Clean Run - December 2012 - (Page 53)

Trainer: Maureen Waldron Base: Norristown, Pennsylvania Training since: 1995 Venues of competition: AKC and USDAA How often do you compete: Most weekends Number of national competitions: USDAA 4, AKC 10 or 11 Number of international competitions: 3 Dogs: Meg, Keeshond, age 9; Mickle, Sheltie, age 6; Michael, Sheltie, age 2 If you weren’t doing agility, what dog sport would you like to get involved in? Rally If you weren’t training dogs, what would you be doing? Gardening. “I used to be an avid gardener, then I ripped up all the flower beds and made them grass.” What’s in your training bag? Treats, tugs, clickers, targets, video camera, and aspirin (for herself) Piece of technology that has benefited your training: Video camera. “It allowed me to train my eye. For example, on the A-frame, I wasn’t able to see all four feet hitting the yellow. Once I could see it on the video in slow motion, I could then see it on the video at regular speed. Then I was able to see it live, on the A-frame. You’ve got to have one!” Most difficult part about training: “Finding the time.” Goals: “I want to be on the podium at a world event, and I want to be on the podium at AKC Nationals and Cynosports.” Best agility advice you can give: “When you are training your dog, make sure you are having fun. If you aren’t having fun training, it’ll show on course.” December 12 | Clean Run Training with the Stars Maureen Waldron By Sally Silverman, photos by Dog Sport Photos except where noted Maureen Waldron may be a world-class agility competitor, but she spends eight-plus hours a day at a job that has nothing to do with dogs. Waldron is not the usual agility success story. She doesn’t give seminars, teach classes, or take private students. She has maintained her classification as a hobbyist—albeit one with the highest of standards. Hooked from the Start When Maureen decided to get her first dog, she thought it would be a Bernese Mountain Dog. She changed her mind when she saw an agility demonstration. She thought it looked like fun, and decided a Berner might be too slow. There was a Keeshond running that was pretty keen, so she spoke to the owners, who recommended she contact Keeshond rescue—that’s when Molly and Mike entered her life. She started training them in obedience, and then found Keystone Agility Club. “I was seriously hooked from the very first class.” That was November 1995. In April she competed in her first USDAA trial, and qualified. That same weekend she took her first seminar with Linda Mecklenburg. “I was pretty intense from the beginning. I decided to go for Molly’s ADCH. We got that. And we went to AKC Nationals the same year.” While she had only dabbled in AKC until then, when the MACH was announced that year, she thought she might as well go for that. “We got it, then another. Molly got 17 in all.” She also attended two FCI Agility World Cham53

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - December 2012

Clean Run - December 2012
Table of Contents
Editorializing: All Roads
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers: Identify Patterns to Gain Perspective
Challenges for Rising Stars
Power Paws Skills: Front Crosses
Agility Mind Gym: Full Circle
Training a Deaf Dog to Go the Distance
Awesome Paws Drills
Does Gender Matter When Choosing an Agility Dog?
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Overexcited Spectator
10 Games to Play with Dogs That Are Recovering from an Injury
Gait Analysis Helps Diagnose Early Lameness & Improve Performance
The F-Word: Building Resiliency to Failure!
Training with the Stars: Maureen Waldron
Building Blocks: Developing Solutions for Agility Problems
Being a Good Student, Part 2

Clean Run - December 2012