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About Us (that is, my dogs and I)

Hi! I'm Lynn, the owner/trainer at Creekside Canines. My dogs are:
1. Wing, aka "the Princess", the 2-time Master Agility Champion. (Reg Name: MACH2 On Target's A Wing & A Prayer MXC, MJC)
2. My youngster, Psychic (OffOn Done With Smoke & Mirrors, MX, MXJ, MXB, MJB)
3. The baby, Gale, born 5/24/16, (BreezyBlue's Throw Caution to the Wind OA, OAJ) a niece and grandniece to Psychic and Wing who has just begun her competition agility career.
4. Cirque [RETIRED] (Reg Name: Holther's Cirque du Soleil MX AXJ)
5. And gone but never forgotten, my first agility dog, Maggie, the amazing rough collie (Sylvan's Beyond Magnolia MX2 MXJ2) who was lost to cancer at age 7.

Lynn & Cirque at the end of a run at Vero Beach, FL Some history (and brags)... I've been involved in competitive sports most of my life. Like many agility people, my background is in horses. Originally from northern California, I competed successfully for many years with Quarter horses in western pleasure, stock seat equitation, hunter under saddle, trail, etc.

After moving to the Florida Keys, my competitive nature led me to sailfish tournaments where I was fortunate to win a number of tournaments including a $50,000 Trifecta consisting of the Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Tournament, Holiday Isle tournament and Key Largo tournament. During this time, I lost my old Norwegian Elkhound so I purchased a lovely rough collie puppy. My sweet Maggie. This pup made it clear early on that she would not be content to be a typical pet dog. She needed a job and needed it fast. Maggie and I discovered agility and the rest, as they say, is history.

Name Dropping... In the course of my agility life, I've been helped by many "name" handlers/trainers including Ann Braue, Karen Holik, Stuart Mah, Jenn Crank and, more recently, Jenni Leino from Finland. But my primary trainer for years in South Florida was the amazing Annette Alfonso. I am so very lucky to have been able to  work extensively with Annette these past years. And it's thanks to Annette that I have one of my border collies, my MACH2 (2 time Master Agility Champion) Wing. Wing is the daughter of Poison, one of Annette's fabulous border collies. Annette comes to Creekside in the fall for some special seminars and workshops for my students. Recently, I've been helped by Canadian world team member, and 3 time gold medal winner (Netherlands, 2016 IFCS, 2017 WAO Netherlands, 2018 IFCS Italy), Shauna Oliver, who has a littermate to my Psychic. Shauna has been to Creekside 3 times to help with my students.

In addition to the direct training, I also participate in online training offered by a number of trainers and handlers such as Daisy Peel, Silvia Trkman (Slovenia) and One Mind Dogs (Finland).

How I train & teach... sort of. My early training was based on the Mecklenberg - Awesome Paws Handling System (APHS); however, handling styles or "systems" are evolving constantly. At present, several Europeans are a strong influence on way we train and run our dogs. Building on that training is the incredible One Mind Dogs team of Finland which I am blending with APHS. I do my best to keep up the trends and apply them as I feel they best suit myself and my students. I do NOT believe that one size fits all. I try hard to be flexible in my teaching and to find solutions for each dog/handler team that will work the best for THAT particular team regardless of whether it fits into any particular system. My goal is always to keep things clear and consistent for both the dog and the student.

My focus has an emphasis on dog training. I feel that the better dog trainer we are, the less perfect of a handler we have to be. I also feel that since many in agility are of a certain age and perhaps not in the best of physical condition, that we can learn to run and train our dogs using distance handling so you do not have try to keep up with your dog. In fact, training (and retraining dogs who started elsewhere) dogs to perform real stopped contacts so the handler can get ahead has become something of a specialty training area for me along with independent weave pole performance.

What I like about teaching.
I think the best part about teaching is the variety of dogs and students that I get to work with. Most of the time I feel that I'm learning as much, if not more, than my students. Once again, one size does not fit all and every dog is an individual. I love the challenge of finding what motivates each particular dog. And there is nothing I love more than to see that magical moment when the lightbulb goes off and I see that a dog and/or their owner really GETS what we're working on at that moment.

See me run... :) If you'd like to see some agility in action, you can see some of my public YouTube videos here. I also have some private videos which will be available to you if/when you become a student at Creekside. These training videos will be your backup for things we'll be going over in class.

Maggie, the collie RIP