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Christie McNamaraChristie, co-owner of SureFire Dogs, Inc. has been a professional dog trainer since 1992. She has trained two Golden Retrievers in obedience, tracking, field, and agility. Since being introduced to agility in 1996, she has taken an active part in the entire agility arena, as a competitor, instructor, trial chair, and software developer. In November 2003, Christie became the first AKC agility judge in Massachusetts.

Christie's Golden Retriever Sundance, qualified for the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 USDAA DAM team championships, and the 2001 USDAA steeplechase championship. Sundance won the Sterling Sweepstakes award in his division, three consecutive years, 2001-2003.

Sundance was one of only 24 Golden Retrievers to have earned the Master Gamblers title from USDAA. Sundance was the 1st dog in New England and the only dog in Massachusetts to earn a VCD title in 2001. Christie completed an AKC Utility title in 1998 with Mohawk UD, TD, OA OAJ.

Christie McNamaraChristie's 15 year old AKC Breed Champion miniature poodle Pi retired at age 14 after a very busy career!  Pi earned his AKC agility PACH 2 at 13.9 years old in June 2017.  He earning his MACH in November of 2007, MACH2 in November 2009, MACH3 in April 2011, MACH 4 in May 2012 and MACH 5 in May 2013, MACH 6 in May 2014, MACH 7 in May 2016 and his PACH and PAX in July 2016.  Pi and Christie earned his ADCH in June 2007, his Bronze-ADCH in September 2010, and his Bronze Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, Silver-ADCH in November 2012 and Silver Lifetime Achievement in February 2014, and Gold-ADCH in November 2014 and his Platnum ADCH in April 2016 and Gold LAA in July 2016. Pi qualified for the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 - 2015 DAM Team Championship, 2006 - 2015 Steeplechase and Grand Prix 2006 - 2015. Pi has qualified for the AKC National Agility Championships for 2007-2017 attending the AKC Nationals in April 2011 earning 2 qualifying rounds. Pi and his DAM team placed 3rd at the 2014 USDAA New England Regionals. In April of 2017,  at 13.7 years old Pi competed at the AKC Nationals, with 3 clean rounds and finishing in 11th place in his class!!  These days, Pi enjoys playing in the yard and visiting his friends at trials. 

Christie McNamaraChristie has an 11 year old Golden Retriever Winee competing in agility, obedience, and rally obedience. At 10 months old, Winee earned her 1st Rally Novice leg taking 4th place at the Golden specialty.

Winee went on to earn her first title, Rally Novice, at the Golden Nationals at only 14 months! Winee is also enthusiastically playing in field. She is working towards her Utility Dog in AKC obedience and received the HIT award while earning her CDX.  She earned her CDSP  OTCH in March of 2018, her UD in March 2016 and has received multiple HIT awards in CDSP. Winee achieved her AKC agility MACH 7 in June 2017. She qualified for the 2010 - 2018 AKC Agility Nationals and attended the Nationals in April 2011 and March 2014 where she earned 2 qualifying rounds each year.  At the 2016 Nationals, Winee ran clean in all three rounds of the 20" jump height finishing 55th out of 340 competitors.  Winee double qualified for the 2017 AKC Nationals, qualifying in June for the 20" Championship height and in November for the 16" Preferred height.  At the 2017 Nationals she ran 3 clean rounds and finished 13th our of 81 dogs in Preferred!  Winee earned her PACH 3 in May 2018.

Winee earned her USDAA ADCH in 2011, her Bronze ADCH in 2013, Silver ADCH in 2015 and her Gold ADCH in August 2017.   She earned her Bronze Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and her Silver LAA in November 2016 and currently working towards her LAA Gold.  She qualified for the 2010 & 2012 - 2018 DAM Team Championship, and the 2010 - 2018 Steeplechase and Grand Prix Tournaments.

