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Agility with Allie
by Daneka Hedges

I stared training Allie, a Papillon, one year-two months ago in AKC agility trials mostly in Ohio, but also in the neighboring states. I previously trained a Standard Poodle, Ramsey, in obedience and got involved in agility shortly after. I showed Ramsey in USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association) junior program for three years, until we completed our Elementary Certificate, and I retired Ramsey at 11 years old. Now that I had some experience training Ramsey, I knew I wanted a dog that was little, smart and fast. The Papillon ended up being the perfect dog for me. I purchased Allie in June 2003 and trained her all summer on the equipment my father and I built and by Spring 2005 I decided Allie was ready for her first AKC agility show. We stared showing in many shows around Ohio, and by Spring 2006, just ten months after Allie’s first show, we received our Excellent A Standard and Excellent A Jumpers titles. We are now finishing up our Excellent B Standard and Excellent B Jumpers, and have six double Qs toward our MACH (Master Agility Champion) title. Hopefully our hard work will pay off and Allie and I will he able to compete in the AKC National Agility Championship. My advice to all kids just getting started in agility, is be patient with your dog, practice, listen and watch more experienced handlers, and have fun.