrist. In 2000, she discovered dog agility.
She started with “Maggie,” the Border Collie she had at the time and successfully showed her in several agility venues. Maggie went on to acquire several advanced titles in CPE and AKC and the Accomplished Agility Dog championship title in USDAA.
In 2002, Kathleen rescued “Annie,” an eleven month old Border Collie. Annie went on to get the C-ATCH championship title in CPE and has the Gold Agility Dog Championship title, Gold Performance Championship title, and Tournament Masters-Platinum title in USDAA. She also has the Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, Annie was a finalist in Dog Agility Masters Team competition at the USDAA National competition held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Now at the age of thirteen, Annie is retired from agility competition but still enjoys daily games of Frisbee.
In 2006, Kathleen acquired “J.B.,” an eight week old Border Collie from Nancy Gyes and Jim Basic. J.B. is now eight years old and has his Gold Agility Dog Championship title and the Gold Lifetime Achievement Award title. He also has his Platinum Standard, Platinum Gamblers, Platinum Snooker, Platinum Relay Pairs and Platinum Tournament titles as well as Gold Jumpers title.
In June of 2014, Kathleen found “Spark” on a ranch in the central valley. He is her next agility star and started his agility foundation training at the age of eight weeks!
Kathleen’s dog training philosophy centers on positive reinforcement for both the dog and handler. Through positive reinforcement training, the dog/handler relationship is nurtured and strengthened. She believes that training and agility, above all, should be fun and enjoyable for both the dog and handler!