Tracy Sklenar has been training dogs and competing in dog agility for over 10 years. She is the Training Director of Leader of the Pack (www.lotp.com) in central New York State and is a longtime instructor at Susan Garrett's Say Yes! Dog Training (www.clickerdogs.com) in Ontario, Canada.
Tracy has competed successfully in agility with a variety of dogs of shapes, sizes and temperaments. Currently, she shares her life with 5 dogs: 2 Dalmatians (11 year old Pierce and 10 year old Samson, both retired from agility), a Rat Terrier (8 year old Rebound) and 2 mixed breeds (4 year old Export and 17 month old Matrix). In the ring, their runs are noted for accuracy, consistency and speed! Besides putting numerous titles on the dogs, Tracy and her canine partners have earned multiple wins and placements at local, Regional and
In 2009, Rebound and Export both enjoyed tremendous success in the ring: Rebound began the year by finishing 5th overall in the Ontario regionals, followed by finishing 8th overall at Canadian Nationals, earning multiple placements along the way. Rebound ran clean and fast in every run at the USDAA World Cynosport Games, earning his way to a 5th place finish in the 2009 Performance Grand Prix Finals!
At just 3 years old, Export won or placed in a variety of classes at Regionals in both the US and Canada, including winning the Regional Grand Prix Finals at the USDAA Rocky Mountain Regional. In July, Export represented the U.S. at the European Open and will once again represent the US at the 2010 EO, this time in the Czech Republic! At the 2009 USDAA World Cynosport Games, Export ran fast & clean, garnering a 7th place finish in the highly competitive Finals of the Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Championships.
Export has started off 2010 with a bang by winning the Triathlon at the USDAA Spring Festival in Virginia - he was the overall winner of his division, including the dogs that attended the Texas event!
Baby dog Matrix has begun her career as a demo dog and will hopefully make her agility debut in the spring of 2010.
Tracy uses positive reinforcement, games and shaping to build brilliant
behaviors in the dogs while teaching the handlers to be consistent and positive in their handling and dog training. She emphasizes teamwork, consistency, mental focus, play and fun for both the handler and the dog. She also has extensive experience teaching and coaching, instructing local classes, teaching clinics & seminars throughout North America. Tracy is once again serving as the Manager for Team Canada at the IFCS World Agility Championships in the U.K. in May, 2010, reprising her role from the 2008 event in Belgium. She has learned her training and handling skills from (and is proud to use the methods of!) Susan Garrett, Greg Derrett, Laura Derrett, Bob Bailey, Susan Salo and Greg Louganis.