PEAK PERFORMANCE DOG SPORTS

Stephanie Spyr

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In 1996 Stephanie was perfecting the Utility training on her Boxer, Trevor.  Trevor had completed his CDX with excellent scores – missing two Dog World awards by a mere one-half point.  Her dog obedience club was starting a new class called Agility, and was having trouble finding participants.  Stephanie agreed to enroll Trevor to help fill the class.   Well, that was the end of competitive obedience!  Trevor and Stephanie fell in love with Agility!  Trevor went on to earn his AKC MX, and MXJ (there was no MACH at the time) and his NADAC EAC, EJC, EGC.  He also placed 2nd at the 1997 NADAC Nationals. 

Stephanie began teaching Agility classes for her obedience club in 1997.  She now works full-time as an Agility instructor.  She teaches both group classes and private lessons at Peak Performance Dog Sports in Chino, California.

Stephanie's background in behavior and obedience has helped to shape her into a talented Agility instructor who understands dog training as well as the mechanics of teaching Agility. She utilizes positive training methods that combine her understanding of operant conditioning as well as practical dog training.

Her current dogs are:

ADCH MACH Jag EAC, EJC, EGC; (Retired) Fourteen year old rescued Border Collie. Jag came to Stephanie at one year of age with a multitude of focus, attention and fear issues. Jag has taught Stephanie so much about motivation and building a trusting relationship. He has qualified for both the AKC and USDAA Nationals every year since 2000. He has attended three National events; he was a Finalist in the 2003 AKC Nationals and a Semi Finalist in the 2004 USDAA Nationals.

ADCH MACH Whip; Eleven year old Border Collie. Whip has qualified for both the AKC and USDAA Nationals every year since she was two. She was a finalist in the 2004 USDAA Nationals in both Steeplechase and Grand Prix, and was a Semi Finalist in both 2005 and 2006. In between these shows she raised two fantastic litters of pups which included Stephanie's newest competition dog Rage.

ADCH Rage MX MXJ; Seven year old Border Collie. Rage was a Finalist in the 2005 USDAA Steeplechase Nationals and a Semi Finalist in the 2006 USDAA Grand Prix Nationals and was the 22" Grand Prix Champion in 2007. He is will be attending the AKC Nationals in 2008 where he hopes to be a Finalist.

Taser: Four year old Border Collie. Stephanie's newest project! Taser is an amazing puppy. She is thin, leggy, very smart and VERY fast. One super COOL dog!

Keeper: 18 month old border collie puppy.  What a package, smart, fast, athletic, and pretty!   Has yet to make her agility debut, but look out world – here she comes!


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Kathy Moore

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Kathy Moore has been competing in obedience for over 20 years.  An AKC obedience and rally judge for over 10 years, she has had a variety of breeds: Shetland Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Greyhound, Border Collies and Whippet.  Her Whippet, Bogi, was the number one Whippet and number one Hound for AKC Novice in 2006.  He won multiple High in Trials at all breed shows. Her first Border Collie, Luci, received 2 obedience championships one in AKC and another in UKC.  Luci also won 15 High in Trials and 25 High Combined awards.  She believes that a working dog is a happy dog that stays fit for life and that dogs love to learn just like people do.
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Geri Hernandez

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Geri Hernandez started in agility in 2004.  She has been an AKC World Team Member twice representing the USA in International Competition in 2008 and 2009 with her beloved dog Focus.  Focus was also the 26” AKC National Agility Champion in addition to being on the AKC World Team.    

Hernandez got into agility about seven years ago. She wanted to try it with her terrier mix but the dog didn’t like agility. A trainer friend suggested Geri get a Border Collie, so she got Focus, who was a puppy then. Hernandez’s says Focus was “born old” and is a serious dog.

Agility is a sport Geri has a tremendous passion for.

“I like the fast pace and I like learning different courses,” Geri said. “I like the challenges.”

Focus comes to life in the agility course. He bounds over jumps, scrambles onto ramps and races through tunnels. The Border Collie also lives up to his name.

“He’s very focused,” Hernandez said. “He very much wants to please. He wants to do it right.”

Focus is also half brother to teammate Icon in the large team of the 2009 AKC Agility World Team, of which i Love Dogs is a proud sponsor. Icon belongs to Channan Fosty. In September the team competed against more than 30 nations in the FCI Dog Agility World Championships in Dornbirn, Austria. 

Although Focus is no longer with us, anyone who saw him run was a fan…he was exciting to watch!!

Geri’s new dog in training is Motive.

Contact Geri at larger30@gmail.com or call (909) 240-6258 for lessons.