A shelter puppy brought me into the world of dogs in 1997. I fell in love with his companionship and unconditional love. Since having that special pup, I have done basic obedience training, boarding, pet therapy testing and visits, as well as agility, for over twenty years.
I began agility with a sweet dachshund named Frankie--- a breed not commonly seen in agility--- but neither are the papillons that I currently have! But that proves you don’t need a border collie, nor do you need to be an athlete, to play this wonderful sport. One Mind Dogs methods are about the bond, communication, and fun of performing a challenge with your dog.
My passion lies in teaching these methods. I find great joy in seeing people and dogs connect. The teamwork is inspiring, and the work is fun. I would love to share it with you.
From the students:
Bruce & Laura
I appreciate that Karalee is teaching me how to handle a variety of course sequences, obstacle by obstacle, with specific advise on how to position myself to communicate clearly to my dog where to go in time for the dog to plan her trajectory. We try different options for the course flow. There is usually more than one way to get where we need to go, and I love learning to think, and practice, outside the box; to see and execute the alternatives. I am often quite outside my comfort zone as Karalee encourages me to try a less obvious solution to the course sequence, and it is fun and confidence building (for me and my canine partner) to learn and get good at a new move. The communication between me and my dog is becoming more of an art, less hit and miss, as Karalee gives me feedback about where my feet, or my eyes, or my hands were indicating , which resulted in what (often unintended) action my dog took. Bring that hard course on! Bruce says ditto. :)
I used to run for Q's, now I run for the fun!