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], four AKC Master Agility Champion [MACH], two USDAA Agility Dog Champion [ADCH], Agility Dog Champion Bronze [ADCH Bronze], Agility Dog Champion Silver [ADCH Silver], Tournament Master-Silver and Life Time Achievement Award. She also has qualified and competed with two dogs at the AKC Agility Nationals in 2005-2007 and with three dogs at the USDAA Nationals in 2006-2010. In 2013, Annette’s dogs Poison and Legend competed and placed second 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 will be traveling with the team again in 2019 as Assistant Coach.
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 dog – a Border Collie named Presto – doing something they both love.
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.
Jahaira is an ER Nurse by profession and an outdoorswoman at heart. She greatly enjoys traveling and exploring the country with her husband and spending quality time with her dogs Tonny, Luna and Bryce for daily mental and physical enrichment. Some of their favorite activities include hiking, training and competing in agility.
As an instructor, Jahaira feels that the ideal relationship with a dog is one based on love, respect and understanding and it is important to her to provide dog parents with the necessary tools to develop a long-lasting and trusting bond with their dogs. Being a firm believer in force-free reinforcement-based dog training, Jahaira often uses the process of shaping behaviors to encourage dogs to make their own choices to earn a reward. Whether she is working with her own dogs or her students’ dogs, fun games are always part of the curriculum to help enhance the learning experience and actively engage both dogs and humans.
Jahaira is currently teaching Puppy classes, Basic Obedience/Manners classes and Trick classes in Davie, FL.