Power Paws Agility Camp

Camp 2017 Info

ENTRIES OPEN FEBRUARY 1, 2017 at 6 PM Pacific Magic Time

Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, California.

Camp Dates-November 3, 4, 5. 2017

The Yolo County Fairgrounds is a beautiful location with extensive grass fields, shade trees, and RV hookups as well as nice tent camping locations. We are really excited to have our Camp for the fourth year in this lovely environment.


General Information Camp 2017

ENTRIES OPEN FEBRUARY 1, 2017, at 6 PM Pacific Magic Time

Camp is three ++ days, Friday to Sunday. Thursday afternoon there is a 4:00 PM lecture and Open House and the rings will be open for practice as soon as they are set.

All campers will receive a Magical Camp commemorative T-shirt and a Camp workbook with all the drills and course explanations and articles. Lunch all three days as well as our Saturday night dinner is included in the cost for full time campers and observers.

The 3 day camp will host 6 instructors in 6 groups with 9 to 11 handlers in each group. Each group will work with each of the instructors.

Campers will spend a portion of each day with an instructor. Every handler will work with each instructor.

Camp Registration will remain open until camp is full and we have a waiting list of 15 campers. Observers are unlimited. Camp workers are by Camp Manager’s invitation only.

Camper Fees for 2017

  • $685.

Observer Fees-

  • 1 day- $120.
  • 2 days- $200.
  • 3 days- $280.

You may register for one or more days of observing. If you are working a dog you will be registering for all three days. You cannot sign up for individual days as a participating camper. You may opt to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot when you register. Final camp payment is due on August 1, 2017.

One month prior to camp you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the primary dog you will work at camp. You must have a dog that fulfills the Camper prerequisites by the time of camp.

Prerequisites for All Level Camp

Minimum Dog Qualifications:

All dogs must have a novice standard title in AKC or USDAA or CPE (equivalency in CPE is Class 2 minimum). This camp will have groups at Novice++/Open, Excellent, and Masters level.

Novice and Pre-Novice Camp Groups

If camp does not fill by August 1 we will open up camp to dogs without titles.

Aggression Policy

No aggression by any dog towards humans or dogs will be tolerated at Camp.

Please do not apply if you cannot guarantee your dog’s good behavior. Any dog showing aggression during Camp will not be allowed to continue to participate in Camp exercises. Please do not bring extra family dogs with you to Camp if you cannot also guarantee their good behavior around the rings and on the equipment, even after hours. No refunds will be given if your dog is not allowed to participate.

Contact Nancy Gyes with any questions.

Your Working Group

Based on the information that you gave us about your primary dog on the online update form, or the groups that you formed yourselves before camp, you have been assigned to a working group. You may not switch working groups for any reason. It is virtually impossible to create the groups without mixing dogs of different heights. To ensure that everyone in your group gets the most work possible, please jump in when it’s time to switch jump heights and help reset the bars. If you want to be in the same group with one or more friends you will be able to give us that information on the Dog Update form. All friends must name each other. The friends will be placed in a group based upon the titling level of the LOWEST dog in the group. If your friend has a novice dog and you have a masters dog, I would not suggest you ask to be in the same group together unless for special circumstances you feel that your dogs are at almost the same level. Please write to Nancy for advice or to explain why the dogs should be placed in a higher level group. Campers may form their own groups. If you intend to do so you should send a message to Nancy to discuss a group signup.

ID Badges

If you are working a dog, your camp ID badge shows the name of your working group. Please keep your name badge visible during all sessions so that instructors can address you.

Working More Than One Dog

Your camp fee entitles you to one turn per group exercise or course run-through. REMEMBER: It is a camp entry requirement that your primary dog be your lower-level dog. IF you choose to alternate your turns in a session with your higher level dog, you are welcome to do so. IF you have chosen your higher-level dog as your primary dog at camp, you may not work your lower-level dog in any working session. There will be ample time to work your other dogs during off hours. During these times you may work younger dogs and dogs that were not eligible for camp registration.