Christie McNamara

In July 2016, Christie added a Golden Retriever puppy "Riptide" to the pack.  He is driven, loves to swim, chase, retrieve and eat!  Riptide is has already earned his Beginner Novice AKC title and his CDSP Novice title earning HIT while competing in Novice.  After starting his agility competition in September of 2017 at the Golden Nationals, he has already earned multiple agility titles and is competing at the Master levels.  

Riptide is still a work in progress, but having a great time learning teamwork with Christie!



 2018 Accomplishments

Call Name New Title / Tournament Name Date Org.
Winee PACH- Performance Agility Champion 3 & PAX3 5/20/18 AKC
Riptide Excellent FAST Agility 5/5/18 AKC
Riptide Excellent Agility  4/28/18 AKC
Riptide Excellent Agility Jumper 4/7/18 AKC
Winee Master Excellent Jumper Preferred 6 3/18/18 AKC
Riptide Open Standard Agility 3/17/18 AKC
Riptide Novice Obedience 3/11/18 CDSP
Riptide High in Trial - Obedience 3/10/18 CDSP
Winee Obedience Trial Champion 3/10/18 CDSP
Riptide Starter Perfomance Gambler 2/18/18 USDAA
Winee     Performance Snooker Master 2/16/18 USDAA
Winee     Master Agility Excellent Preferred 6 2/10/18 AKC
Riptide     Open FAST Agility 2/10/18 AKC



  • Amanda Shyne Handling on Course Agility Seminar, 2018
  • Kathy Lesinsky K9 conditioning Seminar, 2017
  • Amanda Shyne Puppy Agility Seminar, 2017
  • Kathy Lesinsky K9 conditioning Seminar, 2016
  • AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2015
  • Emma Parsons ~ Click to Calm 2013
  • Elaine Hamill Open Obedience Workshop 2013
  • AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2012
  • Elaine Hamill Utility Obedience Workshop 2012
  • Elaine Hamill Open Obedience Workshop 2012
  • Elaine Hamill Novice Obedience Workshop 2012
  • Rachel Sander's Agility for Master Dogs Seminar 2011
  • AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2009
  • John Rogerson's Canine Aggression Seminar, 2008
  • BARK Agility Camp, 2007
  • AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2006
  • BARK Agility Camp, 2006
  • Dr. W. Jean Dodds, DVM Truths & Myths: Screening for Blood & Immune disorders, 2006
  • Clicker Training the Aggressive Dog by Emma Parsons, 2004
  • Mary MacDonald Basic TTouch Seminar 1999
  • Julie Daniels' Agility Seminar, 1999
  • Clean Run Agility Camp, 2000, 2001, 2003
  • Gary Wilkes Intermediate Clicker Seminar 2001
  • Bud Houston Agility Seminar, 2001
  • AKC Agility Judges Seminar. 2003
  • APDT Conference, 1999
  • Terry Brown Agility Seminar, 2000, 2001
  • Sue Sternberg's A Weekend on Dog Behavior, 2003
  • Patty Ruzzo's Cookie Power Obedience Seminar, 2002

Other dog-related affiliations include:

  • American Kennel Club Agility Judge ~ 2003 to present
  • Teamwork Agility Club of Central Massachusetts ~ President
  • Golden Retriever Club of America
  • Wachusett Kennel Club Board of Directors 2004-2010
  • Wachusett Kennel Club Agility Trial Chair 2000, 2001, 2004-2010
  • Wachusett Kennel Club Public Education Coordinator 1999, 2000


Gaylan's Outta The Clear Blue 28 BN, CD-C, SPG, NJP, NFP, XF, AX, AXJ, HIT
Mischief's Tomohawk UD TD OA OAJ September 22, 1991 ~ October 2, 2002
Sundancer Shines TD MX MXJ CD VCD1 RN AD GM S-OAC EGC O-OGC S-NJC GS-O JS-N RS-O TDI July 20, 1997 ~ October 11, 2011