|Barked: Fri Jan 18, '13 7:20am PST |
We train with Blynn Baker in Buckley. (you can find her contact info along with many other trainers in the area here, http://r2agility.com/links.htm#Seattle%20Instructors)
Blynn is a great instructor. We started our foundation training with her when she taught at It's a Dog's World in Sumner and followed her after she left there.
I know SpotOn Agility, but never take lessons there. We occasionally go there for practice (it is indoors and heated, and you can rent the space when there is no class). Because of the space limit (it's much smaller than what you will see at a trial or other places we train), the course designs there have their limitations.
We trained with several instructors in the area and my criteria for choosing an instructor is first and foremost - expertise in the sports: knowledge and willingness to learn about new training/handling approaches, actively competing in the sports, how well they run their own dogs (not just qualifications, but see how the team work together - are they smooth and connected in the ring vs. choppy with a lot of band-aids?, how much they care about their students and their success and how well they can communicate their knowledge to you without being condescending.
Have you started trialing with Nare yet? If not, go to a trial and observe teams at different levels competing and talk to people to get a sense of which instructor they train with and how they like them.
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