Help your instructors end their sessions on time so that everyone has time to potty their dogs and get to lunch on time. Also please respect the instructor’s “down time” during breaks so that they have a chance to get drinks and snacks and care for their own dogs.

Private Lessons

The staff is not available for private lessons during camp.


Observers may observe anywhere in Camp anytime they want.

  • Observers are welcome under the ringside canopies.
  • Observers dogs are not allowed under the canopies
  • Observers are encouraged to leave their dogs at their RV or setup during Camp hours. If you need or wish to keep your polite and quiet dog with you, please carry your own umbrella ringside.
  • Observers may not work dogs during any Camp hours. Camp hours are when regular scheduled classes are being held.
  • Observers may use any open ring before Camp, during lunch, and after Camp.
  • Full time 3 day observers will receive a camp workbook, a T-shirt as well as lunches all three days and Saturday night dinner.
  • One or two day observers will receive a camp workbook and lunch and will have the option to purchase the Saturday night dinner as well as the Camp T-shirt.

Non Agility Partner/Support person

A spouse or partner that does not guide you in your agility career, or teach, train and/or compete in agility and will be with you at camp to hang out or video tape you in your sessions still needs to fill out an observer form and a Release of Liability but there is no charge for observing. It is possibly to purchase meals and a camp shirt for your partner ahead of time. Please send a note to Nancy to make these arrangements.

Working Observers

Observing at camp is free to the first 10 volunteers to sign up to help as a “worker”. You need to be at camp on Thursday at noon to help setup and stay until the camp equipment is packed up. There are no equipment changes during camp but we do need help with hospitality, running errands, setting up lunches and breaking down camp for up to 90 minutes on Sunday after camp is finished.

Please send a message to Camp Manager Susan Cochran if you would like to be considered for a working observer position: greatdogsagility@gmail.com. After you are approved by Susan you will come back to the Camp registration page and register as an Observer.

Video and Audio Taping

You are welcome to videotape your dog’s runs or your friend’s runs during camp exercises. However, you may not video or audio tape entire lectures, workshops, or training sessions. If a video is posted online of you working your dog the sound must be turned off when the instructor is addressing you. No instruction or comments by the instructors may be posted online.

Practicing on Equipment

Before the first class of the day starts, during lunch, and after the last class ends, everyone—campers, observers, workers, and staff—are welcome to practice on the equipment with the following stipulations:

  • You may not move any equipment. The courses will already be set up for the sessions and must be left as they were found
  • During the evening and/or lunch, instructors may occasionally close a ring to work their dogs. You are welcome to observe, but please respect their time with their dogs.

Cars and Parking

  • Cars are allowed to park on the grounds by your setup. NO MOVING OF CARS DURING CAMP HOURS to insure dog safety!!
  • If you need to leave the grounds during camp hours please do not park inside the grounds.
  • Please drive slowly and carefully at ALL TIMES.


  • The rings are all outdoors on grass
  • In October/November the average temperature is 70 and the average low is 45.
  • It is strongly advised that campers bring personal umbrellas to take with them to the rings for extra shade protection.
  • Canopies will be provided at ringside for observers and participants while attending sessions.


  • There are many areas to setup your canopies. you may not setup in an RV parking spot or use the hookups in your day setup.

Picking Up After Your Dog

Please, please, clean up your poop and any you happen to see, even if it is not your own! Good campers do not care, they pickup any and all poop so that we all look good and get to comeback again next year! There are garbage cans and posts with clean-up bags located around the facility for your convenience.

Dogs Off Leash

  • In and around the training areas, dogs must be on leash for their safety and the safety of others when not working.
  • Not all dogs like to be bothered and they’ll fight with strange dogs that approach them. As the owner of an off-leash dog, YOU are responsible for any conflict that arises.
  • Dogs with aggression issues must not be allowed off leash anywhere on the grounds.

