by Lynne Stephens and Karen Mielke
Have you ever wondered why your dog can perform brilliantly in training but loses focus the moment you both step into the competition ring? How do others seem to transition so effortlessly from training to competition with no loss of concentration? How do they manage to leave the treats and toys outside the ring and still compete with confidence and poise? Would you like to know the secret? Prepare to be entertained and to experience lots of light-bulb moments as you discover the answers to these and many other important questions in this fun and informative video.
Running Time: 5 hours, 16 minutes
About the authors:
Originally from England, Lynne Stephens has been living and working in North Carolina since October 2004. Her passion for dogs and dog training has spanned more than three decades, during which time she has achieved at the highest levels of competition both here and in the UK. In the UK, Lynne qualified and gained top places in all of the major UK agility finals, including Crufts and Olympia. She and her husband, Pete, were regular competitors at this level from 1996 until they came to live and work in the United States. The highlight of Lynne’s agility career in England came just before the move when she was picked as a member of the British Agility World Championship team in Lieven, France, in 2003 and in Italy in 2004. Since her arrival in North Carolina, she has competed at the USDAA Nationals four times (reaching the Grand Prix semi-finals twice) with three Border collies (Chess, Tag, and Turbo) and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Quiz, who also gained his MACH and finished overall 23rd in the 12” class at AKC Nationals.
Before discovering agility, Lynne had a number of years of experience in other dog sports including British Working Trials, which encompassed tracking, obedience, agility, and patrol work. Once again she worked her way to the top, achieving the highest accolade as the winner of the Associated Police Sheep and Army Dog Society (ASPADS) Patrol Dog of the Year with Belgian Tervueren, Wings, in 1987.
Lynne is currently an agility specialist, trainer and co-owner at DogLogic in Statesville, North Carolina. She has many regular students who benefit from her vast teaching experience, spanning 26 years as a grade school teacher and, during the latter years, principal in the UK. Clarity, patience, and sense of humor are her teaching trademarks from which her many regular students benefit. In addition to the vast experience gained over the last 30 years, Lynne makes a point of staying current with training techniques and the science of how dogs learn.
Lynne’s sister, and co-owner / trainer at DogLogic, Karen Mielke, is a graduate of the Dog Trainer Professional program at Karen Pryor Academy.
Lynne has learned and continues to learn from some of the top agility handlers in the UK and the USA. Her own handling most closely reflects that of Greg Derrett, with whom she worked directly for a number of years in the UK. Since arriving in the USA, Lynne has made a point of listening to and learning from the best on both sides of the pond. She is also coached regularly online by Anthony Clarke, British World team member and British European Open coach.
Both Lynne and Karen teach and train using the scientific principles of operant conditioning. At their facility in Statesville, N.C., they teach regular classes in Basic Manners, Agility, and, more recently, Treibball.