About Dawn Ecker
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I got started in agility with my Border Collie Tess in late 2001.  I was new to agility and had much to learn.  Tess and I competed in the highly competitive 20” class at the AKC Nationals in 2007 and 2010 and in 16” Preferred in 2013. During Tess’s career we obtained the highest titles in USDAA and AKC including 2 MACH titles and 1 PACH title.

I am now competing at the Masters level in AKC and USDAA with my young Border Collie Tula. (Pictured above).  With Tess and Tula we have participated in many seminars around the country. I have taught my “Course Management” class in Muscatine for 4 years. In the past couple years, I teach multiple skill level teams 3 days a week at QCDC in Davenport, IA.  Positive reinforcement, connection, cues and commitment are my passion. In every class, I try to instill positivity and encouragement with each team.

I look forward to working with you in the future!

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About Jennifer Gibson

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Jennifer has been training and competing in dog sports for eight years.  She has competed in rally, nose work, agility, and dock diving with her Border Collies and Miniature Schnauzers.  She also trains her Border Collies in herding and hopes to compete in herding trails in the near future. Jennifer loves working with different breeds and adapting to the individual dog to bring out their best.

Jennifer teaches two levels of agility foundation classes on Thursday evenings at QCDC. The classes introduce the dogs to the agility obstacles (jumps, tunnels, weaves, teeter, A-frame, dog walk), cover basic handling maneuvers, and build the dog’s engagement with their handler and desire to play the game of agility!

The goal is to introduce dogs and handlers to the game of agility in a way that is fun and rewarding for both members of the team. For the dog, the focus is on building their comprehension, confidence, and speed through a progressive curriculum.  For the human part of the team, the classes covers concepts like marker training, training mechanics, rate of reinforcement, placement of reward, the many ways to communicate information to your dog, and the importance of creating a flow of properly timed information. The main objective of the class is to teach YOU how to effectively train your dog the necessary skills & desire to successfully play the game of agility.

For more information, or to enroll in a class, you can contact Jennifer by email at JGibson8810@gmail.com