First Aid & Emergencies

  • Call 911 immediately if it is a serious medical emergency.
  • Minor medical supplies (band-aids, ice packs, etc.) are available in the first aid kit which will be kept in the Camp office.
  • If you have an emergency, call the camp manager. If you can’t reach them, try Nancy Gyes at 408.829.5560 or Jim Basic at 408.829.5561

If you are going to the hospital for any reason, please let the camp manager know as soon as possible.


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  • Information coming soon

Bitches in Season

Dogs in season are allowed to work at camp but must wear britches at all times during the camp working session.

Cancellation Notice

This year you have an option of paying a $100 deposit to hold your spot in camp. Your registration will not be considered complete until we receive the printed registration form and Release of Liability with your deposit. Full balance is due on or before August 1, 2017. Canceling 60 to 30 days prior to camp is a $150 cancellation charge. Less than 30 days prior to camp the cancellation fees are 1/2 the registration. Canceling one week or less prior to camp forfeits camp fees unless your spot can be filled. We will make every effort to maintain a waitlist so that last minute cancellations are filled but we make no promises to that end.

Problems and Questions

Problems and questions that arise during camp should be directed to our camp manager. Questions before camp should be directed to nancy@powerpawsagility.com.

If the manager isn’t in the Camp office, a worker will know how to find them.



Everything you wanted to know about Power Paws Camp ….but your mother did not tell you!

Base Camp – If you only have your one working dog with you, you may not need to set up a “base camp.” You will start in one ring in the morning by taking your dog and your crate to the ring, and then at lunch you will relocate to the ring you will spend the afternoon in. Your dog will always have access to shade with the other dogs in your group. There is room for personal canopies and you will possibly want one if you have extra dogs with you. The parking area is close and is on grass and it is possible to setup a pen close to your car each day if you want to crate extra dogs out of your vehicle. If you plan on needing a canopy…read on….:)

Canopy – create your ‘home-away-from-home’, while gaining protection from the sun and rain.

Tip: Get one that is compact enough that you can haul and set it up by yourself. This just makes life much more manageable. Available at Home Depot, OSH and other fine stores near you. Consider buying shade cloths as well to drape from the sides of your canopy for additional protection from the elements. Stakes and a mallet are also a good bet to keep winds from blowing your new home away. Don’t forget a MAT to keeps things clean and dry.

X-Pen/Crate – containment = peace of mind for you and hopefully a more relaxing place for your pet.

Tip: If your dog gets easily excited, try covering your x-pen or crate. Specially made covers are available, or just create one on your own with a shade cloth/bed sheet etc. Remember about ventilation.

Water – bring enough for both you and your dog.

Tip: There will be water available out of hoses to refill your dog’s water container, but some dogs are sensitive to the water from new regions; bring an ample supply of water from home or purchase bottled water.

Training Bag – bring your training bag, just so you’re sure you have everything.

Tip: Make sure that it includes the following…(1) a slip lead to easily run your dog ‘naked’ in the ring, (2) a variety of treats and toys, including extra special ones that will be ample reward with all of the distractions he will be facing, (3) doggy (and people) first aid kit, (4) poop bags (need we say more).

Port-A-Camp – essential for nomadic treks from ring to ring. You will find yourself under great duress unless you pack light when moving from one place to the next during the day. You will spend just one session with each instructor, and then you will pack up yourself and your dog and quickly move to the next ring. Make life easier on yourself by having a few key essentials with you (and leave the rest at your Base Camp)

Chair – a light folding lawn chair (preferably with a bag that you can swing over your shoulder.

Treats/Toys – (for your dog, and OK, for you too; especially snacks for late morning/afternoon pick-me-ups).

Swap Meet – as the saying goes, ‘variety is the spice of live’. Keep your dog’s spirits uplifted by swapping toys and treats with your fellow campers.

