Susan Garrett

Susan Garrett


Susan Garrett’s interest in animal behaviour started at the University of Guelph where she earned a B.Sc. in Animal Science. Since then she as developed into a pre-eminent canine sports instructor and competitor. A natural teacher and an entertaining speaker, Susan is recognized as a leading educator of dog trainers. Her understanding of how to apply learning principles to competitive dog training has made her a much sought after speaker throughout North America and as far away as Japan, Australia and Europe. She has been an invited speaker at many dog training and behaviour conferences throughout North American was the keynote speaker at the 2006 APDT conference held in Kansas City, MO.

Susan is one of the most successful dog agility competitors of the last decade. Since winning her first USDAA Grand Prix Final in 1996 with her Border Collie ”Stoni,” Susan has accumulated a total of 20 National and International Championship wins covering 7 different jump heights (8”, 10”, 12”, 16”, 22”, 24” & 26”) and has won two height divisions at a National Agility Championship on three different occasions. In total her dogs have over 50 top ten placements at National Championships including 18 First Place finishes and 6 Second Place finishes. Stoni (1990-2005) was the first dog in history ever to win the USDAA "Triple Crown" (Grand Prix, Steeplechase, and DAM Team National Championship) and held the distinction of being the only dog for almost 10 years. In addition, Susan and her mixed breed dog “DeCaff” won the Gold Medal at the 2005 ESPN Great Outdoor Games and the Individual All Around and Biathlon Gold Medals at the 2006 IFCS World Championships held in Oosterhout (Netherlands). Every dog Susan has ever trialed in agility has won two or more National Championship events.

Susan has also been a member of one of the fastest flyball teams in the world. Her dogs were on a world record-holding flyball team for eight consecutive years. She is also one of Canada’s top obedience competitors; each of four dogs she has trialed has earned multiple High in Trial awards, qualifying more then 95% of the time with an average score of 197. Her dogs perform with a happy attitude and great precision, enjoying their work as much as Susan enjoys working with them.

Susan’s first book “Ruff Love: A Relationship Building Program” is a favorite resource for dog trainers world wide. Her second book “Shaping Success: The Education of an Unlikely Champion” was named the 2005 “Book of the Year” in the category of Training and Behavior by the Dog Writers Association of America. Her 3 very popular training DVD's "Success with One Jump", "Crate Games" and "2x2 Weave Training" have been sold into more than 50 countries world wide.

Susan shares her life with fellow dog enthusiast John Blenkey and their four dogs: Buzz, DeCaff, Encore and Feature. Together John and Susan own and operate Say Yes Dog Training Inc., a state of the art dog training facility located in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. She can be contacted through her website at or her blog at



Say Yes Dog Training
2780 Dunmark Road, Alberton, ON L0R 1A0