Power Paws Camper News

November 4, 2012

Hi Campers,

I hope you all traveled home safely and had a wonderful week thinking about or practicing all that you learned at camp. I truly thought this was one of our very best camps. I liked the Class subjects this year, I thought they were just what you all needed to take you to the next level of mastering agility handling. And I loved that I have not heard a single complaint, but instead have received some wonderful complimentary emails this week from handlers who are all ready to sign up for 2013!

Got a comment?

I would love to put some of your comments about Camp 2012 online for others to read, so if you have some glowing praise that I could publish in the camp pages, please send it along to me at nancy@powerpawsagility.com. Of course I hope everyone DID have a great time, but if you have any ideas for making camp better in 2013, I would love to hear your constructive criticism.

Camp 2013- November 1,2, & 3, 2013

Our camp pages were updated this week and you can check dates and details for camp 2013. Registration is OPEN and will stay open until camp is full and we have a waitlist of 10 teams. Many of this years great instructors will be returning next year and the final instructor slate will be announced soon.


Camp photos

Some of the camp photos are now online and I will be sending out information soon about how to view all the HUNDREDS of beautiful photos taken by Jennifer Godwin Minto. Thank you Jennifer!

Agility Camp 2012 Photos





Thank you!

Thank you Ashley Deacon for an interesting and informative lecture on Thursday.

“From Backyard Brilliance to Success in Competitions”.

And here are the notes from the lecture which Ashley has so generously provided. https://www.powerpawsagility.com/wp-content/uploads/Ashley-Deacon-lecture-notes.pdf (The notes are intended only for Power Paws Campers only so please respect Ashely’s request and not distribute to others. Thank you:)

Thank you to Camp Managers Susan Cochran and Wendy Vogelgesang and all our wonderful camp working observers who helped run the camp store and organize our fab lunches as well as all the behind the scenes work before, after and during camp.

And one last thank you to the tireless Instructors Mia Grant,Tori Self, Ashley Deacon, Annie Pyle and Jim Basic who always seemed to have a smile on their face and a positive word for each and every student!

Hope to see each of you again next year,

Nancy Gyes


Pre -Camp Update October 23, 2012

It is barely more than two weeks until camp, I can’t believe it is almost here! I hope your plans for travel and lodging to camp are well underway and you are looking forward to working with the wonderful instructors.

It is about time for me to create the camp groups, so head to the update form and give me the latest scoop on your dog’s titles and accomplishments and feel free to elaborate on the details. The better your information, the easier it is to get you placed in the correct group at camp.

Dog Update Form

Have you checked out the list of camp subjects? Check out CLASSES on the Camp pages to see what each instructor is teaching.


We still have a few working spots left in Camp, so bring a friend along for company! How could anyone resist working with Gold Medalist Ashley Deacon, two time world team member and one of the best handlers in the World, the inspirational Tori Self? Mia Grant is one of the most popular instructors in California and a USDAA World Team member and medalist. You ALL adored Annie Pyle last year, I don’t think I have every gotten as many compliments on an instructor before, well, she is back of course! And Jim and I are ready to pack lots of instruction into your agility toolbox. Camp now, pay later. Got a friend who is waffling? We take online credit card payments which can be spread over a few months and YOU can spread the word:)

Do you have an extra canopy you can bring to share? Unless you have extra dogs with you, you won’t need to setup a permanent base camp, so that canopy you usually drag to shows with you will come in handy at ringside so we have plenty of shelter for everyone. Send me a note regarding canopies, nancy@powerpawsagility.com.

If you have not read through the camp article “Nitty Gritty”, make sure you take the time to look through it all so you have a better idea of how Camp operates, especially if this is your first year at camp.


Thursday Camp lecture- 4:30 PM

“From backyard brilliance to success in competitions”, Ashley Deacon

FCI Agility World Champion Ashley Deacon will discuss how to transfer progress on the training field, to success in competitions with an emphasis on striking a balance between the technical, physical and mental aspects of agility.

Topics covered will include developing a fitness, training and competition schedule, setting goals to take you to the next level, embracing a competition routine, getting the most out of a walk-through, visualization, record-keeping and managing pressure/stress at big competitions.

Check-in starts at Noon on Thursday and if you can arrive by 1:30 PM to help us setup, the lecture will be free!!

Susan Cochran and Wendy Vogelgesang are returning as Camp Directors, Counselors and Caterers and they are going to have your every need taken care once you arrive.

Have questions? Send them along to me and see you soon!

Nancy Gyes