Soft Crate – A soft crate, however ‘soft’ can get heavy, but remember your dog may very much appreciate this safe comfy place to be, and be less stressed and more energetic because of it. If you have a heavy crate, or lots of “stuff” bring wheels with you to move ring to ring.

ALL campers in the working sessions are asked to bring a crate with them to each ring to confine their dog when they are not working.

Note Pad and Pen – You will receive a copy of the exercise setups, but you may not want to take notes in your workbook. Bring a clipboard or something to write on so you can keep track of all the new material you are learning.

Bathrooms –There are two permanent bathrooms and showers located on the property.

Real Food –Lunches are included and a barbeque on Saturday night:)

Personal Space -This applies to both dogs and people. While dogs who have ‘special needs’ may be clearly marked with a red bandana, humans who have such needs come in a variety of packages and will not necessarily be as easily marked (although this depends on the human). Remember to take things in stride and to give others and yourself enough space to ‘be’.

Protection from the Elements- You know the run down…bring (1) sunglasses, (2) a hat (an official 4 inch brim is bonus points for you from the sun goddess and American Cancer Society), (3) sun screen (SPF 15+ waterproof recommended; more bonus points), (4) rain coat…

Tip: If your dog has a pink nose or skin showing around that area, he may burn easily in the sun. Applying sun screen for humans works fine, but it is heard from the veterinary grapevine that using one that is specifically made for faces works best as it is hypoallergenic and likely to be more sensitive to the dog’s delicate skin in that region.

Administrative stuff

Bring (1) directions to the site, (2) directions to hotel, (3) badge & schedule, (4) directions to Starbucks for morning coffee and breakfast snacks.

When in doubt….ASK!

If you have a question that is not listed in the Camp information provided, do not hesitate to ask the Camp Manager or volunteers for help.


You need to be present at the event in mind, body and soul. Get plenty of rest the night before. Arrive a bit early each day so as not to have last minute navigational distress. Relax. Breath deep. Set an attainable goal of taking at least one key point of value away from each instructor that you see (knowing that problems won’t be solved overnight). Remember that you are in this to have fun, bond with your dog, and make yourself a better trainer.

Your dog

Last but not least, don’t forget your dog! And don’t forget his identification. Don’t let him out of the car without some form of identification on his collar or harness. We want him to be present in mind and spirit as well as body:)


ENTRIES OPEN FEBRUARY 1, 2017 at 6:00 PM Pacific Magic Time

To register for camp you have two options: register as a handler (working spot) or register as an observer. Please click on the link below that corresponds to your preference, and follow the instructions for completing registration.

Handler — $685.00
Observer — $120.00 – $280.00
Junior Handler Observer — Free

To guarantee your camp registration you MUST mail in the following:
(1) registration form (print at check out)
(2) release of liability form
(3) check for complete camp payment or non-refundable $100 deposit

Within 10 days of completing online registration, please submit these documents to Power Paws Agility, 10711 Crothers Road, San Jose, CA, USA, 95127.

Camp Registration will remain open until camp is full and we have a waiting list of 15 campers. Observers are unlimited.

You may register for one or more days of observing. If you are working a dog you will be registering for all three days. You cannot sign up for individual days as a participating camper. You may opt to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot when you register. Final camp payment is due on August 1, 2017.

Staying Onsite

There are RV hookups at the site, as well as an option for van or tent camping (without plugins).

Click here for RV or Van camping with plugins — $30.00 – $90.00
Click here for Van or Tent camping (without plugins) — $10.00 – $30.00


The Site

Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, California.

Click here for map.

The Fairgrounds is only 15 minutes from Sacramento International Airport

Camp layout map coming soon.


Dog fees for lodging are included here but we make no guarantee that these will not change before you reserve your accommodations or that they will still accept dogs in the rooms.

Please  check with the hotel for current fees.


