Lynda studied many training philosophies before being introduced to clicker training in 2000 at a Susan Garrett seminar. It would be two more years of schooling in positive training before she found herself part of the Say Yes team. In 2002, with the help of Susan and John, a second sporting dog came into Lynda's life - Tanbark's Spirit of the Sport - "Spirit" is a high drive Golden Retriever.
On the world agility stage, Lynda & Spirit were named to and competed for the CKC World team in 2007 and 2008 and were also selected as the 26” alternate for the 2008 AAC IFCS team competing in Belgium.
Lynda’s competitive successes with Spirit include finishing 41st out of 118 large dogs in the overall standings for individual jumping and standard at the 2007 World Championships in Hamar, Norway, quite accomplishment at the world level for a Golden Retriever! The two went on to represent Canada on the Large dog team, along with Susan Garrett & Encore and Tiffany Salmon & Rio, at the 2008 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. The 3-dog team finished 8th overall – the highest placement for a Large dog team in Canadian CKC Team history!
Again with the help of Susan, Plail’s Fateful Favor came into Lynda’s life - a fun loving sheltie! After training exclusively in the Say Yes foundation program Favor has gone on to be one of the fastest agility dogs in Canada. She won the 2009 AAC National Steeplechase Finals - 16” after qualifying by winning round 1 and 2 at the AAC Regionals qualifier and placing 2nd in the Ontario finals. 2010 proved a exciting year for Favor - the team was named to the CKC - Agility Team Canada to compete in Germany and finished off the year as USDAA National Steeplechase Finalists. In 2011 - Favor and Lynda attended the World Agility Open representing Canada at again another international event. The 2011 highlights were AAC Ontario Regionals - 1st place placements in Jumpers and Standard to finish 3rd Overall in 16” and top 10 placements in team standard and gamblers at USDAA Nationals.
Presently, Lynda is training her young border collie OnTarget’s Fire Walker - Cool Moss again exclusively here at Say Yes in our agility and obedience foundation training program. Lynda continues to share her life with her first dog Ruby - a Field bred English Springer Spaniel. Lynda describes Ruby's claim to fame as being a great guide in her journey. Lynda's ultimate goal is for a connectedness in her relationships with her dogs that shines through in her everyday life.
Lynda and her husband John Hill live in London, Ontario. When she is not helping in front of and behind the scenes at Say Yes Dog Training she is a full time Enforcement Officer with the Ministry of Transportation.