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Shannon Rhude

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Q&A with Shannon:

What do you like most about agility?

There are so many things I like about agility I don’t know where to start. The first thing I will mention is how much fun it is. Not just competing in agility but all the training that goes into it. I just love it. I can not think of any other way I would rather spend my time. The second thing I will mention is the bond that is created between me and my dog. To have the kind of relationship with your dog that is so strong that you both think you are the most fun in the world. The third and last thing I will mention is the satisfaction of seeing my dog’s progress over time. From starting with a dog that knows nothing about agility to completing obstacles and putting things together. Eventually you are running sequences. When you think about it, it is just amazing.

Tell us about your dog(s):

Current Dog: Grady, Australian Cattle Dog – Born Nov 20, 2007

Past Dogs: Murphy, Dalmatian
Duncan, Dalmatian

What are some of your agility highlights?

  • Adopting my first dog, Murphy, from the Humane Society and discovering the sport of dog agility. Although Murphy and I did not do very well in agility, he taught me a lot about everything to do with dogs including that inseparable bond.
  • Learning about foundation agility training and 2 x 2 weave pole training. Being able to teach these skills to Duncan and see fabulous results.
  • Adopting my first puppy Grady and being able to train a dog from scratch.

Tell us about your experience teaching agility:

  • Been involved in agility since 2004
  • Competing in agility since 2006
  • Hi Flyers Instructor since 2006
  • I have read numerous books and watched many videos on dog training.
  • Even though I am an agility instructor and I have read a lot of books and watched many videos, I find that the most valuable experience I have is the training of my own dogs.
  • I have attended many seminars (listed in the training section).

What do you in your “other” life (apart from dogs) ?

I work in the Technology Development department as a Fermentation Specialist at Apotex Fermentation Inc. Apotex is a biopharmaceutical company that produces pharmaceutical ingredients via the fermentation process. If you have ever taken any medication that has “Apo” on the label it was made by Apotex!!

Have you attended any other classes or workshops for agility?

Agility Handling Seminar – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Fall, 2006
Agility in Manitoba
Instructed by Terry Smorch

Agility Handling Seminar – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Jan 20-21, 2007
Agility In Manitoba
Instructed by Rachel Sanders

Agility Handling Seminar – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Feb 3-4, 2007
On Cue Sports
Instructed by Barb Davis

Agility Handling Seminar – Burnsville, Minneapolis – Mar 20-22, 2007
Agile Canines
Instructed by Susan Perry and Deb Hutchinson

Agility Handling Seminar – Oakbank, Manitoba – Sept 8-9, 2007
JoAnne Nelson
Instructed by Theresa Rector

Agility Handling Seminar – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Sept 29-30, 2007
The Canine Coach – Lisa Kalkhoven
Instructed by Dante Camacho

Agility Handling Seminar – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Nov 10-11, 2007
On Cue Sports
Instructed by Bard Davis

Agility Handling Seminar – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Jan 11-14, 2008
Agility In Manitoba
Instructed by Tracy Sklenar

Agility Handling Seminar – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Jul 18-21, 2008
Klondike’s Northern Agility
Instructed by Tracy Sklenar

Agility Handling Seminar – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Nov 15-16, 2008
On Cue Sports
Instructed by Barb Davis

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