Holiday Inn Express – Pets $20/night.
2070 Freeway Drive
Woodland, CA 95776
Only 10 rooms are set aside for dogs.
(Click here for map)

Days Inn Woodland – accept pets $15/night
1524 E. Main Street, Main Street & Hwy 113, Woodland, CA 95776
Current rate is $50.39/night
(Click here for map)

Budget Inn – accept small dogs (20lbs) $10/night
1021 Main Street, Woodland, CA 95695
(Click here for map)

Davis – 10 to 15 minutes from Fairgrounds

La Quinta Inn – no pet fee
1771 Research Park Drive, Davis 95616
(Click here for map)

Hallmark Inn – $30 a dog per stay
110 F Street, Davis, CA 95616
(Click here for map)

Days Inn – $20 per dog per night
4100 Chiles Road, Davis, CA 95618
(Click here for map)

Econo Lodge – $5 per dog per night
221 D Street, Davis, CA 95616
(Click here for map)

Motel 6 – no pet fee
4835 Chiles Road, Davis, CA 95616
(Click here for map)

RV Info

There are RV hookups at the site. Click here for RV or Van camping with plugins.

Click here for Van or Tent camping (without plugins).


Camp 2017 Schedule- 


  • 12 Noon- Camp workers check-in and course building volunteers are allowed on the grounds
  • 3:00 PM-  Check-In
  • 4:00 PM Lecture & Open House snacks


General Check-in and arrival begins at 3 PM Thursday unless you are helping with setup. We need to set all the rings and it is lots of fun to meet other campers and workers and help us set the courses.

If you are helping with setup you may arrive any time after 12: Noon  to choose your crating/parking area.

There will be a Lecture and Camp Open House at 4 PM Thursday. Lecture presenter and subject will be announced later in year.

Please do not arrive on the grounds before 3 PM unless you are helping with setup.


8:00– Camper Orientation

Friday & Saturday sessions

8:30     to   12:00      Morning Session

12:00   to     1:30       Lunch- 90 minutes

1:30     to     5:00      Afternoon Session

***Saturday night dinner at 6:00 PM.

Sunday Schedule: 



We ask for a few minutes of everyone’s time at the end of camp to clear the field.

 Thank you!


Class subjects for 2017 

The final slate of Professors and the camp subjects will be announced soon!


Jim Basic- Nancy Gyes- Laura Pryse- Desiree Snelleman are confirmed instructors. The last two instructors will be named soon

Here are the bios from Camp Professors 2016- we will send an OWL when we have confirmed our last two Professors.

Nancy Gyes

Nancy Gyes


Read about Nancy in her bio.


Jim Basic


Read about Jim in his bio.


Mia Grant

Mia Grant


Mia Grant has worked with dogs her entire life and discovered agility in 2000. She has been teaching agility for over 10 years and has had the pleasure of helping a diverse variety of dogs and people. Mia and her border collie, Vic won silver medals in the Biathlon and Team events at the 2012 IFCS World Championships. Mia has been in 12 National Finals over her career with her amazing teammates Max, Finn, Starlet and Vic, including a Performance Grand Prix win with Finn in 2008 and a 3rd place in Grand Prix with Vic in 2011. She and her teammates have been ranked in the Top 10 fourteen times (with 3 different dogs) and all her dogs are in the USDAA Hall of Fame. Mia feels the fun of the sport is the most important thing for both the dog and the handler.


