“I have a solid respect for the art of teaching animals. My love for training and competition began when I was 5, the first time I showed my pony. Since then, I have developed a deep-rooted passion for teaching people how to inspire their dogs to work for them. I have devoted my life to this work and am forever a student of the sport of agility and the mind of the dog.
I owe my career to 7 incredible dogs, Rasta, Brink, Sweep, Ty, Quill, Tux and Jigs. Each of them taught me how to bring out their best; all I had to do was listen to them. Together they have won hundreds of events on the local, regional, national and world stages. My dogs feed my soul and bring me joy everyday. Rasta, Brink, Sweep and Ty have passed away and are missed beyond measure.
Quill, my Jack Russell Terrier, is a World and National Champion. She has medaled 3 times at the world events. She has competed in England, Belgium and Spain and brought home her gold medal from Belgium in 2012. Quilly Bear won the USA Nationals in 2013. She retired in 2015.
Brink, my Border Collie, was a 3 time National Champion. He is the dog that put me ‘on the map’ in the sport.
Beyond the pride I have for my incredible dogs is the pride I have for my school and all the students who train there – they inspire me every day.”
Sandy has been a writer for Clean Run magazine since 2009. She has created 3 videos and a workbook teaching various aspects of agility. Sandy teaches and lectures on a national level for trainers’ conferences and agility clubs. You may have seen her competing on television at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge or the Westminster Agility Championships. Watch for her on-line classroom.