Annette is an accomplished dog trainer and competitor from Puerto Rico who turned her passion for training into a profession in 1997. After spending several years traveling the country performing with her canine team as part of the Purina Incredible Dog Team, Annette started teaching Agility full time in Miami, FL.
She has competed with her dogs at numerous AKC and USDAA National events and represented Puerto Rico on an international level while competing at the World Agility Open Championships in England in 2011 with her dogs Dealer and Legend (Legend placed 4th in the Pentathlon class), at the IFCS Worlds in Texas in 2012 (Legend) and again at the World Agility Open Championships in Spain in 2013 (Legend). In 2014 at the IFCS CCOA Annette and Legend won silver in the Individual Biathlon. More recently (2013-2016) Annette has traveled to England, Austria and the Channel Islands to compete in various agility Festivals and Open competitions.
Over the years, Annette and her dogs have earned many honors and titles, including the AKC Companion Dog Excellent [CDX], Flyball Dog Champion [FDCH], several AKC Master Agility Champion [MACH] and USDAA Agility Dog Champion [ADCH] titles, Agility Dog Champion Bronze [ADCH Bronze], Agility Dog Champion Silver [ADCH Silver], Tournament Master-Silver and Life Time Achievement Awards. She also has qualified and competed with her dogs at several USDAA, UKI and AKC Agility National Events and earned placements [2nd] with her dogs Poison and Legend at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge (Eastern Region).
Outside of the competition ring, Annette’s canine team has performed in front of the camera for TV/movie work and advertising campaigns. Television appearances include “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The David Letterman Show”, as well as NBC’s “Today Show”. Her dog Dealer had a lead role in the Spanish Soap Opera “Perro Amor” while her dog Decker starred in the movie “Marley and Me”.
As much as she enjoys performing with her own dogs, Annette thrives on coaching others to be the best they can be and helping students achieve their training goals.
For Annette, training the ‘perfect’ dog begins with a strong relationship and realistic training goals geared toward the dog’s individual talents. Most importantly, it doesn’t matter whether you are training the next world champion or your best canine companion, keeping it fun is always the most important rule!
Annette has been part of the AKC European Open Team USA management team since 2017 and started her role as World Team Assistant Team Coach in 2019.
Annette currently offers private lessons, group classes and workshops in Landrum, SC and surrounding areas and is available for seminars upon request.
Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Venezuela and has been working as a Vet Tech since moving to the U.S. in 2003.
Maria discovered agility back in 2001 when she was looking for something fun to do with her first dog, Golden Retriever Orion. She is currently competing with her two Border Collies Preesa and Tastee.
As an instructor, Maria applies her knowledge and understanding of not only the sport of agility, but also of canine health and behavior, to help her students grow and succeed.
Besides teaching agility classes, Maria enjoys working out and coaching Level 1 Crossfit.
For Maria, positive can-do attitude is the key to success, on the agility field and in daily life.
Maria teaches Foundation classes and Advanced level group Agility classes at our Davie, FL location.
Tanya discovered her love for Agility after relocating from California to Florida in 2011. She is actively competing with her young Aussie Wonder and her Rescue Border Collie Gib, who has earned two AKC Master Agility Championship titles (MACh) and competed at multiple AKC National Agility Championship events.
Besides stepping in the ring with her own dogs, Tanya enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for dog training and the sport of Agility with others, specifically first time dog owners.
Her positive attitude and enthusiasm are simply contagious, making her a pleasure to be around and work with.
Tanya offers private lessons, Foundation classes and Starters through Advanced level group Agility classes in Davie, FL.
Sylwia relocated to the US after obtaining her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland in 2012. Her passion for Agility started in 2008 when she took her first class with her Aussie Twister.
What she enjoys most are the challenges of this ever-evolving sport, being part of the Agility community, training new skills and the opportunity to spend quality time with her dogs – Border Collies Pez and Opa.
Outside of the agility ring, Sylwia takes special interest in canine conditioning & rehabilitation as well as working with canine athletes. She obtained her certification as Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) and has since been an integral part of the rehabilitation efforts at ARRC (Animal Recreation and Rehabilitation Center).
Sylwia is currently teaching Advanced and Master level group Agility classes in Davie, FL.
Leslie Granville-Smith has been active in dog sports for over 14 years. Her interest in learning as much as she can to be up to date on latest trends in dog sports led her on a path to share her knowledge with others. Her competitive nature began with horses at the age of 14. She competed in many equestrian venues, which adds to her knowledge of Jumping Skills and navigation thru obstacles. Also in Dressage, which is like “dance” between horse and rider. That feeling can also be applied to Competitive Obedience and Rally where handler and dog are in sync as one. Several of her dogs have competed at National levels in both Agility and Rally. Her first performance dog, “Hope,” is the only Westie, to this day, to make it into the Finals at the AKC Invitational, where she placed 6th out of over 120 8″ height competitors.
Foundation is KEY in any dog sport, and that is what Leslie places the most emphasis on. Most of all, she believes, that any venue you choose with your Canine companion can be one of the most rewarding endeavors in life; whether it leads to competition or not.
Leslie is currently teaching Basic Obedience/Manners/CGC Prep classes, Trick classes, Skills classes for competitive Obedience and Rally and Agility classes in Davie, FL. Leslie is also an AKC approved CGC Evaluator.
Mardi started Agility in 1998 when she and her husband got their first Golden Retriever who needed a job! She quickly became addicted to training and competing and it wasn’t long before a second Golden joined the family so both Mardi and her husband could enjoy the game with their own dogs.
Somehow, during her very busy 30-year career as Dean of Students at a local community college, Mardi always found the time to train her dogs, which often sparked ideas for helping her students work through their academic challenges.
Over the years, Mardi has competed in AKC, USDAA and dabbled in UKI. Her dogs have attained many MACHs as well as a couple of ADCHs. Her love for Goldens brought her to breeding and over the last 15 years she has produced 6 litters of incredible performance dogs that have gone on to compete at highest levels, including running in AKC Agility National finals as well as many other big events. Mardi’s dog Sassy [MACH5 and CDX] was named top producing Golden dam of all time of MACH dogs – an accomplishment Mardi is most proud of.
Mardi enjoys sharing her passion for the sport and strongly believes in keeping training fun! She understands that all dogs are unique, and that one size does not fit all.
Mardi teaches private lessons, Basic Obedience classes, and Foundation through Advanced level group Agility classes in Landrum, SC.
Kat has been involved in dog sports since 2009. Some of her favorites include Rally, BarnHunt, Agility, Disc, Obedience, Tracking, Scentwork and Trick training though she currently competes primarily in Agility and Rally.
Her BorderStaffy Nemo – now enjoying semi-retirement – earned Championships in Rally and BarnHunt as well as multiple Agility Championships in both UKI [IAC2 and IWAC2] and USDAA [PDCH Bronze] and podium finishes at Regional and National events.
Her Border Collie Elite is a two-time USDAA Agility Champion and winner of the Rally Advanced class at Rally Nationals in 2021. She is currently working on earning her Rally Championship.
Kat has been teaching for over 10 ten years and enjoys seeing her students thrive and realize their goals.
Kat offers limited Rally, Obedience, Tricks, (Urban) Fitness, Senior Enrichment and Puppy Essential Skills classes in Landrum, SC. Kat is also an AKC approved CGC Evaluator.