Desiree Snelleman

Desiree Snelleman


Desiree started her Dog Training and Dog Agility career in Long Beach, CA. in 2002. She is currently the Master Agility Instructor/Coach for the It’s a Dog’s World Training and Agility Center (IADW) in Sumner, Washington. She has her Teaching and Coaching Credentials from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. She also has her Athletic Training and Sports Medicine degree from San Diego State University.
Desiree has had the enjoyment of working with a variety of breeds, from Terriers to Malamutes. Her story is best told by the achievements she has had with her own dogs. Here are their stories:

NAC MACH2 Tempo in Motion MXS, MJS, MXF,T2B/ADCh aka. PACE – Border Collie (DOB 03/15/09)
Most recently, Pace took 3rd. place in the 26” class at the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship. Two weeks prior, he took 1st. place at CRUFTS in the British Open Jumpers, Large Dog category. In October 2013, Pace earned a win-on spot (highest number of Team Selection Points in the 26″ class) from the USDAA Cynosport World Games to be a representative of Team USA in the 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships in The Netherlands. In the same event, he also became the USDAA Dog Agility Steeplechase National Champion in the 26″ class. (Repeat from 2011). In addition, he earned a third place in the USDAA Biathlon. In August, Pace attended the 2013 International Agility Festival in Rockingham Palace, UK, where he earned an invitation to compete at the prestigious CRUFTS event in 2014, after placing 2nd. (Runner Up), in the KC British Open out of 440 large dogs. Also, in 2013 Pace became the AKC National Agility Champion in the 26 inch division. He took 1st. place in 5 out of 6 runs. (Time 2 Beat, Jumpers, Hybrid, Challenger Round and the Finals). He was selected to represent the AKC/USA in the 2013 European Open, held in Belgium. Pace attended his first International agility competition when he travelled to Sweden for the 2012 European Open. While there, he also competed in a local trial and became a Swedish Agility Champion in the large dog class, both in Standard and Jumpers. In the 2011 USDAA Cynosport World Games, Pace, at 2.5 years old, became the Dog Agility Steeplechase National Champion in the 26″ class.

MACH 8 What’s the Buzz RA, MXC2, MJS3, MXF, MFB/ADCh, LAA Bronze aka. STINGER. – Border Collie – (DOB 02/19/05)
Stinger, her oldest Border Collie at 9 years of age, has a long history of success in agility. He has been in every AKC and USDAA National Agility Championship since the age of 2.5. Stingers biggest strength is his consistency. He has been in numerous finals throughout his career and in the 2011 USDAA Cynosport World Games, Stinger became the National Relay and National DAM Team Champion. Stinger competed both in the 2009 and 2010 AKC Agility Invitational as one of the top 5 Border Collies.

MACH8 T’AI CDX, RE, MXS3, MJS4, MXF, TQX, T2B – Siberian Husky (04/10/02 – 05/26/13)
In May of 2013 Desiree lost her Siberian Husky, T’ai. He was an amazing ambassador for his breed. He was a very active and versatile dog and excelled in anything he did. T’ai is still ranked #2 All-Time Siberian Husky in the country for AKC. He is ranked the highest All-Time Siberian Husky for USDAA – Performance class. Many of his records still stand. In 2012 T’ai made it in to the finals at the AKC National Agility Championship and took 3rd. place in the 24″ class; one week before his 10th. birthday. T’ai earned an invitation to attend the AKC Agility Invitational seven years in a row. In 2009 he made it into the finals and took 3rd place in the 24″ class. In 2007, T’ai took HIT at the Siberian Husky Club of America National Specialty, in Sonoma, CA. Desiree credits T’ai for giving her the skills, motivation and inspiration it requires to be a good dog trainer.

Special Blend Grand CRU – Border Collie (DOB 05/30/2013)
Puppy in training! :))


