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Louise, co-owner of SureFire Dogs, Inc., and former owner of Hinckley's Hound Hikers Dog Walking and Pet-Sitting service, has been professionally training dogs since 1996. She holds a professional Membership in the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and has earned her CPDT (Certified Pet Dog Trainer) rating. Louise enjoys training, teaching and competing in agility, herding and obedience, and specializes in evaluating and working with dogs with behavior problems. She evaluates each dog as an individual and creates a program using positive behavior modification techniques to manage behavior and re-balance the owner to dog relationship.

Louise currently competes in Agility and Obedience with her 7 year old Australian Cattle Dog, "Kindle" (ADCH-Bronze MACH Wooleston Light My Fire SACH SCH-B JCH-B RCH-B GCH-B MX MXB MXJ MXJB XF T2B CGC CD  CD-CCH CDX-C IT). Kindle earned her Master Agility Dog title in June 2013 and her Agility Dog Championship Title in May of 2014. Kindle competed in the 2012 USDAA Northeast Regionals qualifying in the Dog Agility Master Team Championship she has qualified in Grand Prix Tournament in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In July of 2014 at the Northeast Regional competition Kindle qualified and took 3rd place in the Dog Agility Master Team championship along with team partners Scott Hinckley and his cattle dog Beta and Christie-Lee McNamara and her miniature poodle Pi.

Kindle achieved her CDSP CD-C in just 2 trials and earned her CDSP Open A Title in March of 2015. she earned her AKC CD title in just 3 trials and is now preparing to compete in the Open level in AKC.

 Louise's first agility competition dog, Tasha CGC, AAD, OAC, OJC, O-NGC, RS-O, JS-O, GS-N,(12/15/1995-6/2/2010), a Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, competed for 7 years. When retired in 2006, Tasha was competing in USDAA Performance III and NADAC Veteran Elite levels. Tasha and Louise qualified for the USDAA DAM (Dog Agility Masters) Team championships in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 and competed in the 2000 USDAA National Championships. Tasha also enjoyed obedience training and loved to learn new tricks.

Louise's Australian Cattle Dog "Jackaroo" (Koala Redhot Jumpin Jackaroo CGC, AAD, AX, AXJ, NF, NAC, NGC) (1/29/200-6/17/2014) was her first cattle dog and 2nd agility competition dog. Jackaroo was dog reactive and had behavioral problems but through behavior modification Louise was able to compete with him in the highest levels of agility. When he retired he was competing in the Veterans Level in USDAA and Excellent Level in AKC. He qualified in USDAA DAM (Dog Agility Masters) Team championships 2008 and Grand Prix in 2008 and 2009.

 

Louise shares her life with husband Scott and his 1 year old Australian Cattle "Kora" Bryn Mawrs Companion in Crime who is beginning her agility career.

Louise and Scott will forever miss Norwegian Buhund Tyler CGC, AD, NA, NAJ (5/15/1997-9/27/2010) and Australian Cattle Dog, "Beta" ADCH Bryn Mawr's All Rev'd Up MAD JCH SCH RM SAM AX AXJ (12/5/2004-5/26/2015) 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Accomplishments

Call Name New Title / Tournament Name Date Org.
Kindle Excellent Fast 7/4 AKC
Kindle Master Agility Excellent 5/16 AKC
Kindle Master Excellent Jumper 5/23 AKC
Kindle Time 2 Beat 5/31 AKC
Kindle Gamblers Champion - Bronze 4/12 USDAA
Kindle Tournament Master - Bronze 4/10 USDAA
Kindle Companion Dog Excellent 3/8/15 CDSP

 

2014 Accomplishments

Call Name New Title / Tournament Name Date Org.
Kindle Jumpers Champion-Bronze 5/23/14 USDAA
Kindle Relay Champion-Bronze 11/07/14 USDAA
Kindle Gamblers Champion 7/13/14 USDAA
Kindle Standard Champion 7/12/14 USDAA
Kindle Snooker Champion-Bronze 5/23/14 USDAA
Kindle Jumpers Champion 5/23/14 USDAA
Kindle Tournament Master 5/23/14 USDAA
Kindle Agility Dog Champion (ADCH) 5/10/14 USDAA
Kindle Snooker Master 5/10/14 USDAA
Kindle Snooker Champion (SCH) 5/10/14 USDAA
Kindle DAM Team - 2014 Qualifier 4/13/14 USDAA
Kindle Relay Champion(RCH) 3/8/14 USDAA
Kindle Open Fast (OF) 3/15/14 AKC
Kindle Standard Agility Master (SAM) 1/25/14 USDAA

 

2013 Accomplishments

Call Name New Title / Tournament Name Date Org.
Kindle Companion Dog (CD) 12/6/13 AKC
Kindle Steeplechase - 2013 Local Qualifier 9/13/13 USDAA
Kindle Jumper Master 8/9/13 USDAA
Kindle Master Agility Dog 6/9/13 USDAA
Kindle Excellent Jumpers with Weaves 5/11/13 AKC
Kindle DAM Team- 2013 Qualifier 3/12/13 USDAA
Kindle Grand Prix - 2013 Local Qualifier 3/12/13 USDAA
Kindle Companion Dog 3/2/13 CDSP

 

 

Seminars:

  • Masters Agility Handling with Amanda Shyne 2013
  • Emma Parson's Click to Calm 2013
  • Ian Dunbar's Crucial, Cutting-Edge & Common Sense Concepts in Dog Training 2013
  • Grisha Stewart's BAT Instructors Workshop 2012
  • Terri Cesarek's Agility Handling Seminar 2012
  • Elaine Hamill's Open Obedience Seminar 2012
  • Elaine Hamill's Novice Obedience Seminar 2012
  • Kathy Sdao's Improve Your I-Cue 2011
  • Elevate Your Training with Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody 2010
  • Kathy Sdao's SMART (See Mark and Reward Training) Seminar 2010
  • Patricia Mc Connell's For the Love of a Dog Seminar 2010
  • Rachel Sander's Agility for Intermediate Dogs Seminar 2010
  • Lauri Baker's Puppy Agility Seminar 2009
  • John Rogerson's Aggression Workshop & Seminar 2008
  • BARK Agility Camp 2007
  • Kathy Sdao's Cues & Behavior Chains Explained 2007
  • BARK Agility Camp 2006
  • Dr. W. Jean Dodd's, DVM Truths Myths: Screening for Blood; Immune Disorders 2006
  • John Aggression Workshop Seminar 2006
  • Suzanne Clothier Trainers Workshop 2005
  • Suzanne Clothier Aggression Workshop 2004
  • Clean Run Camp 2000, 2001, 2003
  • Sue Sternberg's A Weekend on Dog Behavior, 2000, 2001, and 2003
  • Kathy Sdao's Know Way, Know How, The Science Art of Training, 2003
  • Patty Ruzzo's Cookie Power Obedience Seminar 2002
  • Wendy Volhard's Nutrition Seminar, 2002
  • APDT Conference 2001
  • Bud Houston Agility Seminar, 2001
  • Gary Wilkes Intermediate Clicker Seminar 2001
  • Terry Brown Agility Seminar, 2000, 2001
  • Mary MacDonald Basic TTouch Seminar 2001

 

Other dog-related affiliations include:

  • TACCM (Teamwork Agility Club of Central Massachusetts) Vice President
  • TACCM 2003, 2004 Trial Chairman

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