Anne and Kimba - First in Utility A at Ridgeback National Specialty
My introduction to dog training began at age 13 with the arrival of a much longed for family dog. I taught "Ranger" to commando crawl, count fingers by barking, jump over objects, sit pretty, beg and countless other tricks. He was my best friend.
My professional training career waited until much later in life. An engaging hobby that began in 1990 with my first Ridgeback "Kimba", turned into a passion that allowed me to leave a management career with ToysRUs and follow my heart. In 1996 the training and instructing I'd been doing part time became a full time career.
In 1995 I was looking for a way to put some fun back into my working relationship with Kimba, my 5 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback. We'd been doing obedience for years and the zest was definitely fading. Agility was the answer for us. One year later she had earned a few agility titles, finished her UD and was the #1 Ridgeback in agility that year. She kept on going, first Ridgeback to earn an AX and the first to earn an MX. She was a great gal, always willing to try - at least when it came to the fun stuff.
Thanks to Kimba's success I was talked into starting an agility class, nothing fancy, just some friends that wanted to learn how. One class became two, then three... now Alchemy has 11 Agility classes going every week. Students run the range from Dachshunds to Great Danes, Border Collies to Beagles, all striving for their best possible performance. Please visit the page with our titles, we're proud of our diversity and accomplishments.
My personal accomplishments include ranking several of my dogs in the top ten Agility Ridgebacks every year they were in competition.
Kimba top ten in '95, '96, '97
Beckett top ten in '96, '97, '98, '99 & '00
Kira top ten in '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06 '07, '08
Beckett is the first Ridgeback to have earned the combined titles UD, MX, and MXJ.
As the owner of Alchemy Dog Training, my goal is to ensure the satisfaction of all my clients. I want all my clients to finish each session believing they have received the very best training available.
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