ashley NJG celebrate

Ashley Deacon

ASHLEY DEACON, 2011 FCI World Champion

Ashley has had a lifelong love of dogs, which started as a child in the North of England with the family pet – a hooligan Jack Russell terrier called Patch. Patch was an accomplished escape artist and Ashley always took on the responsibility of chasing him down on his escapades through the neighborhood, luring him in with cookies and returning him home. These early dog “training” experiences kindled a desire to own a well behaved and obedient dog and particularly one that didn’t continually seek to run away. After finishing college Ashley emigrated to the USA, where he has lived for the last 15 years. In 2002 Ashley decided the time was right to own a dog of his own. After doing much research he settled on an obscure French herding breed, the Pyrenean Shepherd. He was attracted by their natural intelligence, smallish size and rustic appearance. He was mainly looking for a biddable hiking and running companion that he could train. Just before Thanksgiving 2002 Luka arrived on a Continental flight from Cleveland to San Francisco. Luka’s first year was spent in puppy and obedience classes. She was not a very confident or outgoing puppy, but she loved the training routine and this helped her grow in confidence. After 1 year of obedience classes, Ashley and Luka discovered agility and started to take weekly agility classes at Power Paws Agility in San Jose. The rest, as they say, is history…

Ashley and Luka have many accomplishments in the 7 years that they have been competing. Their performances in national and international events have continued to improve as they have refined and fine-tuned their teamwork. They have won the Steeplechase finals at USDAA Nationals an unprecedented 5 times, including 4 consecutive years from 2007-2010. In 2007 and 2009 they won both the Steeplechase and the Grand Prix finals. In September 2009 Ashley and Luka helped the USA Medium dog team take a silver medal at the FCI World Championships in Dornbirn, Austria. Ashley and Luka posted the highest combined score in the team competition. Later the same year they participated in the 4th AKC Invitational, where they placed first in all 5 rounds of competition.

Luka missed 3 months of agility competition during the early part of 2010 after sustaining a strained ligament injury during a winter vacation. However, Luka returned in fine form in 2011. At the 2011 AKC Nationals Luka won both rounds of the ISC State Team competing at the 18″ jump height. She then went on to win the AKC National Championship at 16″, placing first in 3 out of the 4 rounds of competition (including the final). Most recently, Luka and Ashley were selected as members of the 2011 AKC World Team, which competed at the FCI World Championships in Liévin, France. Luka celebrated her 9th birthday at the event by winning the individual gold medal, with the highest combined score over the jumping and standard agility rounds, she also took 1st place in the standard agility round to seal the gold medal.

Over the last year Ashley has started competing with his young Pyrenean shepherd, D’Ash, who recently earned 6 double-qs in 9 days of competition in Excellent-B to qualify for the 2012 AKC Nationals in Reno, where he will compete against his big sister Luka!

MACH3 ADCH-Platinum Luka De La Brise (DOB 10/07/02)

First Pyrenean shepherd MACH and ADCH

International accomplishments

FCI Individual Gold Medal, World Champion Medium Category (2011) FCI Team Silver Medal (2009) AKC World Team 2008 (Helsinki, Finland), 2009 (Dornbirn, Austria), 2011 (Lievin, France) AKC World Team Tryouts Winner 2007, 2008, 2009 (both categories each year)

AKC accomplishments

AKC National Agility Champion 16” (2007, 2011) AKC Invitational Champion 16” (2006, 2009)

USDAA accomplishments

Lifetime achievement award Platinum

USDAA/Cynosport Grand Prix of Dog Agility Champion 16” (2007, 2009, 2011) USDAA/Cynosport Dog Agility Steeplechase Champion 16” (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) USDAA Cynosport DAM Team Silver (2006) with Terry LeClair/Heath and Silvina Bruera/Maja

La Brise Durendal D’Ash AX AXJ (DOB 8/4/08)

Qualified for 2012 AKC Nationals.

1st place IHC Standard and IHC Jumpers at 2011 USDAA Southwest Regional.



John Nys


John has been involved in animal training for over 25 years. John started his devotion to training horses from an early age. John has won multiple National Championships with his horses and was the Massachusetts National Barrel Horse Rodeo Champion in 2002.

John Nys has been competing on the Local, National and International dog agility stage for over 15 years. During this time he has become one of the most respected competitors and instructors in agility. He is well known for his positive motivation and mental management/coaching with his students and his canine companions. Size doesn’t matter when competing in dog agility, as John has competed successfully with multiple canine partners in the small, medium and large dog divisions resulting in John realizing his dreams and achievements at all height levels. John is an 8 time International World Team Member with 3 different canine partners. He has represented the US 5 times as an AKC World Team member at the FCI World Championships, 1 time at the European Open Championships and is currently a member of the WAO US Team with Trick and Rush. In 2010, John and Rush took home the FCI Silver Medal in Individual Agility, FCI Silver Medal in the Individual Overall Combined, and the FCI Silver Medal in Team Jumping in 2010. In 2014, John and Rush took home the FCI Silver Medal in Team Agility and the FCI Gold Medal in Team Overall Combined events. John and Rush are one of the most decorated world agility team members with a total of 4 Silver Medals and 1 Gold Medal in the individual agility, jumping and team events.

John has been a consistent finalist at the AKC National Agility Championships and USDAA World Cynosport Grand Prix/Steeple Chase Championships on over a dozen occasions, placing in the top 3 on over 8 occasions and winning the USDAA World Cynosport Grand Prix Championships in 2010. John has also won numerous USDAA Regional Championships and ISC High Combined Titles with multiple canine partners.

John’s accomplishments have been earned and realized thru the dedication and training of all his canine partners, for which none of this would have been possible without them all. (Casey, Blink, Rush and Trick).

AKC National Agility Championship 2003. finalist, Casey.
AKC National Agility Championship 2004. finalist, Casey.
AKC National Agility Championship 2006. finalist, Blink.
AKC National Agility Championship 2008. 3rd place, Blink.
AKC National Agility Championship 2009. 6th place, Blink.
AKC National Agility Championship 2010. 2nd place, Rush.
AKC National Agility Championship 2011. 3rd place, Rush.
AKC National Agility Championship 2012. 2nd place, Rush.
AKC National Agility Championship 2013. 2nd place, Rush.
AKC National Agility Championship 2014, 3rd place, Trick.
USDAA National / World Championships 2009- PJP finalist, Blink.
USDAA National / World Championships 2010- Per. Grand Prix finalist, Casey.
USDAA National / World Championships 2010- PJP 4th Place, Blink.
USDAA Eastern Regional Champion 2010- Grand Prix- Rush
USDAA National / World Agility Champion Grand Prix 2010, 1st place, Rush.
USDAA National / World Championships 2010- Steeple Chase, 3rd place, Rush.
USDAA Eastern Regional 2nd place finalist 2013 Grand Prix and Steeple Chase -Rush
USDAA National/ World Agility Championships- 2013 3rd Place Steeple Chase-Trick
USDAA National/ World Agility Championships- 2013 5th Place Steeple Chase-Rush
USDAA National/ World Agility Championships- 2013 Grand Prix Finalist -Rush
AKC/FCI WORLD Team Member 2010 (Blink and Rush)
AKC/FCI WORLD Team Member 2011 (Rush)
AKC/FCI WORLD Team Member 2012 (Rush)
AKC/FCI WorLD Team Member 2014 (Rush)
FCI World Championships, Individual Silver Medalist, Agility 2010, Rush.
FCI World Championships, Individual Overall Combined Silver Medalist 2010, Rush.
FCI World Championships, Team Medium Jumping 2010, Silver Medalist, Rush.
FCI World Championships, Medium Team Jumping 2010, 4th place, Rush.
FCI World Championships, Individual Medium Dog Jumping 2010, 5th place, Rush.
FCI World Championships, Team Medium Dog Agility 2010, 8th place, Rush.
FCI World Championships, Team Medium Dog Agility 2014, Silver Medalist, Rush.
FCI World Championships, Team Medium Dog Overall Gold Medalist, Rush.
European Open Team Member 2013,(Won Spot)- Rush. Medium Team Finalist and Individual Finalist.
European Open Team Member 2014,(Won Spots)- Rush medium dog team and Trick large dog team.
World Agility Open – USA Team Member 2015 with Trick and Rush



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